Etsy

[UPDATED] What is the real cost of opening and running an Etsy shop?

When it comes to starting a small business, especially if it is related to the handmade world, Etsy is one of the first options for selling goods online people find out about. Many business owners start their adventures on this platform and a great number of them keep their shop open way after they have reached a good level of recognition and have their own standalone website. That’s my exact case: I started my graphic design shop 8 years ago and even though most of my sales come from my own website now, I still keep my presence on Etsy because it is where most of my new clients find out about me. Another reason why I like it and...

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Are you opening a new Etsy shop? Step-by-step checklist

As those of you who follow me on Instagram probably know, I’ve recently opened my third Etsy shop! I already have a graphic design shop, an illustration shop and the new one is for printable posters, Wise Magpie Prints. It had been so long since I last opened a new shop on Etsy that I had already forgotten how many details went into the process. Even though I had most of the important aspects figured out, it took me a while to finish the basic configuration and while I was at it, I thought a step-by-step checklist could have really come in handy. So that’s what I’m bringing you today! I’ve created a detailed list of items you need to...

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Worth-reading insights from 14 small business owners

Very often the advice we most need is not the one from the prestigious business magazine or the ultra famous marketing coach, but that from the fellow entrepreneur and small business owner who is still on his/her way or has even just started. A different approach to the same problem or a reminder of something we actually once had in mind but have been forgotten during the process can be of great help. On this massive post, I've wanted to gather the experiences and opinions of 14 Etsy shop owners who started from the very beginning to slowly build a professional business out of their true passions. I've asked them 4 questions on their background, challenges and advices for new entrepreneurs and they have given...

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