(Closed) Work from home/2nd job brainstorm! Anyone have any luck with Etsy stores?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Blog about baking?  haha…  That’s all that I got!

EDIT:  My brother currently blogs and made like $1,500 one month.  I dont really know what its all about or how it works – but its definitely worth a shot!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

The blogging I’m assuming it’s from putting ads on his blog? 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

make wine related stuff on etsy. wine bottles are huge now;) or corks. then you can blog about it πŸ˜‰

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Agreed, wine bottles are a big thing. If there are any wine outlets around where you live, you might want to go see about buying a case of empty bottles. I worked at a winery outlet and customers could buy a case of empty bottles for like $3.99. A lot of people bought them for home brewing but they definitely work for crafts, too.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@oracle:  I had an etsy store (it’s on pause this year while I plan the wedding). I actually really liked it. I have a design degree but the ‘art world’ wasn’t really opening up for me so I got anew degree in IT solutions and have a corporate salary position for my 8-5 job. I can give you the pros and cons of my experience and you can hopefully use them to decide.

Pros: I get to express my creativity on the side and make a profit. I can actually make a profit! lol The sign-up, creation of a store, and payment processes are all pretty well fine-tuned. It’s so easy to start up and whatever you put up is immediately ‘for sale’ and visable to customers. πŸ™‚ It’s easy to communicate, offer discounts, and finish a sale with your customers. I did it as a second job and it was a great idea to spend my spare time because …it’s fun!

Cons: The main thing is that the site itself is so oversaturated with hacks, and people with zero talent that it’s hard to e seen in a regular search. I have never felt so …invisible? in my life. My design work has always stood out among my peers in the classroom and even at local shows, but in Etsy I may as well have been another hack. You have to devote a decent amount of time to learning how treasury lists, favorites, and sponsered ads work and if they actually benefit your actual product. I also made it a point that I wouldn’t abuse facebook and my friends and family by constantly harping on them to check my store or share a new product – so this meant all of my advertising would need to be within the etsy community itelf. And the ‘community’ is a fickle thing.

If you have a picky customer you have to work extra hard, communicate VERY often (which is difficult with a full-time job) to make sure they are happy and don’t give you a bad review. Orders come in all through-out teh day and if it is a second-job then you only have half your day to ship and send – and of your package is too big to be dropped off in the ‘slot’ at the post office then you have to go during business hours (ie: when you are at work).

That’s really the jist of it. I will probably go back to it after August. I want to find a design need I can fill without being ‘one of many’ which is hard. If you want easy money just pay attention to bridal/wedding trends and try to make a quality product. Brides are huge about etsy and its a good paying niche – but you will need to morph with the trends. For example, making handmade bouttenieres, brooch bouquets, bridal belts/sashes, headpieces, banners, pennents etc is huge right now. If you can make them for a decent price (ie undercut the market a little) while you make a name for yourself you could have a good beginning.

Just some ideas πŸ™‚ Good luck!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Last year I went to a “wine party” – where there was a lady selling wine that you could sample like a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay or any of those selling at home parties. You could look into getting involved with a company like that. You would be out of the house on some nights, but I wouldn’t think you would have very many parties per week. It would be fun to be able to teach people about wine since you said you like it. And I remember the lady saying that she had started doing it pretty recently and the company that she worked for offered lots of incentives – like wine tasting trips. I thought it sounded awesome. Sorry that I don’t remember the name of it.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@oracle:  I PMed you!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@oracle:  I recently started learning about essential oils for healthcare.  When I first got into it, I didn’t plan AT ALL to try and make money at it.  I was just really interested and kept attending every class I could.  Finally, my friend talked me into teaching a class and I actually liked it. lol  Go figure…I’m still in the beginning stages, but hopefully someday I’ll start to make money.  If not, atleast I’ll stay healthy along the way. lol

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