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PostSubject: A rookies guide - starting your shop   Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:35 pm

Want to get a shop started on Etsy? Don’t know where to start? This guide will help you find the help you need to get your shop up and running!

What to Sell
First things first: you need items to sell!
Not sure what you want to sell? Go by what inspires you, what about a hobby you currently have (jewelry making)
Browse through shops on etsy to get some ideas.

Coming up with a Name
Here is a great blog post by a fellow etsy shop seller on who to pick a name:
http://www.piddix.com/your-etsy-name.htm
Make sure it’s “Google-able!”

Banner and Avatar
Your banner and avatar can help you brand your shop, so try to make them beautiful!
If you are just getting started with photo editing you might want to try searching around etsy to get some ideas on banners

Your avatar should be eye-catching and clear. (This is sometimes difficult because of the size of an avatar, so keep it simple!) Try showcasing your most beautifully photographed product!

Your Profile
Buyers on Etsy want to know about who they are buying from. Make sure you tell them a bit about yourself in your profile, as connecting this way with a buyer will encourage them to support you and your craft, so don’t be shy!

Photography
Photography is the most important part of your shop (in my opinion!). If you don’t have crisp, clear and eye-catching photos, your sales will reflect this. The more professional and cohesive your photos look, the more confidence buyers will have in your shop. You may think you need a super-duper-top-of-the-line camera, but believe me, you don’t. Images on the internet must be 72dpi (i.e. not top printable quality!), so even a $150 digital camera will be just perfect! Photography takes a lot of practice, time and research, but once you get it right you will see your shop really blossom!

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