As Etsy sellers, small business creatives, crafters, and makers, we know you’re familiar with the spring/summer slump. You probably see it coming from a mile away. It’s probably the slow down you knew was up ahead and have dreaded for months. As we’ve mentioned before, we want to keep our customers positive when the tendency would be to slip into negativity. At Marmalead, we understand the ebb and flow of Etsy sales because we experience this right along with you. The thoughts creep in when you wonder if things will EVER pick back up again. Social media forums are suddenly filled with words and comments that are anything but encouraging.
Here’s the deal: working for yourself isn’t easy. Some days it can be extremely difficult. As small business creatives, crafters, and makers, it can be easy to allow yourself to fall into a slump both mentally and physically. Constantly coming up with a fresh spin on your products while maintaining boundaries with how much you work can be hard to figure out. On top of all this, negativity often sneaks in. And negativity is SO sneaky. Learning how to fight negativity can also be tricky.
Being grateful and positive. These are just a couple of things I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It’s something our team talks about and what we each of us strive to do in our work and personal lives. This is often much easier said than done (at least where I’m concerned). It’s so easy to get caught up in the negative stuff that’s happening instead of staying rooted in what’s positive. Positivity and gratefulness take intention. Intentional thought and planning are important for so many areas in our lives, especially where our businesses are concerned.