>> Wednesday, 29 September 2010
but I thought I'd make a proper list on here of all the things I should, need and will one day do to Ellie's Treasures to make it a better business!
My little scribbled list is getting a bit messy and as I keep adding to it (thanks to tips on the Folksy forum) it's becoming mega out of hand. Well here goes:
New business cards. I really want to get some from Moo, especially now I'm happy with my new logo. Not sure if I want business cards or postcards (or perhaps splash out on both), but I'd also like to get some stickers too.
Tissue paper. Must check out places where I can buy large flat sheets, like you see in florists. Although my sales aren't rushing me off my feet, I really don't like having to iron out creases in my folded tissue paper - picky I know, but that's me!
While I'm at it, better add more packaging to this list too - running out fast of brown tape, cellotape and good old jiffy bags. I remember seeing a forum post once about recycling used jiffy bags. What's your thoughts? I do keep so many jiffy bags that come through my post box, but am a little nervous of re-using them, even if I do put nice white paper over the previous address. Daft isn't it, but you know what some people are like!
Find a new and better way to display my shop goodies on my blog. The Photobucket one is pretty, but a bit "in your face" I think. There are so many others around that are better and clickable too, which is handy.
Categories on Folksy: dodge one for me this. OK, my brooches can easily pop in under Accessories, but the Patchys - not so sure where to put them. I've currently got them scattered around under Accessories, Homeware and Cases, Purses etc. Also, my cute little Woollies. Not strictly a toy so could really do with a Collectables category. I think this item on my list of "to do" will be ongoing and probably never solved!
Keywords on Folksy: wow, picked up a tip today about using keywords as a way to sort your shop. I'd never realised how handy keywords are, I just thought they were to help buyers search for a particular item from the "Buy" or "Home" page, but buyers that have settled on your shop can use the keywords to search for a particular kind of item. Brilliant! I seriously need to sort my keywords out.
Regulations etc.: OK I've browsed them, but not studied them - have you?
Tax man: obviously he comes last, although as October and then January begin to fast disappear I expect he'll pop to the top of the list! It's taken many attempts on the phone to talk to a human at the tax office requesting a tax form. They'd seemed to have forgotten me, but were more than happy to send out a form once I'd got through to them! Sad thing is, they've sent me the wrong form - doh! I think I'll just bite the bullet and do the return on line, shouldn't take me long (she says).
There, actually the list isn't that bad is it? No doubt more things will be added as the days, weeks, months go by.