I made the decision this week to close my little 'shop' and make all my sewing tutorials available for free.
The first I published this week:
Go here if you'd like the link to download the free tutorial and pattern!
I initially made these patterns, which are much more detailed and larger than the tutorials I have offered free on my blog, as a way of creating an income source from my skills. After all - don't we all want to get paid for the hard work we do?
BUT - I'm currently taking a good hard look at my blog and really trying to streamline it into what I want it to be and what I believe in and am passionate about.
This has led me to realise that having a 'shop' isn't what I want.
- There are so many free tutorials out there that I myself don't buy any - so really why should I expect anyone to buy mine? I can't ask others to do what I wouldn't do myself.
- I know that whatever I choose to blog about - it will take hard work and dedication to produce and promote it. That goes for having things for sale. You need to be constantly promoting and pushing those things and your shop. I really don't enjoy 'sales' and asking people to spend money. I'd much rather show people ways to save money by helping them to do it themselves!!
- To be perfectly honest - I haven't sold many tutorials, but have had far more success with my free tutorials - and ironically have made more money through those free tutorials by means of the increased traffic to my blog they produce, and in turn my increased revenue through advertisements and sponsorship.
I'm happy with my decision - and am pleased to have had a good response from my readers from the release of the first of my larger and more comprehensive tutorials for free!
Over the next few weeks I will post the other tutorials and the links to the now free downloads for those!
How about you? Do you have a shop selling your handmade goods, or patterns? Are you happy to spend time promoting that and have you found much success through this avenue? I would love to hear other people's stories. I think it's all about finding your own way - and everyone's way is going to be different!