Erin from Pure Naked Soap’s best piece of advice for other Etsy sellers is – build your social media presence. Pure Naked Soap is active on many social media sites, posting on a regular basis. It’s important for postings to reflect your product and are true to your branding. The more active you are on social media, the more the internet knows who you are. Join Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook (Follow Pure Naked Soap by clicking on the links & we can support each other!)
Dee from In Fashion Glass says she first fell in love with glass fusing as a hobby. When she needed a way to earn money to buy more art glass, continue learning and trying new techniques – that’s where Etsy came in. She was advised by friends to sell some of her fused glass pieces there.
Her number one bit of advice for novice Etsy sellers is to read up on SEO (search engine optimization) and how to get found in searches, by using accurate item titles and tags. As well as how helpful it is to join a good team and cross-promote on social networking sites.
Jocelyn from New CreatioNZ, found Etsy was the perfect way for her to share her art with others. After growing up in South Africa, she moved to New Zealand where she fell in love with it’s beauty. Her photography showcases everything that she loves about New Zealand nature and her paintings are an exploration of that. She have also delved into pattern making, printing her designs onto fabric and other surfaces, mainly along home decor lines. What really drives her is the act of creating and how fulfilling that is. When asked about creativity, she says “I truly believe that everyone has creativity within them, whether it is lying dormant or not!”
Her advice for other easy sellers is to join a team on Etsy! Teams are the way to stay up to date on information and being a team member has been hugely beneficial. Being a member of the Promotional Frenzy Team on Etsy has really helped her in get an understanding of how to cross promote and use social media.
Charlene from Crocheted By Charlene has been crocheting for years, had just begun to sell at a few craft shows when her daughter called to tell her about Etsy.
Her number one piece of advice for novice Etsy sellers is to narrow down how many different products in your shop, all while having a little something for everyone. She advises that sellers focus on items that are best sellers – such as the turtle pot holder pictured above. She started branching out with different colors this year to build her line.
One of the other unique things about selling on Etsy is that shop owners can join teams of like minded shop owners to provide support and advice on marketing, products and more. To help support some of my fellow Etsy sellers I will be posting a monthly update featuring some unique items found on Etsy, with some background information on the Etsy shop owner. I will be looking for products created in the spirit of Pure Naked Soap, natural, renewable, environmentally friendly and unique.
If you sell on Etsy and have an item you would like featured in November, please post a link in the comments and a brief overview of some of your background information. What motivated you to create or collect? What makes your products special? What is your story? What are your business goals for the next year? What do you love most about selling on Etsy? What advice do you wish someone had shared with you when you first opened your Etsy shop?