Etsy Sales: 54 simple things that will boost sales when it's slow

Etsy Sales: 54 simple things that will boost sales when it's slow

There will be a natural ebb and flow to retail sales for all of us and it can feel desperately hard to take when your Etsy sales, or craft website’s sales starts to slow down, and you aren’t sure how to breathe life back into things.

Slow down and be calm for a moment, because today on the podcast I am going to talk in more detail about exactly what you can do to boost sales when things are slow, as well as looking at why things get slow in the first place and how you can combat stunted sales over the long-term.

I know, right? This is exactly what you have been asking for and just can’t find anywhere else!

Etsy Alternatives: Who Are The Successful Top 5 Sites Right Now?

Etsy Alternatives: Who Are The Successful Top 5 Sites Right Now?

A few weeks ago in our Facebook group we started talking about Etsy and questions started rising about suitable Etsy alternatives either to move onto, or from which to host second shops. As you know in my own craft business I sold on a number of different sites including my own website, so I thought we’d start this discussion today based on my experience and findings.

How to kick disorganisation in the face with a yearly planner

How to kick disorganisation in the face with a yearly planner

It’s at this time of the year when I like to dig in deep and fully plan the next year of my business. It’s something that I also constantly talk about in terms of business goals, but rarely do I show you exactly how I organise my whole year to be more effective and productive with my time. Today I’m going to show you how to do just that with a very simple tool… my yearly planner!

Etsy's Black Friday: Can you make it your best-selling day?

Etsy's Black Friday: Can you make it your best-selling day?

It is thought that Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales can account for as much as 30-40% of retailers’ sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas according to The Balance, with the proportion of online sales accounting for this figure rising annually. That’s a huge incentive for modern retailers to make sure that they create their best offer every year.

But what about those of us who handmake our products – can we really afford to take part?

Today in the podcast I am exploring the idea of Black Friday handmade sales and asking, is it worth it?

Entrepreneurship: How to succeed if you are chronically ill

Entrepreneurship: How to succeed if you are chronically ill

Having come away from a recent class where I had to answer the question, ‘How do you find time for a business if you are a long-term carer, or are chronically ill’, I felt I ought to talk about this more, because I certainly have met several people who are chronically ill, or care for chronically ill family members and still find time to run their businesses quite successfully.

Today on the podcast I want to give you the seven steps that I think will help you find the time to build a craft business and still be focused on your main carer duties, or take the time away you may need if you are chronically ill.  

Want To Grow Your Online Business In 2019? This Is How!

Want To Grow Your Online Business In 2019? This Is How!

Confucius said, “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” This isn’t just true for every day life, but for business as well.

Whilst 2019 feels like a long way off, the truth is that planning now will be a game changer for you when it comes to growth. Today on the podcast we will be talking all about how to plan for the growth of your online business in 2019.

Etsy vs website: How can I start the most successful business?

Etsy vs website: How can I start the most successful business?

I’ve often been asked which is better as a starting platform; Etsy shop or your own website and while of course there are distinct differences in how each will work for the business owner, there isn’t a straight answer as to which is ultimately better.

Today on the podcast we are delving a little deeper into the subject to lay out the pros and cons of each choice, so that when you sit down and work out which is right for you and your customer base, you ultimately have a better understanding of what each platform can do for you.

Shipping Packages 101: How to send professional orders every time

Shipping Packages 101: How to send professional orders every time

Amazon shipped 5 billion Prime orders in 2017 according to Business Wire. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in… that’s orders from one service that one large retailer has accounted for. Can you imagine just how many parcels get shipped from retailers to consumers worldwide every year? And your parcels make up part of that number.

Today on the podcast I’m going to be taking you through what I think are the basics of shipping packages in a professional way.

How to offer a refund policy that makes your customer smile

How to offer a refund policy that makes your customer smile

Most larger retailers face in excess of 30% in returns in 2018, especially now that processes have been made even easier for customers and the cost of returns have vanished according to Steve Denis in Forbes magazine. So, it’s understandable that our small business customers expect the same rights.

And of course they should!

But how do we as self-employed artists, working from our spare room create a refund policy that works for both our financial interests and our customer’s growing expectation? Today we are going to look at just that!

Etsy: How to handle negative feedback in 6 easy steps

Etsy: How to handle negative feedback in 6 easy steps

There are 35.8 million active buyers on Etsy, 81% are repeat buyers according to DMR Business Statistics, that’s an awful lot of potential buyers for your craft products. So much is the potential that you need to present your best branded Etsy shop to woo buyers and show proof of your high level of customer service to convert them from lookers, to buyers. Etsy reviews is where your customers will look for proof.

Today in the podcast we are going to be talking about how to handle negative feedback in a way that shows potential customers how, even if things go wrong you can still produce the very best service and make it right. This goes a long way to helping build trust and customer retention.