I’ve recently made my 10th sale on Etsy!!! (internally screaming eeeeeek). My Etsy shop was launched about 2 months ago and although 10 sales is not that much, it still means the world to me!
Here are 10 things I’ve learnt after making 10 sales on Etsy:
1. Getting your 1st customer is difficult but you’d feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you got it
I’m really thankful for the one who bought my product even though I had no reviews and sales. It must be a lil bit terrifying to buy from someone who’s totally new :S
2. Patience is really the key
Yeah I see this tip everywhere when I search for ‘how to make your first sale on Etsy?’ – it must be true though, since everyone is talking about it. You can’t really do much after you’ve launched your Etsy shop – surely you can advertise, blog about it, share it on instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and all the social media platform you could think of, but you can only wait patiently for your first sales to come. Meanwhile, relax and don’t google too much ‘how to make your first sale on Etsy?’!
Not just the quality, no, but also the category. At first I only listed hand lettering printable poster (which no one bought any of it, not even up till now haha). However, once I started to upload printable planners, sales come rolling in. In fact, I had my first sale a few hours after I’ve uploaded my first printable planner (17-18 monthly calendar). So while my lettering print remain untouched, my planners are doing quite well.
4. Having reviews help with sales
This is quite obvious – I mean you’d want to purchase from shops whose reviews are great vs those that have none, right? And I know, getting your first review is difficult too, and you can do nothing but sending follow up emails to the buyers and wait patiently ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
5. List a lot of products when you just started, and get into a schedule later on
When you google ‘tips on starting an Etsy shop’, everyone tells you to ‘list tons of products’ because empty shops are not what you want to have. It’s true in a sense that having about 10 items make your shop looks ‘legit’, however, you don’t need too many – in fact, save those ideas for later on and schedule e.g. how many items I want to list every week. Uploading and updating regularly is also very important.
6. Bundle, Bundle and Bundle
People love to buy bundles. I do have a some listings with just 1 sheet of planner (but people rarely buy them lol) so create bundles more and single items occasionally.
7. It takes up a lot of time
During summer I would pour most of my time in developing products but now that I’m back at school, most of my time are used to go to class, do assignments, revise blahblahblah. I finally realise now how time consuming Etsy is.
8. Schedule set time blocks during the week to do Etsy stuff
If you have a full time job, or you’re a student like me, your schedule must be pretty packed. Sometimes you just get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have to, but if you can schedule a set number of hours for Etsy during the week and incorporate them into your schedule, you’d feel much less stressed and there’d be no more ‘oh no I just don’t have enough time to list a product this week!’
9. It’s difficult but rewarding
Starting an online shop is difficult. Getting views is difficult. Getting sales is difficult. Getting reviews is difficult. Sticking to an upload schedule is difficult. Everything is difficult (#life). But I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it and so should you (if you’re not then why are you still doing it?)
10. But it’s fun!
Running a side business is a really nice experience. You get to learn stuff from organisation, planning to creating products, marketing, communications, taxes (still not entirely should how I should handle that oops) etc. It’s hard, but it’s worth it #YOLO