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Holiday Boot Camp: A Flying Start

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daniellexo

This post is part of 2011?s Holiday Boot Camp. There’s still time to catch up with us! Sign up for the Etsy Success newsletter and find all the past instructions here

Today is the day! If you’re signed up for the Etsy Success Newsletter, you’ll soon receive all of your instructions for week one of this year’s Holiday Boot Camp. If you follow along with me, we’ll work together to have the most fruitful holiday ever and hone the small business skills that will bring us success in 2012.

Let’s start off by making a promise and a plan. I encourage you to use your social networks (like Twitter or Facebook) or your personal blog to share a promise with your friends, fans and buyers. How do you want to use your Etsy offerings to contribute to their holiday happiness? Are you dedicated to launching new products that would make wonderful gifts? Are you dedicated to providing the best customer service this season? Let them know how you plan to rock the holidays and ask them for their support!

Photo by reginasstudio

And now for the plan! I’ve teamed up with Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears from The Boss of You (one of my favorite small business books) to come up with a holiday budget worksheet. The budget has been organized to help you determine the overall costs and income opportunities for increased sales during the holiday season. Lauren and Emira want to help you manage and rein in some increased holiday costs by making sure you account for a few things like:

  • Offering customers express shipping options at higher rates so you aren’t left paying for rush shipping/mailing.
  • Being clear about order cut-off dates so that you aren’t paying too much for help to rush through last-minute orders to meet the demand.
  • Offering custom wrapping as a separately paid add-on to help cover some of your costs.

More info about how to offer these types of services on Etsy.

Download and fill out the worksheet – it’s available as a Google Spreadsheet or PDF.

Next, I’d love to hear your personal and professional goals for growth this season. It’s important to set more than just financial goals! This is an exciting time in a small business’s year, and we should use it to develop skills that will strengthen our sales all year round. I’ve started a thread in the Etsy Success Team, so chime in and let’s share and support one another.

Photo by SophieParker

Last year many of you found support through your boot camp buddy, so this is one element I definitely wanted to bring back. I encourage you to connect with an Etsy seller you’ve already met (virtually or in person) or to reach out to a member of an Etsy Team. If you’re new or just not connected yet, I’ve started another forum thread for Etsy sellers looking for the right buddy.

Your first buddy task is to give your buddy an idea of where your business is and where you see yourself headed. Get to know each other.

There are a few other tasks I’ve asked you to complete this week. I encourage you to print out this to-do list and check them off as you go.

I’ll be hanging out in the Etsy Success Forum, so feel free to let us all know if you need a hand. We’re in this boot camp together!

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  • KristinaandJenney

    KristinaandJenney says:

    I am so ready and I have a buddy too!

    2 years ago

  • erinelizabeth

    erinelizabeth says:

    And so it begins! I'm looking forward to your tips during my planning process!

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Great post, interesting spreadsheet. I actually use the 'Etsy goals' spreadsheet from Handmadeology throughout the year its really useful to see the spread of sales over a year!

    2 years ago

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust says:

    Thank you for such helpful resources/tools! =)

    2 years ago

  • TheFeatherBoutique

    TheFeatherBoutique says:

    Great, I'm so excited! Thank you so much for posting this for us- can't wait!!

    2 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    Just what I need to get my butt in gear for the holidays! :)

    2 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    I am so excited to start the bootcamp. I will start working on the to do list. and thank you for the great advice

    2 years ago

  • mamif

    mamif says:

    looking forward to the holidays!

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Exciting!

    2 years ago

  • jacarandadesigns

    jacarandadesigns says:

    Can't wait for the holiday season and to participate in the bootcamp.

    2 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Love the paper snow flakes - pretty

    2 years ago

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign says:

    this is great! I'm getting started...

    2 years ago

  • dragonratjewellery

    dragonratjewellery says:

    Ready and waiting :o)

    2 years ago

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster says:

    Great ideas and reminders!

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Whoo Hoo!!!!

    2 years ago

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame says:

    Looking forward to all of your help!

    2 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Wee, what fun, this is super cool!!! Thanks

    2 years ago

  • virginiaclara

    virginiaclara says:

    Quick qusetion about offering gift wrapping as a separately paid for add on; will this be allowed during the holiday season, or is there a way of doing this which is not in violation of the TOU?

    2 years ago

  • virginiaclara

    virginiaclara says:

    Quick Qestion about offering gift wrapping as an add on; will this be allowed during the holiday season, or is there a way of doing this that is not in violation of the tou? Thanks so the post!

    2 years ago

  • hoopdaloop

    hoopdaloop says:

    sweet!! i'm so excited! if anyone is looking for a buddy, i could use one!

    2 years ago

  • HauteInteriorsLLC

    HauteInteriorsLLC says:

    Ready to go; looking for a buddy!

    2 years ago

  • labrocantemagique

    labrocantemagique says:

    Love it! Let's get ready!

    2 years ago

  • Felinus

    Felinus says:

    ready and looking forward to this holiday season! and also looking for a buddy. :)

    2 years ago

  • AThymetoSew

    AThymetoSew says:

    Really looking forward to my first holiday season on etsy!!

    2 years ago

  • DaisyandFlorrie

    DaisyandFlorrie says:

    I've got a great BCB and we already challenged each other to do at least one new listing a day - so far it's working! We're ready - let the fun {and work} begin.

    2 years ago

  • PeanutAndButtons

    PeanutAndButtons says:

    I've been prepping some new Christmas prints, so I'm excited to follow this plan!

    2 years ago

  • prosperin09

    prosperin09 says:

    I'm under re-construction as far as my shop design and the few holiday venues I've got planned. This should help me promote my business more effectively! thanks

    2 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    Can't wait!

    2 years ago

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe says:

    Great ideas - especially the express shipping Danielle!

    2 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    I bought boxes for holiday shipping!

    2 years ago

  • IndieLookKnitwear

    IndieLookKnitwear says:

    "Offering custom wrapping as a separately paid add-on to help cover some of your costs." Why wouldn't you charge enough to cover ALL of the costs?

    2 years ago

  • BloomAndBarnacle

    BloomAndBarnacle says:

    Found a buddy, thanks!

    2 years ago

  • zucchiniandco

    zucchiniandco says:

    This is awesome. I love all of the graphics, too! Thanks Danielle!

    2 years ago

  • candlemoods

    candlemoods says:

    Let the planning begin!

    2 years ago

  • abigailleedesigns

    abigailleedesigns says:

    So excited for my first Christmas with my Etsy shop. Here we go!

    2 years ago

  • soulinchains

    soulinchains says:

    WOO WOO Lets get this rolling!!

    2 years ago

  • Noaki

    Noaki says:

    Thank you. This is great!

    2 years ago

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible says:

    huh, not sure how U do the custom gift wrap part, maybe I'm dense but would love to offer it but can't figure it out!?! oh well, zeech am I old, peace and love Karen

    2 years ago

  • locallibrary

    locallibrary says:

    I really like the idea of Express Shipping options and Gift Wrap options as add ons but I thought it was against Etsy policy to list these items?

    2 years ago

  • basculepress

    basculepress says:

    Excited to get started on this! Would anyone like a buddy who does letterpress printing?

    2 years ago

  • bluejcrochet

    bluejcrochet says:

    I am SO ANNOYED with Etsy right now. Why on earth would they put up an article like this that so clearly encourages us to all break the Etsy TOU? As a seller who used to offer upgraded shipping and packaging and got shut down within the first hour, as a seller who has begged for shipping options at checkout in the forums, I cannot believe what I am reading. I'm going to make upgraded shipping and packaging listings available at my shop and the first time my item gets terminated by Etsy I'm going to cite this article. If this is the first "helpful" article in this series, I'm scared to see the rest. Next thing you know admin will be suggesting we start selling store-bought items. Thanks Etsy for making it so easy for sellers to offer upgraded services! Pardon my bitterness, but I'm just fed up.

    2 years ago

  • MaddyMooMoo

    MaddyMooMoo says:

    Thanks for giving us a helping hand... This will be my first christmas on Etsy, I'm hoping my quirkyness will be popluar!!! Very well prepared for excess orders... Need a buddy though lol

    2 years ago

  • dododiy

    dododiy says:

    looking forward to the holidays!thanks!

    2 years ago

  • JMWSilver

    JMWSilver says:

    Looking forward to joining Danielle and the rest to start of the Holiday season running! Good luck and much success wished to all the etsy sellers!

    2 years ago

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo says:

    Hi I'm truly looking forward to being apart of this. I don't have a buddy yet. boo hoo Buddy or not..I'm ready to go!

    2 years ago

  • acommonthread

    acommonthread says:

    Love this! One question - How do we setup a way for callers to choose express shipping (with increased shipping amount) in Etsy? All I see is to assign prices by country, not by type of shipping.

    2 years ago

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple says:

    We can add shipping upgrades and gift wrap now as stand alone? Or as usual I am missing something? lol I am super excited if this is the case! :D

    2 years ago

  • DesignsByCT

    DesignsByCT says:

    This is so amazing and exciting. I can't wait to get started, Etsy inspires me and I'm on the quest...for Success!

    2 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    I am SO looking forward to this holiday season! I'm going to work so hard this year!!

    2 years ago

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo says:

    how can we clear the info on the speed sheet?

    2 years ago

  • SimplyMaco

    SimplyMaco says:

    I don't even know what to do with such a spreadsheet. Total number of additional products sold for the holidays? "Well I've sold 2 items this year, so hopefully another 2 more!" ??? Average product price is hard to use when your prices range from $3 to $150.

    2 years ago

  • rfnancy

    rfnancy says:

    I am so ready for this Boot Camp!! Thanks Danielle for starting us off in the right direction!!

    2 years ago

  • timor

    timor says:

    :)

    2 years ago

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio says:

    Really looking forward to the Holiday season!

    2 years ago

  • MyCountryHouseLife

    MyCountryHouseLife says:

    Just the kick in the right place to get me moving with this. Printed everything off and already worked through some of it as well!! Woohoo, just waiting to hear about matching up with an Etsy Bootcamp Buddy. Thanks! ;O)

    2 years ago

  • eleganteras

    eleganteras says:

    First holiday season with Etsy - appreciate the guidance!

    2 years ago

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations says:

    Exciting! Can't wait to get started!!

    2 years ago

  • chaoticlucidity

    chaoticlucidity says:

    SO awesome!! I hope I can find the time to do it all!!!

    2 years ago

  • craftmakerbyheart

    craftmakerbyheart says:

    I'm really scared!

    2 years ago

  • CarolynHarker

    CarolynHarker says:

    The calm before the storm :)

    2 years ago

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary says:

    Sure would help this holiday season if more of us got featured in etsy finds etc ... Have never had an item there since joining 6 yrs ago. Since etsy discontinued the voting on items submitted by etsy shops.. (What was that feature called?) there seems little chance to have a featured item... Mix it up abit more, etsy!!!

    2 years ago

  • ellarye

    ellarye says:

    I am so excited...now i need a buddy!

    2 years ago

  • etchedinmetal

    etchedinmetal says:

    Hoping the boot camp helps...Can't wait to try the step by steps. I have been offering free gift wrap on higher priced items.. But the upcharge is a great idea..especially fir the holidays! Am looking forward to and hoping for more continuous sales now that I have been seeing "clusters" of sales the last few month. Thanks !!

    2 years ago

  • epiphanyartstudio

    epiphanyartstudio says:

    Thanks! This is my first year both as an Etsy seller and doing the Boot Camp, and I'm excited!

    2 years ago

  • etchedinmetal

    etchedinmetal says:

    I am Hoping the boot camp helps...Can't wait to try the step by steps. I have been offering free gift wrap on higher priced items.. But the upcharge is a great idea..especially fir the holidays! Am looking forward to and hoping for more continuous sales now that I have been seeing "clusters" of sales the last few month.

    2 years ago

  • NannyGoatCrafts

    NannyGoatCrafts says:

    I have had my first sale of Christmas gifts! This was good for me last year. Good luck and have fun everyone!

    2 years ago

  • VanelDesign

    VanelDesign says:

    Locking forward to Hollydays. Thanks for the great advises. All the best Vanya

    2 years ago

  • 2ShootingStars

    2ShootingStars says:

    I am very excited and haven't read the blog yet or seen spreadsheet yet. I am in need of a buddy as well. I should say my partner and hubby is ready as well. I am excited about the buddy part who is more experienced with the way etsy works. Our only customer is my mom, LOL. So needless to say we need this boot camp. Off to read blog and print labels and spreadsheet. Blessings, Debbie

    2 years ago

  • outtahand

    outtahand says:

    Ready to have the best holiday season yet!!

    2 years ago

  • collectingfeathers

    collectingfeathers says:

    I really need this structure! Thanks for the guidance guys!

    2 years ago

  • Rt9NJvintageFun

    Rt9NJvintageFun says:

    This is a great tool, now just need to find a buddy...

    2 years ago

  • debsboutique

    debsboutique says:

    ok let's do it, I have been lagging on my etsy store.

    2 years ago

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD says:

    Perfect!! Just in time. I've been waiting for a kick start :D

    2 years ago

  • JAGDESIGNS27

    JAGDESIGNS27 says:

    I need a buddy! I am a very new etsy seller who is looking forward to the holiday selling season.

    2 years ago

  • earjeans

    earjeans says:

    looking forward to it!

    2 years ago

  • sewcutebydesign

    sewcutebydesign says:

    Thank you, this is wonderful info! Can't wait to get started!

    2 years ago

  • jillianpaintedesigns

    jillianpaintedesigns says:

    Love this!! I'll be looking forward to the newsletters and to-do lists.

    2 years ago

  • abuzzcard

    abuzzcard says:

    Can't wait, hopefully this will get me working on my shop more!!! I need a good kick start!! I also need a buddy too, any takers?

    2 years ago

  • Lindalovestosew

    Lindalovestosew says:

    Looking forward to this holiday season.Been loading my store with lots of new things. Thank you!! Linda

    2 years ago

  • BashaandMidas

    BashaandMidas says:

    Thank you so much..We are ready to go although very new. I could use a "buddy".

    2 years ago

  • laurenbacon

    laurenbacon says:

    Hi all - thanks for the great feedback & comments! I can't answer the questions re: Etsy upgrades, unfortunately - I'll have to leave those for the Etsy team. But there are a couple of questions I can answer: @IndieLookKnitwear asked, "Why wouldn't you charge enough to cover ALL of the costs?" Yes, absolutely - cover all your costs, and then some if you can (i.e. enough to cover the admin time it takes to ship things out, in addition to the hard costs). Of course, sometimes your customers may not be willing to pay the full cost of shipping so you may want to adjust your prices so that a portion of the shipping costs is bundled into the base product price. @SimplyMaco wrote, "Average product price is hard to use when your prices range from $3 to $150." I'd suggest that you make a couple of different copies of the spreadsheet, for different price points. Also, as a general note: If you're able to access the Google Spreadsheet, it will be a much more useful tool than the PDF, since the spreadsheet file contains a bunch of automatic calculations - if you enter your prices, quantities, etc. you'll get customized results. It's much easier than performing the calculations by hand (which is what you'll need to do with the PDF). (@Bananamoo, I'm hoping this answers your question about how to clear the info… Just create your own copy of the spreadsheet & you should be able to edit it to suit your needs.)

    2 years ago

  • susanneedlehands

    susanneedlehands says:

    If I weren't getting ready for my second international move in the past three months, I'd be right on board with this. Alas, I will be a couple of weeks behind, but I vow to catch up and get back up and running as soon as I can!

    2 years ago

  • GeriLou

    GeriLou says:

    Great idea, I can always use a boot in the right place. Looking forward to a great Holiday Season, Good Luck everybody.

    2 years ago

  • BashaandMidas

    BashaandMidas says:

    Thank you for this...I am so excited. Although very new, I am so ready to learn. I need a 'buddy'!

    2 years ago

  • EleganceElizabethLee

    EleganceElizabethLee says:

    Looking forward to these great tips to help everyone have a rocking holiday season!!

    2 years ago

  • joannorris1

    joannorris1 says:

    My shop is new. How does the spreadsheet work with fine art paintings and the marketing of beaded jewelry.

    2 years ago

  • flameOfsilver

    flameOfsilver says:

    I am sooo excited. I am looking for new ways to get my name out there and find homes for my crafts. I hope to find a buddy, that will be fun!

    2 years ago

  • Myinspirationsinwood

    Myinspirationsinwood says:

    We are also new and in need of a boost. Looking forward to the holidays.

    2 years ago

  • mimistudio

    mimistudio says:

    I am interested also in *HOW* to offer express shipping without violated etsy policies. I had offered a shipping upgrade and got the listing removed by etsy. also---I wanted to list products by price "under $25" but shop sections do not allow "$" signs! (that was another etsy suggestion from last year that could not be implemented....

    2 years ago

  • TidBitz

    TidBitz says:

    I can't get the checklist to show up! Help!

    2 years ago

  • VirginiaCreeper

    VirginiaCreeper says:

    Okay, I'm taking a deep breath and diving in!!! ;)

    2 years ago

  • SassySnacks

    SassySnacks says:

    Thank you for the post. Sounds good, guess I'm as ready as I'm ever gonna be! Luck to all thru this holiday season..........

    2 years ago

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie says:

    So excited to use this as a way to revitalize my shop! Let's do this!

    2 years ago

  • davincisattic

    davincisattic says:

    Great stuff!! Lets do it!

    2 years ago

  • SewSpecials

    SewSpecials says:

    My Halloween bags are already online, but someone said the name has to start with Halloween. Is that a newby of yours?

    2 years ago

  • silverliningxmas

    silverliningxmas says:

    It is all helpful even if it raises questions - thanks etsy.

    2 years ago

  • niteowldreams

    niteowldreams says:

    I am so ready. Do well at craft fairs but online not so. Looking for helpful tidbits.

    2 years ago

  • PickersParadise

    PickersParadise says:

    What fun!!! We just love etsy!

    2 years ago

  • OhEdith

    OhEdith says:

    This should prove to be very interesting! I'm with so many of you,re: the express shipping. Shipping costs are outragous! I may just stick with a cut off date. Not sure on this one. Looking forward to the holidays! Lets have many sales, all!

    2 years ago

  • AngelaIngram

    AngelaIngram says:

    Looking forward to this!! Can't wait to find a buddy!!

    2 years ago

  • ateliersumauma

    ateliersumauma says:

    I'll try to stick on this! :)

    2 years ago

  • recessthyme

    recessthyme says:

    I am nervous and excited. Thank you for being so helpful!

    2 years ago

  • CakePopFusion

    CakePopFusion says:

    This is GREAT! Thanks so much! I'm off to look for a Bootcamp Buddy. :)

    2 years ago

  • crookedsmilecreation

    crookedsmilecreation says:

    I can't believe it's time for this already.

    2 years ago

  • juliejoyce580

    juliejoyce580 says:

    I have to admit, I'm a bit overwhelmed! I've just gotten onboard with Etsy & haven't even set up shop!! All I have right now is some great handmade stuff, a few amateur pictures and a pay pal account! I need LOTS of guidance & a buddy.

    2 years ago

  • bowtieco

    bowtieco says:

    I'm new to easy, so I can only hope I'll get busy enough to need this. Either way, very helpful thanks!

    2 years ago

  • WearTheCanvas

    WearTheCanvas says:

    Yayy! My first boot camp! So excited

    2 years ago

  • deborahmores

    deborahmores says:

    Thank you for all of the great positive energy!

    2 years ago

  • TheFinestThings11

    TheFinestThings11 says:

    Very excited to start my 1st Etsy Holiday Season! We are looking forward to learning all there is to know! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities says:

    So excited to start! Thanks for all the support!!! Got my buddy...now to get started!!

    2 years ago

  • HappyMoonDesigns

    HappyMoonDesigns says:

    Many useful tasks to keep in mind,Thank You. I am very excited about the upcoming Holiday season.

    2 years ago

  • armywife365

    armywife365 says:

    This is going to be great. I just need a buddy though!

    2 years ago

  • HatOccasion

    HatOccasion says:

    I have only just started an Esty store this month, got one product up, which has taken me a year of procrastinating! Read books etc. I'm very excited that Etsy are doing this bootcamp....... time to take serious action! And finding a buddy to help keep motivated is a great way to stay accountable to each other:)) Thx Esty

    2 years ago

  • AmalieOriginals

    AmalieOriginals says:

    I've been looking forward to this all Summer! I can't wait to see how I do this Holiday Season!

    2 years ago

  • ChickadeeWay

    ChickadeeWay says:

    Lots to do, this will be a big help. THANKS!

    2 years ago

  • printinggrounds

    printinggrounds says:

    Ready or not, I suppose... here we go. Set up shop in March and after building a small website, and Etsy and Markets all summer I was sort of hoping for more of a restful fall. Guess the jokes on me! Good luck all!

    2 years ago

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative says:

    I'm so excited. I'm new at Etsy, but I'm looking forward to the holidays. Big thank you for all the help. I need a buddy!!!!

    2 years ago

  • SyndarEllaBoutique

    SyndarEllaBoutique says:

    love love love it =) I'm still hectic from the Halloween season but I am ready to start my Holiday too!

    2 years ago

  • FernHollowFinds

    FernHollowFinds says:

    Just the kick in the butt I need to get rolling! Ready to Rock N' Roll!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise says:

    Oh this is GREAT! The Holidays will be here before we know it!

    2 years ago

  • Koyumi

    Koyumi says:

    I'm brand new and really excited about this!

    2 years ago

  • TamsyTrends

    TamsyTrends says:

    I'm ready! Let's all have a great holiday season!

    2 years ago

  • enchiladamama

    enchiladamama says:

    Feels like I'm strapping in for a roller coaster ride....yahooooooooooo! Come on holiday season I double dog dare you!

    2 years ago

  • lesperancetile

    lesperancetile says:

    Looking forward to a great holiday shopping season! Boot camp is a great motivator. I do hope that Etsy doesn't emphasis "SALE, SALE, SALE" like they did last year.

    2 years ago

  • peganders

    peganders says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity ... i need help. peg

    2 years ago

  • styxriverart

    styxriverart says:

    I'm in and ready for my first Etsy marketing campaign. Thanks for the motivation!!

    2 years ago

  • Jannene

    Jannene says:

    Thanks for the help. Making my goals, looking at what needs to be done better, starting to get things in order for a great holiday season!

    2 years ago

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig says:

    Looking forward to hear about ideas that may increase the sales over the holidays! Thank you:)

    2 years ago

  • HappyFaceArt

    HappyFaceArt says:

    I ready to get ready!!

    2 years ago

  • alemahboutique

    alemahboutique says:

    Thanks for the great Tools and thanks for the Motivation....I've already started making things in more Xmas-y colors...but am now ready to start getting more organized and focused on the "administrative" side of things!

    2 years ago

  • MachineEmbroidery4U

    MachineEmbroidery4U says:

    Looking forward to the bootcamp and getting ready for the holidays!

    2 years ago

  • Starzyia

    Starzyia says:

    last year I was so lucky to meet a wonderful buddy through her forum post looking for a match. We have remained great friends through this year and I enjoy her companionship very much. I really recommend reaching out and finding a boot camp buddy, sure you could do the tasks solo, but you'd be robbing yourself of a very important element to the program and a wonderful source of support and inspiration.

    2 years ago

  • SweetheartJewelryBox

    SweetheartJewelryBox says:

    Im looking forward to this holiday season and I wish everyone success!

    2 years ago

  • SSrainbowCreations

    SSrainbowCreations says:

    Two items already marked off my list. I shared my goals & I have a partner:)!!!! Yeah. I am on a roll now folks.

    2 years ago

  • UniquesewingBoutique

    UniquesewingBoutique says:

    As always, this is so exciting and I am so ready and looking forward to following all the suggestions, wishing everyone a great season.

    2 years ago

  • DonnasArtisanDesigns

    DonnasArtisanDesigns says:

    I can't believe I'm actually AHEAD of the game!!LOL...this is a first..have THREE checked off!!

    2 years ago

  • GuineveresCloset

    GuineveresCloset says:

    I'm so excited to get started with all of this! Good luck to everyone-- let's make this the best holiday ever! If anyone needs a bootcamp buddy let me know :)

    2 years ago

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject says:

    Let's do this!

    2 years ago

  • FlowerAndBudJewelry

    FlowerAndBudJewelry says:

    I am in Google Documents and am unable to change any of the info to reflect my info. What do I need to do to make this Doc usable? TY =)

    2 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    My goal for growth is to refine my new designs, make them in a range of colors, and make beautiful listings. I've been compiling my own checklist and timeline based on etsy articles as well as ideas I've been gathering/generating. Looking forward to combining these efforts with the holiday boot camp, but i too wonder when 2 out of 3 quick suggestions violate the TOU. Shipping options and add-ons have long been requested features, until then, I'll ship priority mail as my standard. With free materials, door pick-up, tracking, and a few days in transit, priority is the best fit for me and my customers. As for buddies~perhaps a fellow member of the sfetsy (San Francisco) team will join me!

    2 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    flowerand bud: go to file in the upper left and download your own version or print. if you see in the upper right, the file is 'view only'. it seems to be a kind of template, but i don't think you would type directly there.

    2 years ago

  • FlowerAndBudJewelry

    FlowerAndBudJewelry says:

    I had already printed it on pdf so there is no way to get a blank copy so we can fill in our own inf either? Oh and ty for answering my ? =)

    2 years ago

  • PacificPerfumes

    PacificPerfumes says:

    I'm wondering if there is a special criteria in what we look for in a Buddy-product related, like I make perfumes so should my Buddy be in Beauty & Bath or maybe my Buddy should be in Stationary or textiles, a complimentary design element? Or same country based- I wonder? love some suggestions...

    2 years ago

  • KANJIDOLL

    KANJIDOLL says:

    ooooooookay!!

    2 years ago

  • FlowerAndBudJewelry

    FlowerAndBudJewelry says:

    Yeppers, saved the document to Excel and it works great! Formula works and calculates with my info. Awesome!

    2 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    Yes, you can also chose "make a copy" under the file menu. I also just made the document a public template, which will allow any of us to start a new document from the template, i imagine that is what was originally intended. Google is uploading it, I'll post the link when finished.

    2 years ago

  • Dryw

    Dryw says:

    great ideas!

    2 years ago

  • HandmadeHempMomma

    HandmadeHempMomma says:

    What is the best way to go about doing these things? offer express shipping and gift wrap in own separate listings. b/c etsy charges 20cents then 3.5% plus paypal fees too, so hello $5.00 gift wrap charge :( Or just state in each listing that express is an option if you are contacted in advance of purchase to change shipping costs? b/c what if I don't respond right away and they find a different item elsewhere and lose my sale? where would the best place for stating a cutoff shipping date? announcements, listings, policies? Great advice but please explain further! Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    The Holiday Budget as a template link: https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0AlDJlQ6H7mlhdGpJZWdwZVB3eV9wUmwtSC1Fb2l3UVE&mode=public If you open, the top button says "use this template". Click that and you'll have started your own version within google docs. Good for if you are a Google Docs user, but don't know how to copy the file or can't figure out how to start typing in boxes :)

    2 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    handmadehempmomma, i think the best way is to go for a higher shipping cost as your base price. then ask people if they want a cheaper version to note that in the 'comments to seller' on checkout. then you refund (many sellers say they will refund anything over $1 (US). i agree that you will likely lose a sale, unless it's a custom item where there is a lot of communication with customer anyway, if you make the buyer try to contact you just to change shipping. another way is to offer alternate shipping on another sales site or your own website. if buyers are really wild about saving a few dollars, they will find the option to do so. anyway, curious what our hosts will say...

    2 years ago

  • knittedbybarbara

    knittedbybarbara says:

    I am really looking forward to my first holiday season at etsy! Thanks for the tools and newsletters to come.

    2 years ago

  • desertsoapstone

    desertsoapstone says:

    Awesome! Thank you. Can't believe its already that time of year again! Let's do it!

    2 years ago

  • LuvPeuDeChose

    LuvPeuDeChose says:

    I always wrap all of my items in gift boxes so that they are always ready for giving out as gifts!

    2 years ago

  • MadebyAHug

    MadebyAHug says:

    My first holiday season on etsy. Excited and can't wait! Printing everything out tomorrow and getting started. Will need a buddy....

    2 years ago

  • aeliosdesign

    aeliosdesign says:

    This will be my first holiday season on etsy too! I'm excited to see how everything goes and am really grateful for all the fabulous tips and ideas. Thanks so much @Daniellexo! I always send my items ready to be gifted, but I think I'll add some xmas themed wrapping as an extra. I love the community aspect on etsy, and the support that the admin and other sellers provide for each other is amazing. Often in the world of business, people don't reach out or offer to help one another because they always want to be one step ahead. They are weary of others copying them, and so would never share their ideas for the benefit of the community. I suppose coming across selfish gain is inevitable in a capitalistic market. I think that this is what makes all of us appreciate etsy so much more. Thanks again! Really looking forward to all of the holiday advice.

    2 years ago

  • MissMaryAnnsf

    MissMaryAnnsf says:

    I'm excited. This will also be my first holiday season on etsy. I have a whole line that I am working on that I hope to have up by next week. I like the idea of having a buddy. I am new to etsy, and much better at crafting than computers. However, I realize that I just need to do my best. This is a learning process...and such a fun one. Best of luck to all of you who are trying to make a go of this.

    2 years ago

  • hamsterdam

    hamsterdam says:

    Why do you suggest offering shipping and gift wrapping add-ons when we're not allowed to list add-ons on Etsy?

    2 years ago

  • hamsterdam

    hamsterdam says:

    Why do you suggest offering rush shipping and gift wrapping add-ons when we're not even allowed to offer those to our shoppers on Etsy without a the back-and-forth and lost conversions that a custom order requires?

    2 years ago

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns says:

    I've made my goals over at the thread... I am a little worried this year as it's my first time as a full time self employed, last year I was working as well and it knocked me out... I'm really hoping that this Holiday season will be as big as last holiday season... hopefully even bigger!!!

    2 years ago

  • BinkieBeeCreations

    BinkieBeeCreations says:

    Terrified, but excited! Still new to Etsy, still trying to read all the helpful blogs and articles... fingers crossed this will be a great boost and step in the right direction!

    2 years ago

  • KelleyQuigleyDesigns

    KelleyQuigleyDesigns says:

    I can't believe it is already that time of the year again... lacin' up my boots, here we go!!!

    2 years ago

  • purple8p

    purple8p says:

    thankyou thankyou thankyou I have two buddies to work with thankyou again

    2 years ago

  • purple8p

    purple8p says:

    Hi I downloaded the Holiday budget worksheet but cannot erase the figures in there so I can have a blank~ am I missing something thanks

    2 years ago

  • ThreeSweetBirds

    ThreeSweetBirds says:

    92 Days UNTIL SANTA ARRIVES...Thanks for getting us ready!

    2 years ago

  • cliffordmanthey

    cliffordmanthey says:

    Just Do It Have fun be safe and healthy, Clifford Manthey

    2 years ago

  • TangoCreations

    TangoCreations says:

    I'm ready!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • crochetedmadness

    crochetedmadness says:

    Thank you for the tips. I'm really excited for this holiday season! Got a few new items to list and more on the construction in progress bin. I'm looking for a BCB! Any takers?

    2 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Here it is again...I am ready this time. Applying the boot camp strategy to the local team we just started three months ago. 24 members and growing...yay!

    2 years ago

  • gaylepritchard

    gaylepritchard says:

    Thanks for the inspiring post and great support!

    2 years ago

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations says:

    Doing my homework! :D

    2 years ago

  • Firegems2010

    Firegems2010 says:

    I've been at Etsy for over a year now and still have no clue about so much stuff here...or about promoting my shop. so Going to try and follow along with this to see if I can pick up some more ideas.

    2 years ago

  • TheLittleHappyGoose

    TheLittleHappyGoose says:

    This will be my first Holiday Season and I am super excited!! Thank you very much for the tips :)!

    2 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    Thank you :D

    2 years ago

  • PickleBerryTrifles

    PickleBerryTrifles says:

    I also tried using the google spreadsheet, and you cannot clear the numbers to use yourself. FRUSTRATING! It would also be valuable to have clarity on how to best handle shipping upgrades, please!

    2 years ago

  • PickleBerryTrifles

    PickleBerryTrifles says:

    nadene says: The Holiday Budget as a template link: https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0AlDJlQ6H7mlhdGpJZWdwZVB3eV9wUmwtSC1Fb2l3UVE&mode=public If you open, the top button says "use this template". Click that and you'll have started your own version within google docs. Good for if you are a Google Docs user, but don't know how to copy the file or can't figure out how to start typing in boxes :) --------------- When you try "use this template" it says "We're sorry, your spreadsheet cannot be copied at this time." So frustrating!! Also, we really do need more info on just how to do shipping upgrades within Etsy's protocol, please.

    2 years ago

  • ARTisticMarketing

    ARTisticMarketing says:

    Love this! Thank you for sharing! I've shared w/ my world too!!

    2 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    I'm not sure why the budget worksheets doesn't include our own hourly wage and base materials as costs? It seems like the sheet is meant to focus on the additional coats and profits of the holiday season, but the numbers wouldn't be accurate without including base costs.... I added that to mine to keep it all in one place.

    2 years ago

  • Pazinktum

    Pazinktum says:

    I'm still fairly new to Etsy and am so glad to learn all that I can. Thanks for all this great info! Helps to keep me inspired to grow my business. I don't have a buddy yet if there is anyone else that doesn't either.... Would love to have a fellow Etsy person to communicate with! ~ Lisa :)

    2 years ago

  • AveryleeDesigns

    AveryleeDesigns says:

    Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way....the sound of money in my pocket, LOL. Thank you for the great holiday tips. As a newbie I am sure I will glean from all of them in order to have a successful season:)

    2 years ago

  • BandSBargains

    BandSBargains says:

    Okay this will be our first holiday season on Etsy. We are migrating from Ebay so still are learning the rules and the uses of Etsy. We are good on the business end have run the business online for 8 years now. I use a program called Quicken and some excel. I am pretty experienced in Excel if someone needs help I use it at work all day. Not so experienced at the Etsy outlook. Thanks for allowing vintage items that is all we do old vintage items. If there is someone else that does vintage that wants a buddy..I will give it a try...not that I know what I am doing right now...but I am working on it and I am learning.

    2 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    I'm a little late on the draw, but here I am! I think I might be ready for this....hehe..... Heidi

    2 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    I am excited! I sell supplies so I am thinking my peak will be in November or so. Let's go!

    2 years ago

  • Photoh

    Photoh says:

    Last holiday season I was disorganized and chaotic but still made a nice profit. This year thanks to your help I'm going to be planned, organized and add to my customer base & make some money too

    2 years ago

  • sayityourway

    sayityourway says:

    I just signed up last night for the Etsy Success Team and now boot camp! so excited! ... did I miss some info being e-mailed out yesterday?

    2 years ago

  • Morningglories1

    Morningglories1 says:

    Wanted to do this last year but couldn't find the time. I am going to really try hard to do this year. Thank you for this!!

    2 years ago

  • lyonhart

    lyonhart says:

    Like a few others here, I'm new to Etsy and still figuring it all out. Good luck to all the other newcomers! Some of the formulae in the cells on the template spreadsheet are not set up correctly (S29, D30 and D31 are not multiplying by the number of items despite being per-item costs, might be a copy/paste error). I read this post yesterday, noted the concerns of people who said that adding shipping and gift wrap options were against Etsy's TOU, and waited until today to see if the article would be amended, or if some statement would be put up to clarify... I'm surprised that nothing has been done yet, and I couldn't find any comment from Etsy in the forum either. If anyones does hear something, can they post it here as well please? Wishing everyone a fantastic end of year!

    2 years ago

  • LadybugBabyKnitting

    LadybugBabyKnitting says:

    Thanks! It's my first holiday season on Etsy. Welcome to my shop http://www.etsy.com/people/LadybugBabyKnitting?ref=si_pr

    2 years ago

  • MarysMonkeys

    MarysMonkeys says:

    Can't wait! I'm going to hit the ground running!!

    2 years ago

  • lepetitehoot

    lepetitehoot says:

    I'm excited to take part in this year's Holiday Boot Camp but also a little nervous. After a very long time planning, I've just opened my shop this past week. Is it too soon to take part in something like this? Could I be setting myself up for failure if I take a task like this on too soon?

    2 years ago

  • TheWeirdGirlWorkshop

    TheWeirdGirlWorkshop says:

    ADMIN- please respond to questions about offering shipping upgrades and gift wrap options in seperate listings. We are all under the assumption that this is against Etsy TOU, but it was suggested in this article as somthing to do. Please clarify! Thanks =)

    2 years ago

  • BowMoBBB

    BowMoBBB says:

    This is my first holiday season with Etsy. Hope it is a successful one. Will put some of the ideas to work. Having trouble with the social networking. Have a lot to learn. Probably should just take one new thing on at a time. Thanks for the encouragement!

    2 years ago

  • antiquetochic

    antiquetochic says:

    I'm excited as well and determined not to fall off the wagon this year. I am committed to making my shop the best it can be for the holidays!

    2 years ago

  • LifeIsRosey

    LifeIsRosey says:

    I'm chiming in for further explanation about shipping upgrades and gift wrap. I have wanted for a long time to allow add-on type items in my shop but when I listed a shipping upgrade a year ago, etsy shut it down pretty quickly. So... what's the scoop admin! We need to get these shops ready for the busy holiday season! :) :) Sarah Jane

    2 years ago

  • PoorRobin

    PoorRobin says:

    Going to give it a go this year! Hooray!

    2 years ago

  • HoleInMyBucket

    HoleInMyBucket says:

    Taking a deep breath and hoping for the best. Not on Etsy for even a year, hoping this holiday season will boost things a bit.

    2 years ago

  • HoleInMyBucket

    HoleInMyBucket says:

    For the budget. Open it in Google and then select File, Download As, Excel (or whatever your preference is). I did Excel and can save it to my documents and it seems to be working fine.

    2 years ago

  • TheScarlettGypsy

    TheScarlettGypsy says:

    Thank You! Great Tips ;)

    2 years ago

  • GarrettandGrace

    GarrettandGrace says:

    Thanks for the checklist....I had to pencil in "Have a Baby" smack in the middle of the season, but hey, we can do this! ;). Off to look for a buddy!

    2 years ago

  • SparkleandDoom

    SparkleandDoom says:

    I'm new and had my first sale last week. I hope this christmas helps me to catch up on my current expenses and perhaps allow me to get myself some cheer. ;) Interested in knowing about giftwrap/shipping addon's and the TOU. No buddy, and looking to have a successful season!

    2 years ago

  • linseygray

    linseygray says:

    Sounds awesome, I'm in!! Thanks for the motivation :)

    2 years ago

  • dgordon

    dgordon says:

    I've got a great muddy buddy and we're ready!!!

    2 years ago

  • MightyPlush

    MightyPlush says:

    Really great ideas! I'm printing out the stickers and getting ready to push. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • fullmoonrisings

    fullmoonrisings says:

    I'm looking foward to the holiday season with great glee. Thanks for the great info.

    2 years ago

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata says:

    Great idea!! I'm exciting! I loved last year's B.C. :)

    2 years ago

  • fibrous

    fibrous says:

    You can save the budget spreadsheet to your own google docs by clicking >Google Spreadsheet >File >Make a Copy

    2 years ago

  • Kyhunly

    Kyhunly says:

    Great post. Going into "Little Engine that Could" mode, and love the checklist...

    2 years ago

  • laurashaw1

    laurashaw1 says:

    I have a friend. I hope she will be my buddy...

    2 years ago

  • JimFeePhotography

    JimFeePhotography says:

    I would like to join a team that has my circle - we seem to be very compatible. I can help in any you want. Photoshoot, color select, graphic design support,,help with product definition. email:jimfee@cox.net, (949) 489-0616 Thanks, Jim

    2 years ago

  • jbrickett

    jbrickett says:

    I am new to etsy I am looking forward to the up coming holiday season

    2 years ago

  • Sugarbabies2

    Sugarbabies2 says:

    I too am new to Etsy. I am a retired teacher trying to make a little extra income making children's clothing.

    2 years ago

  • Eagle414

    Eagle414 says:

    I've found my buddy, checked my list, & really hope this works. This is my 1st holiday season w/Etsy. Good luck to all. Anyone out there see if I'm doing something wrong, please let me know. Thnx.

    2 years ago

  • daisyadaycrochet

    daisyadaycrochet says:

    I hope I am not too late to sign up for this. I am truly looking forward to this wonderful opportunity :0)

    2 years ago

  • katiebirdstudio

    katiebirdstudio says:

    I can't get the checklist to open. It says it is unrepairable.

    2 years ago

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor says:

    Priceless information, as always, Danielle! Thank you so much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • linlogsjewelry

    linlogsjewelry says:

    I am another newbee to etsy. Still busy photographing and stocking my shelves. My immediate goal is to design my virtual storefront with charm and pzazz and of course, to bring in customers. I would love to partner up with someone who is on a similar journey? Anyone out there interested?

    2 years ago

  • patspottery

    patspottery says:

    OK, I am going to do better at this, this year!!

    2 years ago

  • karenleanneking

    karenleanneking says:

    Last year, I read the Boot-Camp articles, but did not really accomplish much at the time. I have been trying to use the advice throughout the year, and have gradually been improving my shop. I have been working on holiday ideas all summer, but found myself developing a product that is not ready to market! I'm hoping to pull it all together very soon! In the meantime, I'd really like to find a buddy. I sell sewing patterns, and make things. I am a professional dressmaker, with 30 years Bridal experience. My handmade items on ETSY are my form of play! I am trying to build up my inventory, and am hoping to learn how to be truly successful. I'd love to partner up with someone I can talk to over the phone. I'm in Arizona, and have unlimited long distance in the USA. Anyone interested?

    2 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    So many goals this holiday season! We worked really hard last year and it paid off with 8 sales in December. We're proud of that total, as we are still getting started! We hope to match that amount, but ideally, pass it. Thank you for all of the support and tips. Good luck to everyone. Keep calm and carry on!

    2 years ago

  • Kaiabella

    Kaiabella says:

    I'm new to etsy so this is a very awesome forum. I need a buddy!

    2 years ago

  • karenleanneking

    karenleanneking says:

    I just printed out my stickers, and posted 4 months of calendars on the side of a large file cabinet. I am now having a slight panic attack! There really isn't a lot of time to create new product for the holidays! I am working on a strategy. I am going to have to really plan my time well to be able to finish my projects! Once I put the selling and shipping deadline stickers in place, It hit me. We need to be ready NOW!!!

    2 years ago

  • icdinx

    icdinx says:

    Do you know that our country, Philippines, celebrates the longest Christmas season in the world, with Christmas carols heard as early as September and the season lasting up until January? This Boot Camp would really be helpful for me, as I am really an aspiring entrepreneur. I wish to learn more on how to organize my inventory and how to stick on my budget. I know this season would be stressful but it would also be full of love. This is my first holiday Boot Camp with Etsy, I need a buddy, and good luck to us all! ♥

    2 years ago

  • bobbinsandbits

    bobbinsandbits says:

    awesome tips! ...looking for a buddy :)

    2 years ago

  • JadeRoseCrochet

    JadeRoseCrochet says:

    good info - thanks again!

    2 years ago

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce says:

    Yay!! I can't wait!!! :-D

    2 years ago

  • SuziesShop

    SuziesShop says:

    Very excited to start the boot camp process! I better get started on the to do list! :)

    2 years ago

  • Oakmother

    Oakmother says:

    If nothing else, even if the specific tips aren't applicable to my situation, Boot Camp always gets me more in order and excited to be working - otherwise I tend to think I'm just playing around. Thanks, Etsy, for your encouragement and motivation.

    2 years ago

  • beautygives

    beautygives says:

    Its great to get concrete ideas. I am very new to Etsy and am taking all the advice I can get.

    2 years ago

  • RaskolInkLLC

    RaskolInkLLC says:

    heere we go....holiday boot camp! im all in

    2 years ago

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap says:

    YAY!!!! LETS DO THIS!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • LovesLostArts

    LovesLostArts says:

    The Christmas season is my first Etsy adventure... I just had my first baby and am hoping that this will be a way to keep my creative juices flowing... And maybe make a little money :) I've always made my own cards, and LOVE getting "real mail," I hoping that other people agree!

    2 years ago

  • februaryjones

    februaryjones says:

    Is an admin going to address: "Offering custom wrapping as a separately paid add-on to help cover some of your costs." This was also suggested IN THE BUDGET in the Cost of Goods Sold section - "Gift wrapping supplies – consider adding gift wrapping as an “extra cost” in your Etsy listings to cover costs" A whole lot of us are curious about whether or not this is even possible given Etsy's terms of use that specifically address this as no-no.

    2 years ago

  • MadlensRibbonRiot

    MadlensRibbonRiot says:

    Dear ADMINS, could one of you PLEASE clarify our questions on add-on wrapping and express shipping as it was suggested in the first boot camp blog post? The post has been up for 3 days now and there is no clarification! Please address this in the forums or here!

    2 years ago

  • wanderwitch

    wanderwitch says:

    This will be my first christmas on etsy and crafting and hoping to sell online. Unfortunately I am having to move in a hurry as I am being evicted from my flat. And I and another have just received a large commission - it never rains but it pours! Take care, wanderwitch

    2 years ago

  • WyndwalkerCreations

    WyndwalkerCreations says:

    I am all set, ready to learn how to make this the best Christmas season ever. I have been selling at living history events (pre 1840's) for 8 or more years. I need to learn hoe to sell online now because we can't travel like that any more. I miss talking and teach to the customers. I would love a buddy to help me learn this new arena. Thanks Karen

    2 years ago

  • ZhineStudio

    ZhineStudio says:

    Got myself a Boot Camp buddy -- Dreaming Phoenix. THE BEST thing about my Boot Camp experience so far. Also -- Thanks for the connection with The Boss of You book and writers. Another book to study but it's time to learn. Will soon be done with week 1 To-Do's! Yeah me!

    2 years ago

  • deniselasonde

    deniselasonde says:

    Here's to a productive and profitable holiday season. No to find a buddy?!?

    2 years ago

  • wishwash

    wishwash says:

    I am so new to all this that my head is swimming, but I am hoping to get a grip soon and all the help I can get is very welcomed Thank you for all the good tips (HELP)!!

    2 years ago

  • GypsiesRose891

    GypsiesRose891 says:

    Newbie here but so excited about learning all I can ! Don't have a camp buddy yet though .

    2 years ago

  • AROYALDISH

    AROYALDISH says:

    I am new to ETSY as well, and look forward to learning new ways to advance my business. Thank You for your assistance!

    2 years ago

  • jjaneymo

    jjaneymo says:

    I'm MOTIVATED!!! Let's get going and sell, sell, sell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck to everyone out there in ETSY land!!!!

    2 years ago

  • jgilsondesigns

    jgilsondesigns says:

    I need to get it going. I am so ready for this. I am new to this. I have no buddy either. I have been disigning for many years. But now I'm on my own. no boss :) , no employees to babysit :) , no pay check :0.

    2 years ago

  • nisseworks

    nisseworks says:

    It's going to be a challenge, but one that's going to be worth taking on :)

    2 years ago

  • TwinMountainPottery

    TwinMountainPottery says:

    This boot camp idea really gets you motivated. Time management and organization are at the top of my prioriiiities. I need a buddy, too.

    2 years ago

  • locallibrary

    locallibrary says:

    Just checking in to see if Admin has answered any questions regarding shipping upgrades and gift wrapping?

    2 years ago

  • CarlaLovato

    CarlaLovato says:

    Looking forward to the Holiday season! Thank you for the valuable information.

    2 years ago

  • pingenuity

    pingenuity says:

    I'm about 5 days behind on this week's assignments. And I need a buddy! I make pins using vintage and antique findings, lace, trim, ribbon, broken jewelry bits, and whatever else I can find that will fit on a 2" diameter suede circle. I'm new to Etsy and want to make my shop as memorable as I can.

    2 years ago

  • LoopDeeDoo

    LoopDeeDoo says:

    Looks like I'm a bit behind this year, too, but I plan to catch up quickly! Looking forward to a holiday season that will be double what I sold last year (my first year). Yeah, I said that! ;)

    2 years ago

  • LoopDeeDoo

    LoopDeeDoo says:

    Ooh, and my other goal this season is to finally write and sell some crochet patterns for my original designs. I have people asking for them, so I know there is demand out there!

    2 years ago

  • CosaMooi

    CosaMooi says:

    Thanks so much for all of the resources & tools. I'm so excited and looking forward to getting all set and organized for the upcoming holiday season. Good luck everyone...and here's to a prosperous season!!

    2 years ago

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled says:

    I had a customer purchase a few of my ID badge reels this week. She said they were Christmas gifts. I nearly fell out of my chair. But then there are only 86 shopping days until Christmas. I best get busy!

    2 years ago

  • wyrdandwired

    wyrdandwired says:

    Just found this, but great timing as I'm looking to jumpstart my shop again. Looking forward to the future parts!

    2 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    Re: selling gift wrapping on Etsy - You must list this as a separate item listing (if it is commercial paper, list it in supplies) and be willing to sell the gift wrap on it's own. Best, Danielle

    2 years ago

  • PicsandThings

    PicsandThings says:

    I, my self are behind on work sheets. But have been busy up loading. New products. Plus adding Recycled handmade toys child play time items...I also have sold 0 in five months time. As I've sold my products before. Its surely that I've missed somethings in the trancefer from face to face interreacting to Esty being computer rised. But I'll not give up on myself, Being motivated I will work all this out. Short on marketing skills, circles, spelling, blogs and twitting too. Check me out if you want a buddy also. Thanks all of you I Iearned today I need a buddy,

    2 years ago

  • lisamarDesigns

    lisamarDesigns says:

    Great!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • lagoldenbiche

    lagoldenbiche says:

    Super excited for this boot camp! This is be my first time selling on Etsy for the holidays. I plan on featuring more inventory - more often, and really focusing on ways to expand my business. I need a buddy!!!

    2 years ago

  • JennP1751

    JennP1751 says:

    Looking forward to this year's bootcamp :)

    2 years ago

  • MySisterMyHeart

    MySisterMyHeart says:

    This is my first holiday season with Etsy and I'm so confused!! I'm having a really tough time gearing up. I have all these ideas floating around in my head and so I'm on overload. I need help!!

    2 years ago

  • ExartizoImages

    ExartizoImages says:

    I am very excited about the upcoming Holidays and very much appreicate the count down to success! Thank you Etsy! I love, love , love this site :)

    2 years ago

  • anasbabycouture

    anasbabycouture says:

    Determined to make this year better than last! I am ready!

    2 years ago

  • FRESHANDFINEJEWELRY

    FRESHANDFINEJEWELRY says:

    I am a newbie toEtsy and trying to gain and put into practice the information being provided. So thank you for all the help you are sharing with us. My store is under construction and I can use all the help I can get, for the success I'd love to have.

    2 years ago

  • designsofartisan

    designsofartisan says:

    This is great... cant wait for the coming weeks... =)

    2 years ago

  • GreatAccents

    GreatAccents says:

    well in a perfect post, under this one it would say "17" days ago" I would Like a buddy .This is very scary for me. The way I deal with it is to throw what I need to out the window in order to enjoy what I'm doing. I think I make good Items but I loose track of time. I'm working on branding, packaging, learning the mailing process,and potographing my stuff. So it's the perfect week to jump in. Somehow I'll catch up. I love everything I'm reading and the excitement that everyone has. seeing others who keep on keepin on in their newbie state is very encouraging. I got my profile done and some other basics. I'm working on my banner photo, then I can start making product and writing the posts for it. If any one doesnt have a buddy yet and would like to work with a newbe please contact me at greataccents@gmail.com

    2 years ago

  • Diddies

    Diddies says:

    Eeeek I am so excited!! This is going to be my first Christmas as an Etsy seller. I'm not expecting great things to happen, but I'm excited to be taking part! I'd love a buddy!! I'm a newbie so prepare for plenty of questions! I'm great at motivating others, but need lots of motivating myself! Not so good at that :( I'm currently working on photography, packaging, my blog(s), and stocking my shop full! It's got a few items, but I need someone to give me the motivation to make many more! I also talk too much. Sorry. If you dont mind the above and would like to be my buddy, contact me here! Or if you fancy a general chat because you talk too much, like me, message me! Why not?! :D

    2 years ago

  • Susansweaters

    Susansweaters says:

    I'd never heard of Boot Camp here on etsy before. Guess I should have been paying more attention.

    2 years ago

  • thecountryduchess

    thecountryduchess says:

    Thank. This is exactly what we need!

    2 years ago

  • KatieJBeadDesigns

    KatieJBeadDesigns says:

    Geared up for boot camp! Exactly what we need!

    2 years ago

  • minitidbits

    minitidbits says:

    I can't wait to start:)

    2 years ago

  • Skullanda

    Skullanda says:

    We are wiggling in our seats! And starting our Holiday Ideas too! This will totally help us!

    2 years ago

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue says:

    Excited and ready! Good luck to everyone! Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • MySoapgrams

    MySoapgrams says:

    Very excited about my firsy Christmas with Etsy! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • FamilyHands

    FamilyHands says:

    I have been an etsy seller for a little over one year, and have only sold three items. I still feel so new. I'm frustrated and can't figure out where I've gone wrong. If there's some one out there with the knowledge I need, and you are willing to be my buddy, I'd love your help!

    2 years ago

  • joywelry2love

    joywelry2love says:

    :) ... I need a buddy!

    2 years ago

  • crnicholls

    crnicholls says:

    Unfortunately due to a few equipment failures, I am probably not going to be as ready this year as I wanted and was hoping to be. My poor shop looks like its down to the bare walls. Once the equipment problems are solved though I should be ok, even if that means next year. Hoping to get in at the last minute though this year. Need some buddy advice maybe... I have sold only one item since I opened last year. Not sure what I am doing wrong other than just not having enough items in the shop. I do know though that I am my own worst critic. If something I make doesn't look right to me, I will tear it apart and start over, rather than try to sell what I feel is a sub standard item.

    2 years ago

  • Gladisis

    Gladisis says:

    Very good holiday tips. :-)

    2 years ago

  • PureBlissCandlz

    PureBlissCandlz says:

    I'm new here, as well and in need of a buddy!!! I hope I'm not too late! I can tell I'll be up late nights, doing homework n stuff.....hey....am I back in school???? yep n it doesn't seem so bad! Thanks for all of this detailed assistance for all of us fledglings!!!!

    2 years ago

  • reginasstudio

    reginasstudio says:

    Wonderful Tools and so Informative!! Thanks so much for letting us be part of it and for using our photo. Merry Christmas Everyone !!

    2 years ago

  • flutterbycorner

    laura harris from OliviaandWilliam says:

    A little nervous only ever given my things as gifts. Hopefully my confidence will grow throught this action plan

    206 days ago