Etsy Retailer Tips for Small Businesses

Are you brimming with creative juices and produce craft and homemade products? Then you are living huge sums of money on your kitchen table.
A good place to sell your items online is Etsy eCommerce store. The global giant encourages creative entrepreneurs build a business.
People can shop for unique items, get curate recommendation and discover Etsy seller’s offline. The huge marketplace attract millions of buyers and sellers both offline and online.
Founded in 2005 they have 1062 employees, 1.8 million active sellers and 29.7 million active buyers. And the site accommodates a whooping 45 million items.
With branches in Canada, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland Berlin and headquarters in Brooklyn New York they are number one craft commerce site.
Major Competitors
There are many big players in the eCommerce retail business. Major competitors include craigslist, Amazon homemade and eBay. Direct competitors are DaWanda,  Madeit
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Why Sell on Etsy
Etsy is a huge market place to sell your arts and craft. The outreach is momentous and people of same interest gravitate to the commerce site.
They also help shoppers find offline Etsy stores in their locality. They offer curate services and you can setup a customized ecommerce store in minutes. The store is easy to navigate with appropriate plugin’s.
How to sell on Etsy
The market place only accommodates creative good, arts and crafts. To sell your good you need to open an Etsy store.
They charge a pastry sum of $0.20 to open the account. The products most conform to their seller’s policy.
To become a member and join a global community you need to create a free account and register. You can sell your unique items both online and offline.
Costs
It costs $0.20 per item to setup your store. They also charge 3.5% transaction fee.
You can opt to use the Etsy direct checkout and a 0.50% discount. Direct checkout attracts 3% charge on each transaction.
Etsy Items
The ecommerce store accommodates different handmade, craft or unique items. The range of categories includes jewelry, weddings, craft supplies and tool. Other products found on the store are memorabilia’s, bags, toys, painting and eye glasses.
Categories
Home & Living
Products under home and living are sculpture, prints, photography, and oil acrylic. Others are painting, mix media & college glass art fiber, trading cards, clip art, and collectable.
More include memorabilia, coins, dolls & miniatures drawing& illustration, figurines music boxes.
Cloths & Accessories
Cloths and accessories section on the site are sub divided into 4 sub categories. We have the accessories, cloths, shoes, bags &purses.
Accessories
Belts
The belt section consists of hand mad gloves, scarves, suspenders and chains. You find suite ties, eye glasses, hand bands and mini hats.
  • Gloves
  • Hair
  • Accessories
  • Hand-bands
  • Patches
  • Pins
  • Scarves
  • Wraps
  • Belt
  • Suspenders
  • Fascinations
  • Mini hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyewear
  • Suit
  • Tie
  •  key chains
Bag and Purses
There are lots of items in the bag/purse stores such as duffle bags, travel bags, suite cases and totes. Others include diapers, briefcases, electronic cases and clutch bags.
  • Shoulder bags,
  • Clutches
  • Evening bags
  •  Phone cases
  • Laptop
  • Sleeves
  • Wallets
  • Money clips
  • Totes
  • Messenger bags
  • Suitcases
  • Electronics
  • Cases
  • Diapers
  • Backpacks
  • Briefcase
  • Duffle bags
  • Luggage & travel
Vintage Items
You get to retail vintage items on the eCommerce store. Categories include toys, jeweler, home living craft supplies, tool, clothing, bags, purses, art and collectables accessories
Kids and Baby
The site also accommodates retailers that manufacture children items. Common items are baby blankets, baby accessories, baby toys, and diaper bags. More include kid furniture, girls shoes, girls clothing, baby head band, baby girl/ boy clothing
Home Living
  • Art collectables
  • Bath
  • Beauty
  • Home
  • Living
  • Paper
  • Party supplies
  • Pet supplies
Entertainment
You find lots of items related in the entertainment category such as books, movies, music electronic, accessories and toys games.
Weddings
There are many weddings accessories for sale such as bouquets, cummerbunds, decorative combs, veils and hair accessories. Others are wedding cloths, decorations gifts, mementos, invitations and jewelry.
Craft Supplies and Tools
Hobbyist craft including homemade craft are sold such as jeweler, Paper Products and Sculpting work. The jewelries retailed are blanks, beads, charms, nail art and findings.
Paper/party/kids-bookbinding, party favors, baking cake, decorations and scrapbooking. Sculpting/Forming-glass fusing neon art glass art carving mold and robotics
Sewing/fibers- knitting, leather works, crewel, upholstery weaving/tapestry and embroidery. Visual arts- photography, cameras, frames, dyeing /batik, pens and painting
Jewelry
The jeweler section consists of body jewelry, bracelets, cuff links/tie clips, rings necklaces and earrings.
How to Start an Etsy Store
Determine What to Sell
You need to determine what you want to sell. You could visit the site and study the market.
You should to focus on craft you can build or purchase locally. Create or discover unique items and sell in your store.
Setup the Account
Start by first reading the terms and conditions guiding the enterprise. Then select a keyword user name that effectively describes your merchandize. There is a setup field you need to complete before getting on their platform.
Stock your Store
The next step is to setup the store and stock. To attract sales add quality photographs and set your prices.
Make sure your prices are fair and add a good product description. Once an item is purchased you need to ship it promptly. This will increase your ratings and improve customer confidence.



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