(Closed) Any Etsy Shop Owners willing to share tips for starting out?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d love to hear these as well!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Me three!

One thing that I hear all the time is that it’s the quality of the photos make or break your shop. (but i am sure that’s not news to anyone) 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Me, too! I think a lot of shops do well by just having 1 specific thing (like purses, flasks, etc) or in a theme (wedding, etc) to get customer loyalty. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

bump

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not an etsy shop owner (I wish…it’s something I’ve thought would be cool to be) but as a customer I would say I really like when shop owners reach out via other social media groups.  For example, one shop owner has a blog and a facebook page.  She’s also on instagram — she gets her product out there through many different ways.  Plus, she has a newletter that people can subscribe to from her blog and sometimes there are coupon codes.  She also makes treasuries and I like seeing that she likes some of the same things as me.  I dunno, it makes her relateable?  She’s always happy to answer questions and just generally really nice and quick with answering messages.

So, as a customer, those are things I like.  I like to feel like I’m buying from someone that could be my friend.  You have to connect to the customer basically.  I think that’s what etsy is about.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Loribeth:  i have a page and the best advice is to promote, promote promote. I created a fb businesspage and directed people that want to order head over to the etsy page. Also, paying to be a spotlight product has proven to be well worth it!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Loribeth:  well when I do craft shows I have a card that says info including my etsy shop, my bc also have that info on there. You pay a certain amount and it will spotlight your item when so,eone searches.  It might be called something different but that is the idea of it.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m an etsy owner! 

 

I agree with what a bee said before about the quality of the pictures — they definitely make or break! Make sure to take ALL of your pictures in natural light, as it makes for better color clarity! 

 

Also, start promoting when you have PLENTY on your site, it’s hard to get noticed when you only have two to five things available — make a variety!

 

Use Pinterest to “repin” your things, it will get lots of looks! 

 

Last, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, invest, invest, invest money. People say that, “Oh, I’ll invest this little amount and then I’ll get it all back and then invest more.” No. That’s a mistake. You need to invest atleast $200-400 in good materials and promotion within the first month, it’ll make a big difference.

Etsy takes care of the customers and definitely makes that “little shop around the corner” feel so personal and sweet.

 

Good luck to you! 🙂 

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like when Etsy shops have a facebook page. It definitely increases the chance of me buying from them.

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