Archive | January, 2015

Small Business Tips & Know Hows

26 Jan

I’ve been looking at ways to further promote my items on Etsy and share new ideas with some new customers. But as I started researching Etsy shop tips, I figured, this might be helpful for a lot of other artists out there who were pondering the idea of expanding or how to further grow their online shop! So here are some articles and sources that I found useful!

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^^ Handmadeology features other Etsians and fellow bloggers who share their experiences and what they’ve learned. The articles that stuck out to me the most were:

Tips to be successful on Etsy

and Create Visibility this Season

 

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^^ This list alone has more than 300 marketing tips and useful advices to think about when considering how else to promote your shop!

These are some of my favorite tips thus far:

1. List only items you love or Make only items you love.

2. Answer their questions before they ask. This can be done through accurate photography and detailed product descriptions. Of course, it never hurts to have wonderful customer service as well!

3. Never give up. Keep adding products – it may take a few tries to find what works for your line.

4. If you want your Etsy shop to be successful, treat it like a business, not a hobby.

5. Work in multiples! it’s easier to create in an assembly line than recreate one at a time!

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^ Moo also has a list, broken down to specific categories you were thinking about for a small business.

 

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^Etsy is always offering resources for business owners. Here are two of my favorite links. One and Two.  They ask a list of rhetorical questions for you to consider before even thinking about expanding your Etsy shop. It’s a great way to determine if you’re mentally ready to expand and if your resources are ready.

And of course- be constantly inspired by others who are there to share with you their journey via Etsy’s Featured Shops and take note of what makes them successful. Eventually, you’ll pick up a pattern!
**Additional business talks like Taxes we don’t really think about. Etsy provides a detailed list of items you could tax deduct from! You can see that list here.

 

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Laser Cut Wood Jewelry!

17 Jan

This past few weeks, outside of my new crochet adventures, I also started exploring lasercutting with wood. As you all know, I’ve been doing some laser cuts with paper for skylines and such, but I wanted to see what additional materials I can make fun projects out of. So I ended up designing a few pairs of wood laser cut earrings! As always, you can see more via my Etsy, here’s just a sneak peek! I’ve provided direct links below the image of where you can see more details about the earrings, or if you just click the image, it’ll take you directly to my Etsy shop for you to browse!

Check it out and please share what you guys think!

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1 Boston Terrier Earrings | 2 Nuts about You Earrings | 3 In a Nutshell Earrings| 4 Foxy Studs |5 RainDrop Earrings| 6 Vintage Scissors Earrings| 7 Sugar Skull Earrings| 8 SHIELD Avengers Earrings|  9 Cute Raccoon Earrings

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Latest Obsession: Crocheting!

6 Jan

I recently picked up new obsession… crocheting! I’ve always wanted to learn but I keep putting it off, thinking it was more complicated than it really is. Granted, I’ve only mastered one stitch, haha, so it’s still too soon to tell.

Check this out! I totally “cheated” and got extra chunky yarn and a super thick crochet needle to speed up the process! Maybe someday, I’ll try out the smaller crochet needles and see a different result! But for now, I think this is the perfect weekend project to work on while watching a movie! This completed crochet measures approx. 12 inches and I started with 46 chains using a 19 mm needle (which is the biggest one they sell at Michaels). In hindsight, I should have probably used a 10mm needle…maybe for the next project!

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My lovely model :p

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Click the image below to see the youtube video I used as a resource! I’m more of a visual learner, so reading instructions about crochet stitches were not helpful. I went the route of watching videos to learn and it was super easy breezy!

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Future Projects I want to tackle:

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Additional resources/ links that would be helpful!

Crochet Tips for Beginners

Scarf patterns for beginners

Crochet FYIs For Beginners

 

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What do you guys think? Was there something that you wish someone told you when you first learned to crochet?

 

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