How to Sell on ETSY Successfully

10 Things You Should Never Do When Selling on ETSY

I know how overwhelming it is to start an online business. It takes a while to know your way around stuff. You are always wondering if you are doing things the right way. Well, don’t worry, like always I got your back. Let’s talk about how to sell on etsy successfully. I’m guessing that you would have already started your shop on etsy. But if you haven’t go check out my other post on Setting an ETSY Shop to get started.

Opening up a shop on platforms like ETSY seems like a piece of cake but what many of us don’t know is that there is a whole lot of process going behind the scenes that play its part in ranking your shop, selling your products, and directing potential customers towards your products.

Let’s start with a few things that you might be doing wrong if you aim to be successful on ETSY. Many of you might be doing a lot of these things but that’s okay! We all do it wrong in the beginning.

To learn more about how to sell on etsy successfully, let’s have a look at these 10 things you should NEVER do when selling on ETSY:

1. Dont' Join Like for Like Ladders

At some point or the other, we all have fallen into this scheme of like for like. This does sound fruitful apparently, but SPOILER ALERT: it doesn’t work.

If people visit your profile just for the sake of giving it a like, ETSY is going to view them as buyers who visited your shop but didn’t find anything good enough to purchase so they left! Doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

ETSY wants to earn money and these tactics are not giving it that.  As a result, your shop may end up getting tanked!

2. Don't Compare Yourself with Your Competitors

Looking at your competitors’ shops and wondering how come they got it all? If you do this, you are completely normal because everyone does it. But stop immediately! It’s not helping, it’s never gonna help, and it’s only going to lower your morale.

Your competitors might be selling the same products as you but what you don’t know is the time it took for them to get there, the strategies they follow, and their marketing budget! If you want to be selling on ETSY successfully, comparing your business with others’ will do you no good.

3. Don't Underprice Yourself

Even if you are selling your products for $1, there’s always gonna be someone who’s going to say ‘oh, that’s too expensive!’ So you can’t keep lowering your prices every time someone tells you that you overcharge. Price your items in accordance with the market trends and your product costs!

4. Always Stick to Your Policies

When you are making your place in the market, people often show leniency towards their policies which is a NO. You need to stick to your store policies if you want to sell on ETSY. For instance, if you have a no refund policy, you simply don’t ever entertain refunds!

5. Don't React to Negative Comments Right Away

I know how my blood boils when I come across a negative comment. Ashley after a complaint and Ashley two hours later are two different people. But remember, the way you respond to criticism is VERY important! NEVER act on your impulse and always wait till the sting goes away and then reply as calmly as you can!

6. Don't Participate in Buy in Groups

Participating in these groups is never a good idea. The probability of receiving anything at all is very low. And even if you do receive something, the quality might not be up to your expectations.

So instead of being disappointed in the end, it’s better to divert your attention towards the customers that are actually interested and know the value of your products!

7. Don't Act on the Demand of a Few Customers

If you restock your shop with items demanded by a few of your customers, you might end up not being able to sell them. You have to entertain the mass, not the few, so always conduct a poll or survey before launching a new edition to your collection!

8. Don't Write Impersonal Description

I cannot emphasize this enough, ALWAYS write a great and well-detailed description of your products. This is the first thing a customer sees when they click on your product. If the description is not good enough, they may not be intrigued to buy it. Describing all of your products in detail is one of the most successful tips on selling on ETSY.

9. Don't Use the Same Keywords for Every Item

It’s important to use keywords in the title of your items. If the keyword is good, the chances of your product being ranked at the top will be drastically increased. However, if you use the same keywords for every item, you will be competing with yourself only!

Instead, use different keywords for every item so you have an equal chance of ranking in every category!

10. And Lastly, Don't Give Up!

If you really wish to be successful on ETSY, don’t even think about giving up. There is a lot to learn and know before you can master ETSY so don’t be disappointed if you are not able to make a sale in even months after launching your shop!

It’s a long shot and you can’t become a millionaire overnight. Give things time, keep learning new tips and tricks and you will eventually become a top seller on ETSY!

If you had been doing any of this stuff, stop it immediately. And might I suggest, don’t act on everyone’s advice. Everyone has their own experiences and is entitled to their own opinion. What worked for them might not work for everyone so before you try and follow their steps, carry out your research. Find out if what they told you is actually effective or not.

I understand it’s a lot to deal with. Been there, done that! But take my word for it, once you master these tips on selling on etsy, it’s going to be so much fun and you will soon realize that all this struggle was totally worth it!

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Tips Selling on ETSY for success in 2021

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Selling On ETSY

When I first got to know about ETSY, I was impressed as ETSY is among one of the very few platforms that promotes the hard work of artisans. If you too are looking to sell your handmade crafts, you should definitely consider ETSY. However, selling your products in the ever-so-competitive market is no piece of cake. So today here, I’m going to share some tips selling on etsy that you should know before starting! Let’s start with going over how to start selling on ETSY by setting up a shop:

 

How To Start Selling on ETSY

To start selling on ETSY, you will need to set up your shop by getting registered on the site. Good news: you can set up your shop on ETSY without paying a single penny! Although there’s a cost of selling on ETSY. You have to pay a small amount of $0.20 per listing to get started!

The following steps will walk you through the process of getting registered:

  • Visit ETSY’s homepage and click on the button that says ‘Sell on Etsy’. Once you are directed to the new page, click ‘Open your Etsy Shop’.
  • Choose your preferences. Such as, your location, the language in which you will describe your products, and the currency in which you’d like to trade.
  • Choose the name of your shop. It can be anything that comes into your mind but I say, go creative! Come up with something unique, short, eye-catching, and easy to pronounce. You should also ensure that the name of your shop resonates with your products!
  • Start listing your products. This is the step that matters the most so make sure you are doing it right! You need to be a lot patient with it because trust me, I know sometimes you would feel like smashing the screen of your computer!
  • In the next section, i’ll explain how to list your products on ETSY. But hold on! if you don’t find this information enough. Check out this post on setting an etsy shop!

Listing Products on ETSY

  • Upload several photos of each product from different angles.
  • Write a product description that is on point! Research relevant keywords and include them in the description as well as the available tags. Make sure to include common questions asked about your product and any allergy concerns. 
  • Include shipping fees. Don’t, I repeat, don’t just randomly enter any number. Write down a fully calculated amount so you don’t end up paying the shipping from your pocket. This is a mistake almost every newbie makes (myself included on several occasions)!
  • Select your payment method. I personally use either PayPal or ETSY Payments as I believe these methods are the easiest. This is the most preferred ones from sellers. Check out more on setting payments in my other post by clicking here.
  • Add your billing information and you’re all set!

 

5 Must Know Tips Selling on ETSY

  1. Well, for starters, you need to ensure that your product’s photographs are exceptional! People need to be attracted to your products when they view your shop. Make sure it’s clear what you are selling. Don’t make people guess. 
  2. I cannot emphasize this enough, LEARN SEO. Following the correct SEO technique and using the right keywords is the key to organically bring your products to the top and get more sales. Use tools to find keywords related to your business. ERANK is an incredible tool with a free plan!
  3. Don’t go blindly setting prices. Calculate your costs, include the shipping charges and the listing fee, and keep in mind that you will have to pay a 5% transaction fee upon each sale. Make sure you are earning a profit, but keep your profit margin low! [If you need help on pricing, check out our Cost Calculator too]
  4. Give your products a unique edge over your competitors. People need to see a reason to choose YOUR shop over the shop of your competitors.
  5. Market your products through digital media! Link your shop to your socials, introduce coupon codes, offer discounts, etc. Or, you can use paid promotions offered by ETSY to bring your listings to the top. Remember people buy from people so YOU are the face of your company.

I can go on and on about tips selling on etsy but I think if you have come this far, you should now have a pretty great idea about it yourself. These small tips will help you get started. Set up your shop on ETSY now and start selling, your experience will make you learn better!      

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Spreadsheet for Inventory Management

How to Use a Spreadsheet to Organize Your Craft Files Inventory?

So, today we are back to talk about this super cool and life-saving spreadsheet for inventory. I use them to keep a track of all of my SVG craft files I purchase online. Even though filling out this spreadsheet every time I spend some bucks over the internet gets in the way of me and procrastination (HAHA) but oh- the way it has helped me out since I have started using it!

 

Before this wonder came into my life, I often used to forget about most of my purchases. I wouldn’t know about these SVG craft files until I cleared up my hard drive or browsing the web to find the same thing.

 

Loving to craft and being so disorganized is not a combination that comes in handy. So, this is what I use to keep a record of all my purchases in one place. I’m gonna attach the link here too for you to give it a look. Although it appears to be a little complex at first however, I am going to explain it to you thoroughly in the next few paragraphs.

Before we get started, I want you to Click Open this FREE SPREADSHEET so that you can have an idea of what I am going to talk about next!

We’ll go through each of the columns one by one and I’ll explain the use of it thoroughly.

 

Name of File

This is the first column that you will be seeing. No explanations are needed, all you have to do is type in the name of the file you are recording. Although I’d share a small tip that I follow. Make sure to name your file with the same name that it is saved on your computer. This way it will be a lot easier to find your SVG craft files whenever you need them!

Price

In this column you mention the price at which you bought your file. This means your cost of purchase will be mentioned here. This is going to help you in remembering how much you spent in purchases.

 

For calculating the costs and prices, I use this Pricing Spreadsheet. You can check that too. It definitely going to help you in pricing your products while calculating everything from your cost price to your profits!

Source Website

Okay, so the next three tabs mention the most common websites from where people usually purchase their SVG craft files from. If you bought yours from one of these, check the box in that column. If not, you can always add another column to the spreadsheet for the website you made your purchase from. It’s a great tip to have this information with you for future reference.

Active

The tabs in the active column are for you to keep track of if you have that design listed to sell. It’s a cool reminder to know which of your designs are already utilized and actively selling and which still need to be used!

Advertising

The advertising column is going to help you remember the platforms where you marketed this design. It can be your Facebook page, Instagram account, or any other buying and selling group!

Design

This column is for you to organize your file according to their design type for instance if it is an SVG or graphic.

Commercial

This column is super important as it is gonna help you keep a record if your file has commercial use or not which means that you can make products out of those designs and sell them! 

 

So, what do you think? Isn’t it cool that a single sheet can help you remember everything that you need to know about your craft files? The part I love about this spreadsheet for inventory is that you can add further columns to it as well!

 

If you want to know how I do all this, click on the link below to allow me to give you a demo of the whole thing.

 

Organizing your SVG Craft Files

 

If you liked this blog and my video, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends too.

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fall sublimation designs

Fall Sublimation Designs to Try Out this Fall

Celebrate A Happy Fall with these lovely Fall Sublimation Designs

Those of you who have been following me for a while now know that I love decorating my place to welcome seasons. As fall is right around the corner, we know the tradition, don’t we? So this year I decided to use some fall sublimation designs to celebrate fall in full swing!

Sublimation is the latest popular trend in the crafting world! I learned this technique a while ago and it has spiked my interest in customizing things. You are here because you are obviously curious about it so here goes an easy description about sublimation: It is basically printing a design on paper through the sublimation printer and then transferring it to your desired items using heat.

You can personalize things like mugs, t-shirts, decoration pieces, and much more all by using this technique! I mean, wow! How cool is that? Also, I find this method easier than the other ones since it’s a lot more time-saving as it saves you the hassle of weeding HTV!

So I have picked out a few fall sublimation bundles that I liked the most. They are super reasonable and the designs are too good! Come, let’s have a look at some of these:

1. Animal Print

You cannot resist these design bundles if you are a pet owner or if you love animals. I have always been a big fan of leopard print and it never goes out of fashion!

I find these designs super cute and they would look lovely on decoration pieces. Come to think of it, the rustic colors of this print also vibe perfectly with the arrival of fall! Click on the image above to find free svg bundles.

2. Rustic Home Decor

Do you live an ideal peaceful life in the countryside? If so, then you have got to love fall! I don’t think anyone in the US experiences the fall season as purely as people living at the farm do! I say you should always celebrate the arrival of fall because trust me, some of us crave this time of the year!

The fall colors are one of my most favorite things about this season! Rust, brown, mustard, and orange, these colors complement almost every theme. You can check out this design bundle and use it to decorate your place. You can pair up these designs with almost anything from a towel to an outdoor flag!

3. Messy Bun

Ah- messy buns! Don’t even get me started on how much I love them. Back when I had long hair, this was my go-to hairstyle! They keep your hair out of your face, are effortless, and look elegant!

Well enough about them but you gotta check these designs out! They seem effortlessly nice and look perfect for the occasion!

So? What do you think about my fall sublimation SVG for this year? I personally loved all of these fall sublimation designs. Let me know which one of these you liked the most? Don’t forget to check out the amazing svg bundles. You can find them all by clicking on the images.

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where to sell your crafts online

Where to sell your crafts online?

Have a Crafts Business? Find out Where to Sell Your Crafts Online?

In my opinion, nothing is cooler than owning a craft business! It’s definitely a skill not everyone possesses and your crafts are a product of your creativity and hard work. I have always been the one to encourage small businesses and appreciate the true art which is why I know there are many talented people out there who have literally zero ideas how valuable their crafts are. So today we’re gonna talk about where to sell your crafts online and make some good money out of it!

How to Sell Homemade Crafts Online?

The following are some authentic platforms where the chances of getting scammed are close to zero. Explore your options by going through this list below.

ETSY

My own experience with Etsy has me believing that Etsy is one of the best handmade craft websites. Why? Because the creators of this website have designed it especially for this purpose. It’s an e-commerce market place that exclusively deals with handmade and vintage. This means that the traffic on this website are people who know the value of your hard work so there are greater chances of you selling your crafts there!

 

In just the few years that I have sold on their platform, I have witnessed a lot of changes. While some of them seem to be a little weird, over all I genuinely believe that they have handmade sellers in mind. There is a lot of room for growth on their platform regardless of niche and it’s an excellent stepping stone if you plan on opening up your own website one day. The best part, it costs very little to start up and the Etsy community can be very helpful in understanding what to do next.

Amazon Handmade

Amazon handmade is a platform designed to support the work of local artists by giving them an opportunity to sell their handicrafts on the website. Like ETSY, you can only buy or sell handmade crafts from it but here’s what makes it a great option:

You know how we associate something with a brand name, we are quick to form our opinion about it like “Oh she’s carrying a Louis Vuitton handbag, it must be super expensive!” This is the type of credibility you need when you are selling handmade crafts online. 

 

As soon as someone sees your products on Amazon Handmade they will believe if it’s on Amazon, it must be as great as shown in the picture! Even though knowing your way around Amazon may take some time but it’s totally worth it keeping in mind the vast client base!

 

Facebook

Facebook is the ideal place if you are looking to sell your handmade crafts casually and gain local support. There are hundreds of buying and selling groups on the platform through which you can market your products easily, without paying a single penny! Always remember to meet up in a public place and have cash and business cards ready.

 

Mobile Applications

The key to maximize your sales is to ensure you are selling to the right audience! You may be selling diamonds at the cheapest rates but if your audience is unaware of its worth, you can do all you can and still end up with zero sales by the end of the month. If your focus on who to sell is clear, the answer to where to sell your crafts becomes pretty clear! 

 

Apart from ETSY and Amazon Handmade, one of your best shots at selling your crafts online is through mobile applications like Let Go, Offer Up, and PoshMark.

Local Markets

If online is not working out for you, you can always sell your art in the local markets. Flea and artisan markets might be one of your best options to sell your handmade crafts! You will often find your local markets hosting meet-ups every weekend or once a month.

 

So, today we have learned that the creativity you show in your free time is actually worth a lot of money. All you need is to showcase your product to the right audience and you will see the appreciation you get. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, isn’t that what they say?

 

Let me know your experiences if you have previously tried to sell on any of these platforms and what your favorite marketplace is for handmade items.

You can also add these great Decal Care Cards for your customers to help them learn how to apply vinyl decals and not ruin them!

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ETSY Best seller badge tips by Ashley

ETSY Best seller badge; How to Get One?

ETSY Best Seller Badge: Top tips to get in the ETSY best seller listing

Being a freelancer, I follow several freelancing groups on social media. So just last night as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw a post on one of these groups in which the person had asked about ETSY best seller badge. Going through my comments, made me realize how many people are unaware of what it actually means and how one can achieve it. I am guessing I don’t need a further introduction to this post so let’s just get right into it by addressing the most important part first.

But before we get into this, i’d like to address my new bestie’s who’re still wondering what is ETSY and how to setup a shop on etsy. So if you’re a complete beginner, don’t worry i’ve got your back. Check out my previous post to learn everything about etsy and starting your new business.

What does the ETSY Best Seller Badge Mean?

After reading the comments on the post and conducting short research of my own, I have come to a conclusion that a lot of people misunderstand the seller badge to be a representation of how well they are performing. Instead, this badge is only awarded to items that are sold the most in the least number of days.

For instance, if you sell handmade jewellery and you sold 10 pieces of a specific necklace within a day, you may be able to achieve the ETSY best seller badge. However, the minute someone sells 11 pieces of a similar necklace, your badge will instantly vanish and they will be the new owner of it!

Now that you have hopefully understood what the ETSY best seller badge means, let’s move on to understanding the ETSY best seller badge criteria. Knowing so might help you get one for yourself! 

Tips on Gaining the Best Seller Badge on ETSY

Understandably so, selling a maximum number of pieces in a limited time frame is no piece of cake. It’s a combination of extreme hard work, research, and effort. Following are some tips that you should keep in mind when aiming to gain the best seller badge:

1.       Offer something with a unique touch.

2.       Ensure that you have a happy customer base.

3.       Ask your satisfied customers to leave a good review.

4.       Add attractive photos of the products.

5.       Focus on all your products otherwise the badge won’t last long!

ETSY's Rating Criteria

The evaluation of sellers on ETSY is done by counting on two key factors;

1.       The number of complaints against your shop

2.       The number of reviews that have less than 3 stars

If you’re wondering where to find more details on etsy seller badges and ratings. Head over to this link. You can read more about selling on ESTY with this seller handbook. Although there aren’t any precise instructions on how you can achieve the best seller. Therefore, instead of concentrating on earning the best seller badge, I would advise all the ETSY sellers out there to focus on maximizing your sales and keeping your customers happy. Because from what we have learned today, earning a best seller badge on ETSY is not an evidence of how well you perform so even if you are not a badge holder, you still are a star!

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small business tips and advice

1 Thing You Need For Your Small Business

Small Business Tips and Advice - All About That Money

Wanting to open a business is just the beginning of your journey. Between deciding on products, where to sell, who your suppliers will be, your mind can be buzzing! Getting paid sounds simple and the easiest solution would be to dump those funds right into your own personal checking account. I mean it’s YOUR money, you worked for it, so why not? As an entrepreneur if you take small business tips and advice from me, let it be this one – open a business bank account! 

 

Keeping your business money separate from your personal money is going to help you keep your taxes somewhat square when it comes time to file them at the start of the year. But opening a bank account won’t help if you don’t keep your purchases separate as well. What should you separate though? The short answer to that is everything.

 

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Opening and using separate accounts will help you keep track of your income across various selling platforms and your expenses from various sites. It will help define YOUR business and you can, at a glance, see where your money is coming and going. I also suggest applying for and opening a business credit card. When shopping for a credit card, try to find one that has awesome perks like cash-back which will help offset the costs of running a business. I love American Express Business Credit Card account.  I also have a Paypal business account with a credit card (mostly because If I don’t have my main card on hand, I can use that on most sites to check out. They also offer 6 months no intrest if the purchase is large enough so that’s a big bonus for me. *Disclaimer – PLEASE use credit cards responsibly!

 

Where Can You Get A Free Account for a Small Business

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I shopped around for my accounts for a while before I found mine. I noticed that a lot of banks want to charge you a monthly fee for a business account. Just starting out, I did NOT want to pay for a monthly fee. While I can appreciate “that’s the cost of running a business”, that’s not something that I wanted to take on at the time. I finally found that Ameris Banking offered FREE business checking accounts. I did have to deposit I believe 100 to open the account, but the fact that it was free was fantastic. 

One thing to keep in mind that FREE does have restrictions. You are limited to your monthly transactions but you have over 1,000 transactions available. As long as you are not swiping hundreds of time a day, you should be okay with their free account. This could ultimately help your small business however, there are certain pros and cons to it. Read further to learn about them.

 

PROS

[ ] Free Bank account 

[ ] Friendly customer service 

[ ] Debit card and credit cards available 

[ ] Popcorn and lemonade in the lobby (as told by my son)

 

CONS

CONS 

[ ] Website isn’t the “coolest” 

[ ] Limited monthly transactions 

[ ] Minimum required to open account.

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DIY hobbies that make money

DIY Hobbies that make money: Start a business online

DIY Hobbies that make money and help you start a business online!

Can I start a business with my DIY Hobbies?

One of the biggest perks of owning a craft machine is the ability to turn your DIY Hobbies that make money into a business! Even if you have a job outside, being able to bring a small stream of revenue can be a huge advantage. This is money that you can use to pay off debts (hello student loans!), build a nest egg of savings, or simply just splurge on yourself without feeling guilty. 

So, if you’re one of those who have some ideas regarding DIY hobbies that make money. This one is for you. There are countless platforms that you can sell on to start building your empire, but in this article, we are going to go over the popular handmade platform – Etsy.

Why sell on Etsy?

Etsy, as mentioned early, is one of the oldest handmade platforms. Over the years thousands of shops have opened up. According to Etsy in their 2020 wrap-up, there were over 3.7 million shops on Etsy! Now you might be wondering with MILLIONS of shops already opened, is that marketplace too saturated? Will I be able to create an income stable enough to kiss my 9-5 goodbye? How will I stand out in an ocean of other shops? Those are all very justified questions, however, that same year data shows that Etsy also had over 69.6 MILLION customers! That is a lot of bodies searching for handmade goods. 

 In recent years, Etsy has started running more promotions, creating commercials, TV shows, and pushing ads to bring in additional customers, spreading the knowledge and reach of this handmade platform. So what does that mean for you? Well, it shows that Etsy is dedicated to making their platform the biggest it’s ever been! When you make money, Etsy makes money, so their focus will continue to be growth in the future. 

What can I sell on Etsy?

You can sell anything on Etsy that you make! We each have a unique gift and style that someone somewhere in the world is going to LOVE. Selling on Etsy will give you access to those people who are looking for and will appreciate your talent. While we all might be using the same SVG files, using the same brand shirts or faux leather, and using the same craft machine, we can all find our spot in the Etsy community. 

One of the biggest things that will set you apart from Sally Cricut is that you are you. Not only will your skill and craftsmanship stand out against hers, but your customer service will be totally different! Your customers will grow to love YOU and how you handle your business. The way you display your products, how you set your shop up, write your descriptions, will all be a representation of who you are, and while some copy, no one can replace YOU! 

Finding Your Niche?

While you play with your machine, think of the projects that you love creating the most and really think about what you can put into your shop. If you can’t pick a favorite project, no worries! You can build your shop in a way that will allow all of your interest to flow until you are able to hone in on what you really want to do or what your shoppers are most looking for. I am sure you have heard “find a niche and stick to it”. I am here to tell you the exact opposite. You DO NOT have to have a niche to start with! A niche can find you. 

When I first started in 2017 and even into 2018, I was all over the map. I had shirts, tumblers, decals, paper crafts, keychains – the list goes on and on. Around August 2019, I took a hard look at what items really sold well in my shop and found out that one theme, in particular, sold well above anything else. I knew from that moment that my niche found me! I began to shift my business in that direction and the results have been insane. 

How can I sell on Etsy?

Now that you know how to start your online business with DIY hobbies that make money. Setting up a shop is another primary step that you can take on your journey to building a different financial future. If you’re wondering how to set up an ETSY shop, check out this post I’ve written on making one.. By using this link here, you can get your first 40 listings for free! While this process is pretty straight forward, it’s the work afterward that will begin to test your commitment to creating a shop that will stand the test of time. Are you ready to become an Etsy seller? Follow along with me as we go from start to finish on opening an Etsy shop and the things you need to fill out first!