Hey there, lovely crafters and creative women! If you're anything like Katie, you've probably spent countless hours perfecting your crafting skills, pouring your heart into each piece you create. But have you ever thought about turning that passion into a thriving online business? Well, grab your favorite mug of tea and settle in, because today, we're diving into the exciting world of selling your craft items – even if you're not exactly a tech wizard!
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How to Tips for Selling Online
Step 1: Embrace Your Inner Techie, One Click at a Time
First things first, let's talk about the tech side of things. Don't worry if you're not super tech-savvy; I'll take it slow. To get started, you'll need to choose a platform to showcase and sell your beautiful crafts. You have a couple of options here:
Online Marketplaces like Etsy can get you started. They provide user-friendly interfaces, helping you set up your shop, upload photos, and list your items easily. Plus, they already have a massive built-in audience looking for handmade treasures.
If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, I can show you how to easily set up your very own website and shopping cart so you don't have to share your profits with a third party. This also gives you more control over your brand and allows you to build a unique online space.
Step 2: Snap, List, and Shine
Now, let's showcase your crafts in the best light possible! A picture is worth a thousand words, after all. Grab your smartphone or camera and take clear, well-lit photos of your creations. Make sure to capture different angles and details to let the magic shine through.
When you're creating your listings, use warm, friendly language to describe each item. Share the story behind your crafts – customers love knowing the heart and soul that goes into handmade goodies.
Step 3: Shipping Smarts or Digital Option
Shipping can be a bit tricky, but fear not! Start by researching the most cost-effective shipping options in your area. Consider factors like size, weight, and destination. Many shipping carriers offer online tools that help you calculate shipping costs right from the comfort of your crafting nook. Another idea is to simply create a kit, which will be easier to ship.
Pro tip: Consider bundling items or offering free shipping for orders over a certain amount. This can entice customers to buy more and cover your shipping costs in the process.
Better yet, consider creating a downloadable information sheet with how-to instructions for do-it-yourselfers. This is a great way to increase your profits. You can even create a video tutorial to go along with their purchase that you put in a secure area on your website.
Step 4: Handling the Money Stuff
Let's talk moolah! Setting up a safe and secure way to handle transactions is key. Many online platforms have built-in payment systems that make this a breeze. It's also free and easy to set up a payment system on your website. If you sell offline, Venmo is a popular and trusted option for handling payments.
Remember to keep track of your finances – income and expenses – for tax purposes. It might not be the most exciting part, but it's essential for running a successful business.
Step 5: Pros and Cons – Let's Get Real
Now, let's weigh the pros and cons of this creative venture:
By putting pen to paper, you'll solidify your insights, set meaningful goals, and have a tangible roadmap to embrace your best days yet. The 5 Golden Keys workbook will help you adopt a purposeful routine. Click the link above so I can send you the download to print.
In a Nutshell:
Online Third Party Shopping Cart vs. Your Own Website
So, do you need a website, or can you get by with having an Etsy or Shopify shopping cart? In my honest opinion, if you're dreaming of building a unique brand and want more control, consider creating your own website. I have an easy 7-Step Framework course that I am currently offering for 50% off for a limited time. Click the Pathfinder Incubator Link below to watch my FREE WORKSHOP.
Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Choose the path that aligns with your vision and comfort level.
Consider joining the Pathfinder Incubator to get some help with starting your online business.
With a sprinkle of tech magic, a dash of warm communication, and a lot of love for your crafts, you're well on your way to sharing your artistic treasures with the world. Happy crafting and selling!
Question of the Day
What's a craft project that always brings a smile to your face? "
Have you ever thought about sharing your joy of crafting with the world by turning it into an online business?
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