Monday, October 14, 2013

Etsy Holiday Boot Camp - Week 1 Goals

I thought it might be interesting to share the highlights of the Etsy Christmas Boot camp with the team. Think of this as a condensed version of everything you need to know from the Bootcamp program in case you didn't sign-up in time or at all! Some of these will be shorter when possible, some will longer, because everything in the email was too important not to share!

You will find great articles, worksheets and fun tips and tricks to get sales!

Week 1 – Set a goal

Assignment # 1: Use the worksheets below to plan out your goals and set dates to them.

Discussions # 2: share your progress on social media with #EtsyHolidayBootCamp and also use the team’s tags #promofrenzy and @promofrenzy so that etsy sees what an involved team we are!

Lesson 2:
Assignment 1: Holiday checklist: consider adding these following points and preparing for them when making your Holiday Calendar Check List from Lesson 1:
Make a shipping action plan. Publicize cutoff dates for shipping internationally and domestically before major holidays.
Order extra shipping supplies or introduce seasonal packaging.
Launch a new product or product line. (Read Grow What You Know: Prepping for a New Product Line for advice.)
Update your listings and tags.
Participate in a promotional sale on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Reach out to a blogger for a possible feature.
Sell at a local craft show.

Assignment 2: Before shopper traffic picks up, practice a new productivity method. Here are a few that are tried and true:
Decrease procrastination with the Pomodoro technique. Use a timer to focus chunks of time on specific tasks like packaging or responding to convos. You might be surprised how quickly you can burn through your to-do list.
Block out time for catch-up days in your calendar. Don’t plan anything; when the day arrives and you find you’re up-to-date on your calendar and task list, enjoy the free time, relax and rest. A little behind? You’ve got the day to catch up.
Write everything down. Use a notebook, planner, whiteboard or sketch out a mind map. Let your to-do list do the work to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Break tasks into small, actionable chunks. Need to update 50 listings? Decide you’ll edit 10 each day for a working week. Be specific about numbers, dates and quantities whenever possible.
Tip: Team up with a fellow seller for support. Chatting while you both update your listings, wrap up packages or tackle tedious tasks can make work a little lighter.
Readings and discussions #3:
Share your experience in this discussion on holiday goals.

That is it for this week! Check back in next Wednesday for more assignments to help grow your business!

xox Krys from the PFT


  1. Thanks for keeping track of the Boot Camp info for us, Krysthle!

  2. Great Summary Krys! thanks for sharing! i will definitely look into setting goals!

  3. Thanks for sharing Krysthle! I am already feeling overwhelmed with other things, so this was a great reminder how to help me focus

  4. Thanks for putting together this great info! I definitely need to do some organizing.

  5. Lots of great to put into practice

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