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Should You Open an Etsy Shop

Have you thought about opening your own Etsy shop? This is a wonderful option for a beginner in the sublimation world who is trying to decide on how or where to sell their products. This will also fit with a sublimation expert looking to expand their client list. Etsy is an online marketplace where "nearly 30 million buyers around the world spent more than $2.8 billion last year". We often mention here on the blog that you can look on Etsy to stay current with trends and see what the big sellers are right now. Instead of looking to Etsy just for inspiration, you could be cashing in on new sales!

One great thing about starting your own Etsy shop is that you do not have to depend on customers finding your website or brick-and-mortar store. Often, when customers don’t know where to get an item they just search for it on Etsy and order it from someone on that site. It is much easier than sifting through several different websites that might not have what they want. Etsy charges a few small fees such as a listing fee, processing fee, and transaction fee per order, and there is no monthly fee to sell your products there. You should factor the fees in when deciding on the retail prices for your products. If you have a knack for graphic design, you can even sell your artwork on Etsy!

This isn’t just another way to sell more products, it is a useful tool to gain consistent, loyal customers. Customers value quality products and customer service, so if they have a pleasant experience ordering from you, they will most likely order from you again in the future or refer a friend to you. Etsy protects it sellers in the occurrence of a transaction dispute through their dispute resolution system. This can give you peace of mind knowing that you will not be taken advantage of by customers trying to get their order for free. If you are looking for a low commitment, quick way to sell products that you're already making, opening an Etsy shop is a very good option for you! They allow you to close and re-open your store as many times as you want, which enables you to use it at your convenience!

Helpful tips for Opening An Etsy Store

1. Make sure that you upload HIGH QUALITY photos of your products. This is the first thing that customers scrolling through Etsy will see, so you want to make sure that your products look high-quality and attractive!
2. Personalize! Etsy is all about personalization and hand-made products so be sure to emphasize the products that you can customize for your clients.
3. If nothing else, you MUST stay current! If you are using out-of-date fonts, color schemes, and patterns, your products will not appeal to modern customers.
4. Always continue learning and adapting. Here are a few more tips to help you continue advancing.

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