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Three Tips for Starting an Etsy Business

by Anne Flannery

Feb 26, 2018

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Having a hobby is great and maybe you just want to practice that hobby for the sake of your own satisfaction. Or maybe there is something in your head that thinks you can get a business going and make some money on the side, or even full time. If so, it is a good idea to decide on your marketplace. Because of the ease at which people can operate, Etsy is high on the list of choices. Just so you know, Etsy does not require you to get a seller’s license, but the state you live in may require a business or a seller’s license, so find out sooner rather than later.

The Etsy Handbook is helpful and provides valuable details for making your business a success. To distill this advice into three essential foundations is not easy, but if you decided on a product and a name for your business, focus on the next three steps in order to move forward.

Do your product research. Having a product is great, but how do products similar to yours sell? Who is your audience? What are the costs involved in making enough to keep your business going for a year? This kind of information will tell you how much to charge for your product and what sort of profit you might hope to net in the future.

Network. Find people who have been successful and talk to them about how they did it. Talk to people working in similar areas and get their advice on your product. Consistently refining your approach is essential for a successful business.

Outline your goals for the first year of your business. Make sure these are scalable and realistic. They may need to change as you start putting theory into practice, but that is completely normal. Being comfortable with change and adaptability is essential for success.

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