Getting Started with Etsy

Getting Started With EtsyGetting Started With Etsy

It’s hard to imagine anyone reading this has not heard of Etsy, but just in case…

Etsy is an online marketplace. Creative types hawk their wares.

The site features oodles of fun, original, handmade items. Click here to check it out!

While shopping on Etsy is one thing, setting up your own shop is another.

This post gives you the skinny on what you need to know to get started.

Hey, if you do get started and set up a shop, maybe leave a comment about it.

This post guides you from start to finish to set up your store.

I cover what is needed, step by step, and some helpful tips on the Store Manager. This post is intended for beginners who want to join the Etsy online marketplace but need a little guidance.

First, you will need these things:

  • Stock and pictures of your goods
  • A valid email address
  • Possibly a Paypal account
  • Possibly a credit card
  • A picture for your profile




Setting Up Shop

In just four steps, you will be on your way to selling your products. The process of setting up an Etsy store is more time consuming than complicated. The website will always prompt you through what steps to take to open the shop account.

Step 1: Registering
To open an Etsy store, you must first register onthe Etsy website. Enter your basic contact information into the form fields. Etsy will send a confirmation email. Click the link in the email to confirm your email. This takes you back to Etsy and you can fill out your profile.

Step 2: Building Your Profile
In the profile the most important fields are the “profile picture” and the “about” fields as they tell people who you are. Also the more you fill out your profile with relevant information about yourself and your business, the more likely people will take your shop seriously.

Step 3: Opening Your Shop
Next, click on the “Open Your Etsy Shop” button. Set up your shop preferences, name your shop, stock your shop, how you will get paid, and how you would like to get your billing. Choose your shop name wisely! It is difficult to change later.

Step 4: Editing Your Etsy Shop
You can also choose to further customize your Etsy shop. Things that can be edited are the shop pictures, all the text fields aside from the shop name, and stock listings. The greater the amount of effort put into creating the shop, the more buyers you will draw in.




How to Add Stock

Step 1: In the Store Manager under the listings tab, click on the box labelled, “add a listing.” On the top of the website page, there is an orange button called “Add Listing.” Click this button, and you will be presented with the information fields you will need to fill up about the product.
Shipping is a little tricky because there is no way of knowing for sure how much it would cost to ship the product. It is recommended that the product is taken to a local post office for an appraisal of how much it would cost to ship. If this is not feasible, try weighing the product yourself then research shipping costs online.
Step 2: Click on preview or choose to publish it with the orange buttons located down below the web page screen on the bottom right side of the screen.

Using the Store Manager

Implementing the Store Manager can seem like a daunting task. However, it is a vital set of tools to monitor and see shop activity. It is used for a variety of tasks and is useful for optimizing your store.

  1. Search is where you can search your own listings based on keywords or look at what’s already on the Etsy Marketplace. This tool is perfect to see how your items can be found by searching. Also, you can see what your competitors are selling under the same key term or name.
  2. The dashboard is where you see an overview of your shop’s activity. This is useful for seeing critical information about your shop.
  3. Listings are where you view all your listings and choose to add or remove from your shop inventory. Stock management!.
  4. Conversations are where you can see all your correspondence. Essential for communicating with customers.
  5. Orders are where you can keep track of what sold.
  6. Stats is where you see your shop statistics, such as how many views and which items are most active in your shop. This  is useful for insight into your shop’s popularity.
  7. Finances is where you can change your payment options and see payment information.
  8. Promote is where you can buy features that are used to promote your shop. This is where you can set up to boost sales through extra promotion.
  9. Production Assistance is where you find a partner or view beginner tutorials about the website. This is helpful when you need technical assistance.
  10. Community and Help are where you find complete tutorials, forums, and the Sellers Handbook. This is where you can get more advanced training.
  11. Settings are where you can alter settings in relation to your shop.

So hop on to Etsy to begin selling your creations.  It’s a great work from home “job.”  Further research will be helpful on how to market and get more sales flowing in. Many people make a pretty penny on Etsy. Join in and be one of them!




Comments 1

  1. Thanks so much for this article! I have friends selling on Etsy. Wondered if I should. Reading this is inspiring me to get going with it.

    Linda

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