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Note: Today we are hearing from Elizabeth Young, of PrintableMotivation on Etsy. She’s pretty new to Etsy and the DTeam, so let’s give her a big welcome.
Photography has always been a huge hobby for me. I absolutely love taking photos. Originally, I used a film camera and a dark room; however, times changed drastically with the digital world. I had to succumb to the new technology, and I am so happy that I did. A digital camera and Photoshop were my new tools that I had no idea how to use.
Starring at the Photoshop application on my computer, I did not know where to start. Do I try to adjust a photo, or do I just start playing with all the buttons? The decision was to play with buttons, because everyone loves pushing buttons when they have no idea what it does. I played around with the tool and realized how much fun I was having making digital images.
My first professional digital image was printed and given as a gift to my mom. She framed it and put it in her kitchen. This image was my Family Chalkboard print:
We were drinking coffee one morning and staring at the print. This started a discussion about how great it would be to be able to motivate people while making my hobby a business. PrintableMotivation was then created.
Each print in my shop is a digital download. My hope is that these images motivate you each and every day.
I have had some good luck in finding custom orders on Etsy, and most of my local business is also custom orders, so I wanted to share with you today a few ways I have found to get custom orders.
- For local orders, I make sure I always carry business cards with me. I don’t push them on people, but if my business comes up, then I always offer a card. If the other person seems interested, I mention that I take custom orders. My business cards also have a tiny tassel attached, to show what I can do.
- Make sure you have custom orders turned on in your Etsy shop. This turns on the Request Custom Order button on the front page of your shop. To turn this on go to Your Shop (click your shop name at the right top of any Etsy page). Then, in the left sidebar, under Shop Settings, click Options. On the Shop Options page, scroll down until you see Request Custom Order and enable it.
- For individual listings that you could make again and customize, enable Request Custom Order when setting up the listing. It’s a checkbox towards the top of the page.
- Join the Custom Order Corner – The New Alchemy team on Etsy. People looking for things will put in requests and then you can convo them with a proposal.
Good luck finding custom orders and increasing your business!
What’s on your mind today? How’s your business going as February slips away? Chat away in the comments.
Today Steph, from SassyBelleWares on Etsy and a member of the DTeam, is sharing with us her favorite outfit.
I am most comfortable in jeans, a tee, my favorite boots, and an armful of bracelets!
For me, the important part is that my jeans fit me and are comfy. If the brand is not what the fashion mags say are “cool”, don’t worry! If you wear “cool” jeans that don’t fit you will look less stylish than you will in a pair of “uncool” jeans that fit you perfectly. Take the time to try on lots of different brands and styles until you find what is right for you. One of my fave brands is pricey BUT this brand is the first time I found a pair of jeans that really fit me. If you let them hang dry they will last forever. I believe, one pricey pair I wear and am completely comfy in is worth the money. The trick is to go to the store and try them on to find your cut and size. Then go online and search to find them at a lower price. Sites like hautelook.com and ruelala.com always have pricey jeans for much lower than the retail price even after the shipping charges are added on.
I am obsessed with graphic tees. I think they add fun to an outfit. Enough said!
The boots are where I splurge but the splurge is worth it. I have had my pair of Frye boots since 2007 and they only get better with time. I wear them constantly and they are not even close to being worn out. If I could only have one pair of shoes, I would choose my Fryes without hesitation!
My motto on bracelets is, “you can never have too many bracelets at an arm party!”
On the right wrist:
For the left wrist:
Note: Today we are visiting with Lisa, from LovinTheGoodOleDays.
LovinTheGoodOleDays is a constantly evolving creative outlet for me. I started my shop with cloth napkins and handmade recycled paper. I have added items along the way that filled either a personal need I had or something I am personally interested in.
While I love all the brightly colored items I see on Etsy, I am actually quite down to Earth and I think the items I make give you a good idea of my own personal tastes. If I wouldn’t have it in my home, I wouldn’t have it in my shop, unless it is a custom order, that is.
The newest addition to my shop is my Sweater Creation line of recycled/upcycled sweater garments. I just have a few now, but I have a mountain of sweaters and so many great ideas. I am so pleased to finally have this line getting under way. I must give a shout-out to Katwise, the originator of the reconstructed sweater coat, for her inspiration. Without her tutorial and her blessing, these might never have come to be.
And a great big thank you to Etsy for making it possible for so many creative folks to be able to follow their dreams.
So last week, we talked about how to find out what people want to buy. This week, let’s talk about getting buyers to find your items. The biggest tool a seller has for getting their items found is item descriptions.
The big trick with item descriptions is writing an accurate description that makes people want to buy your item. Oh, that’s easy, you think. Not so fast. You are too close to your item — have you really thought about how someone who’s never seen it might regard it?
From the how-to:
Don’t assume that the qualities of your item are obvious to your customer or that your photos say it all. (I have seen more than one item that I couldn’t even figure out what the item WAS!). You might even consider describing your item as if you had no pictures for your customer to look at. Really make them feel like they are right there with your item.
So get thinking about your items, and write those descriptions!
Thanks to DTeam member TheGoodOleDays for bringing these Etsy tools to my attention!
What’s on your mind today? How’s your business going? Chat away in the comments.