haldecraft — Business advice

A few reasons to think about leaving Etsy

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Did you see my post last week on a few reasons why Etsy is a great place to start your online shop? Here are a few things that I ran into when my Etsy shop got larger; if similar thoughts are running through your brain, you might want to start looking for venues other than Etsy. 1. While Etsy is inexpensive to start with, if your shop really takes off, your monthly fees can get pretty high. How high is so high that the expense of running your own shop is the lesser payment? Well, that's a number that you'll...

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A few reasons why Etsy is a great place to start a small online handmade-items shop

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1. Etsy has very little startup costs. You have to pay to list your items as you list them, and other than that your only startup "cost" is your time. It does take time to photograph items and list them, and time is a factor when you're one person running a by-hand business... but if you are willing to spend the time and don't have the money to start your own website, Etsy wins, hands down. I feel like I should point out though that there is a small additional percentage taken when you sell something - but you're going...

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Musings on pricing one's work

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Yesterday I drove about an hour south of where I live, to buy some supplies from a reasonably-local business (I call it "reasonably local" because it's only about an hour drive, tops, and it's another woman-owned ceramic supply company that started off small and is not corporate/big-box owned). Anyway. While I was there, I had a press mold in my pile of goodies that another customer saw while she was at the counter, and came back to where I was standing to ask where I had found it and had I seen another one as it was exactly what she...

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Wednesday Wisdom: It's OK to say no

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When it comes to doing something for your small one-person-run business, it's hard to say "no." When it's something that can get you exposure, get your name out, make people aware of you, and maybe even make a profit? It's hard to say no. But when it's something that keeps you up at night, keeps you restless, wakes you up early in the morning with worry, with stress? When it's something you don't feel the love for, don't feel positive about, don't feel you can do a good job with? It's OK to say no. I get it - it's...

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Free Advice Friday: Stats and item views on your Etsy (or other) shop

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I have a love/hate relationship with the forums over at Etsy. On one hand, there is genuinely useful information in there, if you can get past the misspellings and the lack of punctuation. On the other hand, sometimes I think I'm the only one who knows how to do a key word search because PEOPLE, chances are good someone has already asked that question about postage, and that question about whether or not the convo you got is spam, and that question about copyright. Er. Uhm. Anyway. One type of forum topic that will make my eyes glaze over and...

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