Today’s blog post was written by Megan Hodges, owner of Pretty Letters, a successful Etsy shop featuring custom monogrammed gifts. Etsy is a marketplace where you can buy and sell handmade and vintage products.
Do you have a craft that could turn into a potential business? Find out by reading Megan’s insight on starting an Etsy business.
I?ll be the first to admit? when I first opened my Etsy shop, Pretty Letters, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. On a whim, I opened a shop so that my cousin and her friends who lived in another state could easily buy the personalized wine glasses and monogram decals I made as a hobby. Before I knew it, I was beginning to get orders from strangers?this little hobby of mine was starting to generate a little income and I didn?t hate it.
Over the past year and a half as my little hobby-turned-business grew, I knew I had to step up my game if I wanted to see some real success. A little research, a lot of trial and error, and good ole fashioned conversation with customers led me to three fundamental practices I recommend every first time Etsy seller should think about before opening shop. Continue reading “Opening an Etsy Shop: A Behind-the-Scenes Look”