This weekend was a long one, but short on time. Where did it go so fast?! I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted. However, there were some major milestones in my crafting ventures. The biggest of these being the setup of my Etsy Store – The Modern Lady.
Setting up an Etsy store is more work than I anticipated. Quite frankly, the whole Paypal thing threw me off a bit. I HATE reading boring stuff like Terms & Conditions, bla bla bla. I skipped past most of it, signed up for a Premier account and called it a day. Hopefully people can pay for items they purchase … that’s if someone buys something :) (In retrospect, perhaps I should have paid more attention to that part.)
What I did focus on was my Shop Policies. If you’re used to selling your handmade items on eBay this is probably a snap. However, Etsy is my first foray into the land of selling handmade items. So, I had to take some time to think about what my payment options would be, how I would ship items, if I would take returns/exchanges, etc. My tip for others here is to look at other successful Etsy shops to see how those before you have done it. I looked up Etsy‘s featured sellers for this and it was extremely helpful.
Another very important thing to do is check out your competition. There are a lot of different elements that come together for a listing but the items that appear in the search results are key. Make sure you have an awesome first picture that truly represents your product. Also, the price is right is not just a game show. You have to ensure you have priced your items appropriately for your competition. Lastly, make sure your title is representative of your item as well as an attention grabber.
Etsy has a Seller Handbook; I’m looking forward to dissecting it as I have time to see if there are any golden nuggets of information. I have a LOT to learn here… but I’m excited to be trying something new. We’ll see how it goes :) Hope you had a restful Martin Luther King, Jr. day!