My Etsy Story – Skyjuice
Tell us your Etsy story.. how you got started in your craft and how you started selling on Etsy.
I had always been an artist since I am a wee kid, I went to art school and finally graduated with a degree in Multimedia Design. However, my family is not very well off, and my pocket money had always been short. So since I am young I had learned to be resourceful by utilizing my skills. I had won a few art contests when I am little – that’s where I get some of my art supplies, I do art commissions on the side when I am in college, and after I graduated I delve a little in logo designs on the side as well.
When my friend got me into beading and jewelry making, I guess my resourcefulness nature kicked in and I was trying to figure out how to turn this into profit. I knew about Etsy a few years back when I first saw it on the Martha Stewart show, so I looked it up, and decided to start a jewelry shop! Besides, I need to get rid of the pieces that I made because I can’t use them all. I am only one person!
What have you learned about business since you launched your Etsy shop?
Oh how much I have learned after starting my shop – the importance of marketing, having a consistent shop and great photos, and having a personality. However the most important thing is to stay strong and never give up! I keep a consistent activity in my shop, I try to list something new or at least renew a few listings everyday. Because I know, once the activity in your shop dies, so does your shop.
Tell us one piece of advice for new sellers.
Have unique items, or a strong identity for your shop. Even if your shop have very few listings, if your products are striking, unique and memorable, people would still remember you.
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