If you love all things handmade and vintage, you will adore the online selling place, Etsy. Etsy brings buyers and sellers from all over the world together, offering an online marketplace of beautiful
handmade and vintage goods. If you are crafty or enjoy vintage items, Etsy may be the perfect place for you to make some cash. Take a look below at some helpful tips to help you get started selling on Etsy!
How to Start Selling on Etsy
1. Create your seller’s account. To do this, you will be a username, create a password, and enter basic personal information. You will also need to link the account up with your Paypal account so that your buyers can pay you. This should all take just a few minutes and is an easy process.
2. Decide what your market will be. Begin by focusing on either handmade items or vintage. This way, you can get use to one category before branching out into others. Be sure you pick a category that you are knowledgeable about, so you can share this knowledge with your buyers.
3. Photograph your items. Look on Etsy to get an idea of the photographs that seller’s are using. You will notice bright and natural lighting, props, fun backgrounds, and clear shots. Try to stay with this theme with your own photographs. Make them fun yet clear and concise.
4. Don’t skip any details. When filling in the listing form, be sure to fill in all of the details as much as possible. You also want to be sure to add up to 12 tags to the listing to better help the buyer find it. For example, a handmade dog leash you list may have the tags: dogs, pets, handmade, leash, pet supplies, fabric, blue, dog bones. The more details you add the more informed the buyer will feel.
5. Participate in conversations. Participate on the chat boards, open conversations up with your buyers, keep your account updated, and be an interactive as possible. By doing this, your pages are sure to get more traffic which in the end gets you more sales!
Whether you are crafty or just love all things vintage (or both!), Etsy is a great place to make some extra cash. Give these starter tips a try and you will be selling on Etsy in no time!