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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? Related:  Creative Biz

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... 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...

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. 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:

How to Sell on Etsy Includes 100 Sites to Promote by EurekaGuides 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:

All the Tools You Need for More Sales on Etsy Kit by EurekaGuides The Art of Online Selling All the Tools You Need by EurekaGuides 10 Things you MUST Do to Have a Successful Online Craft Business There is so, so much that goes into having a successful online craft business. Truly, the path is long, and can be hard, and has so very many steps. However, I’ve been in the handmade business for a long time now, and over the last few years I’ve built up my business to the point where I am now earning MORE than I did in my last professional job. Some days, I can’t quite believe that I’ve reached this point. A few years back, it seemed like a pretty unattainable dream. But here we are. I don’t say this to brag or toot my own horn, I say it to give you hope. Not a false hope. No. But if you’ve dreamed of doing what I do – making a living from selling your craft, I’m here to tell you that it IS possible. Today, I thought I would dig deep into those years (and YEARS) of trial and error to share with you 10 things that I believe are absolutely crucial to the success or failure of your online handmade business. 1. This is number 1. This can be HARD. But is there a market for it? 2. 3. 4. This. 5.

10 Real Tips For Successfully Selling On Etsy I have been selling my metal furniture, jewelry and trees on Etsy since 2007. I have been there and done that and I am still selling! Through the years I have learned first-hand how to market my shop. I have also been writing about selling on Etsy since 2008 and coaching Etsy sellers in every niche imaginable. I am the owner and chief editor of Handmadeology and the author of How to Make Money Using Etsy. The following 10 tips for selling on Etsy will help you understand what it takes to become successful on Etsy. One of the best things you can do to help become successful selling on Etsy is to study the most successful sellers and see what they are doing. Top 10 Handmade Etsy Sellers 1. My number one tip that I tell new Etsy sellers, is to remember that Etsy is not magic. Starting an Etsy shop? The Most Important Part of Your Creative Business What do you WANT?! Tips for Self-Management That Will Help You Reach Your Goals and Dreams Handmade Business Plan – Why You Need One 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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