Whether you’re crafty and want to use your specific skills to make things & sell them, or you’re ready to learn design for free with a website like Canva that does most of the hard work for you, you need to know how to find buyers. An Etsy shop might be the solution to connect you with your potential audience, but I’m also sharing alternatives like ConvertKit Commerce and the pros and cons versus selling on your own website. Today’s instalment was inspired by a blogger’s story of being an Etsy seller on my other acquired blog Student Skint.Listen to “035 How To Start An Etsy Shop…& Why I Didn’t” on Spreaker.
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Watch/Listen to Should You Start An Etsy Shop via YouTube
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I’ve turned some of the designs in this YouTube video and more into a printable digital bundle for you to download at home. I’ve done the time-consuming part so that to make your DIY envelopes, you just want to cut and stick (and put some money inside!)
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About The Show: How You Can Make More Money
How To Save Like A Bear helps first-time buyers and savers with big goals make the changes they need to succeed by learning what makes someone exceptional. Use these strategies to spend better on essentials, make more money, and think outside the box so that you can improve your future rocket fast.
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The mailing list functions thanks to email service provider ConvertKit (affiliate link).
I invested in the annual plan (which nets a discount on paying monthly). This is because when I start a project, I like to commit to seeing my goal through, so paying upfront ensured I wouldn’t quit emailing blog readers after a week!
You can start with a free plan though if you’re really not sure where you’re headed, or you’re technology shy (affiliate link). I find ConvertKit very easy to use though despite setting up automations and sequences and all that fancy jazz.
Many of the images on the blog are thanks to photographer and content extraordinaire Kayla Marie Butler.
Kayla offers a package of stock photos and marketing resources so that busy entrepreneurs have the power to quickly create content that boosts their traffic, leads and profits:
Kayla does offer free stock photos for anyone shy of investing in the future just yet. Or it’s possible to buy individual bundles of her photos from the Ivory Mix Stock Photo Shop. Kayla breaks these into categories, so that it’s easy to just buy stock photography for business and finance brands for example.
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