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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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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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An Experiment with Paid Instagram Advertising and Etsy

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An Experiment with Paid Instagram Advertising and Etsy

For January 2016 I set a goal to target Instagram accounts with high amounts of followers for paid advertising and gave myself a $200 budget. I personally have 13.7k Instagram followers (@aminabaker.exsect) and have always had great success with sales when posting items on my Instagram account. Why not target a much larger audience that just my personal followers? I contacted Instagram accounts created and managed by private persons who curate handmade items. They offer to feature your item/shop/story for a fee. Usually $15-30 a feature. The fee guarantees the featured spot vs. wishful tagging and crossing my fingers for...

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You Better Shop Around

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In April of 2014, I owned a considerable amount of Tandy Leather (TLF) shares at $9.63 a share. This holding had served me well since purchasing them in 2012 at a little over $5 a share. However, something happened at Tandy Leather around April of 2014. I started noticing considerable price hikes on items that I had been purchasing for many years. After ruffling through receipts, it became clear that many items had gone up by as much as 50%. Example: 2” Cowhide Strip x 72” - $20 (2006) - $21.99 (early 2014) to $31.99 each (4/23/16) Gross. That was...

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Thoughts Will Go HERE

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On the Entreleadership Podcast, Seth Godin suggested to write a blog everyday. I agree. And go... I've fallen in love with Fiebing's BLACK Leather Balm with Atom Wax. Tandy Leather does not carry it. I originally found it at Zack White Leather but they over charge like a mofo for shipping. I ended up purchasing it from Springfield Leather in a 4oz size just to try it out. Springfield Leather offers free shipping on orders over $75. I threw it in with an order I was already placing. The product is amazing. Unbelievable. Exactly what I was needing to finish...

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