Sunday, October 10, 2010

Etsy Sell Your Handmade Items Online

Etsy Sell Your Handmade Items Online

If you enjoy making handmade items and would like a way to sell your merchandise quickly and safely online then Etsy may be a great option for you.

Many people who create one of a kind handmade items find it hard to sell on sites with other similar creations being sold. It’s important to set yourself apart from the rest. Take a few extra steps, and you'll become well known with time.

Checking out your competition is the easiest way to find out how much work it will take to grab the attention of your targeted audience. Something as simple as branding your shop with a memorable name, logo and slogan can really make a huge difference.

Getting traffic to your shop is easy with Etsy. Many begin making sales the first few weeks that they start. If you appropriately price, tag, and describe your items people will buy your handmade goods. Quality is extremely important too. Future sales will be gained through feedback and word of mouth because of it and it really helps to keep your business going.

Handmade Items That People Will Buy

Take some tme out to see what people are actually purchasing from Etsy. You can do so by clicking on the “ recently sold “ link. There you will be able to see what sells and how often. You can also find out what people are willing to pay for certain items.

Etsy has such a wide range of handmade items for sale. There’s literally something for everyone. Even if you don't have a large inventory, you'll be able to sale through your etsy shop. Customers may send handmade request for a certain colors, sizes, or styles. Many will patiently wait while you're busy making them a custom handmade creation. Be sure to make this option available in the shop within your shop description.

Another great feature over at Etsy is the “ Alchemy Request “. Just browse around and you’ll find many people looking for custom handmade items.

Here are a few easy steps to becoming successful with Etsy.

1. Create a name, logo, and slogan that’s memorable and searchable online. If you decided to sale handmade crochet, try putting the word crochet somewhere in the shop name, slogan and description box.

2. Keep items in your inventory. People enjoy variety, and often times if you have the same thing but in several colors, sizes and styles you'll have a better chance of appealing to a wider audience.

3. Introduce yourself in the Etsy forums. Many people who sell there are also customers. Some are willing to make trades and deals with you on prices as well. It’s also nice to have a link back to your shop.

4. Start a blog. The more links back to your etsy shop the better. Be sure to put you etsy mini up to show off the items in your shop!

Now it’s time for me to reopen my Etsy Shop. See you soon!


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