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Starting an Etsy Shop? Here are 8 Articles You Must Read First

Starting an Etsy Shop? Here are 8 Articles You Must Read First
Gypsy earrings – handmade chandelier earrings – Gypsy, Yellow Article by: Jenny Hoople Lots of people have been asking me lately what they should know about setting up a shop on Etsy. Here I’ve gathered together the articles that have been golden nuggets of advice for me in a sea of information. Know at the beginning that making amazing products is only half the battle, the other half of your time will be making sure that the right people are aware of them. I’ve found that the marketing part of owning an indie craft business is just as fun and creative as the making part. The first set of articles that you want to bookmark and begin your reading adventure with is the Etsy Seller’s Handbook. Happy crafting friends, and good luck to you! Find more Helpful Articles:Social Media MarketingFacebook TipsProduct PhotographyEtsy Success TipsSmall Business TipsBlogging TipsCraft Show Tips 3,505,221 new items were listed on Etsy in December 2013 Alone Is your Etsy shop drowning in a sea of sellers?

10 Things Buyers Are Looking For On Your Product Pages Feathery Plumes No. 22 watercolor painting When shopping online, your customers don’t have the luxury of trying on your products, touching them, feeling them or asking you questions about them. This can leave them unsure if they should purchase from your site. To make sure that your customers click the ADD TO CART or BUY NOW button, here are 10 things you must have on your product page: The cost of the productPictures of the product – preferably more than one picture, with the ability to zoom in and get up close to see all the details of the product). Article by: Andreea Ayers Like this: Like Loading... Your Online Store. Simplified. - Retailr The Most Important Part of Your Creative Business Make Time Square Tile Magnet by: 26MileStones Have you guessed it already? The most important part of your business is YOU! Are you taking care of yourself properly? As I type this, I have to pause every few minutes and squeeze my left shoulder to try to bring some relief to what I think is a pinched nerve, caused by all of the sitting and typing and browsing and sewing I’ve been doing. Confession is good for the soul, right? It’s not that I don’t have the time to work out. The truth is that I am my own worse enemy! And I just started a new blog, which I’m so excited about that I’m neglecting my housework EVEN MORE than I was before. Loads of laundry are whirring in the background as I type this. Don’t worry! Quote for the day: work smarter, not harder! Still sitting there? See the original “The Most Important Part of Your Business” here. Like this: Like Loading...

Busted by the Crafts Cops 10 Blogging Tips to Increase Sales Vixen Fox Necklace. Modern Sterling Silver pendant. by: Joannarutter 10 Blogging Tips to Increase Sales Anyone who has ever started a blog knows that the saying “build it and they will come” is a myth. Business Blog Strategies That Increase Sales Post your picture and tell your story. Bio: Monica Crowe helps creative, passionate women make more money doing what they love by leveraging their websites.

Callin' Out On Etsy Writing Expert Product Descriptions for Your Etsy Shop Fabric Fiber Brooch Pin Hand Embroidered Queen Annes Lace Textile by: waterrose Writing Expert Product Descriptions for Your Etsy Shop Great product descriptions are pivotal to engaging customers and helping them to understand what is so special about your product and why they need to purchase it. I have seen many product descriptions on Etsy that are either much too brief, leaving lots of unanswered questions or are very lengthy with unorganized information. It takes practice to master the creation of a strong description. Give enough information for the reader so they are able to make an educated decision. A good general formula: 1. 2. 1-2 intro sentences 3. 4. Below are 2 good product descriptions. Product Description Example #1: Handcrafted (Brand X) Natural Beeswax Candle Enjoy the warm glow of this 6″ tall beeswax candle. Benefits of beeswax: A natural, renewable resourceLonger lasting than traditional wax candlesEmits no harmful fumes when burning. Your natural (Brand X) pillar candle:

Websites for Artists : Shopping Cart Websites | IndieMade How to Sell on Etsy Includes 100 Sites to Promote by EurekaGuides Jewelry photography tips - how to take pictures of jewelry Taking good quality pictures of jewelry for most is an unsolved mystery. However, there are some simple techniques used by the professional, which even amateur photographers can use to obtain dramatic results with minimal effort. The following examples show the basic setup that should allow anyone to achieve results they can be proud of. These images were all taken using a Canon Digital Rebel camera with a 100MM lens. The basic setup we used included an EZcube light tent to soften the shadows and eliminate glare, while providing a clean and clutter free background. The keys to good jewelry photography are sharpness, lighting, exposure, and in the case of gemstone photography, creating some sparkle. Another key to a sharp image is a tripod. Another key to good jewelry photography is the lighting. We prefer daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulbs for lighting. Proper exposure is also key to good jewelry photography.

Creative Ways for Selling Your Paintings It is not enough to be creative in your paintings, in order to make a living as an artist, you also have to be good at marketing yourself. This is something artists generally find quite difficult. It is also important to know where and how to market yourself so that you are not wasting your valuable time. I am going to list some ideas that have worked well for me and other artists I know both online and in the real world: 1. Submit your paintings to groups on Flickr Flicker is a great place to publish any form of art and get a lot of attention. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. These are just 10 ideas that have worked for me and I hope they may help some of you. For marketing tutorials, please go here:

Selling Artwork, Crafts, and Supplies on Zibbet Since Zibbet is growing rapidly and is still in its early stages of ramping up as a great new place to sell art online, early birds like you and me get to benefit enormously. Right now, a premium monthly membership on Zibbet is $7. You can go back to a free membership any time if you decide a premium membership isn't worth it. (but for the price of a sandwich for 30 days of full customization, social media integration and more, it's probably worth it, don'tcha think?) There are less than 350 premium Zibbet memberships available at that price, with new memberships getting snatched up each day. After that, the price jumps to $15 a month, but anyone getting in earlier gets the $7 rate forever, no matter what. Here's a cute shop by premium subscriber stacyjean (notice the colors - you can customize all sorts of things with premium memberships!) Let's learn about what features you get in a Zibbet premium membership that you don't get with the free version Still need convincing? 5 x $0.20 = $1