November 19, 2014

Tips On Starting Your Own Etsy Shop

So you want to start your own Etsy shop? Great idea! I get a lot of emails from people asking for advice on starting their own Etsy so I have compiled a list of great blogs and resources that can help you out on your new journey no matter if it is a side project or you are hoping to turn it into a full time gig. There are SO many great resources out there to help you get started and to motivate you along the way. To know that we live in a time where we have complete access to follow our dreams no matter how big they are and no matter how small we feel at the starting line is exhilarating. I am always finding story after story of people that found success through Etsy and that could be your story as well.

I’m a huge fan of Etsy because it has been the reason I’ve been able to do what I love this past year and to take hold of opportunities I never thought I would be able to have. So dive into these blogs, take notes and leave a comment with your own Etsy shop!

Basic beginning tips:

Successful start.

-Setting up your shop tips.

-Quick tips (be sure to read on to the inspiring comments added to the end of the post)

21 ways to increase your Etsy sales.

-Great insight from a first year of selling on Etsy.

-Awesome infograph!

Defining Success 

-Set an Etsy goal. VERY useful info here.

-Why done is better than perfect.

-Why your products aren’t selling on Etsy.


Tools for small business organization

This looks like a great tool for daily organization! Writing down lists is my favorite.


-Setting prices here

Don’t compete for the low price.  Focus on selling awesome things for a price that is fair to you!”

Pricing for handmade goods.

-Are your prices too low?


-4 Photos you need for your listings

-Here’s a video showing you how to take great product photos

-How to make a light box for under $20


-SEO can be scary business and overwhelming, but this blog breaks it down.

-SEO in detail.


-Small business shipping tips here.

-Doing what is best for you tips.

-4 Steps to shipping success.

Social Media:

Tips straight from an Etsy expert!

How to market your shop with instagram.

Customer Satisfaction:

-Create a positive experience through online shopping tips

Think like a buyer

Branding on Etsy

Etsy Seller Handbook Archive:

Follow this link to the archive of all archives. The Etsy seller handbook. I’ve gone through most of this, printed it out, highlighted, underlined and took notes all over these pages. So much info packed into these lessons and if you want to take Etsy seriously, carve out time and dive into this! Be intentional about evaluating and learning more about your Etsy business. Etsy wants you to win – they lay it all out here. Take advice from them, they know what they are talking about 😉

A lot of these tips I’m still trying to implement in my shop, it is an evolving process! Even if you spent hours upon hours reading, studying, planning and strategizing how your Etsy will succeed, to really learn is to just do it. Don’t get me wrong, I believe you should be prepared but I also believe that part of it is figuring it out for yourself and seeing what works best for you. Every shop is different, make it your own!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to your shop or let me know of any specific questions you may have! I’d love to hear about your own Etsy journey as well and if you just do it as a hobby or a full-time job.