Etsy is a great marketplace made up of real people.
It's where we started out! I try to be a part of the community and offer advice to new sellers when I can. I've been doing it "unofficially" for a few years now, and thought this advice would make a great blog series on how to help other sellers achieve the success my company has. Occasionally, a new Etsy seller contacts me for advice on how to set up their shop, or simply asks for advise on how to sell.
Here's a note I sent to a recent Etsy user looking to possibly open up a shop soon. She looking for advice on whether she should take the big "Etsy leap" and start up a new shop.
Thank you for taking the time to reach out. If you are passionate about what you do, I'd say, go for it! My etsy stores stared off as a hobby but have now become full fledged businesses. This is because I really enjoy what I do and even though its been a ton of work, its fun because its my passion. Every etsy seller does things differently, and I wouldn't want to steer you in the wrong direction. My recommendation would be to go with you gut, and never, ever, sacrifice quality. I'll never ship out a product to my clients that I won't stand behind. I've been know in the office to refuse to ship a product to a client even if it has the tiniest dot on it. I like to put myself in my client's shoes and say "would I want to receive this product?" if the answer is no, I always try again!
I hope that helps!
Best of luck with your new venture.
Have you tried to open a new Etsy shop? What are some of the challenges you've faced? Considering it? What questions do you have? Each month I will choose one of the comments below and try to answer as best I can! Happy Selling!