There are a lot of Etsy items bearing the "Keep calm and carry on" motto, and I think I know why.
It's some darn good advice. Especially for those of us trying to sell our handmade goods. There are a lot of trials we have to weather--slow seasons, nonpaying customers, unpleasant transactions, criticism and our own self-doubt...
I'm currently in the process of changing my prices back after having lowered them for a sale last week. A sale during which I got no sales. Perhaps I didn't promote as much as I should have. Maybe I should have offered free shipping. Or maybe it wasn't anything that I did or didn't do. Maybe it just wasn't the right time.
Whatever the case, it's done with and there's nothing I can do about it now. Except keep calm and carry on. Sure, I could sit here and try to analyze what went wrong. I could be bummed. I could get down and out and feel sorry for myself and my poor unloved, under-appreciated little shop. But I'm not going to. It's not productive.
Rather, I'm going to keep calm and carry on. I'm keep tweaking things and experimenting. I'm going to design knew things and list new items. I'm going to plan for my next sale and hope for the best.
So, my fine readers, tell me, when troubles get you down, how do you deal? Do you keep calm and carry on? Or do you have another strategy?