10 Things to Make and Sell on Etsy

10 Things to Make and Sell on Etsy

Do you have a crafty side that you would like to turn into a side hustle, or perhaps a full time business? If yes, then have you considered selling on Etsy? If you haven’t heard of Etsy, it’s basically like the holy grail of handmade and vintage items selling platform. In this blog I’m going to discuss 10 things to make and sell on Etsy.

There are 1.6 million sellers on Etsy. Some sellers make and sell their craft to earn a side income, and then there’s some sellers like me who are so very fortunate to earn six figures a year.

That’s right. It’s absolutely possible to earn a full time income selling things on Etsy. I was able to quit my corporate career in graphic design to pursue my own ventures and it’s been awesome.

Owning an Etsy shop is definitely a learn as you go experience. I fully intend to create an online course one day, but if you’re interested in opening your own Etsy shop feel free to check out my 15 Etsy tips for beginners.

But, before you go and open up your own Etsy shop, what should you sell? There are seriously so many things that can be made to sell on Etsy so let’s jump in.

 

Sell What You Love

Before I start listing a bunch of ideas that you can spring off of, I truly believe that you should sell what you love to make.

I know, you’re probably saying, “well, duh” but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t focus on selling things that they love to make. Instead, many people focus on making things that they think will make them the most money. And, don’t get me wrong, making money is a great thing, but selling things just to make money will become daunting and will leave you feeling unfulfilled, trust me. Plus, you’ll most likely fail.

With that being said, take a moment to think about things that you would love to make and sell on Etsy. For me, I’ve always had a great eye for graphic design, specifically print design. It only made sense for me to try out designing marketing materials such as business cards, logos, etc. That venture eventually led me to designing stationairy for baby showers, bridal showers, etc. I found that I have such a strong love for this type of design and that’s what drives me every day.

 

Clothing or Quilts

If you’ve got a passion for sewing, why not consider selling your own line of clothing on Etsy? Baby outfits are especially popular. I myself have purchased outfits for my 1 year old daughter including her “big sister” announcement outfit.

Even if you don’t know how to sew custom clothing, you can create clothing products by using a heat press machine. In this case you can design your own clothing designs, print them with a sublimation printer, and then press it with a heat press.

I also believe quilts and custom bedding are big sellers on Etsy. Yes, quilting takes a lot of energy and time, but the payoff is worth it in my opinion. Check out the nautical bedding set that I purchased for my daughter, I absolutely LOVE it! I purchased the quilt and matching pillow from Lovesewnseams.

10 Things to Sell on Etsy

 

Knitted Items

If you have a knack for knitting then good news for you! Knitted items are a great seller on Etsy. The great thing about knitted items is that there are a lot of different items that you could make such as scarves, hats, and even outfits! I purchased this knitted mermaid outfit for my daughters newborn photos.

Stationary

If you’re familiar with graphic design programs such as Photoshop or Illustrator, you could consider selling custom stationary.  This could range from anything such as birthday cards, invitations, cute paper products, etc.

You can choose to sell digital files of your stationary products, or you could outsource some of your work to a professional printer to offer physical printed products.

 

Bath and Body Care

Another popular option to sell on Etsy are bath and body items. This can range from candles, body butters, bath bombs, even makeup! All natural products are extremely popular right now. The only thing about selling bath and body care products is that you have to be extremely transparent about listing the ingredients used to create them for allergy purposes.

 

Holiday Decor Items

I think that anything decor related is a great seller on Etsy, but holiday decor items sell extremely well. You could create wooden block decor, fireplace garland, or even pillow covers. Custom Christmas ornaments are also a great seller.

And, believe it or not, holiday decor sells during any time of the year. I’ve sold pumpkin related items in February, so don’t think that holiday items only sell well during certain seasons.

 

Jewelry

Did you know that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher purchased their wedding rings off of Etsy?! That’s right, handmade jewelry is a popular item to make and sell on Etsy. And, if you sell something truly unique you can make some decent money (and possibly sell to a celebrity).

There are tons of different jewelry that you could sell on Etsy, including custom charms for bracelets, rings, beaded bracelets, or stone earnings. The options are endless.

Just a fair warning that jewelry is a very saturated category on Etsy. So make sure that your items stand out and are 100% unique.

 

Wedding Related Items

Etsy is a very big market place for anything wedding related. In fact, bridal and wedding season happens to be one of my busiest times of the year.

You could sell bridal shower or wedding decor or favors. Invitations are also very popular. even wedding hair accessories. Etsy has a whole category for all things wedding related that you can check out here.

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Baby Accessories

I honestly had no idea that baby accessories sell so well on Etsy! Girls hair bows especially.  I’ve actually purchased a few recently.  So, if you love making pretty bows out of ribbon then selling baby accessories may be in the cards for you!

 

Printables and DIY Projects

This idea also ties in with stationary, but I believe it’s a different category itself. With the rise in custom planners, printable items have been gaining popularity. Machines such as the Cricut make creating stickers and planner accessories very easy.

You can also create other DIY printables such as tags for gifting, party favor tags, coloring pages, etc.

 

Well, hopefully the above 10 product ideas have helped you decide what you’d like to sell on Etsy. If not, then maybe I can help you brainstorm. Leave a comment below with what you love to make, or what you have a true passion for. We’ll figure this out together 🙂

 

 

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How to Use Pinterest for Your Etsy Shop

How to Use Pinterest for Your Etsy Shop

Do you struggle when trying to figure out how to use Pinterest for your Etsy shop? Well, then this blog is just for you! In this blog I’m going to go over important key things when it comes to marketing your Etsy shop with Pinterest including setting up a business account, being an active pinner, gaining followers, and how to benefit from group boards.

You see, there are many online business owners that don’t realize that Pinterest is a dynamic marketing tool.  There’s a lot more to Pinterest other than DIY projects, recipes and home decor.  In fact, Pinterest is more like a search engine than a social network. Actually, it’s more like a combination of both.  I like to think that Pinterest is just like Google, except with pretty pictures and social features.

So, if you haven’t realized by now, if you’re not using Pinterest to scale your Etsy shop then you may be missing out.

Here are 8 tips to use Pinterest for your Etsy shop.

Sign Up for a Pinterest for Business Account

If your business does not already have a Pinterest for Business account then you can sign up for one at www.business.pinterest.com. It’s completely free. With a business account you’ll enjoy benefits such as analytics, rich pins, promotion services, and buyable pins.

If you use Pinterest for personal purposes then I suggest setting up a separate account for your business. Unless you really want your followers to know what recipes and decor you like :).

 

Create Boards Related to What You Sell

Now that you’ve gotten a business account set up through Pinterest, the next thing you want to do is create boards that are related to things that you sell.  This is how you will gain followers. So, for example, say that you sell favors for bridal showers. You can create boards that are related to bridal showers.

Here are some examples of boards in that category:

  • Bridal Shower Favors
  • Bridal Shower Games
  • Bridal Shower Decor
  • Bridal Shower Ideas

Install the Pinterest Browser Extension

Now, before we even move onto actually pinning things to your boards, let’s make your life a bit easier by downloading the browser extension for Pinterest.

The browser extension is an awesome tool that makes it easier to pin things. To download the browser extension go to the Help Center and follow the instructions for downloading to your specific internet browser. Once it’s downloaded and installed then you’re ready to go! Any time you want to pin a photo from a certain page you can do so by hovering over an image and clicking on the red “save” button that will appear.  This comes in handy when you want to pin your products directly from Etsy or your ecommerce website.

 

Pin Other Content

It’s very important that you pin other content besides your own. If you are only pinning your items then you may not attract as many followers as you would when you pin a good variety of content.

With that being said, head on over to Pinterest and start pinning. Let’s say that you want to find things for your “Bridal Shower Games” board. Search for “Bridal Shower Games” in the search bar. Once you find a pin that you would like to add to your board click “save” and save it to your board.

Don’t forget to mix your items in with your other pins on your boards. For every 10 pins that are not your own pin 1 of your items. Make sense?

 

Add Descriptions to Your Pins

When pinning your own content or items from your website or selling platform, always check that you have a description of your pin.  Having a well written description will help your pin get found in search (this is called search engine optimization). So make sure that your description contains lots of keywords that describes what your item is.

 

Pin Frequently

It’s also very important that you stay active on Pinterest. You should pin things very frequently, at least 10 times a day, but no more than 50.  Pinning more frequently will have your pins show up in search more often, it’s as simple as that. The more active you are, the more people and attention you’ll attract.

 

Use Tailwind

Tailwind is an excellent app that autoschedules pins for you. You can sign up for a free trial which lets you schedule and publish up to 100 pins. If you end up liking the app then you can upgrade to the plus plan which is only 10 bucks a month!  If you use my referral link here then you’ll get a $15 credit towards the plus plan.

Using an auto scheduler like Tailwind saves me so much time and energy, and my followers are growing at a fast pace. At the time of writing this blog I have over 1,300 followers on Pinterest! 90% of my blog traffic now comes from Pinterest with the help of Tailwind.

 

Follow, Like and Share

Since Pinterest is kind of like a mixture between a search engine and a social media platform, one good way to attract followers is to follow other pinners, like their pins, and repin their stuff.  Follow boards that are relevant to the things that you sell. You can also grab attention by commenting on pins.

Remember that the more social you are, the more followers you will attract. And, the more followers you attract the bigger chance you’ll have of your products being repinned. Sounds simple, right?

 

Join Group Boards

Last, but certainly not least, one of the best tips that I can offer you is to join group boards. Group boards are boards that have many contributors.  Usually group boards will have thousands of pins, along with hundreds or thousands of followers.

Joining a group board is fairly easy. To find a group board to join go to pingroupie.com and search for group boards that are related to what you sell. For example, I sell baby shower invitations so I will search for Baby Shower boards.

If the group board has openings for new contributors usually the information regarding how to join will be listed in the description above the board.

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Once you’re accepted to contribute to the group board you can pin things to the board including your content as well as other content related to the group board.

 

Hopefully these tips will help you get started on Pinterest. Is there anything that you’re struggling with when it comes to using Pinterest for your Etsy shop? Feel free to ask in the comments below 🙂

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How to Brand Your Handmade Business

How to Brand Your Handmade Business

I’m super excited to be sharing this blog with you all today. I’m going to be covering something that I actually used to do for a living that I still have a deep passion for. I’m talking about how to brand your handmade business.

It’s the beginning of a brand new year and I’m sure that there’s many people out there looking to establish their brand. Fresh new year, fresh new brand.  I totally get it.  So, in this blog I’m going to go over important topics that involve branding such as building a solid foundation, choosing a color scheme, reaching out to a designer, and more!

I’ve even included a FREE 5 page branding workbook that you can download and print out to use.

I’m also writing this blog assuming that you have a business name picked out already. Choosing a business name is a whole different process itself, so I’m going to save that lesson for another time.

Okay, let’s get started!

 

Describe Your Brand in 3-4 Words

First, let’s start off by choosing 3 to 4 words that you would use to describe your business style or what you want your brand to portray. For example, if you sell handmade hairbows and other accessories for girls then you might choose words such as, “girly”, “fun”, and “chic”.

Another example, let’s say you own a woodworking business that uses reclaimed wood to create beautiful signs. Some examples of words to choose would be “rustic”, “earthy”, and “recycled”.

In my workbook I provide a list of over 50 words to choose from and a few blank spaces where you can add your own.

 

Develop a Mood Board

Developing a mood board (or some people like to call it a brand board) for a brand is my favorite part of the branding process. A mood board is basically a collection of images, colors, and fonts that you would like to use to establish a foundation for your actual brand.

You’re free to create a physical board if you’d like, but my favorite way to do a brand board is through Pinterest.  Pinterest is like a big giant playground when it comes to finding things for mood boards. Create a Pinterest board and call it “Mood Board” or “Brand Board”. You can set the board to private if you’d like.

Next, take the keywords that you chose to describe your brand and search those words on Pinterest. Choose anything that you would like to use for inspiration for your brand and pin it to your board. Photos, color palettes, fonts, etc.  Try to find as many inspiring things as you can.

Now you can actually create a mood board of your own. I usually create my boards in Adobe Photoshop, but considering that most of you probably don’t have Photoshop let’s use Canva instead.  Canva.com is basically a free graphic maker that requires zero graphic design skills.  I love it SO much. Head on over to Canva.com and sign up for a free account if you don’t have one already.

From there, choose to create a design with custom dimensions. I use 1000px wide and 3000px tall because you can always crop it if needed. Here’s an example of a mood board that I created that you can use for guidance.

How to Brand Your Handmade Business

Like in my board, upload and place 3 or 4 images onto your board that are related to the words that you choose.

 

Establish a Color Palette

If you don’t already have a color palette in mind, Canva has a kickass color palette picker that’s free to use.  In your browser, open up a new tab and go to canva.com/color-palette. Next, upload one of the images that you would like to choose colors from and you’ll see that Canva will pull a color palette for you. Make sure you write down the names of the colors and their color codes in the worksheet that I provided so you can save them for later.

Next, go back to your mood board that you’re creating and add a free circle element to your board. Change the color of the circle to one of your chosen colors by using their appropriate color code. Also put a text label of the color code underneath your circle like my example. Pick out anywhere between 2-6 colors.

You can add other things to your mood board such as typography that you would like to include in your brand. Really, anything that you want! Once you’ve finished with your mood board be sure to save it and download it to a place where you will remember.

 

Find a Logo

Now that you’re finished with your mood board, it’s time to start thinking about a logo.  I’m sure that many other designers will agree with me when I say that your logo is the most important piece of your branding. You want to make sure that your logo represents everything that you want your business to portray.

With that being said, I honestly wouldn’t recommend that you try to create your own logo unless you know what you’re doing. Logos should be created as a scalable vector file in a professional graphic design program such as Adobe Illustrator.

If you’re looking to save a bit of money you can choose to purchase a premade logo. A premade logo is a logo that has already been designed and is listed for sale.  The only drawback to purchasing a premade logo is that the logo comes as is with very few customization options and there are other brands out there that may be using that same logo. Do a search on Etsy for “premade logo” and see what comes up!

But, if you’re serious about your logo and branding creation then you can reach out to a graphic designer and request that they design custom branding for you.  I personally love Holly Casto‘s work. I follow her on YouTube and I know that her work is original and absolutely stunning. 

If you choose to go this route then provide the designer with your mood board along with any other ideas that you may have. Graphic designers like Holly typically offer package suites that include a logo, marketing materials, website, etc.

 

Create Marketing Materials

Once you establish a set logo you may want to look into creating marketing materials. A perfect example of a must have marketing material is a business card. You can either purchase a premade business card design or you could have a graphic designer draft a custom one for you. You can order printed business cards for relatively cheap online through places such as VistaPrint.com or Moo.com.

Other marketing materials for your brand can include things such as:

  • Custom thank you cards
  • Packaging stickers
  • Custom printed boxes
  • Post cards
  • Rack cards
  • Shop cover photo

 

Well, hopefully this blog has inpspired you to create branding that truly represents your business.

Do you have any questions when it comes to branding your handmade business? I’m all ears! Leave me a comment below and let’s chat.

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January 2017 Earnings Report – How I Earned 8,855.14 In One Month on Etsy

January 2017 Earnings Report - How I Earn 8855.14 in One Month on Etsy

Oh, hello 2017! Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already. AND, I can’t believe that my 2nd baby girl is due next month! That’s right, I’m preggo.  I don’t know if I announced that on my blog just yet. So, SURPRISE!

Yep, that means that I currently work full time on my Etsy shop, I work on this blog, and I’m a wife and mother all at the same time. Maybe that’s why January went by so quickly?

Anyways, let’s get on with the monthly earnings report. Last month I did a report for the whole year of 2016. Just in case you missed it, check out how I earn six figures a year on Etsy.

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not doing these types of posts to simply brag about my earnings, I’m writing these types of posts so that my readers can follow me on the path to success. I want to show others that earning a full time income online is absolutely possible. I loved reading these types of posts when I first started on Etsy, so I’d like to pay it forward.

So, how much money did I earn from Etsy in January?

$8,855.14. Before any expenses.

I set a goal at the beginning of January that included earning at least $4,000 because I earned a little over $3,000 in January last year. I’m so glad to see that I actually doubled my goal for January despite the fact that it’s been kinda slow for me. I guess there’s not much going on in January that people are ordering invitations for.

How do I earn thousands of dollars a month on Etsy?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with Adobe programs for years.

I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop.  After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop!  Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed, and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from earning $7.00 a day to earning over $1,000 in one day (but, only on some days 🙂 ).

There are a lot of factors that contribute to earning six figures a year on Etsy including SEO (search engine optimization), great product photography, excellent customers service, quality products, and much more!  I’ll break down each category.

SEO

I preach about SEO (search engine optimization) constantly.  SEO is without a doubt the number one reason why I get so many sales. SEO is basically a strategy of word placement that will help your items rank higher in search.  So when someone searches for “Fall Baby Shower Invitations”, one of my listings appears on the first page of the search results.  To learn more about SEO for your Etsy shop I’ve written an in depth article called 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search.

Great Product Photography

We as humans are very visual. When given a lot of choices at once our minds tend to automatically focus on the one thing that draws the most attention.  That’s why it’s so important to have excellent product photography.  Use natural lighting and avoid photographing items on the floor!  For my best photography tips check out 10 Product Photography Tips for Your Etsy Shop.

Excellent Customer Service

Providing excellent customer service is definitely one of my top priorities.  I’ve had so much repeat business within the past year because my customers love that I communicate quickly and because I ship my orders out as fast as I can.  I know that I’m not going to please everyone out there, but I try my hardest to do so.

Quality Products

To put it in simple terms, if I don’t personally like the quality of my product then I won’t sell it. I always aim for the highest quality product with an affordable pricing point.

Quantity of Products

If you have more products available for sale in your shop then you’ll most likely get more sales.  This year I ended with over 800 products in my shop and I hope to have over 1200 products listed by the end of this year.

Offer Matching Items

Finally, my biggest tip that I have for earning thousands a month on Etsy is to offer matching items.  So, for example, I sell printed invitations.  This year I extended my product line to offer matching inserts for the invitations such as diaper raffle inserts, book inserts, games, etc.  Doing this alone prompted my business to explode!

Here are a few more helpful blogs that I’ve written about selling on Etsy:

 

What’s new this month?

This month I really busted my butt by producing more items for bridal showers and weddings. Bridal and wedding season typically starts to pick up in March so I will continue producing more of those products through then.

I also started working on my own website for my shop. I decided to create my own ecommerce website through Shopify. Shopify isn’t the perfect solution for what I need, but it’s better than what I currently have. Etsy will continue to be my main focus for a while.

 

What are my goals for February?

As stated earlier, I am starting to gear up for bridal and wedding season. Currently I have 892 products in my Etsy shop and I really hope to have 1000 products in my shop by the end of the month.

Looking back at last year it looks like I made $6,000 in the month of February, so I’m hoping to earn at least $8,000 this month. We’ll see how that goes!

 

Anyways, I hope that you have a wonderful Valentines day! Let me know what your goals are for February in the comments below!

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15 Etsy Seller Tips for Beginners

15 Etsy Seller Tips for Beginners

Are you new to selling on Etsy and looking for a little guidance? Or, maybe you’re already an established seller and you want to improve your Etsy shop? Either way, the following 15 tips will definitely be of some use to you and your shop.

I’ve been selling on Etsy since the early spring of 2014, so I’ve definitely learned a thing or two.  Since I opened up my shop I’ve gotten over 10,000 sales and I currently earn 6 figures a year on Etsy.  But, I didn’t achieve these stats overnight, trust me.  Growing your Etsy shop takes a ton of determination and skill.  You’ll learn your own lessons along the way, but you’ll get a jumpstart if you follow these 15 Etsy tips for beginners.

Don’t Sell Items That Contain Material Protected by Copyright

If I had to give only one tip to every new Etsy seller, this would be it. A lot of new sellers honestly don’t know that they can’t sell items that contain material protected by copyright. What do I mean about material protected by copyright? Disney characters, Hello Kitty, Chanel, Paw Patrol. Get my drift? Unfortunately you cannot sell items that contain any of these characters or brand logos.

Surprisingly enough, copyright infringement is the #1 mistake that Etsy sellers make.  Etsy does not take IP claims lightly. In fact, over 5,000 shops were permanently shut down between the years of 2014 and 2015 due to IP claims.  So if you’re serious about owning an Etsy shop be sure to avoid selling things that are protected by copyright and trademarks.

Research Shipping Costs First

Assuming that you’ve already got products in mind that you want to eventually sell, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with shipping costs before you list your items.

Typically, if your products weigh less than 4lbs then your cheaper option would be to ship through the USPS rather than FedEx or UPS.  If your products weigh less than 1lb then I would suggest shipping via USPS First Class (arrival in 1-3 business days). However, if you’re shipping products that are over 1lb then make sure you check out all of your shipping options. To my surprise it’s usually cheaper to ship via USPS Priority Mail (arrival in 1-3 business days) than USPS Ground Delivery.

Also consider factoring in the cost of shipping supplies into your shipping fees. If you ship items via USPS Priority Mail you can order free shipping supplies through USPS.

I personally ship all of my packages in a padded USPS envelope, which costs $6.50 for 1-3 day delivery. You can check the costs of shipping by using the Postage Price Calculator

Perfect Your Item Photography

When you sell on a platform such as Etsy, you’re competing with thousands of other sellers. In order to stand out from the crowd you must have excellent product photography. Photograph your items with a lot of natural lighting, use a model if necessary, and don’t photograph your items on the floor.

Related: 10 Product Photography Tips for Your Etsy Shop

Price Your Items Right

To my surprise, a lot of sellers on Etsy are not pricing their items correctly. Make sure that you’re pricing your items to include materials AND labor. After all, you do have to pay yourself a wage. You don’t like working for free, do you?

To learn more about pricing your items check out how to price your handmade items. I’ve even included a workbook that you can use for FREE!

Learn About SEO

If you want to earn some serious cash selling on Etsy, then you’re going to have to learn about SEO (search engine optimization). Sounds scary, right? Don’t worry, it’s not!  SEO is basically a strategy that involves placing the right keywords in the right areas of your listing to help your placement in search. The higher placement that you can get in search the better chance you will have getting a sale.

To learn a few tips about SEO check out my 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search

Don’t List Everything at Once

If you’re just starting out on Etsy and you have a lot of items that you’re planning on listing right away – don’t. Why hold off? I think starting off with 10 to 20 listings is enough to get started. Selling on Etsy is definitely a learn-as-you-go experience which is why I don’t recommend going full force right away. You may want to adjust your listing descriptions, pricing, SEO, etc. after you’ve gotten your feet wet and it’s hard to edit each and every listing individually.

Add More Items

Once you become more comfortable selling things on Etsy then you should focus on adding more items to your shop. Become a product making factory. Remember, the more items that you have listed for sale the bigger chance you will have obtaining more sales.  Just remember to always produce items with quality and not quantity.

Think of Selling on Etsy Like It’s a Game

Growing up do you remember playing any of those tycoon games? Lemonade Tycoon? Rollercoaster Tycoon? I loved those games so much. One of my biggest Etsy tips for beginners is to treat your shop like it’s a tycoon game.  In other words, don’t start selling on Etsy with the expectation that you’re going to earn thousands of dollars a month. Instead, open up your shop and start selling with no expectations at all. That way you’ll succeed no matter what.

Be Patient

Another big tip for new sellers is to just be patient. You might not get your first sale until a month after you list your first item. It just takes a lot of patience. Meanwhile, you can take the time to learn more about selling on Etsy.

Discount Your Items at First

As stated above, obtaining your first sale can take days, weeks, or even months. One of the reasons why it may take a while until your first sale is because you have no reviews yet as a new seller.  To get over this slump, sell your items at a discounted price at first. Do a search on Etsy for items that are similar to yours and compare the prices. If possible, offer your items for cheaper. Do this until you gain a few decent reviews and then raise your prices back up.

Provide Excellent Customer Service

Once your orders start to roll in you should focus on providing excellent customer service.  Make it a priority to communicate with your buyers if necessary.  Sometimes buyers aren’t familiar with buying on Etsy so I directly message every customer to inform them when their package will ship out and how long the package will take to arrive.

Ship Orders on Time

When you receive an order on Etsy you’re given a specific date to ship by based on the processing time that you set when you initially created your listing. It’s extremely important to ship your order by that specific date for two reasons. For one, shipping your orders on time will keep your customers happy. You don’t want to receive negative feedback because you didn’t ship an order on time.

Another reason why it’s important to ship your orders on time is because Etsy does track your shipping rate. If you are constantly shipping orders late then your placement in search will be affected.  Etsy may “punish” you by having your items fall behind in search, which isn’t good if you want to achieve sales.

If you ever feel that you’re starting to fall behind on an order you should contact the customer directly and let them know what’s up. If they are okay with their order shipping late then update the scheduled shipping day immediately.

Join a Community

The most wonderful thing about social media, in my opinion, is that there are so many resourceful communities. Facebook groups are my absolute favorite. If you really need help or advice for your Etsy shop then I would suggest joining a Facebook group. My favorite Facebook group at the moment is The Joyful Entrepreneur.  

Work Hard

If you really want to become successful on Etsy then you have to work seriously hard. You’re not going to achieve success overnight. I started selling on Etsy in the spring of 2014 and it took almost 2 years for me to be able to quit my job to become a full time seller. I really, REALLY worked my butt off to get to where I am now. I worked full time, attended school and grew my Etsy shop all at the same time. There were nights that I would work until 1 or 2 in the morning. Serious dedication, yo.

Don’t Give Up

Last, but not least. My very last tip for Etsy beginners is don’t give up. I witness so many new sellers get so discouraged because they aren’t getting any sales. Seriously, don’t give up! If you feel as if you’re struggling with your shop then feel free to reach out on the Etsy forums or a Facebook group (OR leave a comment below!). You never really know what you can achieve if you shut down your shop. Just take it day by day and don’t have set expectations right away.

I really hope that these tips have helped you, whether you’re a new seller on Etsy or not. Is there anything that you struggle with as a new seller? Feel free to ask questions in the comments below!

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