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Hi, everyone! I opened my Etsy shop, Of Dreams and Daring, earlier this week. I’m selling hand knotted bracelets. If you read my Etsy profile, you’ll learn why… in a nutshell, it’s to inspire both others and myself.

However, I’m finding that my pricing and my passion for my reason to sell aren’t jiving together, at least not for me.

You see, my prices range from $20-$40 a bracelet. I’ve been reading Tara Gentile’s blog about pricing according to your own self-worth (among other things) for months now, and it really struck a chord with me, as someone who has struggled with her self-confidence for years. When I read about Tara’s partnering up with Adam King to start another blog about Reclaiming Wealth, I eagerly clicked over to read. Not long after, Adam wrote up a post about shoes, pricing, and the similarities they share in his mind.

That post completely blew up my perception about pricing and the relation it has with my own self-worth.

Basically, Adam says that he approaches the subject of pricing in a very objective and straightforward manner, much like how he shops for shoes: he gets clear about what he wants, why he wants it, and what the most reasonable/accessible way to make it happen would be.

The key to his method of pricing, and how he doesn’t get frozen in fear or doubt over it, is that he refrains from getting emotionally attached to his prices.

If you know about Tara and her thought process about pricing, you’ll know that it’s basically the polar opposite of Adam’s. Both trains of thought take a lot of effort for me to thoroughly process. Believe me, I’m still trying to.

After being thrown this screwball of a post, I felt confused and anxious to the point of getting flutteries in my stomach. I then wrote out a long, impassioned reply… after which I took a deep, pausing breath and deleted everything, because it was basically a very long-winded, “You’ve completely shattered my Tara-influenced perspective on pricing, and I don’t know whether I want to thank you or dislike you as much as my normally peaceful persona will allow!”

Then I got out my little notebook in which I’ve been jotting ideas/thoughts about my business, turned to a blank page, and wrote out:

What do I want out of my business?

  1. I want to be able to support myself financially.
  2. I want to thrive mentally/emotionally.
  3. I want to forge meaningful connections
  4. I want to help other young people reach their own dreams, financial or other, through creative means.
  5. I want it to be accessible to young people. 
This is all very true, but I don’t feel that my prices are complementary to my goals. Also true is the fact that I’m not currently sure how I’m going to bring goals 4 and 5 about.
As you’ve gathered by now, I have some concerns.
  1. I don’t want to cheapen my bracelets’ value. But what if I’m actually over-estimating their value?
  2. I don’t want to cheap out on my vision of helping other young people. How am I going to connect with them through my bracelets with my bracelets’ current pricing? Am I disrespecting/devaluing other young folk in assuming “Oh, they can’t afford these bracelets at these prices?”
  3. Profit or passion. Passion or profit. Can’t I have both? How am I going to figure out that “happy medium”?
I’m opening the floor to you, now. What are your thoughts on happily merging passion and profit? How do you think that “happy medium” is to be reached? Where do you stand on the issue of pricing reflecting self-worth (or not)?

Pink Haired Girl Pin by jojoebi on Etsy.com.

Isn’t this pin/brooch made by jojoebi darling? Seeing that cute, bright-haired girl smiling so happily just cheers me right up! Photo links to product page.

What’s something you’re loving right now, that makes you smile?

Rock Star Cufflinks from whitetruffle on Etsy.com.

A pair of cufflinks unabashedly proclaiming the wearer to be a rock star. What more needs to be said, really? Sold by whitetruffle on Etsy.com (photo links to product page).

Got something that you love, particularly something handmade? Tell me about it!

3-28-12 GOALS
Help sister in her store 9am-12pm: Done.
Make friendship bracelets for 1 hour: Done! I’m on a roll!

3-29-12 GOALS
Bracelets 1 hour: to be done.
Research how to become a copywriter for hire: in progress.

That’s right, I do want to look into becoming a copywriter… namely a copywriter for creative small businesses selling handmade wares (such as on Etsy.com). I would write product descriptions, seller profiles, shop descriptions, and store policies.

I love handmade items, but more specifically, I love learning about the people behind them–why do they create? What tickles them so much about handmade; how have past experiences influenced this, etc? So I thought, why not translate this love of handmade stories, my talent as a writer, and my desire to help others convey their stories (and make sales doing so) into a business of my own?

I know it won’t be as easy as saying, “Go!”, so… question!

Got any tips for me as I foray into my copywriting research? Give me a holler, I’d be so grateful for any advice you have!

Cosmetic bag made by inges on Etsy.com.

Basically, for posts under this category I’ll be posting one or two things that I happen to be liking at the moment. They could be music, handmade pieces, etc.

For now, I found this pretty red bag on Etsy from the shop inges (picture links to product page). I love the color scheme and that bit of lace.

What’s something you’re loving at the moment? Tell me about it.