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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... 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...

Faux Painted Oxfords DIY I’m really digging the whole oxford trend right now. Maybe it is because my mom was rocking the androgynous look way before it was cool or because I love Diane Keaton, but I’ve always had a thing for women wearing men’s apparel and making it feminine and beautiful. My favorite pair of oxfords I have are men’s solid tan suede and so cute but I’m crushing on all of the super cute two toned oxfords like these and these. Since those suckers are so far out of the budget I decided to make my own out of a pair of cheap tennis shoes. I’ll be rocking my new kicks while saving up for the oxfords of my dreams! Want to make your own faux painted oxfords? White Tennis ShoesWater Soluble Fabric Marking PenFabric Paint OR Acrylic Paint + Fabric MediumPaint Brushes, Small and Medium SizedWet Rag Step 1: Purchase cheap white tennis shoes. Step 2: Use a water soluble fabric marking pen to draw out the oxford design on your shoes. To get some ideas, do a Google image search for “oxford shoes”.

Big Cartel Pricing and Sign Up We give you the useful tools you actually need, and leave the bells and whistles out. You could say simplicity is our biggest feature. Indicates a premium feature not available on our free Gold plan. Quick setup Get a simple store online in minutes and get back to doing what you love. Order management Search or download your full order history, view specific order details and history, print packing slips, and track which orders have been shipped. Five images per product Your customers want to see what they’re buying, so show off your products with big and beautiful photography. Inventory tracking Always know how many products you’ve sold, how many are left in stock, and have products automatically marked as “Sold Out” when they’re gone. Digital products Sell your digital art, music, videos, fonts, photos, eBooks, and other downloadable products with our integrated sister-service, Pulley. Sell in-person Sell on Facebook Get your products where the people are! Seamless checkout Real-time dashboard

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. Busted by the Crafts Cops How-to Place a Button On Your Blog So, you have seen the beautiful squares on blog sidebars with the unreadable HTML code underneath and have read the blog authors’ words encouraging you to GRAB THEIR BUTTON! But how can you do that? Here is an easy and fast step-by-step tutorial which will help you show the things that are important to you and strengthen your social contacts in Blog World. HTML is the backbone of every blog and website, it lies behind each color, photo or any element you can think of on your blog. But thanks to blogging platforms such as Blogger, you don’t need to know what that is in order to use it! Now, imagine you are taking part in a Blog Hop which requires you to publish the badge for the period of the blog hop, or you want to host some blogger’s button on your page. you can do this in 10 easy steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Like this: Like Loading...

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art Well that’s a mouthful! So the time has come, it’s Pinterest Challenge time again! Every season Sherry from YHL and Katie from Bower Power throw a little link party to get people to stop pinning things and actually start making. This was the image I saw that sparked me to start saving my toilet paper rolls. I literally have been saving my rolls for. ever. Here’s what my toilet paper wall art turned into! Ok let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Next, I cut them up. Then, I took 4 pieces and glued them together using a hot glue gun. I continued doing this until I had about 40. Then I took the mirror I was going to use (10″ mirror purchased at Joann’s for $8) and placed it on the floor and started adding all the circles around keeping in mind that I wanted to keep it in a circle. At this point when I looked at it I felt it resembled a snowflake so I had to figure out how to completely round it out. Once everything was attached I used command strips on the back of the mirror and hung it up!

10 great places to sell your design work online | Career Whatever kind of design job you have, the time comes when you ask yourself: "why am I working for a boss when I could sell design work I've created directly to the public?" There are loads of ways to make money from your talents, and it's simpler than ever to sell design work online. You no longer have to invest huge amounts of time and money building your own online store: there are many existing ecommerce websites which will allow you to reach a wider market and sell your products. So whether you're looking to publish a book, create your own T-shirts, or sell a series of art prints, the following sites offer a tried and tested way to make the most of your design work and start generating an income from it... 01. Art Web is an ecommerce site that specialises in selling art online to buyers around the world. 02. Bouf brings together creatives, artists and designers who create unique products to sell their works to consumers who are bored of the mass-produced items on the high street. 03.

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:

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