Back to the Drawing Board

I’ve been working for the past week on figuring out how to sell items here on my WordPress site.  I upgraded to Premium for the Simple Payments options and started to slog through the process.

It’s been a long week.

man showing distress
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

You and me both, stock photo man.  :/

Things I’ve realized as I worked:

  • I didn’t need to upgrade to Premium – Simple Payments doesn’t let me provide automatic emails/links for downloading the digital products.
  • Inserting my own PayPal buttons on my site was waaaay more complicated than it should be.
  • iOS doesn’t play nice with anyone.
  • I do not like coding.  I can grasp the basics, but any more than that is just frustrating.
  • I still need to track buyer’s addresses for sales tax, in case I would go over any given state’s transaction limit for remote sellers.
  • No wonder people use Etsy, Amazon, Ebay, and the like – it’s sooo much easier.

So, after working diligently for a week and having little to show for it, I need to take a step back and rethink what I’m doing.

I’m going to give myself a mental break this weekend and have a good long think about how best to achieve what I want.  What advice would I give someone else in this situation?  And am I brave enough to take it?

Here’s hoping.

5 thoughts on “Back to the Drawing Board

  1. Every one is different and your experiences sound a lot like what mine have been when I’ve been in a similar position. The conclusion I came to is that I only have a certain amount of energy and interest in life for a project and that energy and interest needs to be marshaled to things that will help grow and maintain the project.

    Things that frustrate and make me do the Stock Photo Man pose are things that I’ll do if I have to, but if I can off-load those things by paying fees to streamline the process on a platform like Etsy or Amazon or Ebay, then I’ll do so assuming that in my analysis I can still make a reasonable profit. Then I can put my energies to better use (since I’m not constitutionally inclined to want to code beyond the basics either) rather than putting to things like messing around with Paypal buttons or maintaining databases for state sales tax.

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  2. Aahh I’m so sorry. It’s funny because I remember reading a very similar post- about upgrading to premium and feeling betrayed because the links have to be sent manually. I’ve been spending a lot of time on this too so I’m extremely glad I came across all your reviews!
    Wish you had read that post too, but well, experience is the best teacher. :))
    Thanks a lot for posting this- as people might get a clearer idea now.🙂


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