sexta-feira, 3 de março de 2017

How to Start an Etsy Shop - 10 Things You Need to Know

Do you want to open a EtsyShop? There are a few things that you need to know.

When I opened My Etsy Shop in August 2015 I didn't know anything about having an online business. In matter of fact, I remember myself to open the google and write "How to start an Etsy Shop" and I should tell you that I found lots of things. Some of them were very useful, but others were just a waste of my precious time.

Hand Painted Henna Tambourine

There is a thing called learning curve on Etsy and I'm still learning everyday.

But let's go strait to the point: What we all want to know is how to be successful on Etsy and do the right things, since the beggining.

Today I'm gonna reveal my best tips to you.

Do Your Research


Make a quick search on Etsy triyng to find smilar products. Check their prices, their photos and descriptions. Are they selling? What is the differentiating factor in your product? Would your items meet a need? Do you know your product? Have you tested it? It fulfills what it proposes? If you know all the answers to these questions, maybe your are ready to start.

But most important: If you were entering into a store and see your product, you would buy it? If your answer is "Yes", you are ready to start. If your answer is "No", you should test your product again and improve it before starts to sell it to someone else.

Organic Handmade Henna Cones

Choose Your Shop Name


Try to choose a name that reflects your concept, not just a product. There are 1.7 milions of active sellers on Etsy. What makes you different? Think about a name that can be easly related with your brand, your image and your special concept.

Select the Payment Methods


Most of the people buy by impulse. If you give them all the possibilities that you can, it can lead you to a sale easier. Acepting Credit/debit cards, PayPal and Etsy gift cards is mandatory.

Cover Photo


The Cover photo is the first image that your potential buyers will see. Choose wisely. You can share a photo that reflects your technique or simply introduce your shop and give some valuable informations to the visitors, by combining images with text.

Shop Title


The shop title is a very short resume of your business. Once again, choose your words carefully, as they can influenciate a potential buyer to keep looking at your shop.

Announcement


Your announcement should highlight what your store can offer to people. You main objective is to catch the attention of the visitors and make them feel curious about your work. The announcement can also be used to give important communications to your buyers or link them to your social media profiles.
Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

About Section


Write about your store. Tell people who you are and let them know about your passion. What made you choose the name of your shop? What kind of techniques do you use? This gives confidence to potential buyers if they know that there is a human being behind the business.

Policies


It's very important to have policies at your store for buyers protection and for your own protection. Remember that people don't know you. It's important to customers to be informed about what they can count when buying at your shop.

Listing Your First Items


Having an Etsy Shop is not like listing items at eBay and wait that the sales starts to flow. Your Etsy Shop will require your compromise, even more than you think. Prepare yourself to work the double or the triple of what you can imagine if you want to succeed.

Take good photos and add 5 photos to each listing. Create great descriptions. Don't forget to describe the measurements of your item. Remember that people are not seeing your items in person and they need to know exactly what they are buying.

Hand Painted Henna Candles

SEO


Read about SEO. This is Oh-so-important to do!  I recommend you to use Etsygadget, Etsy Rank or Marmalead. There you can search for terms and check the position of your items on Etsy. Also, you can see suggestions of tags to your items. I used to have 5-10 views per day and since I made some changes I have 70-100 views per day and sometimes more.Try also to use a few two word tags. It really helps. Plus, your tags have to match with your titles.

Plus, don't forget to read the Etsy Seller Handbook. Etsy gives you valuable informations to start your business online.

So, are you ready to start?

Click here to open your shop and we will get both 40 free listings.

Be brave! Put your dreams into reality and enjoy the process.

Filomena

St Patrick's Day is Almost There

There are only a few days left until St Patrick's Day. In Portugal we don't celebrate this festival. So, I went to search a little more information about this holiday.


The foremost patron saint of Ireland is famous in many countries, such as Ireland, Great Britain, United States, Canada, Argentina, Russia and even in South Korea.

The Christian feast day was made official in the early 17th century and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on 17 March. On this day people use green and go to the streets. There are parades and festivals while they wear shamrocks while they dance. Cultural organizations, voluntary associations, the military and so are the most common participants.

Saint Patrick's Day parade

It is said that Saint Patrick's used the shamrock, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. So, the shamrock was sacred for them.

Ireland has the custom of "drowning the shamrock". So, when the parades end people put a shamrock at the bottom of a cup. Then, they fill the cup with whiskey, beer or cider and make a toast to St Patrick and to those presents.

In Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth used to present bowls of shamrock flown over to members of the Irish Guards (So lovely!). The Irish Guards still wear shamrocks on this special day.

St Patrick's Day it's not a legal holiday in the United States but is recognised and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish culture. On this day people use green colors and go on parades. The religious aspect of the festival is also noticed.

Saint Patrick's Day parade
Every year in Canada occours one of the longest running St Patrick's Day parades in Montreal. The yearly celebration is organised by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929.

Argentina don't stay behind and every year a party is held in Buenos Aires at the downtown street of Reconquista.

Russia started to celebrate this festival in 1992. A military-style parade is held in collaboration with the Moscow government and the Irish embassy in Moscow.

At Seoul, the capital of South Korea, the Irish Association of Korea celebrates Saint Patrick's Day since 1976.

St Patrick's Day candles by Filomena's Mehendi

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Filomena

quinta-feira, 2 de março de 2017

Top 10 Affordable and Lovely Gifts to Mother's Day

On 26 March UK celebrate Mother's Day. Today I'm gonna show you some adorable and inexpensive gifts that you can give to your mother.


Get ready! Set! Let's go!

What about a cupcake? Can you remember the smell of the cinnamon sugar donuts from the bakery? How about the buttery vanilla scent? Now add this to vibrant colors and fun, all together, in a wonderful cupcake wax melt. You can find it at CreateBeautyBoutique. Gabrielle Georgetti promises you that she is gonna do her best to meet your needs.


If you have something special to say, than say it. James Edmond suggests you a printable wall art for Mother's Day. He sells several ones and you can print as many as you want. Plus, his store is running a campaign of 20% off until March 17. Use the coupon code: Mother2017. You can find it at JKDigitalDesign. Hurry up!


The thefizzbar give reasons to relax and guarantee that your mother will feel her skin beautiful after use this bath bomb. Made with organic essential oils, organic coconut oil and Epsom salts. And this store offers local pick up and free shipping on orders of 5 or more items. Use the coupon code: SHIPPINGONUS. What else do you need?


Now, if your mother loves jewelry, you have to visit BoutiquebyTjewelry. You will find a beautiful gold plated necklace. Enjoy 15 % off on your order. Use coupon code: WOMENSDAY. Simply glamorous!


Otherwise, if your mom prefers clothes, she will fall in love with this T-shirt. And why not buy the entire collection? MunchkinsNPumpkinsUK has an entire collection of mama bears, baby, nanny and papa bears. Wait, you don't like bears? No problem. Choose a dinosaur. Wrauuuu!


Do you want to offer something symbolic for day-to-day use? DarklingDesigns10 has the solution for you.This engraved chopping board can be personalised with child(s) names. "Mum to the world you are only a person but to us you are the world."


Does she lives at a cold country? Warm her body and heart with this knitted poncho. It's very soft, comfortable and warm. Made from 20% wool , 80% acrylic yarn. Ready to ship. Go get it at ErikasKnittingShop.


Display your most important moments beautifully in one of the NotebooksECoshop photo albums. All albums are limited edition or made to order. This one is made of acid-free and lignin-free paper, decorative elements, lace and flowers. A special gift for a special mom.


If you are a husband, desperated to find a perfect gift to your newborn offer to his(her) mother, check this mother and baby elephant set. Playing with stuffed animals helps to develop a creative mind. Plus, it can helps your wife to rest after taking care of your baby. You can get it at Pillowio.


This Photo Charm Bracelet it's such a great idea! The bracelet is very simple but very unique. Choose your best photo and make a surprise to the most dearest woman in the world. You can buy it at ExclusivelyYours0Kim.


Happy Mother's Day!

Filomena

quarta-feira, 1 de março de 2017

Who I am and why I opened and Etsy Shop

Hi everyone!

My name is Filomena Silva and I'm a Freelance Journalist, Henna Artist and Supplier from Portugal.


To start this blog, what could be better as a young entrepreneur talking about her passion?! Exactly! Today I'm gonna show you a little bit about my business and what made me create my Etsy Shop.

Well, I love henna, and I am passionate about making one-of-a-kind Henna hand painted gifts.

I was raised by an Indian family in Lisbon, Portugal. So, Henna has been a part of my life since my childhood.

At first glance, my items seem to have nothing in common. But they do! I use the Henna Technique with different materials to create customized items. This helps me to increase my creativity and create original handmade products specially for you.

Incense holder / Hand painted candles / Henna on canvas / Henna kit

Filomena's Mehendi, why?


Mehendi is the indian designation to Henna. Henna or Lawsonia inermis is a flowering plant that I use to make henna paste and make designs on skin.

Henna stain development

Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather.

Why an Etsy Shop?


In 2015 I was not available to do craft fairs because of my full-time job. Making things to let them on a dusty shelf was not in my plans and stop creating new products either. So, I started to look for a way to sell my products and I decided to open an Etsy Shop because the Search Engines are already created, the website is very intuitive and it has lots of features to help me to establish an online business.

On 31 August 2015 my store was launched. I listed a few products with blurry photos, poor descriptions and almost no SEO. I started to read the Seller Handbook and improving everyday. Two months later and after listing my 48 items I got my first "non relative" sale. In fact, until today, all my sales were made to non relatives.

I don't consider myself an expert or a guru. None of that. I have lots of things to learn and everything I've learned I owe it to experienced entrepreneurs who help me to understand how the things work.

What can you find at my Etsy Shop?


You can find hand painted tambourines and canvas that I paint with real henna. I also make candle holders, hand painted candles and incense holders, some terracota jewelry, hand painted stones, and of course, Henna supplies.

Hand Painted Henna Tambourine / Henna Kit

And the best thing is: You can customize a lot of articles according with your needs.

Curious?! You can have a look by yourself here.

Feel free to send me a message anytime and don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or both. If you still want to know more about my work you can also have a look at my website.

If you would like to be featured on this blog and have an article similar to this one written specially to your Etsy Shop you can order here and in 3 days, maximum, you can read your story here.

Keep doing things with love and joy.

Filomena

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