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Top 10 Tips for Starting an Etsy Business handmade and vintage goods


With so much great advice buzzing around the Etsy community, it’s a bit of a challenge to narrow it down to the top 10. How’d I do it? I asked some of Etsy’s most active sellers and Admin to nominate their favorite words of wisdom.

1. Be Patient

Hands-down, the most popular piece of advice for new Etsy sellers is realizing that success doesn’t happen overnight.

Jodi Lynn Burton of Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles didn’t get her first order until four months after she started her shop in 2011. “I listed a couple of original drawings, and a couple people favorited them, but I wasn’t getting much traffic,” she says. “After reading advice in The Seller Handbook, I added a couple new items and tags, and then I got my first sale.”

Moral of the story: Keep making improvements to your shop and view your Shop Stats to study what works for attracting traffic. “Iterate and improve. Practice and repeat,” says Etsy Admin Cheyne Little.

Read Etsy Success: Shop Stats Insights.

2. Create High-Quality Photography

The age-old expression “first impressions are everything” holds true on Etsy. Because Etsy is an image-driven site, shoppers make quick visual decisions based on needs, personal taste, and the quality of your shop’s images.

Luckily, you don’t necessarily need an expensive camera to capture beautiful product images. “I used a point-and-shoot camera on a tripod that captured natural lighting for my first three years of selling on Etsy and had great success,” says Jenny Nemlekar of jennyndesign. “I’m also an avid Etsy shopper, and I enjoy perusing shops with clean, clear, clutter-free product photography because it allows for a ‘shoppable’ environment without distractions.”

Read more tips about producing great product photography.

3. Price It Right

There’s definitely an art to pricing your items, and it’s a process that you’ll likely alter over time. Paying yourself first — and fairly — should be top priority. “You deserve a living wage,” says Etsy Admin Morgan Evans. “Calculate your costs accurately and don’t undercharge for your items or the time you spend on them.”

Here’s a tried-and-tested pricing formula that a number of Etsy sellers use: Materials + Labor + Expenses + Profit = Wholesale x 2 = Retail. Read more about this formula in “A Simple Formula for Pricing Your Work”.

Read more advice about pricing in The Seller Handbook.

4. Provide Excellent Customer Service

What exactly is good customer service? Some of the key elements include answering Convos in a timely fashion and providing clear information in your Shop Policies and Message to Buyers. Be direct about shipping turnaround time, whether you offer refunds or exchanges, how you handle customs and duty fees, and the types of payments you accept.

The ultimate payoff of providing good customer service is repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals. “The busier we get, the harder good customer service becomes, but remember that without customers, we wouldn’t have a business — we’d just have a hobby,” says Heather Kent. “Make every customer feel like they’re your favorite one.”

Read Your Customer Service Guide.

5. Organize Your Finances

Even if your business is a small, one-person operation, Morgan Evans says it’s important to set up good bookkeeping and organization systems from the get-go and keep straightforward sales and expenses records. “You’ll establish an organized, logical foundation to build upon when it’s time to do taxes, hire an accountant, or take your business to the next level.”

Read Getting Started With Income and Expense Tracking. Read tips about finances and taxes.

6. Think Like a Customer

One of the best ways to cater to your customers and help customers find you is to think like them as you’re developing your shop’s brand. As you’re creating products, marketing materials, and listing your items, put yourself in the “mental shoes” of your hopeful buyer. What keywords will they use to search for your products? How will they use your items? Include this information in your 13 tags, item titles, and descriptions.

Get more tips about search here.

7. Join a Team

If you’re optimistic about your future on Etsy but are feeling a bit overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Heather Kent felt exactly the same way. “Once I joined a team, I felt such a sense of community, and I learned so much from my teammates,” she says. “My photos improved, my shop started looking more professional, and sales increased.”

Whether you’re seeking help from sellers making similar items or want to meet people who live near you, there are thousands of teams to choose from. Join a team.

8. Do Your Research

You’ll be surprised how much you can learn about growing your Etsy shop just by asking yourself questions and then diving into searching for the answer. For example, to learn about your (friendly) competition and how to cater to your ideal customers, starting searching on Etsy and the Internet.

“There’s no shortage of resources on Etsy, the web, in books, and by communicating with other sellers,” says Sara Gilmore of I Felt Fuzzy. On forums, other sellers will be more likely to help you if it appears you’ve done your homework and have specific questions.”

9. Network and Promote Yourself

Let’s say you’ve researched your target market, rocked your item listings, and now you’re ready for action. Now what? It’s time to spread the word about your brand-new business. But how? One of the least expensive promotion tools is good-old fashioned networking.

“I learned that you can’t just list a couple items and expect sales — unless you’re really lucky!” says JodiLynn. The captain of Metro Detroit Etsy Team suggests making treasuries, following community members, commenting on blog posts, and keeping up with your activity feed.

As for promoting your shop outside of Etsyland, Sara Gilmore recommends blogging and social media for building your web presence. Read more tips about social media.

10. Take Advantage of Etsy’s Free Resources

You don’t need an MBA to become a top seller. Etsy is an equal-opportunity marketplace, and everyone is poised for success.

Etsy Admin and leaders in the community aim to be as transparent as possible about how seller tools work, and there’s so much information just waiting to be devoured. For example, you can read about how full-time Etsy sellers have grown their shops in Quit Your Day Job features, biweekly tips in the Etsy Success Newsletter, FAQs, and The Seller Handbook.

Those are just 10 tips for new sellers. What are your top tips for starting an Etsy business? Share your advice in the comments.

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  • jennyndesign

    Jenny Nemlekar from JennyNDesign says: Featured

    Great advice! So honored to be included among these successful Etsy sellers and admin. I definitely learned some things I need to improve! I just wanted to mention that the formula may appear slightly confusing to some because it also implies that (Material+Expenses+Labor+Profit)/2 = Wholesale, which could make for bad business decisions! :) It may clearer to show it as (M+E+L+P)=Wholesale=Retail/2. So that's the extent of using my engineering degree. :) :)

    2 years ago

  • windseedstudio

    Windseed from WINDSEEDstudio says: Featured

    Nice article - thank you. We started listing in November and we're really enjoying the ride. Some tips from us: 1) Mid-gray, vs white, background improved our photos immensely. 2) Pinterest is a great resource. We pin stuff that we love and often during our research on our vintage wears. 3) Vintage sellers - research, and keep researching - it gets easier as you go along. You learn how to describe things to get hits on them online. We've found many things online that we haven't posted yet - while doing research for other items. It increases your knowledge of what is special and what isn't and what to look for when you go out to shop. 4) Shipping continues to trip us up - keep using any online tools you have to estimate as closely as you can - or you can lose lots of money needlessly. 5) Communicate with your customers, thank everyone who features you, and stay positive. :) -Maggie & Tony

    2 years ago

  • BarkingDogBlanket

    BarkingDogBlanket from BarkingDogBlanket says: Featured

    the Etsy app is also a really great thing to have - it keeps you in touch with your customers anytime. I enjoy selling & buying on etsy I think we all do our best to make our customers happy and I think we have great buyers and sellers in our community ; )

    2 years ago

  • WeirDlit

    Jane O from Mawusi says: Featured

    Thank you for the amazing tips. And Gosh, reading the comments I have gotten even more advices to try out. I opened shop in 2011, but it was only September of last year when I started making some real effort. I'm always working on my photography. I learned about teams a few months ago, and now I understand the significance of treasuries. I am having some problem with the pricing and using the right tags, but I think I will get it together soon. The patient thing, I am working on that too. One thing that keeps impressing me is the community on Etsy. It's so amazing how eager people are to help you. I am where I am now because of some of the amazing people I have met in teams, who were just so happy to share with me things they have tried that worked. This warmth keeps me going. It feels good to know that I have friends here.

    2 years ago

  • CarolynsCookies

    Carolyn Tomlinson from CarolynsCookies says:

    i have a set of the books pictured here

    2 years ago

  • bluesuzi

    Nicole Suzi Maniez from bluesuzi says:

    Great article. I love the multiple perspectives and the first peice of advice is much appreciated! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • Lucary

    Amy Fowler from Lucary says:

    Teams definitely helped me in the promotion department with pinterest, twitter, facebook, wanelo, etc.....they fave my items and therefore my stuff gets more exposure!

    2 years ago

  • greengrass2

    Liz from greengrass2 says:

    Great advice for beginners and experienced sellers alike! thank you

    2 years ago

  • dawnandross

    Cody and April Peavy from dawnandross says:

    great tips for those getting started :-) ~cody and april

    2 years ago

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame says:

    Great tips. I always appreciate the info that Etsy gives. And it is great to know there are people out there that want to see you and your shop do well. Thanks Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture says:

    Great advice! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • jacklom3

    Sara from jacklom3 says:

    wonderful article!

    2 years ago

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop says:

    Great advice for us all!!! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • beadfreaky

    beadfreaky from beadfreaky says:

    There is so much to learn! I really appreciate narrowing things down to the essentials. Great advice - Thanks :)

    2 years ago

  • wildfireatheart

    Courtney from Run2theWild says:

    I would add being unique and staying active on etsy! :)

    2 years ago

  • KMayCreations

    Kristen May from KMayCreations says:

    Thanks for the great article! There is so much you can put into a shop, its easy to overlook some areas that can really bring your shop to the next level. Thanks, Etsy, for always helping us move forward.

    2 years ago

  • ThePapercutPress

    M Craig from ThePapercutPress says:

    This is great! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • SecondEditionJewelry

    Emily Clayton from SecondEditionJewelry says:

    Great advice! Thank you for sharing this article.

    2 years ago

  • HeadsUpGirlsBaby

    Cheri Thomason from HeadsUpGirlsBaby says:

    Great article, thank you for taking the time to share all of these great tips. Will most definitely put each one into action.

    2 years ago

  • emmeboo

    Tracey Jones Mebane from JonesMebaneStudio says:

    Perfect timing! i opened my store Monday! Now I have to prioritize what to do next - social media, teams, organize my finances?! It's a little overwhelming, but soo exciting. Thanks for this!!

    2 years ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    i like these tips!

    2 years ago

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante says:

    Thanks for the advice!

    2 years ago

  • cherylge3

    Cheryl Gaudiana-Erskine from Spidertown says:

    I opened my shop 2 weeks ago and have had 142 people look at it. No Sales. These tips are so helpful to me. Everyday I read about ways to improve my shop. Soon...the lookers will become buyers. Thank you all for the useful advise.

    2 years ago

  • zamaani

    Attila Zamaani from Zamaani says:

    I have a question - there are so many teams on etsy, how do you choose which one to join? what are the criteria we should be looking at when making these choices? - thank you in advance :)

    2 years ago

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry says:

    Even though I have been on Etsy for a year there is still so much to learn and do Thank You Etsy for the constant support.

    2 years ago

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry says:

    @Attila Zamaani I am no expert but a good place to start is your local or national team.

    2 years ago

  • sommerlroberts

    Sommer Roberts from CraftFreeOrDie says:

    As always etsy and the many talented people on and behind it offer such useful advice. Thank you so much!!

    2 years ago

  • monatao

    Mónica from monatao says:

    Great tips!! I have a lot of work to do!

    2 years ago

  • sheilalikestoknit

    Sheila from sheilalikestoknit says:

    Great ideas! The best tip I ever received was listing, or re-listing up to 4 items a day. Also, photos are everything....they have to be GREAT! sheila

    2 years ago

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal from crochetgal says:

    My #1 tip? Have some sort of business plan before you open! It doesn't need to be complicated but should at least outline what the business will be, how it will be financed and how it will be marketed. Without some sort of plan, how do you know whether or not you are succeeding?

    2 years ago

  • saulebaltaa

    Liga from DIYDigitalStudio says:

    Thank You so much!

    2 years ago

  • theowlshop

    Becky from wanderandroar says:

    Always great inspiration and advice in these articles!

    2 years ago

  • SewnInspirations

    SewnInspirations from SewnInspirations says:

    I appreciate having these tips to refer to. No matter how long you've been selling, there is always something you can do to improve your shop.

    2 years ago

  • additionsstyle

    Valerie from additionsstyle says:

    Very helpful tips that are easy to incorporate into my business. Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • CindysCardsandArt

    Cindy Micheli from CindysCardsandArt says:

    Thanks for all your help!

    2 years ago

  • kurtsusanknuf

    Kurt Knuf from WoodenDesignsByKS says:

    We just joined Etsay today and have 4items listed. any help from anybody would be great! We have many more items to list. We have been going to craft shows for years and have been doing woodworking since 2006. Thanks. Kurt & Susan Wooden Designs By K&S

    2 years ago

  • ManInTheMoonHerbs

    ManInTheMoonHerbs from ManInTheMoonHerbs says:

    Great advice! Mine would be- if you try something and it doesn't work for your shop, don't give up, try something else and if needed, something else! What works for one business, doesn't necessarily work for another. Read the forums. It's a gold mine of good tips from knowledgeable, successful sellers.

    2 years ago

  • ttykes

    Lori Sadowski from MaisieandMoe says:

    Thank you for the great tips.

    2 years ago

  • jjbackman

    Julie from JJBStudio says:

    Never stop looking for ways to improve! I've been here for 6+ years and am still learning and tweaking. Thanks :-)

    2 years ago

  • EruptPrints

    Helen from EruptPrints says:

    KEEP AT IT would be my chosen tip!!! It's hard to get motivated when you feel you're not getting many sales/views but the more effort you put into a lovely description, gorgeous photos and relevant titles the more views you'll find you'll get. And hopefully that equates to more sales : )

    2 years ago

  • sunshineandvodka

    Paulette from sunshineandvodka says:

    Customer service is KEY to any great success! Unless you're in the fast food industry, then it seem, it doesn't matter. Hehe

    2 years ago

  • ealdersea

    Erin Aldersea from hiatusvintage says:

    Thanks so much for putting all this great advice in the one post Amy! I'm very new to Etsy so it's really helpful to read a post like this and all the other in-depth posts on the Etsy site. I'm excited to put this advice into place in my store! Thanks x

    2 years ago

  • TheBerryPress

    Wendy Hogue Berry from TheBerryPress says:

    Lots of good advice. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • CTCosta

    Chris Costa from CTCostaPhotography says:

    Great article, thanks for the helpful tips!

    2 years ago

  • SusanWindsor

    SusanWindsor from SusanWindsor says:

    These are great reminders! Thank you! :)

    2 years ago

  • AScrappyLife

    AScrappyLife from AScrappyLife says:

    This is a great reminder for some things that I need to work harder on!

    2 years ago

  • nitablum

    Nita Blum from GoldenPlumeJewelry says:

    Great Article Thank you! Ive been open for a year and I find the pieces I make from the heart seem to radiate off the page ( and are my best sellers to boot). Ive changed my photos so many times but I think natural light gets the most hits. A simple banner is the best way to go as well! Wishing us all great success this year 2013 Economic Recovery!!!

    2 years ago

  • SmokyMountainVintage

    Pat Siler from SmokyMountainVintage says:

    Some very good tips!

    2 years ago

  • urbheir123

    Adriana Soto from AdrianaSoto says:

    I <3 etsy!

    2 years ago

  • HandiworksbyJanice

    Janice Marie from JMarieOfAtlanta says:

    Great advice, and most have helped me over the 3 years I have had my Etsy shop. I already have Heather Kent in my shop favorites as I love her art work! I am finding Pinterest a helpful social media tool, also.

    2 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign says:

    Awesome!! Great article and tips!!

    2 years ago

  • MaryNotMartha

    MaryNotMartha from MaryNotMartha says:

    *Check your shop stats.... see where the views are originating... it will help you direct your marketing strategies (or redirect them)..... *Be AVAILABLE to your customers.... with so much competition on the web, buyers want to hear from you quickly, not wait a day or two. They may have moved on by the time you get back to them, or that initial drive to purchase may have shifted into neutral!

    2 years ago

  • aglassofharmony

    Harmony from AGlassofHarmony says:

    Great Tips!!!

    2 years ago

  • VelaCama

    Jamie Velazquez from LovelyKensie says:

    1- I signed up for Outright to help with bookeeping. Love it. 2-Keep EvERY receipt that is business related. 3-A little sacrifice goes a long way. Sometimes I have to work around the clock to meet a customer's shipping needs. These gestures could translate into future sales and positive feedback. 4-Have your own style. I didn't understand when other people's advice was "be yourself". I get it now. Start making what you want to make without trying to copy others' style or aesthetics. You will notice a pattern in your choices. Go with it!

    2 years ago

  • quiltlady17

    Sharon Sterns from PatienceForQuilting says:

    Thanks for all the great advice!I And reminding me I need to practice taking photos. I just wish I could quilt faster :)

    2 years ago

  • cocorosecouture

    Bree Johnson from cocorosecouture says:

    photos are huge nobodys going to buy anything that looks like it was made in a house thats unclean ect even the lighting is huge is you wanna be pro hire a photographer trade for services or learn more about lighting- great article- also love teams

    2 years ago

  • jennyndesign

    Jenny Nemlekar from JennyNDesign says: Featured

    Great advice! So honored to be included among these successful Etsy sellers and admin. I definitely learned some things I need to improve! I just wanted to mention that the formula may appear slightly confusing to some because it also implies that (Material+Expenses+Labor+Profit)/2 = Wholesale, which could make for bad business decisions! :) It may clearer to show it as (M+E+L+P)=Wholesale=Retail/2. So that's the extent of using my engineering degree. :) :)

    2 years ago

  • kathydavenport

    kathydavenport from MallydoriaMini says:

    Great Tips. Thanks Amy and thanks to all.

    2 years ago

  • pierrmorgan

    Pierr Morgan from pierrmorgan says:

    Thanks as ever - tip top!

    2 years ago

  • hartstringz

    Kerry from hartstringz says:

    Fabulous article! Reminds me to keep everything fresh for my customers (new and unique) and how important customer service continues to be!

    2 years ago

  • JewellerybykateAus

    Kate Watson from JewellerybykateAus says:

    Thanks yet again for some great tips!

    2 years ago

  • AmyCuevasSchroeder Admin

    Amy Schroeder says:

    Hi Attila! I'm glad to hear that you're interested in finding an Etsy team to help your show grow. Coming soon on The Seller Handbook, we're going to post advice about how to find the best team for you. The post will be written by Cheyne Little (Username CheyneSews).

    2 years ago

  • princecavallo

    Prince Cavallo from TheWoodenThread says:

    Sounds like good common sense - unfortunately I don't always have the time for the networking aspect. The only thing I would suggest might be a good idea would be to have a theme or style to your shop then work with that in mind so you get known for that style.

    2 years ago

  • casaAbril

    Carmo Stichini from CasaAbril says:

    Great tips, thank you!!

    2 years ago

  • hmacdo

    Heather Kellie Freeman from hmacdo says:

    Great tips! Especially number 6!

    2 years ago

  • bespokeleathercraft

    claudio from BespokeLeatherCraft says:

    Thanks for the great tips!!

    2 years ago

  • croth2

    Cindy from Christmastreetops says:

    My advice to those interested in opening a shop, or improving on their new shop, is to make your offerings unique and well made. Find the thing that no one else is doing, and spend time creating your own look. Etsy customers are looking for something unique, and well made. They will pay for it if it is special.

    2 years ago

  • artyadz

    Adam Regester from artyadz says:

    Very useful :)

    2 years ago

  • rmackenberg

    Ron and Regina from rmackenberg says:

    Very good tips. Our biggest block is pricing. After a year We just started with Out Reach. It has given us a clear,picture of profit and LOSS. Thank You

    2 years ago

  • OxOriginalArtJewelry

    Patsy Oxley from OxArtJewelry says:

    I would add to this list - Strive to offer something unique...

    2 years ago

  • elemegibere

    Nermin from earflaphats says:

    Wonderful! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • carolinemckinnon

    Caroline McKinnon from TulipaPictures says:

    Very good tips, it has taken me over a year to really settle in, and I also now do ALL my shopping on etsy :)

    2 years ago

  • SerendipityJams

    LC Designs from TimelessTreasuresLCD says:

    Great list. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to an exciting new year full of caramel!

    2 years ago

  • windseedstudio

    Windseed from WINDSEEDstudio says: Featured

    Nice article - thank you. We started listing in November and we're really enjoying the ride. Some tips from us: 1) Mid-gray, vs white, background improved our photos immensely. 2) Pinterest is a great resource. We pin stuff that we love and often during our research on our vintage wears. 3) Vintage sellers - research, and keep researching - it gets easier as you go along. You learn how to describe things to get hits on them online. We've found many things online that we haven't posted yet - while doing research for other items. It increases your knowledge of what is special and what isn't and what to look for when you go out to shop. 4) Shipping continues to trip us up - keep using any online tools you have to estimate as closely as you can - or you can lose lots of money needlessly. 5) Communicate with your customers, thank everyone who features you, and stay positive. :) -Maggie & Tony

    2 years ago

  • MirasBeadBoutique

    Mira from MirasBeadBoutique says:

    So helpful to focus on the important areas, thank you! Setting little targets each day has helped me as well. Some days I just want to work on new designs and feel my head is bursting with ideas, but it does take self- discipline to get those less fun things done, too, such as paperwork and finances. And there's nothing more satisfying than ticking off the last item on your list at the end of the day with a cold G&T with extra lemon in your hands... :-)

    2 years ago

  • AliRaeCreations

    Alicia and Richard Ross from PurelyPoiema says:

    Experiment with prices! I wasn't getting many sales for a while. I decided to use the etsy pricing formula, doubled my prices and tripled my sales! YOU are the one who decides the value of your work. If you don't value it, buyers won't either.

    2 years ago

  • hellome

    April from hellome says:

    Timely advice. Many thanks!

    2 years ago

  • sshoko

    Shoko from SwallowJewellery says:

    What a great article! As of today, my shop stands very quietly on Etsyland, my goal this year is to really start taking advantage of the wonderful community that exists on Etsy. This was a great article, I have to do more research and start getting out there!

    2 years ago

  • CommonCuckoo

    Carrie Mather-Crowner from CommonCuckoo says:

    Thanks for this! Patience (or lack thereof) is definitely my biggest challenge. I'm determined to stick with it!

    2 years ago

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads from VintageStarrBeads says:

    Hard Work and more hard work , Love what you do and be nice! Rachelle

    2 years ago

  • theresatron

    theresatron from TheMonstersLounge says:

    ooooh Im book marking this right now. What great advice to keep in mind

    2 years ago

  • beadloverskorner

    Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

    All are excellent tips, and they all work together hand in hand. I certainly have noticed a difference after improving my photos! Thanks for taking the time to put all of these tips in one place :)

    2 years ago

  • VintageClothingDream

    Cheryl M from VintageClothingDream says:

    Good advice, thank you!

    2 years ago

  • TreatsbyGary

    Gary from GarysETC says:

    Excellent tips. I do need to remember to be patient and keep improving the photography and descriptions. I'm writing a note to myself "think like a customer." :)

    2 years ago

  • onili

    onili from onili says:


    2 years ago

  • WellRavelled

    Melissa from WellRavelled says:

    Great tips! It's always helpful to go back to these basics, even if your shop has been around for awhile.

    2 years ago

  • janesglassart

    Jane McCaulley from janesglassart says:

    I love all the advice!!It's so quiet after Christmas! Great time to look at everything about my shop again.

    2 years ago

  • maryannemalisk

    Maryanne Murphy from CollegeProSports says:

    Al so very true. The 3 most important things to work on is photos, tags and patience!

    2 years ago

  • ethansemmelart

    Ethan Semmel from EthanSemmelArt says:

    I enjoyed the article, but was left a little "wanting to know more". Tags was mentioned a couple of times. I wonder how much tags count for seo in the etsy search engine. Also, it's not the first time I've heard of someone going months before getting their first sale. I wonder if etsy favors sites that have many sales as far as rankings go.

    2 years ago

  • tallysdesigns

    Judy Williams from tallysdesigns says:

    Great tips! I have not done much this last year and I need to start following the tips and get going again.

    2 years ago

  • FireLake

    Kay from FireLake says:

    My No. 1 resolution is to improve bookkeeping. Argh, math!

    2 years ago

  • sinfullywholesome

    sinfullywholesome from SinfullyWholesome says:

    Great customer service has to be the best tip. Along with patience ;-) If you build it, they will come. And when they do, treat them right.

    2 years ago

  • KitschyVintage

    Anne from KitschyVintage says:

    Great article and great tips!

    2 years ago

  • HeatherJordanJewelry

    Heather Jordan from HeatherJordanJewelry says:

    In addition to the tips above, I would also add: 1) Price appropriately for the global marketplace (remember who Etsy's core customer demographic consists of), and 2) Minimize competition by sticking to products few (if any) other artists make. Being different goes a REALLY long way! Both involve keeping tabs on other Etsy shops and analyzing their sales data which may not be everyone's cup of tea but it's helped me a lot. Shops stats offer a wealth of information about where you should be investing your time and why customers choose to buy one item over another. Milk those stats for all they're worth!

    2 years ago

  • KiwiTiniCreations

    Kathy from KiwiTiniCreations says:

    Great tips! I am always trying to improve my photos, and listing tags.

    2 years ago

  • JenniferFlintDesigns

    Jennifer Flint from JenniferFlintDesigns says:

    Love it, thanks! I'll be putting some of this to use right away! :)

    2 years ago

  • BarkingDogBlanket

    BarkingDogBlanket from BarkingDogBlanket says: Featured

    the Etsy app is also a really great thing to have - it keeps you in touch with your customers anytime. I enjoy selling & buying on etsy I think we all do our best to make our customers happy and I think we have great buyers and sellers in our community ; )

    2 years ago

  • GodgivenTalent

    Carol E. Kokoska from GodgivenTalent says:

    thanks for all the good advice.

    2 years ago

  • melissatreichler

    Melissa Treichler from ThePensivePalette says:

    Thank you! Every little bit of advice helps! Have a great day!

    2 years ago

  • AnitaArtCraft

    Anita Puksic from 3Ptice says:

    I am on etsy for two years and I haven't made a sale yet. Probably, because I always gave up. But this time I am very motivated and all these articles helps a lot. Now I joined some teams, I try to list new items everyday and be as much active as possible. And I got bunch of new views and favorites, yeeeey!

    2 years ago

  • swanscrossing

    Nafisa Azmi from SwansCrossing says:

    Lots of great advise. Thank you for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • GisieArt

    Giselle from MyArtAndFashion says:

    Great article! I've been selling for a year but I'm still learning. Great advices. Thank you so much!!

    2 years ago

  • hbroderson

    Howard from HLBJEWELRYCREATIONS says:

    Thank you, Just getting started on ETSY and pricing is a big part of selling.

    2 years ago

  • auniquedesign4u

    pam from stunningstuff4u says:

    Thanks for the tips..I just opened my shop 10 days ago and soooo needed the list to help me prioritize...I'm somewhat now I can calm down and take some tried and true steps from the experts:)..Thanks again...BTW I just shipped my first sale today...what fun!!!

    2 years ago

  • DogBritchesnMore

    Monica Ann Meares from DogBritchesnMore says:

    Very good advice......Thank you for your help and support.....

    2 years ago

  • joycekropewnicki

    Joyce Kropewnicki from CozyComforts10 says:

    Wonderful motivating advice.

    2 years ago

  • threadedbeads

    Teresa Campitelli from threadedbeads says:

    Thank you this was helpful, at times, I feel like I am on a roller coaster ride, I dream of consistent sales. I will continue the hard work and am thankful for the guidance.

    2 years ago

  • gardenofsimples

    Lydia McCauley from gardenofsimples says:

    I offer vintage items that I personally love. If I don't want it in my own home, I don't offer it for sale. Approaching my business from this very personal standpoint keeps me inspired and loving what I do. Treating customers the way I like to be treated gives me good direction for customer service. I enjoy taking photos with atmosphere. Creating a personal space with photos works for me. Thanks for this article Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • gardenofsimples

    Lydia McCauley from gardenofsimples says:

    AND I love being on motivated teams, especially The EVETEAM. Exchanging ideas and learning from others is invaluable to me. Being part of EVETEAM has improved my shop, educated me in so many ways, and increased my sales.

    2 years ago

  • somethinspecial

    Sue Faunt from somethinspecial says:

    Great list, thanks Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • hatcherydesigns148

    PJ from pjhatchdesigns says:

    It took quite a while to make an initial sale.. but with some patience it happened.. great advice..

    2 years ago

  • BusyBQuilts

    Cathy Brecht from BusyBQuilts says:

    Great tips, as usual, and some reminders too! I am always looking for ways to tweak my shop, and would welcome any advice anyone has! Thanks Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • LeesBeesNJ

    Leeann Coleman from LeesBeesNJ says:

    Thanks for the great advice. What a great community we all belong to! I try to take at least three tips away from every Etsy article I read; my list from this one is much bigger! Thanks, and thanks again.

    2 years ago

  • LeesBeesNJ

    Leeann Coleman from LeesBeesNJ says:

    BusyBQuilts - love the name!, Bee happy!

    2 years ago

  • shantyirish

    Teresa from ShantyIrishVintage says:

    great tips and very timely! i can't wait to learn from these. thanks!

    2 years ago

  • SewVintageSewRetro

    Lynn from SewVintageSewRetro says:

    Probably the best advice I have gotten is to keep adding new items! I also rearrange my shop on a regular basis by rotating my listings by color or theme, etc. - keeps it fresh for me and hopefully for my prospective buyers too. Also change the items I'm highlighting. Use all the tags, too. Since I've started trying these ideas I believe I have seen an increase in my sales.

    2 years ago

  • GelertDesign

    Dave from GelertDesign says:

    Something really simple but incredibly worthwhile is putting your shop URL in the signature of all your emails and on any discussion groups you're active in - a sports chat, music, new mums, anything. Get other members to click on your signature. Maybe your will put your URL in their sigs too. Ask your Facebook friends to post about your store on their walls. Get those links out there!

    2 years ago

  • ThePurpleThistles

    Suz from ThePurpleThistles says:

    You always learn something new when reading tips! Even if it's a small thing there are always ways of improving your shop. I know I need to get to grips with the shop stats and tags but think I've improved since reading more and more of these helpful insights! Many thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels from GardenAngels says:

    Excellent List. You can't post this enough times, it is always good to be reminded and to refresh your your business know how. Excellent customer service is a big one, respect, honesty, patience, and stay active are important too.

    2 years ago

  • joycavins

    joy cavins from EssentialJoyNaturals says:

    Very helpful list. I plan to work on my photos and promoting locally.

    2 years ago

  • VBVintage

    Laurel And Carrie from VBVintage says:

    This is great information!! Thank you for this post! ❤

    2 years ago

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute says:

    My #1 tip is be passionate about your work... truly love what you do. Iff your heart isn't in it, it shows & if your heart is in it... it shows! I love what I do! ❤ I even dream about it & can't wait to see what creative adventures I'm going to have every day! I get such a kick out of having folks all over the world find my little shop in the great ocean that is etsy & my handmade goodies go 'out there' to make the world a more sparkly place!

    2 years ago

  • Winterowls

    Jennifer Ross from WinterOwls says:

    Thank you for reminding me to be patient!

    2 years ago

  • katiesartandcraft

    Katie McMorrow from katiesartandcraft says:

    Really helpful thanks

    2 years ago

  • grnsage

    Michael and Sarah Norkun from TheGreenSage says:

    This is really helpful information as we are in the process of revitalizing our shop. Great tips to keep in mind - both in the article and in the comments. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • wedding7veil

    Karen Mar from Daisyattic says:

    thank you so much! great tips!

    2 years ago

  • beautiful365

    xiaoliang xu from jewelrybraceletcuff says:

    i have open my shop for 2 years . i will do my best . thanks ::)

    2 years ago

  • humperdinckprints

    Sam Elliott from Humperdincks says:

    Thanks for the top ten tips, it's easy to get overwhelmed when you are just starting out so its great to be reminded to take things one step at a time.

    2 years ago

  • cquis13

    Colleen Quisenberry from LavenderRoseAcc says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful advice! As a new business I am always looking for ways to increase my sales!

    2 years ago

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    2 years ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    What has worked for me is to keep experimenting with products until you find a hit (or hits), always keep working to improve your photography and join some teams. The teams will help you market your products, give you advice, cheer you up during slumps and congratulate you when things go well. Since most Etsy shops are one-person operations often run from home, your team-mates can become your virtual co-workers and friends.

    2 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    Thanks for the great tips.

    2 years ago

  • WeirDlit

    Jane O from Mawusi says: Featured

    Thank you for the amazing tips. And Gosh, reading the comments I have gotten even more advices to try out. I opened shop in 2011, but it was only September of last year when I started making some real effort. I'm always working on my photography. I learned about teams a few months ago, and now I understand the significance of treasuries. I am having some problem with the pricing and using the right tags, but I think I will get it together soon. The patient thing, I am working on that too. One thing that keeps impressing me is the community on Etsy. It's so amazing how eager people are to help you. I am where I am now because of some of the amazing people I have met in teams, who were just so happy to share with me things they have tried that worked. This warmth keeps me going. It feels good to know that I have friends here.

    2 years ago

  • Mooncrater

    Catherine Natalia Roché from Mooncrater says:

    It's a very well organized and thought out list.

    2 years ago

  • GraGra33

    Graeme says:

    One tip that is missing is that Etsy has developed a third-party app eco-system that can add value and make tasks of managing your shop and listings that much easier...

    2 years ago

  • srs1994

    Stephanie Steadham from MyHoneypickles says:

    I have really enjoyed reading your tips, thanks so much!! Now going back to reread.

    2 years ago

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry says:

    I always read every word of helpful information you put out.....then think of how I can apply it to my own shop.....thanks so much!

    2 years ago

  • netbarb

    Barbara Reinstein from netbarb says:

    Thanks for all the tips. I need to work more on my photography. It's always important for me to keep going over the basics, customer service, tags, etc. I do try to read at least one article a day. It keeps me on track for what I want

    2 years ago

  • TheSpiceOfLight

    Jordan Langford Haselier from TheSpiceOfLight says:

    I'm only just getting started on Etsy, and this will all be so helpful! Thank you for the great tips!!

    2 years ago

  • Rail19

    Rail19 from Rail19 says:

    Very nice article! My advice would be to continue to refining your product and to keep up with trends and materials available.

    2 years ago

  • VanessaKatz

    Vanessa Katz from VanessaKatz says:

    Great advice that I needed to read. I just joined a month ago and have not had a sale so as this is no.1 on the list to be patient and I am being patient. This advice is super helpful. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • belk662

    Marty from Desktopcustoms says:

    Thank you for all the ideas. I am new to the etsy world and have a lot to learn. Great ideas and great research material. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • BlackWillowDesigns

    Natalee Wright from BlackWillowDesigns says:

    Amazing run down. Just opened my second shop and am restarting the steps. Glad to have a refresher! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • hihosilver2222

    hihosilver2222 from hihosilver2222 says:

    I have the books pictured there too. And the full Collier's encyclopedias that go with them. have had them since childhood. what do you do with such stuff? just keep it?

    2 years ago

  • MissieMaesBoutique

    MissieMaesBoutique from MissieMaesBoutique says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful tips. I can't wait to share them with my husband so we can work through them together. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • busyspinningthread

    fezmade from busyspinningthread says:

    Lots of good advice here! Still need to work on my pictures!

    2 years ago

  • kammyhayes

    Kammy Wielenga from KammysKornerShop says:

    Helpful! I've just opened a few weeks and am trying to "be patient"! I've had tons of traffic from my blog, and a few other Etsy Linky Parties such as the one Home Maker On A Dime hosts every week, but no sales yet!

    2 years ago

  • omanlove

    odetta from ODETTESPRETTYTHINGS says:

    Very helpful I believe I've got the best Of the Basics now Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • beautifulpeace2012

    beautifulpeace2012 from BeautifulPeaceEtsy says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

    2 years ago

  • FretKnotJewelry

    Bethany from FretKnotJewelry says:

    Great list, thanks! Promote, promote, promote. That's what I need to work on right now. I feel like my guitar string jewelry is very unique, but the thing is getting people to know that it's here in my shop!

    2 years ago

  • BachsCrafts

    Susan Bachmeier from BachsCrafts says:

    I too am trying to be "patient," but I hope I am seeing steady growth with consistent effort. The most difficult thing is to price my items fairly. I tend to keep prices low hoping to increase sales, so still experimenting with what the market will bear.

    2 years ago

  • truefoundation

    Micaela from FoundationCreations says:

    Simple and to the point! Great advice and tips :)

    2 years ago

  • staats25

    Drew from DrewsCollectibles says:

    good advice!

    2 years ago

  • marinaasta

    Marina Astafyeva from marinaasta says:

    Thanks ETSY! Thanks for ideas! I love my job!

    2 years ago

  • RandomJewels

    Jan, Mo, Dan, Meagan from RandomJewels says:

    Super insight - got to apply your advice! Cheers and thank you.

    2 years ago

  • sisterpixel

    Kay and Carter Sams from SisterPixel says:

    Thanks so much! This is a wonderful article. We are still in the New Years, New Goals frame of mind. I'm adding some things to the list! It's never to late ;) have a good night, everyone!

    2 years ago


    Donna Dooley from Freshofftheneedle says:

    Great Advice and oh so very true

    2 years ago

  • seaya12

    Anna from bananagrovedesigns says:

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE! Number 1 is the one I struggle with the most...I've been waiting for over a month, but no one's bitten yet. I'll keep working on everything else 'til the magic moment occurs. :)

    2 years ago

  • carolconwaystudio

    Carol Conway from TheCatStudio says:

    Thanks for the tips! I will dig right in to the Social Media tips right now!

    2 years ago

  • belongerbotanicals

    Ann Belonger from annsherbals says:

    Loved the article, join teams be active and stay focused.

    2 years ago

  • AuntieWarm

    Jodi Miller Farm from ColorMeWarmly says:

    Wonderful, comprehensive advice. Thank you so much!

    2 years ago

  • kellylphotography

    Kelly Neel from EverythingisFineArt says:

    Great article! I hope to optimize the search potential of my store by re-visiting my tags. I get most of my traffic from external sites like facebook and would love to boost my internal shop stats! Photography can be a hard sell...I'm hoping my shop will survive! So far so good, though!

    2 years ago

  • NaturaLLinens

    Carmen from NaturalLinens says:

    Great advice and tips. patience is important in everything. We opened because I felt it was something that God encouraged me to do. Our shop is a family business. We had a very good year so far. Yes He has provided for us through sales but we've gained so much more than just money, a lot of entrepreneurial experience for all of us including our two homeschooled teens. We've been blessed to meet wonderful customers especially through custom orders. One thing that has really helped us get our name out is to have reviews and giveaways with bloggers. We not only have bloggers approach us but we also approach people we believe would benefit as well as us. Customer service is extremely important as well. I appreciate the extra touches when I make purchases too. Good photos are important also, we own an older point and shoot and have been able to work with it so far. Find your own niche, that is also key.

    2 years ago

  • ashcreeknativities

    Ellen Zook Osborn from ashcreeknativities says:

    Have FUN! A long, long time ago I got a fortune cookie that read, "Whatever you do, make it fun." I have the little wrinkled paper taped inside my pantry door. Some tasks are hard to turn into fun in a small business, but that's always my goal.

    2 years ago

  • BountifulWoods

    Colette and Kathlyn from BountifulWoods says:

    Thank you for these reminders and even some new things to think about. I've been trying to work on the social media side of things, but it is high time I get back to the basics of the shop and it's look, feel, structure, and direction. Great inspiration for these cold days that make hibernation look good.

    2 years ago

  • lisamariesadesign

    Lisa from lisamariesadesign says:

    I love timely advice. Thank you!!!

    2 years ago

  • AnaColePhoto

    Ana Cole from SolhfulPhotography says:

    Excellent, thank you! :)

    2 years ago

  • shantif

    Tiffany from AugustAve says:

    Patience....Patience... and some more Patience

    2 years ago

  • sherischart

    Sheri Wilson from sherischart says:

    As always ~ great tips Etsy! Thanks again ever so.

    2 years ago

  • jerrycowart

    Jerry Cowart from PhotosbyJerryCowart says:

    Great article Amy. As a new shop owner on Etsy, it's great to read about how to be more success in this market place. Great tips I will be using to grow my business. Thank you, Jerry

    2 years ago

  • initiallycharmed

    Cathy from InitiallyCharmed says:

    New Year-New Shop. Appreciate the wisdom! Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • FaithAnnOriginals

    Faith Ann from FaithAnnOriginals says:

    All great advice, whether you're hearing it for the first time or, like me, getting a reminder! Thanks so much!!

    2 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery says:

    10 great tips on how to succeed with Etsy. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • pcushing

    pcushing from pcushing says:

    Thank you for all the great advice. I am gathering all the information I need to get started. I have had lots of encouragement from family and friends to open an Etsy store. Hopefully it will come to be in the near future. Sincerely, Pat

    2 years ago

  • Judygrl

    Judy Brown from LittleFences says:

    Great article, thank you. I am hopeful.

    2 years ago

  • makemesmilejewelry

    cheryl wagner from MakeMeSmileJewelry says:

    very helpful...I'm wanting to blog and didn't know how to I do and Thank you!!!

    2 years ago

  • sheilamcbryde

    Sheila McBryde from vintagejewelryanew says:

    Very helpful article, as well as all of the comments from fellow Etsians! I love that sense of community and that keeps me motivated and patient. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • bachmanngw1

    Grace from touchograce says:

    lot of great tips I can use thanks

    2 years ago

  • VezaVe

    VezaVe from VezaVe says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Good luck to every one!

    2 years ago

  • nancywilder

    Nancy Wilder from NancyWilder says:

    I tend to expect the same reaction from online buyers as I get from my live customers...taking better pics and tweaking the descriptions and tags...thanks for the advice Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • teacuptinctures

    Lane Edwards from PuraBotanicals says:

    Great learning and great reminders. A cohesive, clean look is always gold. Also, using great materials that ooze quality and style, depending on your unique craft. Connecting with buyers is key, treat them like good friends and always follow up if u can. My shop just really took off in the past week. Building treasuries, commenting on blogs and other treasuries, and just giving it the time and love your shop and your craft deserves in everything! Xx

    2 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    carol pulliam from artworksbycarol says:

    The pricing formula is eye opening!

    2 years ago

  • LihiniCreations

    LihiniCreations from LihiniCreations says:

    Thanks! Great tips!!

    2 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio says:

    Great information for New sellers and seasoned veterans alike! Thank you all for your insight. It helps us all greatly!

    2 years ago

  • valeriakondor

    Valeria Kondor from ValeriaKondor says:

    The pricing formula sounds good, will try if works also for artworks. Thank you for the valuable tips! The team presence for me seems effective yet so indirect that I rather spend time creating and other actual item promotions.

    2 years ago

  • ile1974

    Ilenia from ile1974 says:

    Great tips! Pricing formula sounds good and also the links to the seller handbook!

    2 years ago

  • myartstudiome

    kate Jerry from myartcreations says:

    this year I hope to get it right!

    2 years ago

  • babybaha

    Zanda Baha from ZanziBach says:

    Good tips to learn! I just opened my shop and have not get my first sale yet but I know what to do now. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • pebble924

    Fiona from MoonbeamsKissTheSea says:

    Great advice, Etsy, as always, very helpful. Thank you

    2 years ago

  • vasilinkas

    Vasilinka from VasilinkaStore says:

    Great! Thanks Amy! Really, good photographs do shop attractive!

    2 years ago

  • peterdenijs

    Peter de Nijs from Peterdenijs says:

    I'm totally new to Etsy, thanks for this article I hope to explore all this.

    2 years ago

  • vasilinkas

    Vasilinka from VasilinkaStore says:

    Thanks, Amy! Great! Really, good photographs do shop attractive!

    2 years ago

  • NobleStudiosLtd

    Violette Noble from NobleStudiosLtd says:

    Thank you sooooo much! GREAT advice!!

    2 years ago

  • SewSimplyFresh

    Kim Opoku-Ansah from StitchLightly says:

    Great advice! I've been here almost a year now, and I still love reading all the wonderful articles in the etsy Seller Handbook! I always learn something new!

    2 years ago

  • lealwi

    Alex from alwiDesign says:

    "Learning from the best" Great tips. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • Kahinaa

    Kahina from byloumi says:

    Thank you so much for all good advices! It makes me a good room for improvement in several areas. :-) As a seller beginner, I can say that it helped me, it's going to look at how my competitors (especially those who do full of sales) tag their items and inspire me them.

    2 years ago

  • cmallouf1

    Chris T Emm from ThunderandRain says:

    Looking forward to learning more!

    2 years ago

  • NadiaNL

    Nadia NL from LaLanterne says:

    Excellent advices ! Good tips ! Many THANKS...

    2 years ago

  • carolsburns

    Carol Burns from ArtsAutobiographical says:

    I'm in the process of updating my shop. I've been scanning images for the last two days and am just about ready to look at my pricing because i've got it very wrong. When I actually sat down and looked closely at what I was earning it wasn't much at all so the pricing guide is something I am definitely going to come back to. Really good advice about the customer and networking too! Thank someone who is really just starting out the advice is invaluable!

    2 years ago

  • sukan

    sukan from sukan says:

    Very nice! Thanks

    2 years ago

  • SnailAndCicada

    Sonia Anselmo from SnailAndCicada says:

    Just opened up my shop & there is so much to think about! This article & all the comments are helpful!

    2 years ago

  • mirta

    mirta from mipluseddesign says:

    Great tips! I've opened in October and had 11 sales, now everything seems quiter, so I' using this time to improve tags and making new products. I'm looking for a nice small team, there are so many that it's a bit difficult to find the right one! Another thing I want to work on are descriptions, I'm not sure what is best: short or long ones? Great article, thanks!

    2 years ago

  • aigadreimane

    Aiga Dreimane from SendLetterMe says:

    I'm only just getting started on Etsy, and this will all be so helpful! Thank you for your help!

    2 years ago

  • StrongBeads

    Strongbeads from Strongbeads says:

    Let's move! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • jentekruijsen

    Jente from KnittingHedgehog says:

    I joined Etsy two weeks ago and have only 3 items listed. Any help from anybody would be great! This article helps already a lot! Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • KayLeverton

    Kay Leverton from KayLeverton says:

    Thanks for these timely reminders a really good piece. Jente above - settle in, read the sellers handbook and follow the advice above. have a good look at others shops look and learn and apply your unique style to it for yourself. I'm two years in and it's taken a lot of hours but it's now working for me. It's a fab place to be.

    2 years ago

  • mrshillyshally

    Danielle Lucas from MrShillyShally says:

    aah, thank you for this - it's noce to see all the best tips in a handy list!

    2 years ago

  • Renaissance38

    johanna westerveld from Renaissance38 says:

    thank you for all advice!

    2 years ago

  • monostereo

    Boutique Batic from BoutiqueBatic says:

    I also opened my handmade clothing shop 6 month ago and had only 10 sales. I don't wanna think that my products don't make it....I have alot of hits, but not so many sales. For sure I'll use these hints to grow :) Grazie.

    2 years ago

  • monopache

    Monopache from Monopache says:

    Great advices! I have a lot of work to do!

    2 years ago

  • tinytownminiatures

    Fran Moore from TinytownMiniatures says:

    Great tips! I have only just opened my shop, so its all really helpful. Will try to be patient, especially when you think you are going to have overnight success!

    2 years ago

  • JLMarshallDesigns

    Jacqueline Predvil from JLMarshallDesigns says:

    It's about 5 months 1 sale was feeling a tat discourage,thanks for the valuable info. Hi Fellow Artist!

    2 years ago

  • BYnathaliecostes

    nathalie costes from BYnathaliecostes says:

    thank you for those tips ! it's always very motivating, we have to work with enthusiasm and optimism . have a nice day

    2 years ago

  • Astinn4

    Amber Graziano from SomethingwithLove says:

    Great advice! Thanks for all the helpful tips! =)

    2 years ago

  • colourjamarts

    Ines M. from ColourjamArts says:

    My main challenge is exactly that, being available and provide news everyday, especially posting on facebook!! If I don't have a new item to show, I usually don't post... Anyone can help me with that?

    2 years ago

  • creativecarmelina

    Carmelina Lounsbury from creativecarmelina says:

    What a great article. Thanks for sharing the Top Ten....!! I need to work on patience and pricing. Very helpful. Ciao. Creative Carmelina

    2 years ago

  • Apopsis

    Apopsis from Apopsis says:

    Very helpful tips ! My first sale was after 4 months. It really needs patience, enthusiasm, and hard work.

    2 years ago

  • mirjamleskovek

    Mirjam from FloraBeauty says:

    Great article. My first sale was afetr 14 days, that was awesome. I would like to add the 11th tip: love, love , love what you do. If you put a passion into your work, I am sure that this will bring more success. But be passioned also when describing your item, when taking photos, when communicating with customers and so on. When someone truly loves what he/she does, than this also reflects also in his/her visual image of his/her etsy shop. Well, that is my opinion.

    2 years ago

  • mypinkladybug

    Dianne Williams from mypinkladybug says:

    Thank you for these tips! I opened my shop in 2010. I make all of my items myself - so I am a 1 man show. I have the patience tip down. Just turned 61 and would love to continue to work from my home studio with the flexibility to enjoy my 4 Granddaughters. My plans for this new year are to work harder to build my shop. My limited computer skills seem to hold me back from trying and researching new things. The tips in your article are going to be put to the test. Thanks again! Dianne - Pink Ladybug

    2 years ago

  • lizabethsouness

    Lizabeth Souness from ArtfulWays says:

    Fantastic advice! I will start thinking (or re-thinking) about how to promote my shop. Great quality hotos certainly do help as that is the first thing that my customer sees. I know I am just going to have to be patient for my first sale.

    2 years ago

  • afizash

    afizash from RedRidingBow says:

    great tips, thanks a lot! I still remember, my first sale was after 2 weeks. I do agree it really needs patience. Yes, photography plays a big role in etsy. My sale boost up once after I updating my photos.

    2 years ago

  • hostgallery

    Tracy Host from Tracyhostfineart says:

    TWonderful tips, now I am going to put them to work!

    2 years ago

  • LauraAndErin

    Erin AndLaura from EguaLondon says:

    I have just started and I have only a few items but thanks to this article I ´ve realized some of the mistakes I was making, such as greyish background in the pictures ans a lot of thingsmore, by the way I find a first sale after 4 months quite good!!! maybe I need to be more optimistic!!!!.EguaLondon

    2 years ago

  • LauraAndErin

    Erin AndLaura from EguaLondon says:

    I have just started and I have only a few items but thanks to this article I ´ve realized some of the mistakes I was making, such as greyish background in the pictures and a lot of things more, by the way I find a first sale after 4 months quite good!!! maybe I need to be more optimistic!!!!.EguaLondon

    2 years ago

  • LauraAndErin

    Erin AndLaura from EguaLondon says:

    sorry for doubling my ppost

    2 years ago

  • ellisb42

    Bonnie Ellis from pawshdoggy says:

    Great advice! Stay tuned for changes to my Etsy store!

    2 years ago

  • CollectionsbyTracy

    TC from CollectionsbyTracy says:

    I am so thankful for Etsy. It has given me the opportunity to reach people in another part of the world. I learned how to improve my sales by being patient, and getting better at my craft. I listened to customers advice and researched my craft. I am forever evolving and learning as I go and you will too. Good luck and happy selling to all the Etsy sellers !

    2 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns says:

    Great article!! So much useful information and I will definitely going back and rereading the etsy handbook!!!

    2 years ago

  • ginalolalola

    Carol from VintageWearTreasures says:

    I opened on Jan.9, 2013- Happy New Year! Love Etsy, great article and tips. I have had a few sales aleady. Please ck me out and let me know if my site looks OK to you my fellow sellers. I would appreciate any input. Many blessings:)

    2 years ago

  • bigtwig

    Kathryn Chase-Levin from bigtwigdesign says:

    Thank you for the helpful article! I will surely use this breakdown of advice this year to improve my shop.

    2 years ago

  • GrammieKimsCorner

    Kim Kramer from ImaginePhotoCrafts says:

    For me customer service is #1 priority! I've noticed customer service seems to be completely gone from the brick and morter businesses. What's worse is how well it's tolerated!! So, I go as far as I possibly can,to make my customers satisfied with my service as well as my product. It's about wanting people to know my integrity as a person, so they can trust me as a business. I treat every customer I have with this attitude.

    2 years ago

  • carolyndraws

    Carolyn from carolyndraws says:

    Very helpful article -- thanks for all of the tips! I've been making a to do list as I read! :)

    2 years ago

  • hurdyburdy

    Beverley Richmond from hurdyburdy says:

    Some good tips here thanks. For those yet to have a sale... have you bought anything on Etsy? I noticed my first sale came after I bought from other sellers and received positive feedback. Coincidence? Good karma? I don't know but it all helps.

    2 years ago

  • OrganicGiftsByDiana

    Diana from OrganicGiftsByDiana says:

    Yes, the pricing formula is a good one - BUT when calculating the your cost for your materials used, you need to use a replacement value, not the clearance sale... value. Because if you use the discounted cost of your materials and the finished items from those materials get popular - you can't keep selling them at the lower price or you will lose money. If you raise your costs too soon (because now you found out your mistake) your customers will not be happy. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see at craft shows and online - selling things too cheap :(

    2 years ago

  • MachineEmbroidery4U

    MachineEmbroidery4U from MachineEmbroidery4U says:

    Great article. Thanks for all the helpful information.

    2 years ago

  • patsytaylor

    Pat from PataylaFloralDesigns says:

    This is a must read! I'm going back later to re cap some of this great information. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • SomeKindOfPretty

    Catheryn Dallenbach from SomeKindOfPretty says:

    Great tips!! I am trying to grow my business since I am out of school now and working regular hours. Organizing my finances is the big one that I need to work on and maybe not under-pricing my goods too.

    2 years ago

  • shusha64

    Shoshi Nahmany from shusha64 says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share all of these great tips !

    2 years ago

  • McAnany

    Susan McAnany from McAnany says:

    Terrific and useful tips. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • sehay

    Susan from EightLittleFingers says:

    Very helpful, particularly the patience part! Especially in the quieter times of the year.

    2 years ago

  • DesignPaws

    DesignPaws from DesignPaws says:

    This was really helpful. I'm joining a team today!

    2 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage says:

    My advice would be to commit to the day-to-day details--setting up your workspace, becoming proficient and quick at photography, becoming an expert on packaging and shipping, tracking income and expenses, communicating frequently and clearly. Oh, yeah--and a great product! To be successful, one truly must be a Jack-of-All-Trades!

    2 years ago

  • icicle522

    Krystal and Jen from MoontowerVintage says:

    Great advice as always! We've found that communication and customer service is key. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way -- as a seller and a buyer. And the networking part is a must. With all the free tools at our disposal nowadays -- Pinterest, Etsy teams & forums, Facebook and Twitter to name just a few -- there's no excuse not to get your name out there! Everything else behind the scenes (tagging, photography, pricing, etc.) you can work on and improve upon as you grow your business. Thanks, Amy!

    2 years ago

  • PillarOfMe

    Bess Goden from PillarOfMe says:

    Great advice, thanks!

    2 years ago

  • Suziemack23

    Sue Macken from MyLatestCreations says:

    Thanks so much for the great advice and information - you can never know it all especially when you are just starting out, like myself! So any info is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Sue

    2 years ago

  • tamlencreations

    Tami Lande from tamlencreations says:

    Great tips, thank you.

    2 years ago

  • CajaCreations

    Carin Jacobsson from CajaCreations says:

    Great article! Thank you :)

    2 years ago

  • Scotslassie

    Joy Cameron from GlovesnSoxnBags says:

    I think this is a list we can all return to on a regular basis. I joined the ETSY community a year or so ago but only just set up sales last month. Great to hear that the simplest things can be the best. Off to review my shop .... thanks team.

    2 years ago

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer says:

    Great advice! Another piece advice...your friends are your best customers and best form of advertising! Having a great group of friends who support your craft can be a great way to get your product out there. People see the product in use and it builds a network from the people you trust best: your friends.

    2 years ago

  • TeesGoBling

    Sue from TeesGoBling says:

    Fantastic article! Thanks for the tips!

    2 years ago

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting says:

    You need unique and quality products and you need to really promote and market – spend at least an hour a day on that!

    2 years ago

  • jbsewblessed

    John and Marilyn Breed from jbsewblessed says:

    Great article and great tips! Thanks Marilyn B.

    2 years ago

  • CraftyHomeschoolers

    Karen W from EllieMarieDesigns says:

    I love being a part of a team. I a member of several and a leader on one. I receive a lot of support and encouragement from my teams. In fact, it was a team member who shared this link.

    2 years ago

  • majataneva

    Maja Taneva from AmajArt says:

    Hi to all Thank you for your tips and thank you for making me think. My high school was for economy, and I was hating it. I was so relieved when I finished and got excepted in art academy class of sculpture(I was enjoying that period of creativity in my life)the creativity remains in sculptures and in paintings but how do I sell them ???it is a struggle yes but I never took the time to question myself what do I need besides a good art. And then I discover Etsy, as a place to learn about presenting my work. # 1 thing for me was how to have nice and polite communication (and think on English )#2 that I am learning CEO..( which is difficult to pronounce still :D and to understand )#3 marketing, marketing, marketing-I found it very interesting and fun at the moment and the last for this moment for me is PATIENT and this the last one is pretty hard. Thank you again for great tips and the encouragement that you are giving us.

    2 years ago

  • kat4526

    kathryn Hansen from kathrynhansenart says:

    boy...the number one piece of advice is SO true...if i wasn't determined and patient i would have given up long ago!! but i'm having more success than ever before on and off of Etsy! I might also throw in "focus" as another piece of advice...once i focused solely on my drawings, things really took off!

    2 years ago

  • YewTinselsNSilver

    Anne from YewtinselsNSilver says:

    Thank you for the great advise and tips. I'm anxious to begin.

    2 years ago

  • allamrcnwldflwr

    Stacy Lynn Sullivan from AmrcnWldFlwrDesigns says:

    I SO appreciate this article, Amy; THANK YOU!! I have just passed my 6 month mark here on Etsy and, from what I have read here, I'm doing okay so far... I got so much out of the article's list- and all the corresponding links. I have a renewed vision for my shop and how I want to go about things here, and a new list of goals and task items to accomplish, too! I do so love the environment and the community here at Etsy, and I am happy and grateful to be a part of it! =) Thanks again for all the guidance and support! ~xo~

    2 years ago

  • SilkRouteTravellers

    Jay from SilkRouteTravellers says:

    Wow ! This article is superb. THANK YOU.

    2 years ago

  • cloudsong

    Steve Harrison from cloudsong says:

    Love catching up on whats, what and really get some over looked ideas. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • carlajean4u

    Carla Jean from carlajean4u says:

    Great ideas. I know good photos are really promoted but I've seen some shops that I wanted to convo some tips on photography to and then looked at their sales and they were selling tons of stuff. I don't know what that's all about but . . . :) I've been wanting to go in and re-do most of my photos but everything takes so much time!!! Thanks though for the great advice!!

    2 years ago

  • HeatherKent

    Heather Kent from HeatherKent says:

    Great article! Honored to be quoted - thanks! This was touched on, but another piece of advice I have, that might seem really obvious, but is extremely important: Make sure you are passionate about your product, and that you do it to the best of your ability. If you want to have a successful Etsy business, it's crucial to love what you create, and create what you love. If you decide to sell ______ simply because you can't think of anything else, chances are you will burn out in a few months. Think of a unique item that you are passionate about, and pour lots of love and care into each creation. Your customers can tell.

    2 years ago

  • coprnije

    Katja from Coprnije says:

    a long way to go... I opened my shop last year, but still have a lot work to do. Rethinking photography, still don't quite understand Treasuries and start to mingle - in teams, forums and blogs. I really enjoy your blog posts, specially Quit your day job. Dreaming about that. :) Keep on the good work.

    2 years ago

  • Tarahawken1

    Tara Hawken from ThePolkadotCaravan says:

    These tips are really helpful, I have only just started and I know I need to do some of the things like improve my photos and descriptions but I think practice makes perfect so I will keep trying and hope for some sales soon. These blog posts on advice are so helpful to newbies like me. Although I would probably get more sales if I spent less time shopping on etsy and more time listing new items of my own! I just can't help but buy!!! Thanks again.

    2 years ago

  • ArtOnAString

    June from ArtOnAString says:

    Great tips with to-the-point advise! Just what I need right now :)

    2 years ago

  • FavorITDesign

    Niki Hárosi from ChapterII says:

    Thanks for the tips all of you!! wish I could have any useful input, a magic formula that worked for me but I'm still a new Etsian. Besides all the useful tips (keep listing etc) what I've learned so far is that I don't need to stress what the others must say about my items or what they must expect from me etc.. just try to be myself, express myself in my own unique way without all the typical boring marketing cliches, have fun, go for my dreams and that's what it matters, then I will know that I've done the best that I can do while I stay true to myself! ;o) Good luck everyone!!! xx

    2 years ago

  • elfoto

    Evija Laivina from ELartGallery says:

    Very interesting :) Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • hollandcheri

    Cheri Holland from PhotographybyCheri says:

    Great article. I just opened my shop and will put these tips to use.

    2 years ago

  • idlewildak

    Amanda Bowles from IdlewildAlaska says:

    Thanks for the tips! It's always great to hear from those who have already been through it all. I've recently started to focus my pieces, so I won't be quite so all over the place. I'm having a blast painting these themed bookcases and know doing what I love will help my business too!

    2 years ago

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo says:

    Yet another great write-up, especially the reminder about being patient! I'm officially past the one year anniversary of my shop, and have learned how to practice patience. Now I know how to be productive and patient at the same time! Always nice to have a reminder, so thanks =^-^=

    2 years ago

  • AHerrington11

    Allison Herrington from GorgeousGracious says:

    I'm so excited to start selling!!!

    2 years ago

  • dyethesky

    Stephanie Lea from TheBindingTree says:

    It's always nice to stay refreshed on seller advice! Thank you for the post! Reader comments have brought an alternate and important perspective as well Thanks :)

    2 years ago

  • miriamryburne

    Miriam from Handmadewithloveee says:

    Some great advice! # 7 is one of the best. It also doesn't hurt to send out a message to your new team members. Also, buying a few small trinkets doesn't hurt. If you're a patient buyer, you get a positive feedback rating. Another thing is to have business cards, and always attach one or two when you get a sale. Happy selling and shopping, everyone! :)

    2 years ago

  • waichit

    Jacob Chee from jacobsleathercraft says:

    great tips for a starter like me!

    2 years ago

  • mcdann1

    Rosie McGills from RosieMcGills says:

    This is a wonderful article. I've read it twice. I have to because there is so much to learn as a new Etsy shop owner. I need help 1-10! Photos, tags, marketing etc. our product-bracelets are really lovely and I have yet to represent them well! Networking seems to be the answer!

    2 years ago

  • izzybeesvintageattic

    Deborah Bittinger ... aka IzzyBee from izzybeesvintageattic says:

    I appreciate the tips. I am very new... just posted my first items 3 weeks ago: my spoon jewelry, vintage jewelry and bath salts. Re-did my pics and think they look good! Still looking for ways to drive some traffic. Thanks for any input. Want to find a team to join, so looking fwd to article on choosing the right team for me...

    2 years ago

  • thestitchsharer

    thestitchsharer says:

    I'm keen to turn my stitching hobby into a craft and have found this article invaluable. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • freshpastrystand

    Deva America from freshpastrystand says:

    Very good tips. The photography is so important and is something I am always working on.. I guess it says something about my personality, but I disagree with patience. I believe you must work your your butt off to make it happen. Impatience, in my book, causes action. Go! Go! Go! :)

    2 years ago

  • amber4you

    amber4you from amber4you says:

    It was interesting to read, good tips. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • thespiderlady

    Kimberly Light from Thespiderlady says:

    Great tips. My shop has been seasonal, I am trying this year to branch out so that I can do some year round business.

    2 years ago

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  • thepearlsnest

    Moira Meenaghan Rader from thepearlsnest says:

    Thank you for reading my mind! I have a fledgling shop and plan to open another one with my superb sister. So much of what you write rings true for both an existing shop or a fresh, new one.

    2 years ago

  • blueridgewoodworking

    Gabe and Athena from BlueRidgeWoodworking says:

    Paying attention to Shop Stats has really helped us to clean up our listings and revamp our tags. Using Search Ads has also seemed to really increase our shop traffic and our sales. You sometimes have to put in some extra time and money for your items and your shop to be noticed.

    2 years ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Thank you for the tips! I'm still working on improving in all these areas...some are going better than others. Patience really is important so that you don't give up. Expect to have to develop your business step by step and build it with research, experimentation, reworking, and faith that you are on your path. Wishing all Etsians success!

    2 years ago

  • MissLadysmith

    Amanda from MissLadysmith says:

    Fantastic article.. Pricing has always been my biggest problem or should i say fear!!! The fear that people won't think your items are worth the price, that often leads to me reducing prices, in the hope that will encourage sales.. but that never really works... often when I price items higher they sell!!! Its hard to maintain confidence when there is so much competition - but these articles are so helpful and always seem to appear at the perfect time! Thank you Etsy for the constant advice!!

    2 years ago

  • Laloudesigns

    Laura Hatchard from Laloudesigns says:

    Great article! Thanks for the advice. I started my Etsy shop in September and have had 24 sales since then and over 2000 views. I am always looking at new ways to get views and sales and this has given me some great ideas. I am definitely going to start getting involved in the Etsy community more and building up my treasuries. Fingers crossed I get even more sales this year!

    2 years ago

  • rickytalmage

    Ricky Talmage from PeysterStreet says:

    When I opened my shop two months ago I actually thought "Build It And They Will Come". Yah, I thought that. Now I feel as though I'm in marketing boot camp, working hard to get my shop in shape. Keep these articles coming - thay're very helpful and encouraging!

    2 years ago

  • tinasway

    Christina Cassidy from tinaswaycrochet says:

    I started in 2009 and have 31 sales which is my fault totally. I have learned self promotion is the key. I'm"tooting my own horn" I now have a FB page Pinterest ect. I am really looking forward to this Year so I can apply what I learned and it will take self discipline to do it. Me, myself and I and then others will see and pass it around. Thank-you for this article. I read over and over just in case I missed something. I love creating things for weddings just makes me feel awesome to help a bride on her very special day...;)

    2 years ago

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork says:

    Nice Post

    2 years ago

  • TheSilverFeather

    Renée from TheSilverFeather says:

    I love this article, it's great for people who are looking to open a shop and people who already have. One tip that I can share that has helped me tremendously is to make a goals, daily, weekly and monthly. When you do this, it gives you something to work towards achieving. If You fall a little short, evaluate what caused you to not achieve that goal and when you meet or exceed your goals, evaluate what you did right and duplicate it!

    2 years ago

  • claudiadelrio

    Yaya from Liukenko says:


    2 years ago

  • robynsjewelrygifts

    Robyn Fletcher from RobynsJewelryandGift says:

    Thank you for the great advice. I must admit patience is turning out to be one of the hardest parts. I have been using pinterest and Facebook to help get my items out there. However I love the tip about joining teams to help get more exposure. As a small tip that I have noticed from reviewing my shop stats, posting new items over a period of time (post one, wait an hour then post another) as opposed to posting multiple items at one time has helped me gain greater exposure for all my items. This way my newest item is further up the listings gaining my shop more exposure. I hope this helps!

    2 years ago

  • anakim

    anakim from anakim says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

    2 years ago

  • jcmeixsell

    Jessica Meixsell from unconventionalJ says:

    Great tips, thank you!!

    2 years ago

  • elizabethtriggs

    Elizabeth from LeadOnDogs says:

    Great tips. It took a while to get my first sale, but soo exciting when it came. I did an Etsy photography workshop and it made a massive difference. Teams are great for being involved with the community. There are some really great people on Etsy with tremendous talent.

    2 years ago

  • wordofthebird

    Lauren Ellis from wordofthebird says:

    Thanks so very much for the great advice! All points printed out and pinned to my vision board! Thanks again

    2 years ago

  • Laughingdogstudio

    Korinne from LaughingDogStudio says:

    Thank you for this article. I am constantly readjusting and trying new things with my shop from photography to tagging to networking. One thing I can say is that I keep trying and it always stays interesting.

    2 years ago

  • PeetSwea

    Kristi Fox from PeetSwea says:

    Great tips - thank you so much for the article!

    2 years ago

  • Lindsaywhimsy

    Lindsay from Lindsaywhimsyart says:

    Thank you very much - great advice!

    2 years ago

  • CynicalGirl

    Mary from CynicalGirl says:

    I'd add... don't be afraid of a little hard work. Good points made. These are all lessons to be learned no matter what you endeavor in life. Thanks for this post!

    2 years ago

  • ChubbyLove

    Amanda Andrew from ChubbyLove says:

    I love how Etsy really takes the time to help new sellers and old alike. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • accessoryalamode

    Deborah McGovern from deborahmcgovern says:

    Great tips. Promote, promote and promote again! A really great blog advertisement can take you in so many directions. These are all excellent tips :)

    2 years ago

  • scarfgirl1

    Faith from SkylarkScarves says:

    Paience! Not an easy virtue!

    2 years ago

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier says:

    I find that when purchasing, there are sellers that thoughtlessly throw an item in a box or envelope without any plastic protection for protection in case the box and/or envelope gets wet. I take great pains to not only wrap an item in a beautiful way - who doesn't like opening pretty packages! - but also to protect what is inside. Another tip would be to enclose something with either your shop name or address along with the customer's address in case the item inside becomes separated from or the outer packaging becomes damaged.

    2 years ago

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign says:

    This is a perfect article not only to newbies but to experienced seller as well.Love the effort that etsy is putting on to help everyone.Still inspires and motivates me everytime I read article like this! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • Antiquepopart

    Wendy Pieper from Antiquepopart says:

    I like this article quite a bit! New shops will get so much great advice. It took me several months to figure out everything and 14 months later my entire shop has improved dramatically. I look at pictures and descriptions from a year ago and laugh at myself. Stick with it and work with all your passion, it really pays off!

    2 years ago

  • PinkPianos

    Hilary Hahn from PinkPianos says:

    I can't wait til the day that I have the sales to hire a pro photographer, who can get some really arty shots. I'm looking forward to growing my home decor line this year and developing products that I am passionate about. I think joy and passion are a big part of success, along with all the logical stuff, like promoting.

    2 years ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    Great advise, will re-read and re-read.

    2 years ago

  • reets612

    Rita Scott from RitasGarden says:

    Do lots of treasuries! Paying it forward really does work and I love when someone sells something off my treasuries! Also, it's so true about joining a team. It's great to have cheerleaders to encourage you along and you in turn can do it for your teammates! Lastly, if you don't have a lot of people in your circle yet. Go ahead and add the people who have responded on this page. Joining circles and favoriting other people's stores helps immensely! Every morning I go through my activity feed and favorite items and treasuries that come up on it.

    2 years ago

  • daisysgemgarden

    daisysgemgarden from daisysgemgarden says:

    Such Great Info! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • jemdesign567

    JEMDESIGN from jemdesign567 says:

    Thanks Juana for advice. Im relative new in Etsy and I really appreciate all the help And tips I can get.

    2 years ago

  • jewelrybyTESSA

    Teresita Trinidad says:

    These tips are truly helpful especially that I am still setting up my shop and feeling quite overwhelmed. I am glad there is a bounty of resources out there....

    2 years ago

  • Bethany1955

    Bettie from CollectiveGathering says:

    I've done eight out of ten of these tips in the three years I've been with Etsy. Now, I'm down to teams and free Etsy resources, the latter of which I have not found. So, I'm still rather clueless and overwhelmed.

    2 years ago

  • susanmagner

    Susan Magner from Granniesgems says:

    Thank you for the info. It some times can get a bet overwhelming.

    2 years ago

  • VioletMuseStudio

    Shelly from VioletMuseStudio says:

    Thank you Etsy, for being inspiring to us new shops! Each day I rack my brain trying to figure it all out! My daughter was just sitting next to me ,she said " geesh mom, maybe you should play some 'Bejeweled' , you are always researching or making jewelry" lol....I guess it's obvious ...and etsy forums and teams help keep me feeling not alone in this inner drive to succeed, the 'outside world' just doesn't get it! ; )

    2 years ago

  • leconiedesign

    Lee Connie from leconiedesign says:

    Thanks for the tips... I really enjoy been part of Etsy although Sales is not encouraging enough but improving... looking forward to a better year with Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • BenuShop

    Pauline Hagan from BenuShop says:

    I've read through the entire Sales Handbook but it's great to be reminded of these points, thank you! Agreed, being patient is essential, but the shop stats help keep me motivated. Tomorrow I'll focus on improving my tags, thanks for reminding me!

    2 years ago

  • nildagalarza

    Nilda Galarza from TheDRESSyCardGallery says:

    I love Etsy because it provides the tools for improvement/success. I opened my little shop September 2012 and still have alot to learn. The buyers are savy and they even make recommendations on how your items can be used. Sometimes they see your item as something totally different than what you intended them to be. The customers, they are pretty cool.

    2 years ago

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  • rippletina

    Tina Huang from rippletina says:

    Thank you for sharing. Great tips!

    2 years ago

  • Jularee

    Rita Riebel Mitchell from Jularee says:

    As everyone else has said, great tips.I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the advice!

    2 years ago

  • HabitatHandcrafted

    Megan Bark from HabitatHandcrafted says:

    Great article! Sometimes in the daily agenda, I forget to focus enough on these points. A great reminder--thanks!

    2 years ago

  • CashmerenChickenCoop

    Joanne Dean from CashmereChickenCoops says:

    Thanks for the great advice. Especially about being patient. This has inspired me to hang in there and keep improving my shop!

    2 years ago

  • anabelaferreira

    Anabela Ferreira from TheWrongGurl says:

    still feeling a bit overwhelmed but... baby steps! :) thanks. TheWrongGurl

    2 years ago

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage says:

    I have been on Etsy for quite a while and my advice is read everything you can from the Etsy Manual.. It really is all there. Take your photos in daylight, and as much as I hate to say it you really have to renu. When I renu I sell, when I stop renuing I stop selling.

    2 years ago

  • ebrookins

    eriKa B from EBLittleCreations says:

    Great advice, Im going to re-do all my photos! Since its finally nice outside here!

    2 years ago

  • theruffledword

    JO from theruffledword says:

    Great advise for new starters such as myself, its all so exciting x

    2 years ago

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts says:

    Thanks for the great article, always handy to have new ideas.

    2 years ago

  • meropisart

    Meropi Toumbas from MeropisArtJewelry says:

    I spend my whole morning reading this post, and I feel that it worth every single minute. Thanks Etsy!!!

    2 years ago

  • littleamber

    Little Amber from LittleAmber says:

    Thank you so much!!!! This is awesome!!!

    2 years ago

  • elizabethforster

    elle and belle Forster from elleandbellejewelry says:

    Very useful article. I'm definitely going to implement your tips and keep updating my shop. I'm still waiting for my first sale so it was encouraging to hear that it was 4 months for you. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • elizabethforster

    elle and belle Forster from elleandbellejewelry says:

    Very useful article. I'm definitely going to implement your tips and keep updating my shop. I'm still waiting for my first sale so it was encouraging to hear it was 4 months for you. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • WiredGemstones

    WiredGemstones from WiredGemstones says:

    Very Helpful, thank you Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • daffysdream

    Daffy from daffysdream says:

    Thanks for sharing the great tips. Be patient, was a great reward for me. I researched for better photography - boosted my sale , joined team and great way for networking which helped me to get more exposure. I love Etsy and team helping every seller with their best advice and stats is very motivating. Seller handbook is the tool for success.

    2 years ago

  • Nuniham

    Nuni from atelierdesnines says:

    Essential and valuable item for new members of Etsy. It's a great help for me, since I just opened the store this month. :)

    2 years ago

  • natomamorningstar1

    Natoma Morning Star from NatomasShop3 says:

    Thanks for great tips. I will implement this information. AWESOME !!!

    2 years ago

  • artsyana

    Ana from artsyana says:

    When you said to have patience I think this is the most important thing. Not to give up and keep on trying new things. I just got my first BIG sale$375 after a year. 4 sales total but I am so excited. I have been sending emails to 2 yahoo groups and seeing an increase in viewing of my items. I am currently working on finding other venues to promote my items.The road is long but I am having fun keep putting articles to help me get better at selling in Etsy. Ana

    2 years ago

  • SmakBoutique

    Sandy Mak from SmakBoutique says:

    Great Info for everyone. Thank You for posting this article. I have been selling on Etsy for 2 years this month....I have learned so much from day 1 with the articles and info that are posted. My first lesson was an article you had on Photography and "the picture box", I made my first picture box per the instructions. I have the latest news feeds posted to my email so I don't miss a thing. Thanks for 2 Great years Etsy and many more to come.

    2 years ago

  • DandelionByAngelaB

    Angela Birdsall from DandelionByAngelaB says:

    Thank you so much for all the tips and advice! I have been on Etsy for over a year but really started making it my focus in the last few months. I feel I am learning something new to improve my shop every day and I am so thankful to all the wonderful people on Etsy who have been willing to help by sharing their tips tricks successes and Failures! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads says:

    Great article. I am so, so, SO glad you started with 'be patient.' When you run a tiny business, 24 hours can feel like 24 years. Learning to have realistic expectations about the ebb & flow of any marketplace is key.

    2 years ago

  • lindabrandon192

    Linda Brandon from Oddsendsandmore says:

    I have been with Etsy quite a while and I just realized that I had'nt been using the size option. I'm sure that may have cost me sales. I am sure people would like to choose what size ring they would want. Silly things like that can make all the difference. Happy shopping guys....

    2 years ago

  • berryandpeg

    Bec Eddison from BerryandPeg says:

    Thanks so much, I actually started my shop a year ago and have had a few sales, but now I am ready to revamp up for this year and to add more products, better photos and really make my dreams come true, this article is my first step so thanks! Bring on 2013 everyone! xx

    2 years ago

  • myvintagenest

    myvintagenest from myvintagenest says:

    Wow, lots of great information! I need to get serious about selling, having modem problems right now, when I get a new one it's on! Great inspiration.

    2 years ago

  • DonnaRoberge

    Donna Roberge from WhiteCottagePhoto says:

    Good tips, thank you!

    2 years ago

  • lillytoo

    Karen from lillytoo says:

    I just have to say that this is so insightful! I have been re-reading this article every day since it has been posted to remind myself of my goals moving forward in 2013 and beyond! My favorite tip is "be patient". I recently revamped my shop featuring metal clay jewelry and I need to remember to have patience but continuously look for ways to improve my shop...even in the smallest of details. Thank you again for this gem!

    2 years ago

  • Wilkarama

    Erica Wilkerson from Wilkarama says:

    Thank you so much for this valuable, helpful article

    2 years ago

  • CurlicueCreations

    Jennifer Schifano Thomas from CurlicueCreations says:

    Great advice, as always! I really believe in the "be patient". I started out super slow, but things had improved with steady work and by building my persona on the web. I have seen my shop grow, and am looking forward to watching it bloom this year!

    2 years ago

  • MorphElle

    Sally from MorphElle says:

    I have a shop on Etsy ! Is that me saying that ! Is it a dream! The Etsy Handbook, Labs and Community made this my reality. I learn something new every day. The 'step by step' and 'talk through' approach has given me the best business education ever. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • AnimeHatmania

    Cynthia Sprehe from AnimeHatmania says:

    High quality photos are my goal for this year. Looking for a good way to photograph large items inside without costing a fortune in lighting!

    2 years ago

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr says:

    Great Ideas! Especially from the other shop owners!

    2 years ago

  • BramalfieBeadsetc

    Ailsa Cordner from BramalfieBeadsetc says:

    Great article - really great advice that I am trying to follow!!! It is particularly important to have patience things definitely do not happen overnight or without a lot of effort!!!

    2 years ago

  • annmadland

    Ann Madland from annmadland says:

    Thank you for Outright contact, it is amazing!

    2 years ago

  • KylieFogartyArtist

    KYLIE FOGARTY from KylieFogartyFineArt says:

    Thanks so much for such a great article, my point would be to not to be scared to ask questions!! Etsy is such a fantastic supportive environment, there is always someone happy to help!

    2 years ago

  • LoveStyleHappiness

    LoveStyleHappiness from LoveStyleHappiness says:

    Another great article! I really enjoy reading my Etsy Success emails.

    2 years ago

  • rarityfromafar

    ksenya from RarityFromAfar says:

    Very helpful article. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • catiques

    Cathy C. from catiques says:

    Great Tips and article. I love the teams and what I learn from reading

    2 years ago

  • KattyKinns

    Cate from Cateaclysmic says:

    Some great advice here, thanks for sharing xoxo

    2 years ago

  • domenica31

    Domenica Moran from Twincraftsknit says:

    Nice advice, thanks for posting this article :3

    2 years ago

  • marciajoh

    marciajoh from VintageMagpieMaggie says:

    Although the tips are great, be very careful about clicking on some of the links. I went into the tutorial on doing a banner. I clicked on the link for Gimp and the program for sizing pictures for the banner from the tips. Consequents were I was without a computer for a couple of days and poorer by $100. My computer was hijacked almost immediately. I have been putting off opening a store until I can get things such as a banner set up. Looks like I may be doing it without a banner.

    2 years ago

  • HatsbyJosie

    Josie Tucker from HatsbyJosie says:

    Thank you for this. I really needed this. Just wish I had a mentor to guide me through this process.. stressing!

    2 years ago

  • MarianneW

    Marianne Wille from WilleWorks says:

    Great article ~ thank you!

    2 years ago

  • karencreed

    Karen Creed from KCDezigns says:

    Great read - thanks for the article - much appreciated :)

    2 years ago

  • kabostudio

    Karine Bosse from Kabostudio says:

    I'll be opening my shop soon, this article tell me that on the right track, thanks for the tips, I'll bookmark it for future reference.

    2 years ago

  • 2vcreative

    Violeta Warner from QVintage says:

    Very helpful article. One tip I can share is to be proactive. When your item is featured in a treasury, don't just post comment. Promote the treasury by: Mark the treasury as favorite Click on all the items featured in the treasury. Share it on Facebook,Twitter,Pinterest,Google+ Visit shop of the seller that curated the treasury. Mark their shop and some items in their shops as favorites. Promoting other shops/items is also promoting your shop/items. It's a win, win.

    2 years ago

  • teRRaNEU

    Tamera, Zeus And Michael Price from TerraNeu says:

    Thank You Much! That Is All Very Helpful With Great Links That Answered Some Of My Questions That I Was Starting To Have. I Am Hoping To Launch Our Little Shop This Week... LOL I Had Started This Etsy Page Close To 3 Years Ago And Had Not Done Anything With It. I Was Selling Things In A Shop In Chicago-Land... And Could Not Keep Up. Now I Am Ready... And To My Surprise... The Etsy Page Is Till Here!!! I Am Excited! Thank You Again!

    2 years ago

  • reginamiles1

    Regina from ChainAndCluster says:

    Thanks for this information -- I've saved some of these helpful tips and links. Awesome, and thanks again!

    2 years ago

  • onehappyleaf

    Anna Pardini from onehappyleaf says:

    Wow, what another great blog. Thanks again for sharing such useful information. Great advice about getting on board with a team and learning from others who have been in your shoes in the beginning. I found that once I really dove into the Etsy community I received lots of helpful advice which in turn saw my business grow. I really believe that although we are sometimes a “one (wo)man show” we really need each other to learn and grow.

    2 years ago

  • noongning

    Ning Pratoomsup from NoongNing says:

    Great to learn , Thank you so much ^^

    2 years ago

  • VillaCollezione

    Villa Collezione from VillaCollezione says:

    nice to be reminded once in awhile especially when we get complacent...

    2 years ago

  • themagnificentmagnet

    Fredda Markovits Finell from TheMagnificentMagnet says:

    One of the great things about articles on Etsy is that no matter how many I read, there's always more to learn! Thank you for a concise, well thought out piece! Fredda The Magnificent Magnet

    2 years ago

  • kellybernal

    Kelly Bernal from letteredandlined says:

    Thanks so much for a wonderful article! I got many great ideas.

    2 years ago

  • EyeCandyQuilting

    Brandi Mayville from EyeCandyQuilts says:

    Thanks! Always great advice! I opened my shop in 2011the but didnt start listing until May 2012. Ive had about 60the sales so far and am always looking for new and better ways to do things. Great pics do help! I noticed items with average pics would sit for a while, get viewed or faved, but not bought. I redid alot of my pics and those SAME items were bought alot! I am always excited to read these tips and learn what else there is to do! I have wanted to join a team but am really not sure how to even start! Is definitely on my to do list! Thanks for all the great articles!

    2 years ago

  • twirlingmonkies

    Katherine from TwirlingMonkies says:

    Thank you for this great article!

    2 years ago

  • yogycreations

    Yogy from YogyKreations says:

    This is a great article summing all the important tips. I have been struggling with all the success tips and hopefully this will help :) Thank you. x

    2 years ago

  • padams808

    Princess from MakanaDesigns says:

    Great article! Thanks for the wonderful advice!

    2 years ago

  • andreamwl

    Andrea Lawson from MaeWarrenDesigns says:

    This is truly a wonderful, concise piece! Will bookmark this for those moments when you need to feel like someone has your back. Thank you, beautiful Etsy community!!

    2 years ago

  • Peloponesa

    Melisa Coloiera from MelisartJewels says:

    this help me ! thanks so much!

    2 years ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    Great tips! Thanks

    2 years ago

  • karenplatt4

    Karen Platt from yarnsandfabrics says:

    thanks, I'm enjoying the ride. Signed up on Jan 8th and made 3 sales in my first month. I like tweaking the shop as I learn on this most enjoyable learning curve. I started a facebook page, pinterest and more all because of Etsy. Boy is it hard work. There's some wonderful things on here and I love making treasuries. I love the community spirit. Thanks for the tips.

    2 years ago

  • moomettesgram

    Cindi Moomettes from MoomettesCrochet says:

    Thanks for the helpful information and insight. As a new Etsy seller I will definately be looking into how to become part of a team.

    2 years ago

  • moomettesgram

    Cindi Moomettes from MoomettesCrochet says:

    Thanks for the information and insight. As a new Etsy seller I will definately be looking into joining a team.

    2 years ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan says:

    Great advice ! Thank you :)

    2 years ago

  • VintageClothingSales

    VintageClothingSales from WomensAntiqueVintage says:

    I owned a shop exclusively on Ruby Lane for 5 years prior to opening shop here on Etsy. I am shocked by all the wonderful and helpful information Etsy provides for its sellers. All I can say is WOW, I've been missing the boat for years!!! Thank you Etsy :)

    2 years ago

  • victorianartshop

    Victoria Morgan from ArtofVictoriaMorgan says:

    Wow! What great advice! I am just getting off the ground with my business, so I need all the help it can get! Anymore great suggestions?

    2 years ago

  • treschicteam

    la Tres Chic Boutique from laBoutiqueTresChic says:

    Great advice! We are working on opening our shop very soon...trying to learn as much as possible from others. We can't wait to get started!

    2 years ago

  • GlassicBottles

    Glassic Bottles from GlassicBottles says:

    Just opened last week! Can't wait to implement some of these ideas! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • Sovae

    Nas Sovaé from TinyAdventureStudio says:

    I just recently reopened my shop. This is really awesome info and I'm very excited to use it! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • purple3utterfly

    Vanessa Delliskave from PurpleTulipBoutique says:

    I've been reading everything I can find on being successful on etsy. This has great points. I can't wait to make my first sale and join this creative and talented community!!!

    2 years ago

  • MishkaandStitch

    Anastasia Harper from MISHKAandSTITCH says:

    I've opened my Etsy shop about a week ago, and i'm so excited to actually start selling goods that i make!! thank you so much for great tips, it is hard to start it and get it going but your article gives a feeling that with creative energy and right positive attitude everything is possible!!Thanks!!

    2 years ago

  • WhimisicalWonderland

    Charmaine Sylvia from WhimsicalWildfox says:

    Lovely insights on ways to market your business! Really puts the basic fundamentals of what I learned in my marketing minor. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • Booop

    Jerrica Fields from booop says:

    I recently opened my Etsy shop and I am definitely learning the art of patience! It's hard when my shop stats are just a click away. I'm excited to try the things you've listed above. Thank you for all of this great information!!!

    2 years ago

  • PillowCoversbyL

    Leah from PillowCoversbyL says:

    Thank you! I will look into joining teams once I start listing my pillow covers. I will also try to be very careful with my photos. :) L

    2 years ago

  • tiffanietidy

    Tiffanie Tidy from TheDaisysChains says:

    Hi, I'm pretty new to etsy, and these tips have really helped me and given me some confidence, thanks!

    1 year ago

  • JennNycee

    Jennica Jennice from JNYCJWLZ says:

    I've been really lost since I started my Etsy but it's nice to finally have some advice & great input! Thanks :)

    1 year ago

  • heatherhazard

    Heather Bunker from LittleBunkerStudio says:

    This is a great post! I have only been listing items on Etsy for the last month or so. I should have started a long time ago. The one thing that I took from this is to be patient and keep improving. Great advice! Its hard trying to get your shop going, im just excited to see where I will end up!

    1 year ago

  • karenplatt4

    Karen Platt from yarnsandfabrics says:

    Be different, stand out from the crowd

    1 year ago

  • monikahgallery

    Monika Howarth from artbymonika says:

    Great advices thank you!

    1 year ago

  • ElizabethsPearlz

    Natasha from ElizabethsPearlz says:

    Thank you very much for your ever support with having information such as this available and affordable ;) for all !

    1 year ago

  • estoite

    Adeline Sutiswan from Estoite says:

    done 7/10 wish me luck! :D

    1 year ago

  • pmichel77

    pmichel77 from designsbyogee says:

    Great tips! Thank you

    1 year ago

  • ViaObscura

    Carla C. from ViaMinimalist says:

    Excellent tips! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • InMyMakupBag

    Lucy from teenyNtiny says:

    Great tips..I will def. be doing some of this for my shop to start selling..Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    We're not new to Etsy, but we're new to these tips and they are fabulous! We follow some already, needed a reminder on some more, and have learned some new techniques. Thank you!

    1 year ago

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  • ofunnekaanyanwu

    Ofunneka Anyanwu from C3N2KIDS says:

    Thanks a lot for the tips..I am new at this , just a few days old actually and can really do with all the advice / tips that are out there...

    1 year ago

  • barnaclezoo

    Diana from barnaclezoo says:

    I disagree. I think there are shops for which Etsy just doesn't work, and mine is unfortunately one of them. I did apply, even before reading the top 10 tips, almost all of them. Result - I keep on not existing. I think the reason is that I just don't have the time (I have a full time job which has nothing to do with my Etsy shop or my hobby) to network. I think people who can do that are more successful, and that is logical. As customer I love Etsy, as seller it just doesn't work for me.

    1 year ago

  • danielmccarthy5

    Daniel McCarthy from DannysAttic says:

    This was great information!! I am just starting out and already enjoying some success. I am a true newbie but for me, that's what makes it fun. I have found one thing to be very true in being successful here: communicate communicate communicate! No one making a purchase should have any lingering questions or doubts. It is very refreshing to have a trustworthy and trash free online platform to conduct business.

    1 year ago

  • artsmaidan

    Olga from SofiBabyShop says:

    Thank you all for great advices. I am a new seller and the thing I like most of all is that you get support and advices from other sellers. Agree that pictures and customers support are very important. Thanks again!

    1 year ago

  • jinnybeck

    Jinny Hendrickson from DottieMaeVintage says:

    I have been on Etsy for 7 months now and I find that adding new items weekly helps keep my shop more visible. Also the more items you have the more you will show up in searches, basic math. I need to work on lighting in my photography it doesn't help that I live in the Pacific North West and natural light is hard to get here. My initial investment was $700 dollars. I am selling vintage clothing. For the first year my goal is to re-invest every dollar I make into more inventory so that I can build up a big inventory and therefor reach more buyers. After my first year I will focus on managing my costs and trying to make a profit. Has anyone else tried this method and if so how did it work out for them?

    1 year ago

  • HollyMarieCollection

    Holly from HalonaYoomeeDesigns says:

    Thanks so much for the advice!! Its hard when so many people make handmade jewelry but I think if you really focus on making your brand different and unique, you'll stand out still!

    1 year ago

  • RussellBallantyneArt

    Russell Ballantyne from RussellBallantyneArt says:

    Some great advice here, new to Etsy, fantastic site and community.

    1 year ago

  • Chelsea413

    Chelsea from PandPDStudio says:

    These advice columns are wonderful for those of us just starting out. Thanks Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • kathyromo

    Kathy Romo from BlinginBowMama says:

    very helpful!! thanks!

    1 year ago

  • KnotenufKnitting

    Lara Simonson from KnotEnufKnitting says:

    Very helpful hints! I just opened my shop.. So will try some of your advice! Thanks!!

    1 year ago

  • sakpaisitpiangjai

    Saksit Peang from ThMILITARYViNTAGE says:

    Good idea......Thank you for your help and support. :)

    1 year ago

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads says:

    Great tips. Finding your niche is also extremely important! It can be the difference between success and failure.

    1 year ago

  • fitdesign

    Julia Liang says:

    these are all very good Suggestions.

    1 year ago

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    kuldeeep kaur says:


    1 year ago

  • kuldeepk0302

    kuldeeep kaur says:

    Thanks for the great blog

    1 year ago

  • sewbymarissa

    Marisa Arrighini from SewbyMarissa says:

    Thank you for your help! I have much work to do.

    1 year ago

  • JaclynNicoleDecorInc

    Jaclyn Sovocool from JaclynNicoleDecorInc says:

    Great Advice! I think that this will really help our shop. This has really been a great encouragment to myself and my team. I look foward to improving our shop with your suggestions. Thanks again! --Jaclyn of JaclynNicoleDecorInc.

    1 year ago

  • silvabusiness

    Orin Ds from OrinStyles says:

    Thank you for this article. I am new to Etsy. It is an overwhelming world :) but I hope supports such as these will help me keep going! Orin

    1 year ago

  • sookchom

    sangduan sookchom from Sangduancrochet says:

    thank you for your tips

    1 year ago

  • davistv1

    davistv1 says:

    how do you find unique items to sell if you do not make them yourself

    1 year ago

  • MikeTSwords

    Mike Swords from YourAncientName says:

    Thank you - we just launched, and my wife and I are trying to learn all we can about how Etsy works.

    1 year ago

  • tkapsa

    nicole tupy from TrendyTown says:

    Thanks i just openen my shop!

    1 year ago

  • JWadeGalleries

    Jason Wade from JWadeGalleries says:

    Great advice and thanks so much!

    1 year ago

  • sjanvrin13

    Steven Janvrin from NaturalMinded says:

    Thank you for the advice! I recently joined etsy a few days ago and havent seen any traffic. I always thought about making a career out of drawing, but I never dedicated much of my time to it. I have learned so much over the years, I'm amazed at all the great artists on this sight! I hope with a lot of patience and hard work, I can be successful too!

    1 year ago

  • tinybutcoolchic

    Pond Walker from craftsisterday says:

    I recently started selling Thank you for the advice :)

    1 year ago

  • tanalewis84

    Tana Lewis from GabbysBoutique2 says:

    I opened GabbysBoutique2 today. This artice is very hepful and I know I will need to work on patience. I have browsed some of your sites and its great stuff.

    1 year ago

  • tanalewis84

    Tana Lewis from GabbysBoutique2 says:

    Thanks for the advice. I an new to selling online but am a huge fan of Etsy, in general. I am hoping for success.

    1 year ago

  • gksattic

    Susie from NostalgiaRocks says:

    Starting an Etsy business was one of the best things Ive ever done for myself - And ReReading Tips, Tricks and Advice articles is ALWAYS helpful. Thank You!

    1 year ago

  • dillasbeads

    Maria Marz from dillasbeads says:

    These tips are always helpful and a great reminder. I do great in face to face sales, but translating to online has been a challenge!

    1 year ago

  • jbailor103

    Janice Bailor from laruedefleurs says:

    The best advice I have gotten is from a family friend who also runs a successful Etsy shop, Adam of BiltSharp. He told me that if you want this to be a job, you have to work it like a job- i.e. do it every day. So even though I am somewhat small and limited by my time commitments (family first), I do something with my shop every day. I make a commitment to my future as a "full-timer" by working in my studio everyday- even if it just making more labels- and reading articles on how to improve and tweaking my online shop. I have seen more traffic and more sales. My next goal is attracting more repeat customers!

    1 year ago

  • P31couture

    Shayna Mayo-Richardson from P31Couture says:

    I love the I Felt Fuzzy name I am going to have to follow that shop...I also agree about having a few items and not selling I did my research and found out that top seller had more than 2 pages worth of stuff...thank you so much for the tips they came at the perfect time!

    1 year ago

  • mccoy380

    Tammy Gascon-McCoy from ToujoursMoiArt says:

    As a first time etsy seller. I found this and all of your posts very helpful! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • cr8tive1971

    Tiffany Turner from Hype365Brand says:

    I love the advice on pricing items and organizing finances. As a creative person, business has always been on the back burner for me, but now I have a good idea where to start and how to get to the end result I want. Thanks Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • COOLLeggings

    Sandra from COOLLeggings says:

    great article. thank you for sharing it with us. i have also just started my etsy business and now trying to understand how to get some success *-*

    1 year ago

  • Thr3adeR

    Danica Trujillo from simpleSew says:

    All this advice, I hope I can too be successful with my esty shop. I am slightly concerned because I am not great with numbers anymore. So hopefully I can figure it all out. Thanks for sharing! : )

    1 year ago

  • stefaniyapiano

    stefaniya piano from Arterrorist says:

    I just opened my design store and I really want people to like and buy what I make, I want to find my first customers. If someone need advices or feedback about their art, just type me a message. If you are interested about what I draw, yo can watch my illustration portfolio here:

    1 year ago

  • dmargheim

    Dirk Margheim from lignarius says:

    If it was easy everyone would be doing it! Right? So, yeah. i just got my first listings up and I have a lot of work to do to really get a good shop together. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • almaherself1

    Alma Sanchez from 11thirtyeight says:

    Thank You!

    1 year ago

  • bjcolley

    Becky Colley from tiptoplittleshop says:

    This is so useful, thank you so much. You make setting up a small but successful business sound 100% do-able - fingers crossed! :)

    1 year ago

  • nju2fan

    Pam McCarthy from HawkmoonBootBracelet says:

    Just opened my shop. Hawkmoon bootbracelets and, like many other people, am confused about "what to do next." This article was a little helpful to me, I still have more reading to do!

    1 year ago

  • artistkcchef

    Karmina Capule from WorksOfArtByKc says:

    Great Informations, I know I would master in time. I wish to be building traffic on my Etsy. More power to all:)

    1 year ago

  • artistkcchef

    Karmina Capule from WorksOfArtByKc says:

    Thanks for the great informations:)

    1 year ago

  • OnlineVintageStores

    Op Shop says:

    Excellent information about what it takes to start and run online vintage stores. I personally am into vintage bicycles for sale, vintage furniture online, and vintage clothing online australia!

    1 year ago

  • AndeeMason says:

    Very interesting read even if I was originally looking at how to host a sale.... anyone know that? lol i'm obviously searching the wrong thing. Overall though very interesting!

    1 year ago

  • RachelhomeWares says:

    Such good advice! I'm so glad to know that sometimes it takes awhile to make your first sale! Hopefully with some of these tips my first sale can be a bit sooner than expected!

    1 year ago

  • charmbracelet777

    Wallet Case from Walletcase says:

    ok,sound great

    363 days ago

  • annettesi

    Anna Simakova from Bagheerra says:

    That is a very inspiring publication! Since May 2012 I had only 3 sales in my shop, but now I know and improved my knowledge on how to improve my shop so that I would have more sales. Thank you very much!

    343 days ago

  • kdjhannel

    kdjhannel from GoneDigital says:

    So many amazing tips in the article and the comments section. I'm so glad I came to this page. I've learnt so much already. Not least that I'm not the only one struggling to to get past go.

    331 days ago

  • FeltyHawaii

    Joanna from FeltyHawaii says:

    Very valuable tips! Thanks!

    310 days ago

  • EveryStepDESIGNS

    EveryStepDESIGNS from EveryStepDESIGNS says:

    Thanks! Visit my new store ;) <3

    272 days ago

  • Afrodable

    Yusuf and Marija Hassan from AFRODABLE says:

    Thanks for such a nice article. We are trying to renew our store and increase the sales. This tips will definitely help.

    266 days ago

  • bijuadejewelry

    Garrett Mitchell from BijuadeJewelry says:

    Thank you very useful tips.

    243 days ago

  • ElsaPuga

    Elsa Puga from WithLoveByElsa says:

    Very valuable tips!! Thank you, Elsa

    179 days ago

  • karategirldj

    karategirldj from DeeJayGs says:

    Thank you very much wish me luck

    145 days ago

  • AmaruAccesories

    Amaru Accessories from AmaruAccessories says:

    thank you for these tips. could u please take a look into my store and let me know if I need to work on my photos. thank you :)

    141 days ago

  • sewmuchglamm

    Bre G. from SewMuchGlamm says:

    Great tips!!!! I really needed the formula for pricing my products.

    137 days ago

  • sapfyra

    KateMaryAlice from MaryKateAlice says:

    Thank you very much for these useful advices. I've opened my shop on September 2014 and I'm waiting for my first buyer so much!!! I have to be more patient and I hope my dream will come true till Christmas :) And I wish luck to all etsy shop buisness beginners!

    137 days ago

  • sapfyra

    KateMaryAlice from MaryKateAlice says:

    I'll be very glad if you visit my shop and tell me your opinion. Thank you very much in advance.

    137 days ago

  • jessconwell

    Jess Conwell from chipperjaycreative says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! =) I'm a new shop owner and all these tips are going to be so handy and helpful. I too am still waiting on my first buyer as I only opened a few days ago. but i am busy on Instagram and making my product known! FINGERS CROSSED =P

    135 days ago

  • Morris8819

    PHYLLIS MORRIS from Phyllectic says:

    Thank you for all of the tips. I appreciate them. I will study them and try to incorporate them into my shop. I can't wait for my first feedback.

    135 days ago

  • aleonastreasury

    Aleona from AleonasTreasury says:

    Thank You so much!

    135 days ago

  • Sunella

    Sunella from SunellaArts says:

    Thank you, good tips to follow.

    135 days ago

  • alcheringacottage

    Jessica O'Shea from AlcheringaCottage says:

    Great tips! I am just starting out and need all the help I can get :-)

    134 days ago

  • daisyandpeepers1

    iris rosenwinkel from Bunnybrowser says:

    it has been a long time and no won has bought my stuff

    133 days ago

  • guptakamlesh0007

    kamlesh gupta from srggems says:

    very good

    132 days ago

  • Enssa

    Lai Guanghui from Enssajewelry says:

    Great tips! I am just starting out and need all the help I can get :-)

    131 days ago

  • maisonmariachiara

    MaisonMariachiara from MaisonMariachiara says:

    Thank you all for your valuable suggestions. I published yesterday my first products and following your advice I hope to bring me luck !!! Thanks sincerely MaisonMariachiara

    129 days ago

  • birdshome

    li xichun from birdshome says:


    126 days ago

  • WilliamArbogast

    William Arbogast from FireflyCustom says:

    Excellent information. Thank you. Bill Arbogast

    126 days ago

  • calleemanna22
  • SolFireArtworks

    Kyla Bleile from SolFireArtworks says:

    This article was a huge help..... I've been an artist my whole life.... But still new to the Etsy shop process. Thanks for the tips! :-)

    123 days ago

  • CutieBTutus

    Jane Johnson from CuttieBTutus says:

    Thanks for the article, I can't wait to build my business.

    122 days ago

  • anneliuhome1

    anne liang from Beautifulprocess says:

    Too good, for me a very useful, thank you

    122 days ago

  • partyprintinvitation

    Partyinvitation Digital from Invitationprint says:

    Thanks! Visit my new store!

    122 days ago

  • CharlotteRenata

    Charlotte Renata from HenrietteRenee says:

    I love it!!!! Thanks!!

    119 days ago

  • junedmohammed14

    Asif mohd from LIMRAGEMS says:

    Thank You for good news!

    118 days ago

  • VictoriaGrigaliunas

    Victoria from VGLogoDesigns says:

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

    117 days ago

  • kalapw

    kalapw from ByKalaX says:

    Some good tips there - thanks!

    115 days ago

  • Brilliantjewelers

    A Tousi from Brilliantjewelrs says:

    Great ideas!Thanks for the article, I can't wait to build my business.

    113 days ago

  • Amazingseller200

    Mo Mian from Amazingseller200 says:

    Thank you for the advice!

    112 days ago

  • eltari

    Elena Tari from ElenasLittleShoppe says:

    Thanks for another great article. Always looking for ways to improve.

    112 days ago

  • shogik75

    Shoghik Tigranyan from GiftCreative says:

    It was interesting to read, good tips. Thank you!

    111 days ago

  • AAAdelAidEEE

    AdelAidE Carta from AdelAidECarta says:

    bene apporterò subito questi consigli. grazie

    109 days ago

  • uniqueart1000

    Unique Arts from UniqueArts1000 says:

    Great ideas! Thank you for the advice.

    107 days ago

  • dottyrainbows

    Dotty Rainbow from DottyRainbows says:

    Thanks for this - great tips and advice. Only opened my shop today and I'm keen to read "EVERYTHING" - looks like I'll have my nose glued to the screen for the rest of the evening... Thank you :)

    104 days ago

  • dbweber414

    Dana Weber from FrostandFern says:

    Informative and nice to be reminded to be patient. After months of thinking about it, FINALLY, opened my easy shop today :-)

    103 days ago

  • orientaltribe11

    Lertpan Pathamavuthikan from orientaltribe11 says:

    Thank you for great tips.

    102 days ago

  • shutnedhok

    Carol Handy from ShuttlesNeedlesHooks says:

    Great tips - thank you. I love the Etsy community. Providing customer service to artists here is easy because I live vicariously through my customers. For the first time with online sales I feel like I have "customers" and not just "buyers."

    102 days ago

  • Beardclub

    DLG Doodka Leather Goods from DoodkaLeatherGoods says:

    Thanks for the useful info.

    101 days ago

  • halevi180

    Efrat Halevi from efrathaleviart says:

    i opened a store there are 143 views ad no salling can you help me?

    100 days ago

  • ILoveYoYoDIYFlowers

    Nil Akpunar from ILoveYoYoDIYFlowers says:

    Also thinking outside of Etsy too! Otherwise how you get bigger. Starting procedure of branding is the most important from brand registry to show your branding on your packages, in your social media will bring you success in your Etsy stores...

    100 days ago

  • cruzin777

    Bryan and May Oertl from alwayscollectible says:

    Great advice, So far i won't quit my day job. Good place to read , I'm new here. Thanks to all who posted .

    100 days ago

  • montsegalceran

    montse galceran from pitufos says:

    thank you for you're advice,I'm trying hard to do everything right and will keep working hard

    95 days ago

  • imperialbaskets

    Grace Joyce from ImperialBaskets says:

    This article is a real winner. I think everyone should read this! Thank you so much for all the valuable information! Love, Grace Joyce

    95 days ago

  • nlanphier

    Nick Lanphier from NickLanphierPhotos says:

    This article is great. Some very helpful advice. I will be saving this to my favorites so I can check back for reminders.

    93 days ago

  • boatboatthai

    Wuttichai Naktho from icottonballs says:

    thank you for you're advice,I'm trying hard to do everything right and will keep working hard

    92 days ago

  • angiek20151

    ANGIE K. Designer Bags by Lamouropolis from lamouropolisbags says:

    Thank you very much for sharing.

    91 days ago

  • 9yarinda

    Jenny from DesignsbyYarinda says:

    Great article, very helpful advice. Thanks so much :)

    89 days ago

  • zoewandin

    Zoe Wandin from FlowersForTheHorses says:

    Great info very helpful. waiting for my first sale now

    88 days ago

  • BlueCoyoteInc

    Blue Coyote from BlueCoyoteTreasures says:

    Thank you for insight. I've been an online seller for a long time but am having trouble getting some momentum on etsy. 2015 hopefully will be a better year.

    88 days ago

  • WhiteCoatWhimsy

    Jennifer Kimmel from WhiteCoatWhimsy says:

    Great recommendations!

    86 days ago

  • marieestellecrafts

    Shell O'Hara from MarieEstelleCrafts says:

    So glad I clicked on this link because I just opened shop today. I didn't know about joining teams, and I hadn't thought about posting on Pinterest yet (though I browse it quite a bit already). And yes, my photos could use some help. :P Thanks for the helpful hints!

    83 days ago

  • imaramelendez1

    Imara Melendez from uniquemelange says:

    great advice thanks will put it to work, we are a hardworking family trying for our crafts to get noticed.

    82 days ago

  • aenweazu

    Amanda Enweazu from CrystalDiamant says:

    I am quite new to Etsy. Thanks for the great advice.

    79 days ago

  • sissiiploy

    Ploy from SphynxLeatherworks says:

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing! I'm new for Etsy, that's very helpful!

    77 days ago

  • sitkiceylanlar1

    Sıtkı CEYLAN from uzman1965 says:

    ETSY'yi ilgi ile takip ediyorum. şu ana kadar bir gelişme olmadı,ancak devam ediyorum. benim için yararlı olur,umuyorum.

    77 days ago

  • valeriaocchipinti

    valeria occhipinti from valeriaocchipinti says:

    Ciao a tutti, sono Valeria Occhipinti, ho apoena aperto uno shop su etsy, non ho ancora pubblicato molto, aggiungerò altri articoli molto presto. Io sono una fashion designer, ho un'attività reale in Sicilia negli splendidi luoghi di Montalbano, tenterò di diffondere il mio made in Italy anchd su etsy. Produco, oltre che abiti, anche accessori per la moda

    76 days ago

  • halevi180

    Efrat Halevi from efrathaleviart says:

    i have a new store with beutiful art but i didnt sale yet nothing i hope it will happen soon efrat

    76 days ago


    Marina Prokofjeva from MarkaMarina says:

    I believe in my dream and believe that through my efforts the success will come!

    75 days ago

  • larrytomlinson731

    Vonnell Tomlinson from CraftsByVonnell says:

    Just opened my Etsy store today, any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Vonnell

    75 days ago

  • zombiapocalipseblade

    radu ardeleanu from zombiapocalipseblade says:

    Verry good advices.Thanks for the education.

    74 days ago

  • WonderfulCraftyLand

    Allyson Butler from WonderfulCraftyLand says:

    Thanks! This really helped me a lot. I just opened my shop in December and have had a little traffic, but nothing major. I will have to try all of these ideas. Thanks again!

    73 days ago

  • Azeetadesigns

    Azeeta Nikoui from Azeetadesigns says:

    I would say for new sellers, check your "stats" every day. See what tags people are searching that are directing them to your shop. see which items are the most favorited and viewed. Make variations of popular searched items. Stats page is your friend!

    68 days ago

  • Azeetadesigns

    Azeeta Nikoui from Azeetadesigns says:

    Also stay original! Try and think of something that you would want that does not exist or is hard to find. Think of something you would want but don't see anywhere else. Hope that helps!

    68 days ago

  • jeanieofredland

    Gordon Kruse from KRUSEARTS says:

    i would say for new sellers, to check your status often check tags people are looking at . that is directing them to your shop. see what items are the most favorited and viewed. Make variations on popular items. on status page Thank you !

    67 days ago

  • christalwebber

    Christal webber from CayleeAmoyeDesigns says:

    Opened my store today- excited and nervous at the same time. Any help would be appreciated. still trying to get my store together. Happy to be a part of the Etsy community! :)

    64 days ago

  • tathatabrand

    vipavat darapongsataporn from TATHATABRAND says:

    Thank you for great tips! i will be patient and repeat!!!!

    58 days ago

  • livsbags

    Liv from LivsMarketPlace says:

    Thanks you! Great advice for starting out, this helps a lot. :)

    56 days ago

  • HarveysBazaar

    Harvey Simon from HarveysBazaar says:

    Do people buy Original Paintings anymore? I posted over 50 and they look, but no buyers yet. It's been a month. I'll be patient. I like the ETSY format. I hope I'm on the right track.

    53 days ago

  • LovableDoggy

    LovableDoggy from LovableDoggy says:

    What a great article. It has a lot of great information that we as a new etsy shop will put to use. Thank you so much

    53 days ago

  • cottagehomecreation1

    Bobbie Beebe from MargaretsNest says:

    You surely hit the spot when you said it could be a little overwhelming. I am just setting up my shop and do get overwhelmed. This article helped me a lot and reading others comments. It got me really excited about getting my shop open. Still working on getting my photos done as all I have now is my phone camera so am hoping to get a better camera soon. Thank you all for helping me feel welcome and more confident.

    49 days ago

  • SamanthaRuddell

    SamanthaRuddell from SamRuddellsCreations says:

    Hoping I start selling items quickly! :)

    47 days ago

  • rotadentata

    Rota Dentata from RotaDentata says:

    Great Tips! The Research is really important

    47 days ago

  • oksik237

    Oksana Rezzonico from OksanaRezzonico says:

    Thank You! It is really helpful list of Tips.

    47 days ago

  • notya

    Trish White from Nowwear says:

    Thanks for the tip they're excellent. I wonder if anyone would mind critiquing my shop and photos? Sometimes its hard to see the wood for the tree. Many thanks

    46 days ago

  • RoseArborCrafts
  • Magnou2Lacroix

    Magnou2Lacroix from MagnouLacroix says:

    Thank you for this good advice !!! :)

    44 days ago

  • KitschKreation

    Joy Stevenson from NauticalJewellery says:

    Just the advice I needed! New to Etsy but love it already!

    40 days ago

  • fissaka

    Franciska Issaka from WomanArtGhana says:

    Great advice! Thanks

    39 days ago

  • loriashley4

    Lori Ashley from LoriGAshley says:

    Thank you for the advice!

    38 days ago

  • anneogbuka

    Anne from MellonWaters says:

    Great tip, thank you!

    37 days ago

  • demi1987

    Damaris Ruiz from DamarisNinoPaintings says:

    Thanks for the advice, I know this is a total learning experience for myself. Tips are great and will take into account.

    37 days ago

  • Pompomelo23

    Prem-usa Dilenge from Pomcloset says:

    Thank you for such a great advice;) Hopefully I can make something out of what Im doing;)

    37 days ago

  • jackyvasoya

    J. Vasoya from BallydanceQueen says:

    Thanks so much for putting all this great advice):::))))::::))

    36 days ago

  • Manasart25

    Anil Kumar from ArtofRoyal says:

    Thanks you so much for giving us a good guideline..........)))))));;;;;;;;;;

    33 days ago

  • mariemoody

    Marie Moody from FLUFFNSTUFF43 says:

    Thank you for all of the good advice...I will work at getting my Shop into Shape!

    33 days ago

  • amowatches

    Marius Neagu from Lateanywaywatch says:

    So many things to learn and take care off , but where we can find time to manufacter our items if we have to spend all day long just for SEO and "get views" on Etsy...

    32 days ago

  • JaynesAttic

    Jayne from JaynesCreativeCottag says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much to all who have shared information and advice here. I am new here - just finally got my first item listed this past week, so have several questions: 1. What are treasuries? 2. How can I find a team to join? Would prefer one in my local area if possible (SW Floriday) 3. In pricing your items with the formula shared, how do you determine what amount the "P" (profit) should be? Thank you again for sharing!!

    29 days ago

  • LudaS

    Lyudmyla from LudaS says:

    Great Article Thank you! )))) !!!

    28 days ago

  • maggiechen881

    Ting Chen from TingHandmadeBag says:

    great ideas , thanks so

    27 days ago

  • pstvlifestyle

    PSTV.Lifestyle PSTV.Performance from PstvLifestyle says:

    Thank you so much for your advice! It's going to take a lot more than patience because having a shop will also need to put your passion and must dedicate your time for it. I just opened my shop and I am still trying to work my way through etsy but this will be a great journey for me!

    25 days ago

  • kasiaschenk

    Kasia Schenk from Ojeju says:

    Grat Article! Thank you for advice!

    24 days ago

  • SumitDuaPhotography

    Sumit Dua from SumitDuaPhotography says:

    Awesome thank you for the tip, just getting started......

    22 days ago

  • JenniferBrailey

    Jennifer Brailey from MorganLynneDesigns says:

    Thank You for all the information. There was some really good advice in the column. I am hoping that with this new information that we can start selling our handcrafted furniture! Thank you so much!

    21 days ago

  • Glozis

    Anna and Paul from Glozis says:

    Thank you )

    20 days ago

  • miniaturesandmore11

    Rachel from LeighsFineMiniatures says:

    I haven't sold anything yet... I guess I'll just have to be patient!

    19 days ago

  • miamargolis

    Mia Margolis from crazyconfetticrafts says:

    Check out the adorable confetti on crazyconfetticrafts

    18 days ago

  • ievagasiuniene

    baltabalta from BALTABALTAboutique says:

    Thank you! We try to use your advices!

    17 days ago


    KJ from KJAVAVART says:

    All of these people giving advice for Etsy seem to have nothing in their shops anymore. Or no shop at all.

    16 days ago

  • StudioBouphos

    Eddy Hart from StudioBouphos says:

    Thank you for posting such excellent advice. I've been active for over a month, still yet to make a sale, I am hoping that I have got at least some of my shop front to appeal!

    16 days ago

  • tinuadeoyekan

    tinuade oyekan from FEB18byTinuade says:

    Thank you for this posting. i learnt a lot and will definitely make use of it. im glad to be on Etsy

    14 days ago

  • bckfabrics

    BCKFabrics Koni from BCKFabricCollection says:

    Thanks, Very helpful

    12 days ago

  • mjpmjpmjp

    M P from CrochetedbyM says:

    Thanks. It really helped.

    10 days ago

  • samrahimi786
  • fromuponthemountain

    Angel OGrady from FromUpOntheMountain says:

    Wonderful article! Thank you for the sellers tips! Every little bit helps!. I am super excited to sell some of my mom's art! We have been working so hard for so long and I am so happy to finally fine Etsy!! Your the BEST!!! xoxox

    7 days ago


    JOSEPH oakes from Massachusettsfishing says:

    Thank you for the advise!

    6 days ago

  • richardsonheidi

    Heidi Richardson from HUSHBathCO says:

    THANKS this helped alot!

    5 days ago

  • memodesignandmake

    MEMO design and make from Memodesignandmake says:

    Thank you for the tips! :)

    2 days ago

  • zhipingsmith

    Zhiping Smith from PingPingBeachJewelry says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so much!

    1 day ago

  • TextileM

    Maria Petriw from ArtextileD says:

    Thanks so much! ))

    6 hours ago

  • minhduc9164

    Duc Tran from ducfineart says:

    Thank you! Excellent tips! !

    24 minutes ago