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Start selling on Etsy this September and you could win £1000

Aug 31, 2016

by Sarah Hewett handmade and vintage goods

As we wave goodbye to summer, let’s welcome the season of fresh starts and shiny new stationery. Why not channel that September energy into selling what you make? Open your Etsy shop here using the code BACKTOSCHOOL16 by 3 October for the chance to win £1000 (to spend on absolutely anything you like) AND a personalised review from an Etsy expert to help optimise your new shop (terms and conditions apply).

Do you have more time on your hands with the kids back at school? Or perhaps you’re revisiting that #WIP (Work In Progress) project that’s been on the back burner all summer? Whether you simply feel inspired to try a new skill or fancy boosting your income from home in time for Christmas, are a budding entrepreneur or just make things for fun, we’re here to help. Plus, we’re throwing in the chance to win £1000 and an Etsy shop review for one lucky new seller.

Since we’re thinking ‘Back to School’, we gathered top tips from a few talented Etsy Mums to get you started…

Little Stamp Store

Etsy seller, Little Stamp Store

Snap happy

Anyone can take beautiful photos from home! Etsy seller, Little Stamp Store uses natural light and neutral backdrops in her garden.

‘Don’t be tempted to overlook the importance of good photos. Good quality photographs with lots of natural light, in focus and on an appropriate background will attract customers to your listings. The Etsy Seller Handbook has lots of good tips in this area’ – Etsy seller, Sweet Petite Kids

Spread the word

Shouting about your new venture is crucial! Start with your personal social media channels and as your business grows, develop separate channels to speak directly to your fans. Pick the platform you are most comfortable with and focus on that to start with. Creating a calendar of content for each month can really help.

Etsy seller, Little Stamp Store advises: ‘Always link to a picture. Make sure the picture tells a story, people like stories. Don’t be scared to share a bit of your workspace or home life too.’ Etsy seller, Delphine and Max balances an active social media presence with offline promotions – ‘nice touches like a business card that’s worth keeping, cute packaging to make everything feel more personal and meeting customers at craft fairs’. Read more about Brand and Marketing.

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Etsy seller, Delphine and Max

Get found

‘Titles are so important, make sure they are descriptive and in line with what you think people might search for, do your research and see what currently comes up… Make use of the tags too and add as many as are relevant.’ Etsy seller, Evie Michelle Shop

When customers search online, search engines will return your item if words used in your description match those in the search. On Etsy, you can use these ‘keywords’ in your titles and tags. Generate your keywords by writing down all words that could describe your item. What words would a friend use to describe your product? What would they type into a search engine? Read more about Getting Found.

Get involved!

‘Read every last bit of the Etsy Seller Handbook. I still refer to it all the time and has been an invaluable tool for making my Etsy shop a success.’Etsy seller, Sweet Petite Kids

Etsy is a really supportive environment to sell your work. There are loads of free online resources, like the Etsy Seller Handbook, the Etsy Success newsletter and Etsy Teams. Learn more about joining our community here.


£1000 up for grabs when you open an Etsy shop this September

Feeling inspired? Open your Etsy shop here using the code BACKTOSCHOOL16 by 3 October 2016 for the chance to win £1000 and a personalised shop optimisation review with an Etsy expert (terms and conditions apply).

Opening an Etsy shop costs nothing and using the BACKTOSCHOOL16 code not only automatically enters you into our prize draw, but offers 20 free listings for you to populate your shop with 20 items completely free of charge.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you make.

Harness the Back to School spirit! What does it mean to you?

‘Back to school means more time to make orders in the daytime and not having to juggle the work/home life balance during the holidays.’ – Etsy seller, Made By Mrs Jones

‘Over the summer, I get less time for my Etsy shop. Once term time starts it feels like the run up to Christmas also begins and I have more time and motivation to work on my Etsy shop.’Etsy seller, The Little Magpies

‘I am bursting with excitement. Not to get the kids back to school but to get my time back. I have got so much lined up. So many new products. Photos taken, Christmas products to launch, I cannot wait!’  – Etsy seller, Little Stamp Store


Title image, Etsy seller Sweet Petite Kids

Terms and conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Promotion is open to legal residents of the United Kingdom, age 18 or older who open an Etsy shop via this link between 1 Sept 2016 and 3 Oct 2016 using the following code: BACKTOSCHOOL16. Entries must be received between 12:01 AM GMT on September 1st and 11:59:59 PM GMT on October 3rd GMT. One prize available of £1,000 plus a personalised shop optimisation email review with an Etsy expert. Odds depend on number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: Etsy UK LimitedFull terms and conditions here.


  • livides

    Olivia from LivisPrintables said 4 years ago

    Would love some prizes for existing members too! We all need a little boost to motivate us to improve our shop / products! :D

    • katyfaulkner2 said 4 years ago

      Hi there, Keep an eye out on the blog as opportunities for existing and new sellers pop up throughout the year! Thanks

  • BabadooBows

    Lisi from babadoobows said 4 years ago

    I just started, wasn't that lucky! :(

  • PopShopUK

    Francesca from MotivationalTattoo said 4 years ago

    Best of luck with the new store Lisi!

  • theowlinthearttree

    The Owl in the Art Tree from TheOwlintheArtTree said 4 years ago

    I have been hoping to open a second shop, with just my work, as I share my shop with my young daughter. Would I qualify to do this ?

    • katyfaulkner2 said 4 years ago

      Hi there! You're welcome to run multiple shops on Etsy if it makes sense for you to do so. For more clarity, check out our seller policies here: . In terms of the back-to-school opportunity -- anyone who opens a new shop using the code BACKTOSCHOOL16 by 3 October will be in with a chance of winning £1000 and a personalised shop optimisation review -- so, yes, you would qualify (just remember to use the code!). Please see full terms and conditions above. Wishing you the best of luck with your new shop!

  • rosiemiddleton2

    Rosiesartsandcrafts from Rosiesartsandcraft said 4 years ago

    Brilliant idea - I'm new to Etsy and don't have much time so I appreciate all the little tips! I love your handbook and think it's really helpful.. I just decided to get started and hopefully when I get more time I will enhance my shop. Love Etsy! Rosie x

  • wearethecraftmill

    Rich Palmer from TheCraftMillUK said 4 years ago

    Sounds like a great idea. Welcome to the Etsy world!

  • ValentinaKnitwear

    V S from ModernGift said 4 years ago

    Many thanks for valuable advice . Good luck to all who are just beginning the path of the seller. I wish you victory !

  • theowlinthearttree

    The Owl in the Art Tree from TheOwlintheArtTree said 4 years ago

    Hi I have tried to open a new shop and my E-Mail was set up wrong as I got a predictive type error. I can't get into my new account as I cannot confirm e-mail as it doesn't exist. Now my shop name is held up with this account. Can anyone help?

    • katyfaulkner2 said 4 years ago

      Hi there, Please contact for help on this issue. Thanks!

  • muzzamints

    muzzamints from PaintyPotsStudio said 4 years ago

    I'm just starting out and would love a boost to pay for more art supplies

  • emaxtees

    emaxtees from EmaxTees said 4 years ago

    Good luck everyone :)

  • taylorgill24

    Gill Taylor from TaylormadeByGill said 4 years ago

    Hi Keep an eye out this Autumn for some re-invented furniture I've been working on over the summer - hope you see something you like

  • phannibal

    Phannibal from Pennyhshop said 4 years ago

    Such a shame, I was too late to sign up to this. Just opened my shop, very exited to see if anyone likes my illustrations:)

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