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Wow. Maybe I'm getting the hang of this.

Today, I finally got pricing on all of my product pages, and put in the code for the 'Add to cart' buttons, and added a 'View cart' button for all of the pages. I set up my PayPal account to accept payments for BeaDistinct Jewelry. People can buy now!!!! It's just like a 'real site'. Heck, it IS a real site. :)

My mothers of multiples club is always looking for donations for our monthly raffles. I wrote to the coordinator for our fundraisers, who manages those raffles, and negotiated that I would provide a valentine's bracelet for next week's raffle, and in exchange I would get advertising in our monthly newsletter. While the 30 or 40 people that are at the meeting will get a preview of my work (I plan on having a table there for the March meeting) and I can hand out business cards so they can see the site, the newsletter gets a much wider audience. I should reach more like hundreds of people.

Did I mention I made three sales last night at my own Super Bowl party? I wasn't even trying to sell my friends - they pretty much know I'm uncomfortable doing that. They were just looking and wanted some of the pieces.

I also had to go out today and get more of the boring side of business taken care of. I had to get a receipt book for when I make sales, and I got a nice binder and clear protector sleeves so I can make a table catalog for display. I have a few odds and ends I would like to get before next month's show: a free-standing mirror, a nice cloth/blanket/something to cover the table and put my work on, and I need to create signage. This part isn't as fun as the design and creation of the jewelry, but I know that in the long run it will make the sale of it more successful.

Onward and upward.

Oh! Feel free to check out the site. Constantly improving.


( 7 thoughts — Whatcha' think? )
Feb. 8th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaw! I love the site!

Let me move to a country where I can have a PayPal account.

Can I put a link to your site on my site? I don't think there will be many hits, but still...
Feb. 8th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
You are more than welcome to put a link. I would greatly appreciate it.

They won't let you have a PayPal account there? Why not?
Feb. 8th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Because Pay pal does not service Hungary. I had my Irish Pay Pal account frozen (and money lost) for using it from a Hungarian IP one too many times.
Feb. 8th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
That bites. I wonder if it would accept it if you provided a credit card or debit card number to a seller, and they entered it from their end. It's something I'm going to do for my local credit card sales, because I just can't afford $500 for the machine to run the cards right now. The per transaction cost is higher for me (2.9% versus 1.9%), but for starting out it just makes more sense. When I make sales in person, I'm going to have a space for them to fill out credit card info, and then it will be submitted into PayPal that night.
Feb. 8th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ask and Ye Shall Receive!
I responded to your other post before I saw this one. I can't wait to buy something!
Feb. 8th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
I love your stuff! What great timing. I was just longing for some new jewelry yesterday, and just this morning I decided shopping was just the thing I needed to cheer me up. I have my pay pal cart full, and have some questions about sizing on rings and bracelets and design on one of the pieces.

This is so much fun!
Feb. 8th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Shopping!
Thanks! I just sent you email answering your questions and we can start from there!!! :)
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