The decision to start crafting for extra income is super exciting, but it can also bring a lot of confusion, and doubt along with it. There are so many options for places to sell your goods, that it can be incredibly overwhelming! I want to touch on this topic towards the beginning of this series, because I believe there are a couple things you can and should be doing right away….I love to share my opinion on the topic (well pretty much every topic, haha!) and I hope you enjoy my point of view….and if you don’t, then please feel free to hit the x in the corner. You won’t hurt my feelings at all!
I’ve been asked countless times if I think that selling on Etsy is worth the 3% fee that they charge….My answer is, and always will be, YES! YES in huge capital letters. YES shouted from a rooftop! That’s how strongly I feel that Etsy is worth the fees.
If you were to sell in any brick and mortar boutique, you would be looking at paying a fee of around 30% when your item sells. Etsy’s 3% commission is pennies in comparison and totally worth it. Etsy not only provides a very easy way to set up an online shop (websites can be super tricky to get up and running, and can require a lot of time) but it helps do some marketing for you as well. Reaching customers that you may not have been able to reach otherwise is priceless! It also sets you up with some resources that wouldn’t otherwise have been available to you, like teams, forums, etc.
Selling anywhere, including Etsy, is going to be a lot of work. Marketing takes time and energy, and it isn’t going to happen overnight. Getting your first sale can take a while, and you have to be patient….however, starting in a place that gives you the tools to be successful is imperative! That’s why I encourage people to sell on Etsy.
If you do decide to sell on Etsy, then make sure you check out all of the great resources that they’ve included to help you learn about selling successfully. They have all sorts of awesome features from The Seller Handbook to the Etsy Success Newsletter.
Also, there are so many articles online about successfully selling on Etsy. I could go into it in-depth, but I’ve found that most of what I would say has already been said many, many times. So instead, I’ve found you a seriously awesome article that has loads of tips about selling on Etsy. This article includes links to the best online resources, and it covers all of the most common questions. Check it out!
Next week I plan to talk about why I believe it is still super important to have a website as well as an Etsy shop (if you choose to have one) and the following week I’ll be covering product photography and how to make your products look the most appealing!
Do you have an Etsy shop or have you considered starting one? What has your experience been like so far? Tell me about your successes and frustrations in a comment below.
Also, don’t forget to check out The Simple Concept That Can Take Your Crafting Business to the Next Level!