1. Tell us your Etsy story.. how you got started in your craft and how you started selling on Etsy.
I have always loved photography but never realized how much until I received my camera as a birthday present from my husband a few years ago. I immediately began taking pictures. I learned how to use the camera pretty much on my own, taking only a few classes and reading tutorials online. I would bring my camera with me everywhere we went (and I still do), and took pictures of everything. I started to post some on Facebook of vacations, excursions, etc and received a ton of compliments on them. I was told constantly that I should be selling my work. Finally, after being told for months that I should give Etsy a try , I decided to take the plunge and put up some prints.
2. What have you learned about business since you launched your Etsy shop?
Well, I have learned that I know very little about business! I work full time as a Speech Language Pathologist for preschoolers, which means that business is way off of my radar. Having just started Etsy about a month ago, I have realized that I need to market my work extensively. I have made a Facebook page for my work, have joined Twitter and have made a Pinterest account as well. Business is hard to get into, especially with no background in it at all, but I am learning as I go- getting advice from others who have been successful, and reading online A LOT. Overall, that it’s not that easy to sell and it takes time to get yourself out there.
3. Tell us one piece of advice for new sellers.
Once piece of advice for new sellers would be to read about SEO and familiarize yourself with it before putting up work on Etsy. I have had to go back and change so many of my titles and tags so many times because I didn’t know what I was doing, and figured I could just fake it. I know that there is a learning curve, and you need to actually try different tags, terms, etc and find out what works best, but i could have saved myself HOURS had I known what I should be focusing on at first.
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