Sunday, December 2, 2012

Etsy Success Tips

Hi everyone I am going into year 2 on Etsy and am close to sale 120 which
is not bad for a vintage seller. One thing you must consider before selling on Etsy is how patient are you?

Etsy is far from a quick start sales site. In fact few make the first sale within the first month in business. If you can get past that then you can be successful
on Etsy!

One of the things you learn early on is your effort directly correlates with your sales!

What this means is if you do not get yourself out there and think just placing your items for sale is enough effort then you will soon be frustrated and lost in the mix.

1) You need to get social! Facebook, Twitter,Google,Blogger,Pintrest and on 
and whatever happens to be the hot social media outlet at the time needs to have your shop as part of their clientele! The more you network the more presence you have and the easier it is to be found on any search engine!

2)Get photogenic! 

Etsy puts huge emphasis on quality photos!

Here is what I found works after much trial and error. 
a) Lighting get as much lighting as you can.  Natural lighting works best but for some of us it is just not realistic to be able to get outside often enough for it to be a viable option!  Florescent works well if you have enough of it. You need your work area to be bright! 

b)Background I have noticed all white bright backgrounds work best!

I bought a large white piece of construction paper and glued it to a box and used another piece on the table. I place my object tight against the background and make sure the lighting is sufficient. So far so good! 

A good photo editing program. Use it! Make sure every photo is ready for prime time  Properly cropped and any noise cleared up!

3) Inventory. One of the first lessons I learned was 100 is the magic number,
if you do not yet have 100 items to sell build your inventory!  After all inventory is the life's blood of any business, at 100 items people take you more serious as a seller and sales soon follow.

I will write and publish part two tomorrow!