Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Returning to the United States and Beginning a New Chapter in Life

We have now moved back to the United States from Ukraine

After spending some time overseas, my wife, daughter and I returned to the United States and decided to work on building on Etsy shop. While in Ukraine, we had a lot of success with our store, but knew that we would be able to take it to the next level if we came back to the United States and focused on building client relationships here. So we packed our bags and left Ukraine and moved back to the Washington coast.

We now live about five miles from the entrance to Olympic National Park in a very small town called Queets. Coming back here has been quite an adventure, and we are still getting settled in. 

I have not written in this blog for a while, as I have been more focused on our Etsy shop, but it's good to see that there have been some readers and that there is interest in this blog, so I will continue to add to it.

I have written about travel and Etsy in the past, and will continue to do so. I have a lot to add, and am excited to talk about how life is going and helping people grow their own Etsy shop. 

In fact, that's what I began doing in Ukraine. While teaching English in Dnipro, I needed another way to earn money. COVID was raging and my hours were cut, and I thought, "I can't keep going like this." So, I decided to turn my attention back to our Etsy shop and reopened it. I thought to myself, "I have been doing this for a long time. I am in the top 1% of Etsy sellers. Why not do Etsy shop critiques and write blogs for other people?"

I started getting clients right away and, as a result, I began to rebrand and rebuild my shop. Now I have done hundreds of shop critiques and have many writing clients. 

The thing about business is that you just have to keep updating and evolving, or it will all stagnate. After being on "vacation mode" for over a year, it took a lot for me to regain traction in my shop. I had to advertise, add new items, and think of different ways to stand out. What was popular now? I also began learning from others, purchasing ebooks about Etsy growth from top Etsy stores and marketers, and I started to find that I had a lot to learn. It has been quite a journey, but now I feel confident to be able to help others get their Etsy shops off the ground. 

I have been writing many blog entries and articles for other websites, but have let my own website go stagnant. However, I think that it's time to put some effort into my own site in addition to writing for other sites. That doesn't mean that I am going to stop writing for others. I am always looking for new clients, especially in the travel writing genre. If you are looking for a travel writer, please get in contact with me and I will gladly help you out.

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