3 Posts A New Etsy Shop Owner Needs To Read

New to Etsy? There are lots of great posts that help you understand the bare basics of getting started. But aside from setting up your shop, adding listings, and filling in your shop policies, there are some great tips to help you get your shop in tip-top shape.

I’ll be honest – I’ve been doing this for years and I still read a lot of blog posts and articles about how to get better at selling on Etsy. Here are three that I really like to help those of you who are newer to this! FullSizeRender(7)

Creating Product Listings that Sell, from Elan Blog Studio

This is a great post that covers all of the basics – how to nail your title, description, and images to get your listings out there and get them noticed. All the basics, covered briefly and succinctly. Go take a look!

Grow Your Traffic with 6 Etsy Photography Tips, from Crafter Coach

This post really covers all of the basics of what might be holding you back from taking great, stunning, compelling product pictures that just reach out to your potential customer and make them want to click through to see more. This truly is the heart of making sales on Etsy – no matter how well you do everything else, if your pictures aren’t quite good enough, you won’t get the sale.

20 Juicy Tips to Increase Your Sales on Etsy, from TwelveSkip

I love this post from TwelveSkip because it takes the info mentioned in the previous two articles and starts to go a little more into detail. Now that you’ve got your listings set up, your pictures in place, and your shop front started, what’s next? Read this one to find out a little more about how to make your work stand out.

 

Artisan Interview: Beans Shack

Hello fellow creatives! Today we’re delighted to bring you a look behind the scenes with Irene, the creator and designer of online shop Beans Shack. See her shop at http://beansshack.etsy.com, and her great Instagram feed at http://instagram.com/beansshack.

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Q: Tell us about @beansshack. What do you do, and how does your work reflect who you are?
A: Beans Shack was created from my childhood love of crocheting, a hobby my mom taught me when I was about 8. Today, it is my Etsy store for selling crocheted items such as cup cozies, headbands, and drawstring bags. My love of the beach and earth tones can be seen in my work. I love creating things with shells, palm trees, and using turquoise yarn in quite a few of my items.

Q: How did you get started?
A: My oldest daughter introduced me to Etsy, where I started out just shopping. Eventually, as I created more and more items, friends and family started asking for some of the items I made. Etsy made it easy to share my creations with others.

Q: Where and how do you work? Do you have a studio? Do you have a set schedule every day or is your work more fluid?
A: I work from home. As the mother of three children and a dog, I keep myself busy during the day while the kids are at school. Our house has a craft room that I have taken over for my crocheting.

Q: What are you currently reading, listening to, or looking at to fuel your creativity?
A: While I crochet, I enjoy watching I Love Lucy and The Golden Girls.

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Q: How long have you been in business and what are you discovering so far about running a handmade business? Is there anything you wish someone had told you?
A: Beans Shack has been open on Etsy for three years. Running a handmade business involves creating items that a variety of people will enjoy (from yoga socks to baby dresses). While I appreciate every person who purchases from Beans Shack, I wish someone had told me that sales won’t happen as frequently as you would like at first.

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Q: How do you balance creating with the rest of a busy life?
A: Between taking the kids to school, endless laundry, and walking our dog, I crochet. It takes up my free time, but it is enjoyable and relaxing to sit down with my hooks after a long day.


Q: Do you have any plans for new product lines or upcoming specials that you’d like to share?
A: Seasonal items are released before holidays, and Easter items are now available! I will be at three craft shows this spring and look forward to more opportunities in the summer. I do offer a coupon with the code FREEOVER20 for free shipping with any purchase totaling more than $20.
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Q: What else would you like our readers to know? (How can they find you, etc.)
A: I am on Etsy as BeansShack and Instagram @beansshack. Also check me out on Facebook! If you are looking for a certain size, different colors, or a different item, contact me for custom creations. I love getting item requests, and I can complete them at my own discretion if I have the time available.

Thank you for visiting! And just one last note — here is my personal favorite item from Irene’s instagram feed – this adorable little Charlie Brown cup cozy. How cute is this? Please go visit her feed and leave some likes!

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Featured Artist: Little Hoot Designs

Today we are highlighting the work of talented designer Colleen at @little_hoot_designs. Here is part of our conversation.

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Q: Tell us about @little_hoot_designs. What do you do, and how does your work reflect who you are?

A: Little Hoot Designs is a line of kids’ shirts that was inspired by laughing kids across the country and it was created to make them feel good about themselves.
I have a background in psychology and education; through that I wanted to create something that enabled children to have a sense of pride in their clothing through personalization, reflecting their interests, and making them plain happy when they wear it!

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Q: How did you get started?

A: I began Little Hoot Designs when I decided to take an early “retirement” from my first grade teaching position after our second nugget was born.  I realized pretty quickly that I wanted to do something to keep my creative juices flowing, but would allow me to stay home with our littles…and thus began Little Hoot Designs!

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Q: Where and how do you work? Do you have a studio? Do you have a set schedule every day or is your work more fluid?

I work out of my home and I have a studio off our basement. With three young children and a traveling husband, my schedule changes often. However, I try to stick to a set schedule and what I don’t accomplish during those hours, I do after my kids bed time. I am known for being a night owl…I see midnight often!

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your By Kids For Kids line? How do you find the kids who produce the art for this series?

A: By Kids For Kids is a new line that just began in January.  The purpose of this line is for kids to help others. Each month we feature a new child artist who creates their own design to be printed on our shirts. They apply a bible verse to their work and donate their proceeds to a charity of their choice. I have been overwhelmed with joy by all the interest. The idea just came to me one day through conversation with my children as they were painting and I was drawing new shirt designs. My seven-year-old daughter was the first artist for the line. The idea came so naturally, we just went for it. At this time I haven’t had to search for kids to produce the art, they have come to me, which is thrilling! I have children lined up to feature their art through June of 2018! Agh!!!! Exciting!

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Q: What are you currently reading, listening to, or looking at to fuel your creativity?

I wish I was more of a reader! Ha! Time does not allow for leisure reading these days, but I do a lot of Llama Llama Red Pajama and Dr Seuss… I listen a whole lot to my 3, 5 and 7 year old! They are the best fuel! My children’s ages are my target market and the three of them couldn’t be more different, so that helps me pick their brains to get new ideas for what will appeal to my audience.

Q: What are you discovering so far about running a handmade business? Is there anything you wish someone had told you?

A: Handmade businesses are much more demanding than people realize. This day and age everyone expects Amazon Prime-like service and response, so that is a challenge. On the flip side, our social media world allows a mom like me to work from home while building a lego castle with my son… and be successful, so that is pretty awesome! I love being creative and seeing those creations on kids around town and in pictures from afar. Making them happy, is very rewarding!

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Q: How do you balance what sounds like a very active family life with running a business?

A: Haha! Got any tips?!… I am always trying to figure out that balance! 😉 I do have days that are set aside for work. However, my family comes first, so days that I have a hiccup in my work schedule, I stay up late or get up early to get my orders fulfilled…and I have found some really good sitters for back-up!

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Q: What else would you like our readers to know? (How can they find you, etc.)

A: I appreciate Happier Handmade for featuring Little Hoot Designs! Thank You!  My website is www.littlehootdesigns.com.   I would love for any reader to follow us on Instagram @Little_Hoot_Designs and Facebook.

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