Post # 1
I’m thinking about starting an etsy store making wire jewerly to start out (maybe I’ll add gemstones to it later… that’d be awesome). Any advice for me? Have you ever had an Etsy store? How’d it work out for you? I’m still in college (4 more classes!) and I’m taking classes part time, and also working VERY part time (~8-12 hours a week), so I have a lot of time to do it, and would like to make some extra money on the side doing this!
Post # 2
My FI and I had a Etsy store for awhile selling candles. Let me tell you, there is A LOT of heavy competition out there, especially for jewelry and candles. Not trying to discourage you, but we did not feel like it was worth it at all. We ended up making like $300 in 6 months even though we got thousands of views! It’s a tough, tough marketplace!
With that said, if you do decide to go ahead and open a store, be prepared to spend a little money. The “ads” are a MUST if you want a decent amount of views. We didn’t had them at first and barely anyone saw our stuff cas it was buried so deep in the pages when people pull up searches. Also, try to be a descriptive as possible when you choose your “search” words. That will make a BIG difference.
Good luck to you!
Post # 3
FutureMrsMitchell: Thank you! I know it’s a tough market. Honestly, even if I just made a few hundred a month after a while that’d be helpful. I suspect it’ll take a few months to maybe a year to really get speed going.
Post # 4
I believe there are online articles to help with these kinds of questions too. I know I looked into it when I started making my chunky gumball necklaces for little girls. Paying for additional advertisement, having a strong facebook presence, and creating local clientele were all awesome suggestions I encountered.
Post # 5
As an Etsy customer my advice would be to really take a look at shipping options and find the cheapest! I will never pay close to or equal price for shipping as im paying for an item! There are so many like items on there that I often find myself deciding based on shipping cost 🙂
Post # 6
My fiance and I also started an Etsy store to see if we can sell some homemade greeting cards and other items like etched beer glasses. I would say that our biggest issue was just not having the time to create and keep up with the products. They say that you should post 5-8 products (not all the ones you have) so that you can add in “fresh” products. Like the other posters suggested, there are plenty of articles out there that talk about success on Etsy. Check out other sellers’ marketplaces for suggestions too.