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Tips on Runninng a Sucessful Etsy Shop

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Tips on Runninng a Sucessful Etsy Shop

    I recently celebrated 10,000 Etsy sales on Christy Wright’s Business Boutique and many members had a few questions or requested that I share a few tips. I figured that it would be easiest to condense everything in one post instead of posting comment by comment.MY ONLY REGRET: Not committing to my shop sooner. While I reserved my name on Etsy on June 1st, 2012, I didn't set up my shop until May 21st of 2014. This was a mistake. I should have dived right in.However, In 2012 I did not understand Etsy’s potential. No one would share real...

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How to Set Up Instagram Ads and Hiring (Cheap) Help

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How to Set Up Instagram Ads and Hiring (Cheap) Help

Instagram ads are somewhat hard to figure out. I consider myself to be able to understand most concepts. But when reading the entire Instagram Advertising website it was still quite confusing as to where to start. So I hired Kit. Kit is my virtual marketing assistant. And is now my #1 amigo when it comes to advertising on Instagram and Facebook. Kit works with my Shopify, Etsy, Big Cartel, Instagram, Facebook and more! It is amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Simply connect your phone to Kit and sent text messages to set up ads, market your products, post to Facebook, update your business...

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Etsy and Copycats - The Problem of Design Stealing on Etsy

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Etsy and Copycats - The Problem of Design Stealing on Etsy

If you sell on Etsy and become even marginally successful, it is a given that you will encounter copycats. Design thieves. Unimaginative pathetic morons. Whatever you like to call them.A few months back I came across a seller that offers leather luggage tags. Every single design was copied from an established Etsy seller. They copied six of my designs.When I asked them to remove the listings, they replied “but i want to said is design myself”. (seller is located in China).No. You did not design it yourself. Copying my exact listing titles is a dead giveaway that you copied the...

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Who or What is Successful on Etsy?

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Who or What is Successful on Etsy?

How do you define success on Etsy? Is it possible to make a living on Etsy? Yep. My main Etsy shop shop grossed $90,000+ revenue in 2015. In 2016, my sales have increased by 33.41%, well on track to clear $120,000+ revenue in 2016. But how could I ever know if that is considered to be “successful” among the 1.5 million sellers on Etsy? Etsy’s new rules allow for the use of manufacturing and staff (gasp!). If I am doing $100k a year as a single maker operated business, there must be hundreds of shops making 5x-10x that amount. It...

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New Shopify Store

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I opened a new EXSECT SHOPIFY STORE over the weekend. Although it seemed fairly easy to set up, importing from Etsy is a nightmare. After fixing all of the prices, variations, spacing in the listings, titles and links... I discovered last night that ALL of the tags have underscores in them instead of spaces. What a pain. Sometimes I truly get tied of doing everything myself. I wish I could pass off the most tedious tasks to SOMEONE and have confidence that they will actually be done correctly. Off to fix tags for HOURS!  

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