Optimize Your Shop for Etsy Browse

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Last October, Etsy changes the way buyers search for items by introducing “Browse.” Now when buyers visit Etsy to find items they are looking for in a more user-friendly manner – for example, if you are looking for gift ideas for this upcoming Valentine’s day, you can click on Gift Ideas or Valentine and then […]

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Handmade Business 2012 Success Tips

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2012 is almost over and most of the online businesses are finished taking orders for the holiday. Holiday season is the busiest time of the year for most retail businesses and while it may be too soon to evaluate what business strategies worked this year, it’s easy to tell what was the most important decision […]

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Home Stretch

This is my last post for 2012, it’s been a great year. Thank you all for reading all my posts and rants. The holiday season is almost over we are in the final home stretch.  I know that most of us are up to our ears in family activities, shop orders and all the other […]

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Take Notes this Busy Holiday Season

The holiday season has everyone running for the finish line.  We are creating last minute products, filling orders, and rushing to get everything done.  In between, we work on preparing for our own holiday traditions. During this busy season, I know I should start thinking about where I want to take my shop and my […]

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6 Tips for Strong Holiday Sales on Etsy

ecokaren's NYS subway map necklace

If you followed Myra’s 5 Tips to Get Your Shop Ready for the Holidays Now back in August, you should be ready for the holidays by now. But if you didn’t, that’s ok. It’s not too late to prepare. In addition to what Myra recommended, here are 6 tips on preparing for a strong holiday […]

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Surviving in the Midst of Chaos

Tree uprooted in front of my house

People usually think I’m crazy for being a prepper – I’m not an extreme prepper like you see on T.V. – but I believe that there are some essentials one needs to always have on hand. I always have at least two cases of bottled water on hand and even though I don’t own a […]

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New Shop Tools from Etsy

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French Country Garden Tools by FrenchCountryLife Over the last month or so, Etsy has been working hard behind the scenes to improve or add tools for shop owners.  News of these updates has been trickling out in e-mail communications that I have been “bookmarking” to read later.  As I went back to learn more about […]

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{Business Tips} When a Rising Tide Lifts all Ships

A couple years ago there was a conversation in the creative community around creative tithing (taking a certain portion of our creative incomes and supporting other artists’ and makers’ creative ventures with it). Maybe with the holiday season approaching it could be a good time to talk about this again. Tithing means giving 1/10th of […]

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Introducing Etsy Gift Cards! {Business Tips}

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Image courtesy of Etsy How many times have you wandered through stores, grumbling, “I don’t know what to buy for Aunt Helen!” or “Dad has everything!” This happens to be all the time. Sometimes I’m very creative and sometimes I hit a wall. I can’t think of any clever or cool or appropriate gifts to […]

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