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The Shop Guide: How To Make Consistent Sales On Etsy

If you've been following along on Always Rooney for any amount of time you may be familiar with the fact that my full-time job is selling leather travel goods on Etsy. In fact my shop was born from this simple DIY post I posted here on my blog exactly five years ago.

Along the way, I've been sharing my tips here and there on Always Rooney but today I'm excited to announce my in-depth video online course: The Shop Guide. I'm so excited to walk you through how to make consistent sales on Etsy.

I haven’t always made consistent sales, but I took every opportunity to learn and lean into my business. Every slow month became a learning experience and what I’ve discovered are strategies that help me to consistently build a life and business I love.
I never want you to experience the confusion or frustration of not knowing how to build your business. That’s why I created this course.
I wanted to create something that would have helped me expedite my own journey. I believe you deserve to turn your passion into a thriving Etsy business. And, I’d love to help you do it!
Here is why I'm excited about The Shop Guide:

  • You get to hear everything I have learned about selling consistently on Etsy through 8 in-depth video lessons.

  • The workbook is probably my favorite part because putting pen to paper is exactly when I did when I started out on Etsy. It has helped me dive deeper into my brand and shop and I know it will help you too.

  • Belonging to community is something I'm learning so much about and I think is vital for succeeding in something you're passionate about. When you join The Shop Guide you are gaining community and people to walk alongside you in your journey. I'll be there helping you along the way!

  • And lastly, selling on Etsy has been a huge blessing for my family over the past (nearly) five years. I believe you deserve to turn your passion into a thriving Etsy business too. Head to The Shop Guide to learn more about this course.



A New Sunday Tradition With Article

Do you ever have ideas and think "I wish someone would do that!" only to realize you are the person that is supposed to take it on? That is how I felt about having a weekly Sunday lunch tradition. When I was in college I spent my Sunday afternoons with a family that hosted some of us college kids to share a delicious meal and talk over a book we read together.

It has been about four years since that time in my life and I think of it often. It was one of those things you could never recreate because it was so special, but you could still learn valuable lessons from and adapt to the new season you're in. I pitched the idea to Jordan of opening our home weekly to build relationships with old friends and cultivate new friendships over a simple meal. He was immediately in!

The idea is simple: we have a standing open invite for friends to join us for a meal on Sundays. I usually double or triple a large recipe and make sure there is plenty of disposable dishes available. I ask friends to bring drinks, a side item or dessert to make sure there is plenty for everyone. Some weeks our house is packed, sometimes it is a more intimate group...it always seems to work out just how it needs to. We keep it laid back, I've thrown out the pressure of being a super host or having the most amazing meal prepared. The most important thing to us is to keep things relaxed and have a space where people can gather.
Before moving forward on this tradition I had two large fears holding me back. First, I was fearful of cooking for a group of people. I do not label myself as a cook, I follow the directions and don't really know what foods will go well together so I don't branch out. After asking some friends for fool-proof recipes that serve a crowd, I was a little more confident. I also decided to take the pressure off to be the best cook or host - the food was just an excuse for people to gather.

Second, I was fearful of the size of our home. We have a kitchen, dining and living room that open up to one another which makes hosting nice but overall, the space is small. Having an open-invite as well as a come and go as you please policy has definitely helped with this. But with the warmer weather coming, I had mentioned to Jordan I wanted an outdoor dining table to help with Sunday lunch hosting.

I had found Article, a modern furniture brand, a few years ago because of their beautiful sofa collection. After spending time on their website I was pleased to know their prices were lower because they sell directly to you instead of retailers, showrooms and salespeople getting involved. I referred back to Article's website after deciding we were ready for an outdoor dining area. Jordan and I quickly found what we were looking for.

We both loved the Teaka dining table and chairs so much it was a no-brainer to order it immediately. Once we received it, I was blown away by the design and quality of both the table and chairs. I feel like every detail was thought out - even the assembly was a breeze.

Now having a large, open space with seating I'm so excited for this warmer weather to stick around so our Sunday tradition can continue. If you have hesitations about hosting something like this, let me ease your mind a little bit. Any time I mention to a friend about being afraid to cook for people, or not hosting because of the size of our space they look at me puzzled like "that never even crossed my mind!" I think we tend to make things a bigger deal in our head which makes us miss out on so many great opportunities.

We've met so many wonderful friends through this tradition and I am so thankful we now have a space and beautiful table and chairs to entertain with!

Photography by Tiffany Tolbert

Product for this post was provided by Article. A brand I love and know you will too!



5 Distractions To Say No To When You Work From Home

Working from home is a wonderful privilege but it also comes with its own set of challenges. I've been working from home for the past 5 years and I've learned a few things along the way, especially what to say no to. Here are 5 distractions to say no to when you work from home:

1. Notifications - This is one I feel like everyone would benefit from, not just if you work from home. I've talked here about my social media rules and one of them is to turn off notifications. How many times do you find yourself interrupted because your phone buzzed? You can control these notifications in the settings section of your phone. Better yet - turn your phone on do not disturb. It works like a charm!

2. Side projects that don't serve your brand - Anyone else want to do all the things?! I feel like I could be president of that club! I often find myself distracted throughout the day because I had a "great" idea. The best thing to do is write it down and come back to it later. It is so easy as a business owner to feel like you have to do it all and say yes to everything. This is a huge distraction for me, so I'm learning to stay focused on what is important!

3. Budging on work hours - When I tell people I work from home, it usually plants the idea in their head that I don't work much, or I have a ton of free time. It's easy to want to set coffee dates during the day, or do a favor for a friend during the day... but I have learned this is a vicious cycle that is hard to break. My advice: set specific work hours that you keep and reward yourself after!

4. Housework - I know how hard it is to get work done if there is a mess around, so take care of these things before work hours. For the past month and a half our dishwasher has been broken so I have just allowed the dishes to pile up which makes me so distracted during the day. Now, I'll leave to another room to work without these distractions and it gives me the motivation to actually do housework at the end of the day.

The 10 minute clean up rule is great for this, cleaning up for 10 minutes every night before bed can make a world of difference!

5. Endless background noise - This is another topic I've shared about here. Another misconception to people who work at home is they watch Netflix all day. I totally did this the first few months I worked from home as background noise. Now, it is easy to revert to podcasts (which I've recently retracted from). But I've found I get more work done without the noise. Try it, you may be surprised!

I hope this encourages you to say no to some distractions so you can say yes to better things for your business!