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5 Tips For Launching Your Online Etsy Store!

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If one of your goals for 2015 is to start an Etsy shop, I’ve got the guide for you. Etsy has specific rules for shops. If you make handmade goods, crafts, raw supplies, materials or sell vintage items, the marketplace is a good fit for you. If you’re not sure if your shop would be a good fit for Etsy, check out their Guidelines here.

A lot of people ask if it’s “too late” to get started selling on Etsy, because there are so many shops. They wonder if the marketplace is just too saturated to break into. If you’re just starting out as a business + would like an easy way to get started, test the waters + get your systems in place, Etsy is fantastic. It gives you an easy way to:

+ create a shop

+ accept payment

+ reach your customers

It’s perfect for beginners. If you’re already an established shop, Etsy can be a nice channel to make extra sales from. Here are just a few things that contribute to whether or not your shop becomes a business or remains a hobby hustle:

1. Consistency

Consistency is how you build your brand + shop presence on Etsy. It’s also how you make consistent sales. One thing to remember is that the frequency with which you list new items directly correlate to how often sales were rolling in. If you’re listing a handful of items every day, you’ll make a handful of sales every day consistently. If you take a month off from listing new items, even though your shop is still full of stuff, sales will drop off.

2. Photos

On Etsy, photography is EVERYTHING. Product photography is what sells your items. You cannot underestimate this. Your photography needs to stand out from the rest of the shops on Etsy. In order to do this, you need to use a professional photo backdrop. A popular one is white seamless paper roll + 18% grey, which is considered “neutral.” These backdrops allow your items to really pop. Try not to take photos of your items in your backyard, in front of your garage door, or on your kitchen table.

3. Volume

When you’re selling vintage on Etsy like many are, volume can be a big factor in how successful you are. The most successful vintage shops have 500-600 items of inventory for sale at any given time. The reason being is that for every listing you have up, it’s one more chance that someone searching Etsy will stumble into your shop via that listing that caught their eye. So the more items you have up, the more chances you have for people to find you.

4. Tags + Keywords

Use all 13 available tags. Don’t worry if you’ve run out of ideas, just put something there. It will help you get found. Colour, shape, style, era, theme, texture, related keywords, emotions, seasons – it’s all fair game. Describe your item as you would to a person who can’t see it. How does it smell, feel, look, fit, and how much does it weigh? It’s okay to overshare. Pull out any keywords from your main description to use as tags for your item.Give your listings very descriptive, detailed titles – use all the characters allowed if you can. Although titles like “Amber Moon” sound cool, they don’t tell people anything about what the item is. It’s bad for Etsy search and bad for getting found. So be really clear in your titles.

5. Shop Setup

On Etsy, you have very limited “branding” opportunities. The only places you can really brand your shop is with your shop banner and your avatar. In effect, these are extremely important to your shop’s appearance and brand on Etsy. Your banner and avatar should have the same branding – meaning they use the same font, colour palette, and graphic elements. You can make your own shop banner using Photoshop. Since the shop banner is the first visual that many people will see when visiting your shop, make sure it’s eye-catching, clearly legible + evocative of your brand. It should attract your ideal customer at a glance.

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10 Gift Ideas For Your Girlfriend This Christmas

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What To Buy Your Girlfriend This ChristmasThe Christmas season is here again. It’s my favourite time of year! It’s the season of giving + sharing. Sometimes it’s difficult to shop for your girlfriend, especially if you’re the type that doesn’t know how to shop for women. So this one’s for my male readers… here’s a few ideas you can use to make your girlfriend happy this Christmas!

1. Chocolate hamper

Make a hamper of her favourite chocolates. This can be accompanied with a cute Christmas card. Ladies love cute gestures like this. If they know you handpicked + made the hamper yourself, even better.

2. Flowers + perfume

You can accompany the flowers with a nice perfume. If she’s a lover of perfumes, you can get her designer drugstore perfumes that aren’t too expensive.

3. Romantic dinner date

You can surprise her by making dinner reservations at a nice restaurant. If you want the icing on the cake, you can arrange for a dress to be delivered to her for the dinner date. Don’t tell her where you are taking her to. Let her just enjoy the evening. She would love this!

4. Trip to the Calabar Carnival

The Calabar Carnival takes place every year, around the Christmas season. The hotels are always booked close to December so it’s best to book weeks before to make sure your accommodation is set for you.

5. Gift set of personal grooming products

Bath wash, soaps, body sprays + lotions; various cosmetic companies package these as gift baskets.

6. A nice wrist watch

A nice wrist watch can never go wrong. No one can ever have too many wrist watches. Get her a nice wrist watch and surprise her over drinks. She would love that.

7. Jewellery

This is simple but classy. You can get her a nice necklace or a nice pair of earrings. Invite her over for a home cooked meal (cooked by you) + surprise her with a lovely necklace.

8. Hotel getaway

This is a perfect gift if you want to spoil her this Christmas. Give her a treat by taking her to a nice hotel to cool off from the stress of the year. It could be a weekend or even one night.

9. Tickets to a concert

If she loves music and one of her favourite musicians is performing at a concert, this could be a great Christmas gift.

10. A portrait of her

I bet that she would love you forever if you gave her a painting of herself!