by Rena Klingenberg. When I was new to selling my jewelry online, I used to look at other artists' shops much differently than I do now. Back then I visited their online shops as part of a research mission - trying to pinpoint the "best way" to sell handmade items on the Web. And although that's no longer why I visit artists' online shops, here are some insights I … [Read more...] about What I Learned by Visiting Artists’ Online Shops
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by Clare Blessinger. (New York) I've been reading this blog forever and now I am ready to come out of the closet as a jewelry maker and try selling my pieces. I value your opinion greatly and the ladies that write on this Journal. So here it is, I want to try selling my pieces online first maybe with Etsy or Artfire . What is your opinion of these sites and … [Read more...] about Selling Online – Etsy or Artfire?
by Gail Taylor. I will be going to my first gem / bead show in August 2016, as I have never been able to save any money because there are so many gorgeous things online, that I spend every penny I can find buying online. I just moved to a boat and even though I am exhilarated to be on the water, my workshop took a huge cut in space. I did manage to organize a space … [Read more...] about How Much to Start Up an Online Shop with Quality Inventory?
by Christine. I am a newbie to jewelry making. I got so excited about finally finding and learning about jewelry making that I have jumped in head first. Though I have learned a lot in the 3 months of making jewelry, and have opened up a shop on Etsy, I have yet to sell an item. I am so addicted to making jewelry and I would love to have my hobby become my full … [Read more...] about Brand New Etsy Shop – How Do I Get Sales?
by Janine. (Holliston, Massachusetts, USA) I am going to put it all out there: I have a website powered by Vistaprint, an Etsy page, an Artfire page and a Facebook page. I an not consistent with any of them. I have been talking to business owners who develop whole advertising plans and market well. I would like to do that, but I fear I cannot commit that … [Read more...] about Stretching Myself Too Thin Online – Something Has Got to Go!
by Veronica. (Manassas Park, Virginia USA) I’ve been making jewelry for four years now without making a profit. I joined several craft websites without success. My Etsy shop has been open since 2009 and I haven’t had many sales but I still persist. I received and unsolicited email (alarms, bells, whistles) from a site called Custom Made (www.custommade.com). Does anyone … [Read more...] about Anyone Familiar with this Online Storefront?
by Ryan Cheng. Fraudulent jewelry orders online can happen to anyone. If you're selling your work on the Internet, it's important to know what to watch out for. Most fraud occurs during payment - in the form of bounced checks, stolen credit cards, or forged cashier's checks. For online jewelry sales, similar payment fraud happens more easily and frequently because … [Read more...] about Fraudulent Jewelry Orders Online
by Rita Juhlin. What does it take to make 3000 sales (or more) on Etsy? My mind works in the "Why?" zone. One question keeps coming up here in Rena's website is "why isn't my jewelry selling?" Let us forget that there are a bazillion sites selling jewelry and forget that the economy is in a twitter. In my "why" zone I set out to investigate and research to … [Read more...] about Making 3000 Sales (or More) on Etsy
by Kym Kinnison. (Glasgow, Scotland) Rena, I have enjoyed your newsletters for many years and would like to thank you for your valuable tips and advice. I make one-off and limited edition re-fashioned vintage pieces, the photo I have sent shows a porcelain lid from a Victorian ginger jar, set in silver with silver branches, leaves and freshwater pearls. I want to … [Read more...] about Website or Etsy? Which is Best?
by Linda Blackburn. (Washington DC, USA) Like many Etsy jewelry sellers, I had about given up. "Too many jewelry designers". "Impossible to get found". "I can't compete with those low prices". It had gotten to the point where I had things listed, but I assumed I would sell nothing ... and I let it slide. Then, in June of 2011 -- with 75 sales since 2008 -- I decided to … [Read more...] about How to Get Found on Etsy
by Jennifer. (London) Hello, My name is Jennifer. I started making jewellery as a hobby, but I'm hoping to take my hobby to another level by selling it online. I've opened a shop on Etsy and have a few designs on my Facebook page. I want to know how can I market my jewellery effectively so that I can sell my designs to potential clients. Thanking you in … [Read more...] about From Hobby to Marketing My Jewellery Online
by Michelle Schiller. (Delta Radiance) Hi All, I wanted to share a web site service I found that allows you to build your own website, complete with shopping cart, gallery pages a blog and other pages you can create. I have been managing an Etsy site, a jewelry blog and a landing page with my own URL, all those pages point to the Etsy site. By managing 3 … [Read more...] about Indiemade Websites