Etsy is the one stop shop for all things handmade and vintage. If you are gifted at creating unique and handmade items, or enjoy selling vintage items, Etsy is the perfect store front for you. Selling on Etsy can be easy and profitable, and is a great way to turn your hobby into cash.
One of the things that I love about Etsy is there is no limit to what you can create and sell! You can really use any talent you have from Knitting to Sewing, to Graphic Design to create items to sell! It’s a great way to bring in a little extra income for your family without being tied to an 8-5 job and there are people all over the nation earning full time incomes selling out of their own homes! So if you have a creative side, start brainstorming ideas, You might be surprised at the opportunities available for you selling on Etsy.
If you are new to Etsy I put together some helpful tips on how to start selling on Etsy and tips for being successful at it!
How to Start Selling on Etsy + Tips for Being Successful
Step 1: Build up your merchandise.
It is advised that you open your Etsy shop with at least 10 items. Have ten items crafted or that you have curated ready for sale. This might mean preparing to open your Etsy store several weeks to several months in advance.
Step 2: Prepare your listings.
Take bright and clear photos of your merchandise. Make them as appealing and telling as possible. Also jot down notes for each item, including item size, material specifics, age, and what your price will be for the item.
Step 3: Open your Etsy shop.
Creating an Etsy account is easy. Simply create your store name, password, and upload a profile for yourself. You can even upload a colorful store banner, set coupon codes, and post your shipping and buying policies. You will also link up your shop to your Paypal account which is how you will be paid.
Step 4: List your items.
Use several pictures per listing and be very clear in your description. Invite buyers to ask questions and purchase multiple listings to combine shipping.
Step 5: Promptly close and deliver your sales.
Once a sale is made, promptly contact the buyer and thank them. Once payment is made, package the item and ship it with care. Follow up to make sure they were satisfied with the sale.
One of the easiest ways to ship items is by using the Pay Pal Shipping Center, you’ll get access to print labels from your home this is so easy and will help you ship your items faster.
Now, all you need to do is list some more and do it all over again! So how can you be successful at selling on Etsy?
Here are a few tips to help you sell your items quickly!
– Be as descriptive as possible, use a wide range of tags to help buyers find your items, and use multiple photos per listing.
– The more you list, the more Etsy is going to feature your items in searches.
– Earn lots of positive feedback from your buyers. This will make you a trustworthy seller. I have seen sellers include cards with their items reminding people to tell their friends and leave a review if they love the item.
– Be professional, stay unique to yourself, and handle all transactions promptly.
Give these tips a try and you will find that selling on Etsy can be fun and profitable! Whether you are selling handmade or vintage, these tips are sure to bring any seller success.
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