Why do I love being on Artfire, you ask. Artfire treats me like I would treat people if I owned the web site and since that was the whole basis of our business when we were in business, that is saying allot coming from me. I have had two instances where the COO has actually answered the questions that I was asking and he regularily appears on the forums to help everyone on the site. Not only does Tony, the COO, appear but if someone else at headquarters is better equipped to help us, then they also pop in as the situation dictates.
I also love Artfire because they have helped me to grow and learn. As any reader here knows, I am an admitted techno-tard and yet I was able to get my shop up and running with minimal pain. I stopped learning about computers when they stopped printing documentation in the early 90's - I can no longer say that now though, because I have learned so much about computers in the last seven months that even I am impressed with myself...and my husband thinks that I am an absolute genius, and that is always good and doesn't happen very often.
I love Artfire because of the people who are there for me. I have already mentioned the staff and they are incredible, but the forums alone are worth the price of admission. There is ALWAYS someone there to help you. People making jewelry help others who make jewelry, and I find that refreshing especially in the business environment that we are in right now. People will critique your website, they read your titles and discriptions, they look at your pictures, everything on your site and make fixable, kind suggestions so that you are able to make your site a better selling vehicle. If one succeeds, we all succeed - pretty amazing, isn't it????
I love Artfire because it made me make my jewelry shop a better place to shop. I have just redone all the pictures in my shop - not because anyone told me to, but because I learned through looking around Artfire that my pictures were a real detriment to my efforts to sell my jewelry. Because of Artfire, I have learned about SEO and how to make Google find me easier. I have learned how important outside links to my shop are and how they increase my visibility and how to find some of them.
Because of Artfire and all of the above, my shop can now easily function in the other venue that I use it as. The majority of my sales is to small boutiques and my web site is my catalogue. I cannot have a "line sheet" because the majority of what I create is OOAK ( one of a kind pieces ) and line sheets do not function well in those situations. As is my shop, my presentation to my shops is now so much better and professional that I am proud to give out my web site to any retail shop.
So in closing, the above is a small sampling of why I love Artfire and why it might be a place that you also could use to sell whatever you want to. If you do have an interest please go to http://www.artfire.com/users/LindaSudimack/sell-crafts
and sign up for a shop, and if you do - we could both benefit financially, because Artfire has come up with another great idea. So please, take a look, you will not be sorry.