Often in forums for handmade businesses you will see posts with titles similar to:
How can I get more sales?
I get lots of views, but no sales – why?????
Still haven’t made my first sale.
Why don’t people buy from me?
Frustrated, why aren’t people buying my stuff????
My biggest piece of advice to get more sales is simply to not post negative comments about not getting sales on public sites, like FB, Twitter, a blog or especially forums of the sites you sell on, like Storenvy or Etsy. The forums are open to BUYERS and SELLERS and drive a lot of traffic to shops, and you don’t want to negatively impact your buyers opinions of you before they have even seen your products. If you find yourself often complaining online about not getting sales, that could be a factor as to why you aren’t getting sales.
Once you chose to start a business, you are your company’s face, and you don’t want potential customers to see you complaining about them not buying from you. That just looks really BAD on you, your business, and your work ethic.
And complaining to other sellers? It also impacts your sales, because they could be potential customers. Positivity breeds positivity. Focus your social media and forum interactions on positive, motivating, inspiring posts, and keep negativity to yourself or face time with friends. That way you won’t risk complaining about people not buying your stuff to someone, who in fact, had considered it but you just discouraged the sale with what could come off as desperation and negativity.