Online Stores

Selling On Etsy

Have you thought about selling on Etsy?

I now have four stores open on Etsy and thought I’d share my experience with you. I have to admit, I haven’t made that much money, and only one of the three stores has actually made money.

I have one called Artey Crafety that sells digital planners. Budget Smart Girl, the newest one that ties in with this site. Poppins Jewelry that offers my upcycled jewelry I make as a hobby. And finally, Poppins Vintage, offers vintage jewelry, complete pieces that I find while I’m scouting for jewelry to upcycle.

The first two are completely digital, no physical products at all. Both jewelry stores are physical products only.

Artey Crafety has made about seven sales, mostly my Write a Novel in 30 Days planner and a few for the blog planner.

So what have I been doing wrong and what do you need to do to make sales on the platform? Here are my my thoughts…

It’s A Crowded Market

I went into this knowing that Etsy had been around for a long time and it’s now a very crowded market place. I think one key is to find a niche that’s not been over-saturated.

Build Your Own Customer Base or Fan Following First

I think you need to have some customers and a social media following before you head to Etsy.

Promote, Promote, Promote

Besides mentioning the sites to a few friends and on my writing site, I haven’t done any promoting. I know this has to change if I’m going to up the sales.

Add Lots of Products

Someone did tell me that you need at least 25 products before you open a store. None of the sites do, with Budget Smart Girl, only having two.

Have Time to Devote to Your Store

I’m guilty of having too many projects going at the same time and it’s something I’m working on fixing. I’ve decided to halt my Budget Smart Girl Etsy store for the time being. Products I had to mind for that site will now be placed here at BSG. I also be putting the jewelry ventures to the back burner. While I won’t be closing the stores, I won’t be adding new products until maybe later in the year or even next. The only one I’ll be focusing on is the Artey Crafety one. I think the planner market might be overcrowded, so I’ll probably refocus on putting more of my artwork for sale on the site.

So bottom line, and my tips for you, think niche, get a following first, and promote like it’s going out of fashion.

Anyone have an Etsy store? Anyone like to offer tips or share their experience with us here at BSG? Content me at budgetsmartqueries@gmail.com

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