When I wrote – 8 Reasons To Start An Etsy Shop – I was surprised by the amazing response I received for the post. So many of you seemed to be interested in starting an Etsy shop but weren’t sure where to begin. If you have a hobby that can spark a wonderful product idea, then why keep it a secret – share it with the world! Etsy is a great starting point to launch your business as it provides you a ready, buzzing marketplace, an easy interface to set up your shop and helps you develop the confidence and skills required to run a business.
I created a comprehensive checklist for you that lists each and every step in the shop setup process in an order that makes the whole process quick and easy – Download, Print and use it now!
Find out what you can create:
Do your market research:
Creating an inventory:
Imagine walking into a very sparsely stocked shop, would you buy from there? It is difficult to trust a shop with just one or two items. To open a shop, you need to have your products ready to sell. Make a list of products you want to launch your shop with; set aside time to plan, design, develop and refine them.When I decided to open my design shop in February, I spent all my free time in January creating pre-made blog templates that I wanted to launch my shop with. When I opened my shop, I had five pre-made designs that gave the customers a peek into the kind of designs I could create, my capabilities and my skill set. You may want to spend some extra time and thought in planning and creating these initial products for your shop as they are the ones that are going to attract your first customers – and remember, first impressions matter!
Packing & shipping product: If you are creating digital goods like me, there isn’t much to worry in the packaging and shipping department. Just zip all your files together and make them available for instant download or take an order request and ship the files separately to the customer. However, if you are creating physical goods, you may want to take extra care in packaging and shipping your items. You know the joy of receiving a beautifully and carefully packed parcel at your doorstep? Make sure to recreate that for your customers, and they will remember you always!