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We have new sellers joining our Bootcamp all the time, so even though this is Class 20, you can join now or anytime! You can complete the classes at your own pace. The entire series so far: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, Class 9, Class 10, Class 11, Class 12, Class 13, Class 14, Class 15, Class 16, Class 17, Class 18 and Class 19. The first 8 classes will take you through opening your shop to shipping your sold items. Check out the subsequent classes at your own pace to upgrade your shop when you find the time. The trick is to continually improve and you'll find your business can grow, become more efficient and professional as it evolves.
|LittleBellwoods' adorable creatures are beautifully photographed |
with just the right winter wonderland feeling! Check out
her fabulous use of props - and her lovely handcrafted toys.
|Time for Santa's workshop! Feature your festive items |
like eleandela's Elves bandana bib!
So, what can you do, as a new Etsy seller, to make sure you're prepared? Review our Holiday Prep Checklist!
- In particular, you'll want to make sure your shop looks its best (with a great banner, icon, tempting listings and filled in About Page) and your Shop Policies are clear and accurate.
- Review your pricing! This time of year is when you'll likely make your most sales. Make sure you are paying yourself fairly.
- Make sure you streamline your shipping methods. If you have yet to do so, this is a great time to get Shipping Snippets working for you. Make sure you have fully accounted for all costs.
- Communication! When things get hectic the trick to keeping sane and customers happy is making sure you have been clear about what is and is not possible. It's all about creating customer loyalty. Keep them coming back.
Canada Post's Holiday Shipping Dates for 2014 is here! If you are a Newbie based elsewhere, be sure to check with your own postal service as deadlines can be much earlier than you may expect. All shipping slows down this time of year.
Tip: As we get closer to Christmas you can focus your sales efforts closer and closer to home. In broad terms, air parcel service can get most items delivered abroad this month, and to the US even if mailed as late as December 8th. Canada Post will deliver packages by Christmas within your province if mailed by December 17th and within your city if mailed by December 19th.
An item like LivingArtRameet's Freshwater pearl
necklace can be both holiday fashion or a small gift or stocking stuffer
Tip: Some customers are willing to pay even exorbidant shipping rates to get items on time. If you use Shipping Snippets you can list all options. You or I may never choose to pay more for shipping than for a gift, but if you do offer the service, you'll find some customers will use and appreciate it!
Once your shop is looking its best, you can tweek the merchandizing and run with the holidays theme. You may also want to consider some seasonal sales. Here are some ideas to make your shop extra inticing to holiday shoppers:
|Need some manly gifts? We love WillowdaleForge's hand forged|
pocket knife with a leather shealth, and other hand forged items!
- Be prepared and try to forecast your holiday sales
- Think like a customer and make your shop easy to navigate for those who are most likely to be there. Do you sell things which might make great stocking stuffers? Why not feature those items and place them in a "stocking stuffer" category? How about items for a specific group like "gifts for men" (in my opinion, a more challenging group to shop for). This is useful information to your potential shoppers. Price categories can also be popular! And... don't assume everyone is hunting for bargain basement prices. Sometimes buyers are looking for a minimum price because it indicates something about value and what they want to communicate with their gift. Always choose fair pricing for you.
- It's not only Christmas! As we approach the end of the year, there are several holidays and events which attract buyers including: Hannukah, US Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.
- Decorate! It's a lot of fun to decorate your home seasonally, and you can have fun with your shop too. Some sellers upload a seasonal shop banner. Feature your items which best fit the holiday theme. Make product photos with a little seasonal cheer, or props. Consider offering suitable extras like gift wrap or expedited shipping.
- Spread the word! Check out our guide to getting some press.
|Looking for a fun New Year's Eve item? |
SnaptureThis has just the typographical print
So, are you feeling ready? Is this your first or second holiday season? How is it going? Got any questions, comments or suggestions? Let us know! You can leave a comment below or drop us a line at TorontoEtsyST@gmail.com.