Tips that Helped Me Reach 1,000+ Etsy Sales!
I always knew I enjoyed being creative, so I went to school for Graphic Design and have used that degree to begin this business. Never did I think I would hit 1,000 sales – sure I wished it, but at the early stages it was just a hobby, and it’s slowly becoming my full time job! I hit 1,000 sales and oh was I excited! Want to know how I did it? Well I don’t have a top secret answer, but I can tell you it takes hard work and dedication – read on the learn some tips and tricks that have helped me reach this milestone!
1. Have things that people want to buy
So this is a given right? That’s not always the case. You need to have products that are new, fresh, and different. I really think customization is key in the Etsy community. Because people can buy my products at Target or Homegoods, I need them to be different – which is why customized pieces are my main sales. It does take a lot more time to produce each piece, but it’s unique to the customer, and it’s not something you just picked up off the shelf. See some of my listings for good examples.
2. Create a strong brand, and add it to social media
These go hand in hand. First off you need to create a brand, which creates trust and credibility to the customer. Be sure you are on social media, and on almost every one. Lots of my sales have come from Instagram or Pinterest, and it’s always fun to see where people find your shop from. While I currently do not do much advertising and on other blogs or websites, that is something that would greatly help. Making sure you are tagging your products correctly on Etsy, but also in social media will strongly help!
3. Have a wide selection
The more products you have, the more chances you are to get found on Etsy. It’s that simple. Plus, wouldn’t you rather purchase from a shop with 100 products, versus a shop with three products? It helps to build a sense of trust with the customer. While I don’t have 100 items in my shop, as I add more products my sales increase. Another good thing to do is to make different listings for each color of products, thus creating more listings.
4. Have great customer service
This is a must! The success of your business revolves tremendously on your customer service, and on you as a person. You need to treat every sale like it’s your first. You are doing this shop for your customers, so treat them like family! Respond to messages quickly, and always be professional.
5. Take good product photos
I can’t stress this the most – take good photos! Pick a certain style and stick with it. This goes back to branding – if all your pictures are white, or brown, or black, stay as close to that as possible throughout your images. Also, be sure to take good closeups, as if they are seeing the product in person while looking at it on the screen. You need to invest in a good camera, or a good editing tool to look professional.
Do you have an Etsy shop? Have you hit 1,000 sales, or trying to? Please share your tips and tricks below in the comments!
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