by Sheila of SewFaithful
Would you like to share a little encouragement and  Etsy knowledge with a new team member? Do you have a few spare moments to nurture a relationship with the new kid on the block?

Encouragement cards set of six - flower and tree design - matching envelopes
Encouragement Cards by NewCreatioNZ

Often new members come to our team looking for guidance and support with their new Etsy shops. They are seeking fellowship with other Christians artists. But sometimes we forget that new members may not feel comfortable jumping right in the chat thread. Maybe they are reading our posts but feel like an outsider looking in. They think-who are all these people who act like they've known each other forever? Or maybe they find it confusing to even find the thread or blog. They've listed some items in their shops, but don't understand the whole tagging thing. Or they wonder how in the world do I figure out shipping costs? Some sellers are trying to write their descriptions in a language that is not native to them, and simply need help editing. (I've helped with editing English for several shops in the past).
I'm sure each one of us can remember getting started here on Etsy, and how steep the learning curve was for you (and still is for some of us). We took baby steps, and eventually got the hang of things. Did you figure it out on your own through trial and error? Perhaps there was a special friend who took you under their wing and helped show you the ropes. If not, wouldn't that have been awesome? That's what we would like to offer new team members. Someone to help with occasional questions or offer suggestions. Someone to be a point of contact if they get lost or feel overwhelmed in the chat thread.

White Bunnies Hello Friend CUTE PRIMITIVE Mixed Media PRINT 6 x 6 inches
Hello Friend by Vintage Niki

Sooooo.... Would you like to become a team mentor? There are just a few requirements:
1-You have had a shop on Etsy for at least 6 months, and have a minimum of 25 sales with excellent feedback.
2-You have been a Cast Team member for at least 3 months.
3-You are willing to make the initial contact with the new member via convo to welcome them and introduce yourself. (only new members who request a mentor will be assigned a mentor. Therefore they will be expecting you to contact them)!
4-You have a heart that is leading you to encourage and help make a new member become comfortable with our wonderful team.
Welcome Sign Original
Welcome Sign by Inspired by Marie

You don't have to be an Etsy expert, or have a shop that's selling like there's no tomorrow. You just need the desire to pass on what you have learned, or help find an answer when you don't already know it. you may even learn something new in the process!  Sounds easy enough right?
 I do not anticipate this to be a huge investment of any one team member's time.  Once someone gets the hang of things, there shouldn't be much to do. And if it becomes too much, we can always assign another mentor.
Please send me a convo if you are interested in mentoring or have questions, and I will start a list. If and when we have enough people willing to become mentors, we can start offering this to new members. As they are accepted to the team, if a new member asks for a mentor, I will try to match them with someone from the list with common interests, age, or location. This means there will not be a specific order to how people are matched and assigned to new members. It will depend on how many and what type shops want to participate. Once matched with a new member, I will convo you with their shop name so you can make the initial contact.

Thank you all for considering giving a little of your time to help with this endeavor! I hope it will be a rewarding experience for everyone.
Sheila of SewFaithful

Comments (11)

On February 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM , Meghann Gervais-Lynch said...

What a fantastic idea!
I would love to try being a mentor, if that is okay...would mentors be told who to contact?
I am, I've been a member since 2008 with 119 sales and 100% feedback. I help people in my local area with their shops occasionally, and I'd love to help others if I can :)

On February 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Becky K. said...

That is one of the things that makes this team so special....we tend to mentor all who venture into the forum...but it will be even better to have this kind of outreach. Great idea!

On February 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM , sammysgrammy said...

Shiela.......this is a wonderful idea. Reminds me of Titus 2:4 "These older women must train the younger women..........." (NLT)

Older - not necessarily just in age but in experience as well.

On February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM , Sheila said...

Rita, I love that you always have just the right scripture verse to bring to mind :)

On February 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM , Lizzi said...

What a wonderful idea!!

On February 21, 2012 at 8:49 PM , Lorrie said...

This is just another reason why I love this team! I still consider myself a "newbie" but have learned so much since joining this team :-)

On February 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM , krafterskorner said...

Great idea! Count me in, I do this all the time anyway!

On February 22, 2012 at 7:31 AM , Niki Jackson said...

Thank you Sheila for featuring my print. What a great idea! Going to convo you. Blessings Niki x

On February 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM , Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

Great idea!

On February 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Thanks so much Sheila for setting this in motion and taking it on.

On February 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM , Kelly Bermudez said...

This is a really great idea!