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Meet Your Etsy Resolution Coaches for 2017!

Jan 16, 2017

by Sigourney

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In just a few quick steps, you can start selling your own handmade creations, vintage finds, or craft supplies to a marketplace of more than 24 million shoppers around the world. And we’ll walk you through the process in four simple emails, starting on January 30. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to jump start your business on Etsy. Sign up now.

In 2017 not only will Etsy Resolution give you the chance to learn from three talented mentors, and the community, but we’ve also enlisted the help of six top Etsy sellers who know just what it takes to get your Etsy store up and running. These coaches have 100’s of sales and years of experience between them and  will be in the Facebook community for the duration of Etsy Resolution 2017, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from their experience and knowledge. Get to know a little bit more about the coaches below:

Cath – My Bearded Pigeon

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Cath from My Bearded Pigeon has been an Etsy seller since 2008 and is passionate about helping creative people sell their wares on Etsy and welcoming them to our great community of makers! In addition to running her shop and mentoring new sellers, Cath is also Captain of the Etsy Parents Australia and New Zealand Etsy Team.

What inspires you to create?

I feel like I don’t have a choice about making things. Making things is what I do. It’s what I have always done. I like sewing, drawing and painting, and doodling, embroidery and baking for the family. My daughters like making things too so we will often spend a Saturday afternoon drawing and painting with watercolours.

Kate – Ceramic Snippets

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Kate S from Ceramic Snippets from  creates whimsical, one-of-a-kind creations in her Etsy shop, as well as tackling custom orders and wholesale, PLUS she’s is part of the team running a brick and mortar handmade store in Perth, and captains the WA Street Team. Somehow Kate also finds the time to work part-time as a research librarian, which means she have pretty epic question-answering skills… very handy for those hard-to-answer Etsy questions!
 

What piece of advice would you give to someone beginning their creative business?

Don’t give up at the first hurdle. Sometimes these things can seem like an elaborate dance you don’t know all of the steps to, but just because you can’t see the whole picture right away, it doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get the hang of things. Be patient, don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t expect instant miracles. Even with these great Etsy courses, you won’t come out as a sudden expert on online sales. But you will be equipped with more information, the confidence and the courage to see how you can make Etsy work for you. Your Etsy shop is a constant work in progress and you’ll learn new tips and tricks to put into action at all stages of your Etsy ‘journey’.

Davina – Fluid Ink Letterpress

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Davina from Fluid Ink Letterpress is a graphic designer and letterpress printer, skills she puts to use in her three Etsy shops. Davina began selling on Etsy in 2010, and has been a team leader of the WA Street team since 2012. Davina works from home and balances her Etsy commitments with her two kids, dog and a tolerant Etsy husband.

How can Etsy Resolution participants make 2017 their most successful year yet?

Start! Perfect one listing and duplicate it. Every time I do an Etsy Resolution course I learn something cool. You gotta keep learning and keep motivated to challenge yourself to maintain your shop and strive to add to it.

Starry – Starzyia

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Starry opened her Etsy shop Starzyia, as a way of regaining my independence after illness and injury. She lives joyfully in a crowded house and spends a lot of time by the water in my home town of Mandurah and helping out two very special Etsy seller teams, DUST and Australian Wandarrah. In her spare time, Starry is partial to a cup of tea and twirling under the stars.

What inspires you to create?

Love and hope, to be short. My early customers were very generous in sharing with me what my jewellery meant to them or to the women they were sharing it with, and I realised I was connecting with people who like me were overcoming a lot of pain or loss (for different reasons) but that we were all ready to embrace who we are, take power from it, and share only positive and uplifting messages and promote wellbeing and self-esteem. It’s really exciting to find different ways to put out positive messages and feelings.

Kate – The Pillow Book

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Kate has been creating since childhood. Growing up as an only child in the remote north of New Zealand (with no electricity!); sewing, drawing, painting and all kinds of crafts were playtime and entertainment. Since graduating from a fine arts program she’s worked as a chef, restaurateur and visual arts teacher. After living in Asia for eight years Kate had the opportunity to work on a new project: my jewellery line ThePillowBook was born.

 

What piece of advice would you give to someone beginning their creative business?

Excel at what you’re good at and work on improving what you’re not. Best sellers can b e unpredictable, make samples and see what sells best before investing in lots of materials or equipment.

Shah – Lil Spaces

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Shah started her business while on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter Helaina. Once she got over the sleep deprivation part, her dormant creative side was somehow unleashed. To use a gaming analogy, Shah had unlocked access to a new level and all of a sudden, a world once invisible was now visible. The feeling was so intense Shah felt like she was going to explode with creativity. To keep from going insane she had to channel my creative energy into something and this is how LilSpaces was born.

How can Etsy Resolution participants make 2017 their most successful year yet?

Decide if you are doing it as a hobby or a business. If it’s the latter, don’t treat is like a hobby. Be serious and disciplined.

Invest in educating yourself along the way. In this connected world you have access to a tonne of free resources. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Stand on the shoulders of those who have come before you. Expect that there will be challenges along the way. Expect that you will overcome these challenges. Be thankful for these challenges as they are our most valuable opportunities to learn and grow.

 

Inspired? Head to etsy.com/resolution to sign up and start your Etsy shop today.

3 comments

  • 7Kolors

    Joan from 7Kolors said 1 year ago

    Once again inspirational and practical ideas and affirmations. Once again I am ready to be motivated to participate in my own time-space continuum, realising that the gift of creativity is never to be underestimated and always to be shared for the greater good.

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 1 year ago

    What a good advise: Be serious and disciplined. I would like to learn more about silversmith this year and have more dainty, simple jewelry in my store.

  • hotlaundrypaperco

    Sam from hotlaundrypaperco said 1 year ago

    Can't wait to participate in the 2017 Etsy Resolution!

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