Managed to sell another card on Etsy, really pleased especially as I have not promoted my Etsy shop at all. The advice given for Esty is promote your shop as you will struggle to get sales otherwise.
I think once this course is over I will get more time to promote my Etsy shop via Instagram, Facebook, etc. Having not being sure what to do for Prof Dev, I now feel that going back to working for myself is the best route until the kids are older at which point I will do a PGCE (assuming I get a 2.1 from this degree).
I’m part of a group of Facebook called Crafty Business Sheffield, here are what some of the members have said about selling on Etsy:
“I use Etsy and I like it. There’s a really good Etsy sellers community in Sheffield who have started doing Etsy Made Local fairs and such, which have been really popular. You do have to do a lot of social media marketing to get sales, and that takes a long time to build up, but it’s the same with any platform you use. I’m thinking of trying Folksy this year, too.”
“I have an etsy shop and went a few months before I sold anything. You do have to market it yourself but I’m also getting traffic through etsy search results and I’ve started having more online sales since doing fares and making people know about me that way. There is lots you can do to optimise your etsy and google search results, there’s lots of advice out there and help in the etsy guidebook on their website.”
“It depends what you are selling. Set up is free and listings are inexpensive, but very few make much money on there. Where Etsy failed for me is in the promotion. You sped so much time promoting it is ridiculous.”
This comment was posted in January;
“Not too bad to set up, but you need to drive traffic to your shop. As yet I haven’t sold anything been on since October. Still trying.”
The group has been really useful for networking and receiving advice. It’s been a good way to connect with other businesses/local crafters.
Sold another two cards.