End of the Year Promotion 2018: Free US Shipping on Qualifying Orders

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For a limited time, get free shipping on qualifying orders at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy! This sale is a part of Etsy’s end of the year holiday sale drive.

PGH Etsy Screencap Oct 2018

The fine print: Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more simply by being your fantastic self – no codes or coupons. Sorry, U.S. addresses only.

This offer applies now through Monday December 10th, ending at 9 p.m. EST (when I close the shop for the season).

Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers!

Reminder: Last Weekend for the Playfully Grownup Spring Sale 2018

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Reminder: the just-because-spring-is-here sale 2018 is still on, but for a limited time!

This is your last weekend to enjoy 10% off everything at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy – the sale ends on Monday, April 30, 2018.

2018 End of Winter Sale Cubes

This sale is as shopper-friendly as I can make it: no minimum orders, limits, codes or coupons are needed.

My Etsy shop is open throughout the weekend; Saturday and Sunday orders will ship on Mondays.

Last Chance for 20% off: Sale Ends Tomorrow

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Reminder: the Playfully Grownup Home end of year 2017 sale ends tomorrow, December 01, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

2017 End of Year Basket

There is still time to get 20% off everything. No minimum orders, limits, codes or coupons to qualify.

Dragon Personal Safety Reflector RF008d

This sale is a part of Etsy‘s end of the year holiday sale drive. Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers!

Hanger Cover HC008a

In addition to the general sale, I’m offering a bonus discount to my social media followers: get an extra 10% off from my shop with the code SOCIALMEDIABONUS2017.

This coupon code is valid longer than the sale – until Monday December 11th, 2017, 9 p.m. EST. No minimum orders or limits to qualify, either.

End of the Year Holiday Sale 2017!

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Starting today, for a limited time, get 20% off at the Playfully Grownup Home shop! This sale is a part of Etsy‘s end of the year holiday sale drive.

2017 End of Year Candle

Grab a few keychains for stuffing your stockings. Get a jump on organizing for the new year with mini storage cubes, hanger covers or book bags. Stay fresh by stashing a lavender sachet in your sock drawer. Or just endulge yourself with a small piece of handmade wall art or a yoga mat bag.

2017 End of Year Collage

The Playfully Grownup Home end of the year 2017 sale runs from Monday November 20th to Friday December 1st. Get 20% off simply by being your fantastic self – no minimum orders, limits, codes or coupons.

In addition to the general sale, I’m offering a bonus discount to my social media followers: get an extra 10% off from my shop with the code SOCIALMEDIABONUS2017. This coupon code is valid longer than the sale – until Monday December 11th, 2017, 9 p.m. EST. (No minimum orders or limits to qualify, either.)

Mini Storage Cube RC001d

Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers, and remember to get your PGH orders in before 9 p.m. EST on Monday December 11th at the very latest!

Labor Day 2017 Sale!

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Starting today, for a limited time, get 15% off select items at the Playfully Grownup Home shop on Etsy!

PGH Etsy Screencap Labor Day 2017 Promo

Organize for the semester with mini storage cubes, book bags or keychains. Decorate your dorm room with handmade wall art. Stay fresh by stashing a lavender sachet in your sock drawer. Or get a jump on holiday gift selecting.

The Playfully Grownup Labor Day 2017 sale runs August 31 – September 04. No order minimums – buy one personal safety reflector, or a pile of book bags, or anything in between. (Sorry, U.S. buyers only due to Etsy’s restrictions.)

Remember to also visit Etsy’s Labor Day Sale page for fantastic deals from more Etsy sellers, for example like The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings inspired engraved door hanger sign by AllyBoosCreations…

Etsy AllyBoosCreations Hobbit LotR Door Sign

The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings inspired door sign by AllyBoosCreations at Etsy.

checkmark stickers by honeyinked…

Etsy honeyinked Checkmark Stickers

Checkmark stickers by honeyinked at Etsy.

rainbow-colored downloadable “You can’t retire from being awesome!” print by FromTheRookery…

Etsy FromTheRookery Nurse Retirement Gift

Nurse retirement gift print by FromTheRookery at Etsy.

…or a rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard:

Etsy GrandmasChalkboard Rainbow Bean Bag Set

Rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard at Etsy.

Looks like there is an incredible selection!

(Note that, as usual, each seller sets their own policies.)

Some Self-Promo Stats

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As any creative knows, self-promotion is hard. Really, really hard. And most likely you signed up for your creative job specifically for the creative part, not necessarily realizing that self-promotion is a part and parcel of that job. I know I did – rather, I thought I knew about the challenges of the promo aspect, but the reality, as they say, has a way of sneaking up on you.

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While being excited to share your work with the world is understandable – it’s a product of hard work you’re proud of, after all – it’s easy to lose yourself in the promotional whirl. I can think of nothing worse than to inadvertently cross the fine line from sharing your excitement to unsolicited pestering. In fact, I dread it. Like author Delilah S. Dawson says about self-promo:

“…[I]f you do certain annoying behaviors, you’re shooting yourself in the foot and actively repelling people instead of interesting them.”

The equation often feels impossible. I have marketing needs and goals. I need to get out certain information like holiday schedules or rising shipping costs. I also want to let people know about new arrivals in my shop, like the breast cancer awareness items I made in 2014. Achieving those needs and goals seems opposed to the way I want to promote my business, though. I fear becoming yet another spammer, barging uninvited into other peoples’ spaces with my Exciting!! opportunity to purchase my new Exciting!! thing right at this Exciting!! moment. Also, I can’t have my blog to turn into a boring, soulless infomercial channel; I couldn’t stand that myself.

How much should you be talking abot your business, then? There are various rules of thumb with proportions like 4-1-1, 6-3-1 or 5-3-2:

  • 50-75 % signal-boosting other people’s content / curated content
  • 30-15 % original content created by you / owned content
  • 20-15 % sales-related content / promotional (or, in one version, personal status updates)

Or, more simply, there’s the 80-20 rule:

  • 80 % curated content
  • 20 % owned content

Short, informative explanations of these ratios (and more) can be found by Kevan Lee on Buffer.

To see how I was doing, I pulled some statistics. From mid-2013 to the end of 2015, I’ve written 267 posts here. 18 were in my business promotions / notifications category (Ahem, Ahem), which amounts to under 7 % of all posts.

On the basis of these numbers, I could increase my self-promo posting. I have, in fact, been thinking of writing the stories of how some of my items came to be, from the idea to design to prototypes and making the final products. They take a lot of time and effort, though, so before deciding, I need to have some idea of whether it’s worth spending that time writing or whether it would be better to design and sew instead.

What do you think – too much or too little as it is? More pictures? More text? Or more of the general Behind the Scenes posts on running a small creative business? Let me know what interests you!

End of Year 2015 Promotion: Coupon Code for Blog Readers

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The newest crop of items is up in my Etsy shop! Here’s a discount coupon code for my blog readers: get 20% off with PGHblogsale2015.

PGHblogsale2015 Blue

You’re welcome to share with your friends! (Coupon code small print: see bottom of this post.)

Some suggestions: mini pillow keychains:

6 Keyrings Nov 2015Perfect for stocking stuffers, teacher or co-worker gifts, companions for USB drives or little tokens to treat yourself. (Note: Not suitable for children because of the choking hazard!)

Cross stitch wall art:

Wall Art WX003dSpectrograph cross-body bag in navy canvas:

Cross-Body Bag BG011aAnd a final reminder: I’ll close shop for the season on December 10th, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Coupon code small print: Offer valid on etsy.com/shop/playfullygrownuphome only. Coupon is only applied to the item price, not shipping or sales tax. Not applicable retroactively to previously placed orders. No rain checks; no cash value. Expires December 10th, 2015, at 9 p.m. EST.