Where to put your energy

I have had this question on my mind recently: “Am I wasting my time on some of my business activities?” Some of them seem to go nowhere. How long it will take for them to take off? I have wasted a lot of energy on new products and marketing them on various social media. The results are highly unsatisfying. I did few courses and I listened religiously to some industry gurus. So I decided to do some digging myself. I know the approach may not be the most scientific but at least it is based on tangible data.

My hope is that it will steer me in the right direction and I will not be wasting as much energy as in the past few months. Here is some data I looked at and it might help you as well, although I am aware that people are different and everyone has their own unique needs and goals.

  1. Amazon – 9.7 million sellers worldwide but only 1.9 million are actively selling, Less than one in ten active Amazon sellers generated over $100,000 in annual sales, and 1% of the sellers hit the $1 million sales marks this source: Oberlo.com. My questions – Why are there so few active sellers? What happened to the rest? What to think about the odds 1:10? What is the 1% of 1.9 million?

2. Etsy revealed it had a $349.25 million net income in 2020 and there were 4.1 million active Etsy sellers in 2020. A really nice and comprehensive breakdown can be found here. My question – If I divide the total by the number of sellers, I get 85 USD an average per seller!

3. Red Bubble – revenue of artists 67.4 million and 700 000 artists and designers are currently on the platform. source for more details can be found here. Again, if I divide the total numbers, I get 96 USD per seller.

O.K., I know I am not a math wizard and this is not, how you do a market analysis – but I did need a quick glimpse. According to my humble maths, Amazon still comes on top for sure. Now the question is, do I view the odds 1:10 as good or bad odds…As I am an optimist, I would say, it is still worth a try but I am not so starry-eyed as before, realising it might be a longer journey than I originally thought.

By the way, I will continue my ventures with Etsy and other platforms but looking at it differently now. And please, carry on with yours as well. Remember, I am not an analyst, and it is your business after all.

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Published by Mona

Questions I am trying to solve: Can a "one-person business" survive? Does it have a chance in today's world? Is it sustainable for more than a few years? Is it something that can work long-term? In my blog, I am mainly creating lists with tips on how to avoid numerous burnouts while working full-time (and hoping to retire early hahaha).

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