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How To Start Selling on Etsy – And Profits From what you Love

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For those who dont know! Etsy as a popular online marketplace where art buyers, craft buyers, and vintage collectors come together with sellers of same. Art pieces, crafts, craft supplies, and vintage collectables are sold through “fixed price listings”.

Sellers also get to set up their own Etsy stores (easy to do) to attract more buyers, and encourage multiple item orders. ‘Social sharing’ of listings is also encouraged on the Etsy site, which can hugely increase your sales & profits!

Does starting selling on Etsy is possible? does it work for you? do I need special skills? 

Well answer lies in simplicity of platform. In other words, you just need to set up your virtual shop which virtually take an hour or two to start!.

In today post I invite “Samantha” one of the best seller on Etsy who start her journey in humble circumstances and make it today she is standing now!.

We start with mostly asked questions and how they excel on this platform.

How did you get started with Etsy?
– How did you get the idea for your shop?
– What are the main ways (or main way) you promote your listings?
– To what do you attribute your success?
– (Optional) Anything else you’d like to add?

Shop Overview

Shop Name:  Karolinas Krafts

Shop Owner:  Karolina

Shop Opened  Jan. 23, 2014 

Niche: Stickers

How did you get started with Etsy?

I’ve always been into art & crafts and actually have a Youtube channel where I would share some of my crafts with my viewers. Then when I started graduate school at the end of January 2014 and was going to school full time, I ordered a planner that looked like it would work for me, and it did.

But a planner wasn’t enough, a planner wasn’t paying my bills while I was going to school full time. So I decided I would combine my love for crafts and my obsession with my planner with etsy to make an extra buck without having to punch a clock and still be able to dedicate enough time to school.

How did you get the idea for your shop?

When I decided to switch from an e-planner back to a paper planner I joined many planner related Facebook groups , I saw how many people drew in their tasks, or how people decorated with stickers they found at a craft store,
many of which took up a lot of space in their planner.

I then had the idea to open up my own shop and make decorations for planners including small stickers that are super cute, are functional, and help people stay organized.

What are the main ways (or main way) you promote your listings?

Since my shop is aimed at people who stay organized with a planner/agenda,I’ve joined many planner and organizational related Facebook groups and promote my shop there.

To what do you attribute your success?

Hard work and dedication, and a supportive, loving boyfriend who bought me the equipment I needed to be successful.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve always wanted something to call my own, my own store, my own business, something where i’d be able to make my own hours and work in my own time. I live by the quote “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined” by Henry David Thoreau, and Etsy is where it led me to.

 It’s time to create your OWN success story! 

The key of success on Etsy platform is that your shop must and should be linked to all traffic mediums and for this the best option is your own blog! there are advantages to having a blog and / or website to help promote your Etsy store.

You can link to it from your emails, FB page(s), Etsy About page, Twitter posts, etc. and it gives you an air of “authority” in your niche.
If you haven’t start your dream blog yet than here is link to my all time favorite post on “How to Start your Dream Blog”

 

 

 

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