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Teams: An inspiring month of mentoring in the UK

Jul 31, 2013

by Susannah Bradley

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During the month of July, members of Brighton Sellers’ Team, British Crafters and Makerhood worked together to improve their Etsy shops. It was an intense month of mentoring one another and making improvements, but the results have been inspiring!

The month started off with mentors and mentees getting matched up by their Team leaders and then going through a shop critique. Amiee from HandmadeandHeritage says “I think the critique was my favourite, and it was the most rewarding part of this programme as we both noticed small details that could easily be changed and made a huge difference in how our shops are presented.”

After the critique, each pair set a few goals to accomplish during the month. These ranged from expanding product lines to improving tags and titles. Mooshpie retook her photos in her backyard shed studio; the results are beautiful!

House Mouse Tea Towel, Screen Printed. Hand Printed. Cotton Dish Cloth. Kitchen Towel. Mouse Illustration Dish Towel. Flour

mooshpie

House Mouse Tea Towel, Screen Printed. Hand Printed. Cotton Dish Cloth. Kitchen Towel. Mouse Illustration Dish Towel. Flour

Some people used the month to start a new shop. Kim from Flextiles said, “I’ve thought about setting up an Etsy shop for ages but was daunted by the amount of work that seemed to be involved – taking good photos, getting decent packaging, finding out postage rates… So Mentoring Month provided the kick up the behind to actually do something about it – working with a partner who I didn’t want to let down and who provided support and encouragement was really helpful. I know that, left to my own devices, I would still be shopless!”

Several experienced sellers also participated as mentees. Jackie from ForeverFoxed mentored Becky from BeckyQueenofFrocks but was also mentored by Kelly from FabFunky. Jackie noted, “I think I had grown a bit complacent about my shop but weekly meetings with Kelly soon sorted me out. She is very generous in sharing her knowledge which has made her shops and business so successful so quickly. Her expertise in SEO and the advice she provided has been a revelation. With her help I reached my goal of 1000 sales and she has given me the tools to improve and take my shop to a new level.”

Bird brooch, swallow, swallow badge, swift brooch, vintage, tattoo pin

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Bird brooch, swallow, swallow badge, swift brooch, vintage, tattoo pin

Mentoring a less experienced seller is a rewarding way to make connections in the community. Sarah from Dollydripp was paired with Hannah from MirthsBubble who made her first sale thanks to Sarah’s advice. “To hear that she’s now had her first sale in a few months has made me so proud!”

Mentors also found the experience of helping others led them to improving their own shops. Sarah Meredith from Rockcakes says, “I have loved helping. It has given me a massive kick! I reworked all of my wedding rings and sold one within a week of making changes.”

Long Tank Top in Organic Cotton

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Long Tank Top in Organic Cotton

To celebrate all the hard work the sellers have been doing, the three teams are holding special events. The Brighton Seller’s team will be having an end of month party at Super+Super – a creative hub for you to work, learn, and share in the heart of Brighton. They hold regular classes like crochet, screen printing and macramé as well as free events like a monthly ‘Crafty Social’ and film club, so the Brighton Seller’s Team will fit right in!

The British Crafters team will be having a sale. Please use the discount code MENTORMONTH in any of the shops featured in this treasury for a 15% discount on your order.

Makerhood and the Brighton Seller’s Team are also having a sale. You can find their sale items here. Just enter the coupon code MMSALE for a 10% discount. Their sale will run from 1st Aug to 14th Aug.

If you are interested in participating in future mentoring activities with your Team, contact us at mentors@etsy.com.

58 comments

  • leannewoodsdesigns

    Leanne Woods from LeanneWoodsDesigns said 3 years ago

    Mentor Month has been great, lots of hard work and I've learnt so many new things too. Thanks so much for all the help Susannah.

  • mfrawley

    Mary Frawley (Calligraphette Ltd) from Calligraphette said 3 years ago

    Team-work - love it!! Best of luck with the improved shops all. xx

  • HandmadeandHeritage

    Amiee Bowker from HandmadeandHeritage said 3 years ago

    loved it, and loved getting to know the British Crafters team better too.

  • HandmadeandHeritage

    Amiee Bowker from HandmadeandHeritage said 3 years ago

    Its been fab, learnt lots and worked hard but its been worth it!

  • annecorr1

    anne corr from modestly said 3 years ago

    That is really impressive. I need to tell myself to be a mentee, but I worry about the hours needed.

  • BramalfieBeadsetc

    Ailsa Cordner from BramalfieBeadsetc said 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed being part of this!!! Still plenty more work to be done on my shop though, it's a continuous cycle!!!

  • eanjewellery

    Elizabeth Anne Norris from eanjewellery said 3 years ago

    Great blog post. Thanks for mentioning so many clever Brighton Etsy Team Members. Elizabeth

  • ForeverFoxed

    ForeverFoxed from ForeverFoxed said 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate in such a rewarding project. It's been such a positive experience :)

  • PhillipaEngland

    Phillipa England from PhillipaEngland said 3 years ago

    I absolutely agree with the 'not wanting to let your partner down'. i know myself that in working from home it's easy to get distracted by day to day things and not treat it as a 'proper' job. I also love the idea about the shop keepers getting together with monthly meets and craft sessions. it's such a boost to share stories and experinces. Thank you ETSY.

  • Pininkie

    Tanya Stovold from Pininkie said 3 years ago

    What a great experience. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics said 3 years ago

    Hadn't heard about this, really interesting read and great to hear it was a success for the sellers involved!

  • cloudtree

    Anna from Cloudtree said 3 years ago

    Sounds like a great project, so great to hear about it. I'll be checking out some of these shops as well!

  • ClaireGriffithsEtsy

    Claire Griffiths from YellowBearWares said 3 years ago

    It has been fantastic, my best month yet since opening my shop in February! I too was mentored by the amazing Kelly from FabFunky, she really was so generous with her time and knowledge and has given me the tolls to really get going with my shop. I haven't reached all of my goals yet but have learned an amazing amount which I will be putting into practice soon. If more of these happen I definitely recommend taking part to anyone needing a bit of a boost who isn't sure how to improve.

  • cb80085

    Clara Belle from ClarasHandMade said 3 years ago

    Wow lovely to read about all your hard work guys and gals. Well done all you achieved and to future sales for all :-)

  • Dollydripp

    Dollydripp from Dollydripp said 3 years ago

    I've had such a great time taking part in mentor month :) Thanks for the opportunity, it's been a very positive experience.

  • cuttlefishlove

    Emily Wright from cuttlefishlove said 3 years ago

    Mentor Month has been awesome! Let the sale begin!!

  • kwinterxx

    Kim Winter from Flextiles said 3 years ago

    I think it worked well by focusing on a different aspect each week - it meant that if you were starting from scratch (like me) you weren't overwhelmed by having to do everything at once! Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement!

  • thisislullaby

    Vicky Brown from ThisisLullaby said 3 years ago

    Great article to read that sounds really good. I hope some of the other UK teams can do this in the future, I'd really like to be involved. Well done everyone, and hope your sales all stay on the up!

  • BeachglassDesign

    Blackberry Bungalow from BlackberryBungalow said 3 years ago

    From the other side of the pond I say, well done!

  • georgiabreedon1

    Georgia Breedon from Yardofbleu said 3 years ago

    Are there any Essex or East London British teams ? Would really like to be involved with other shops and help improve each others sales. Sounds like a great project x

  • jacquiclarkweddings

    Jacqui Clark from JacquiClarkART said 3 years ago

    Have loved Mentor Month, great night last night, thank yoooooo all x

  • Honey607

    Samantha from Kysam said 3 years ago

    Have loved being involved in Mentor Month, even though I was mentoring I learnt so much myself x

  • ElizaJoan

    Rebecca Mears from ElizaJoan said 3 years ago

    Mentor Month was great!! I'm so pleased I took part! I learnt so much! Thank you all! (especially Ali & Jam from helloDODO!)

  • TheDorothyDays

    TheDorothyDays from TheDorothyDays said 3 years ago

    Mentor month was fantastic, really enjoyed it and feel that my shop has improved a lot. Thank you to Elizabeth and Kes for being my mentors :)

  • PeonyandThistlePaper

    PeonyandThistlePaper from PeonyandThistlePaper said 3 years ago

    This sounds fantastic! Great to hear it was sush a success!

  • BeckyQueenOfFrocks

    Becky from BeckyQueenOfFrocks said 3 years ago

    I've enjoyed Mentor Month so much - can't recommend it enough!

  • yellowunicorndesigns

    Lynsey Brooks from LynseyBrooksjewelry said 3 years ago

    What a fantastic idea, I hope that could be something I could take part in one day

  • IzzyBeads

    Laney Mead from IzzyBeads said 3 years ago

    It was brilliant to be involved, very inspiring and great to get to know the team better :)

  • FionaKDesigns

    Fiona Roberts from FionaKDesigns said 3 years ago

    I was away so missed the opportunity, but was able to help at the end with the treasury. If there is ever another opportunity I will DEFINITELY get involved!!

  • arcjewellery

    Angela R Connah from ARCJewellery said 3 years ago

    What a great idea and your shops looks fabulous.

  • STart79

    jenni thorp from PurplePebbleStudios said 3 years ago

    Very inspiring

  • chambyandcor

    Rose from UnwrapColour said 3 years ago

    This is a fabulous idea! Would love to do something similar in Manchester. Well done x

  • maxollieandme

    Kirri Raper from maxollieandme said 3 years ago

    MENTORMONTH was a lot of intense work, in what felt like a very short period of time while your working through your big list of jobs to get your shop looking just right. But i loved every moment and m shop is working for myself and customers so much better now! And having 15% off all my items is a lovely way to celebrate all this work! Thank you EtsyUK xxx

  • frantasy4

    Fran Duncan from AngelBlueArt said 3 years ago

    Gutted I wasent able to take part in this one, but if this hapens agin I would love to take part.It sounds fantastic. x

  • midoritakaki

    Midori from midoritakaki said 3 years ago

    Wonderful. I hope there will be one in Kent in future. I would like to take a part in. : )

  • louise35flower

    Louise from LouiseBrainwood said 3 years ago

    This sounds great, would love to know when other similar events are taking part in the future :)

  • DarkBluebell

    DarkBluebell from DarkBluebell said 3 years ago

    This sounds fantastic!

  • magpiemoonshine

    Laura Long from MagpieMoonshine said 3 years ago

    This is such a good idea. I wonder if we could do this through one of the other UK teams - maybe the UK & Ireland seller support team?

  • beckseuroboutique

    Bella from CleanEarthSoaps said 3 years ago

    That sounds awesome. I wish I were in a group like one of those and also have a close local Etsy community. Great work, ladies and gentlemen!

  • JuliaPeculiar

    Julia from JuliaPeculiar said 3 years ago

    Fabulous idea!

  • pouch

    pouch from pouch said 3 years ago

    this sounds like a great idea...sometimes you just need support & the opportunity to bounce ideas off other people!

  • tobyoliverdean

    Toby Oliver Dean from ilikeCATSshop said 3 years ago

    It was great to be a part of Mentor Month! My shop is taking part in the MMSALE code for 10% off, yay!

  • TheColonies

    Megan and Jessica from TheColonies said 3 years ago

    Must you be part of a "Team" to get involved with the mentor/mentee program?

  • Honey607

    Samantha from Kysam said 3 years ago

    Mentor month rocked let the sales begin!!

  • Rockcakes

    Sarah Meredith from Rockcakes said 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed the experience, i have been checking up on my mentees mooshpie and cuttlefishlove's shops and am very proud of the hard work that they both put in. i would definitely recommend doing the programme!

  • acuteaccessories

    Natalya Kobeleva from Acuteaccessories said 3 years ago

    great news:)

  • alphitomancy

    Aleshia Westgate from Alphitomancy said 3 years ago

    What a great article - full of enthusiasm and support. I'm moving to the UK in a few weeks' time and I'm really excited about finding some British inspiration. This article has inspired me to continue my shop and do it properly. Thanks!

  • StudioHolly

    Holly Fox from StudioHolly said 3 years ago

    Brilliant idea, would love to have a mentor help steer me on the right path and share their own experiences.

  • guidouxvintage

    Guidoux Vintage from GuidouxVintage said 3 years ago

    Didn't hear about it before, great imitative though!! Hope there would be similar workshops in the future :)

  • laremi

    Laremi Lace Wedding from HandmadeLaremi said 3 years ago

    What a great idea! I'm just sorry I didn't know about it!

  • letemendia

    Victoria from letemendia said 3 years ago

    Sounds fantastic!

  • PoppyfieldsDesign

    Lara Duncan from PoppyfieldsDesign said 3 years ago

    All sounds wonderful! I'm about 2 hours away from Brighton, in Hampshire area and I'd love to get involved with a successful Etsy seller. I've had my shop for sometime but have been disappointed & disheartened with sales in the past. Having improved my skills I'm determined to see things improve. A little help would be wonderful. Can anyone help? :0)

  • carolyno7072

    Carolyn o'monaghan from MYLOVELYTHINGS22 said 3 years ago

    I would love to join and have a mentor, i am in Luton beds would this be possible?, Carolyn

  • merryflowers

    Janine Getty from Merryflowers said 3 years ago

    This sounds like something I could do with....

  • sashmarlin

    Sash Marlin said 3 years ago

    exciting

  • sashmarlin

    Sash Marlin said 3 years ago

    great!

  • jacquilovesey

    Jacqui Lovesey from MatlocktheHare said 3 years ago

    Crumlush ideas that make such a difference....more...!

  • restorationandrevive

    Sam . from RestorationandRevive said 3 years ago

    this sounds a brilliant idea, would love to have a go.

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