As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!
This episode: Siobhan from HAHonline
Siobhan specialises in making clothing and accessories for children but also makes a range of jewellery, men’s ties and homewares.
How did you choose your shop name?
I was making lots at home when I lost my job so HAH (Handmade at Home) seemed so relevant.
How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?
Etsy was an easy decision, lots of friends I had met at various craft fairs were selling online and all told me that Etsy was easy to set up and maintain. It was a no-brainer as it complimented all the work we do face-to-face.
What do you love most about your products?
Most of all I love making the products, coming up with the ideas and seeing the products come together. My favourites are the tea tie towels, I love all things kitsch and retro and they are certainly both.
What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?
Making it look right – taking the right images, making things look consistent with the brand and knowing what’s worth listing. Etsy is all trial and error but I feel I’m almost there now.
What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?
Make sure you promote it, get involved with #CraftHour and #HandmadeHour on twitter, post your items on facebook and make sure it’s on any business cards you give out.
Read the Etsy handbook – it’s full of so many helpful tips, I’ve learnt so much from it.
Come meet Siobhan, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!
29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00
30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00