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Etsy Conversations Podcast | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Online Business | Ecommerce | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews

Ijeoma Eleazu

Featuring inspiring interviews with Etsy shop owners who share tips and strategies for how to sell successfully on Etsy. Connect virtually on Twitter with @ConvoMePodcast (https://twitter.com/ConvoMePodcast) as well as on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EtsyConversationsPodcast), Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/convomepodcast/) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/105768205195648489315/posts) with Etsy Conversations Podcast - Follow us, Like us, Pin us, and join our Circle to become a part of the Etsy Convo community.

Episodes

192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 51:17
192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Amber & Will run a successful vintage clothing store on Etsy and this week they share their the story of their Etsy journey. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast
16:00
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 16:00
ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast

Learn about the May 2017 Etsy Site Updates and how they affect you as an Etsy seller. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:17:33
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:17:33
191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Facing and then recovering from an Etsy shop shutdown is no joke. My guest this week is Medina of MK Kids Interiors and she's sharing her experience of rising back up after having her Etsy shop shut down unexpectedly. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 10:22
ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

This is a sneak peek of the new Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast. ESS-210 Etsy Craft Supply Sellers ~ Track Your Shipping & Inventory Like a Pro Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:50
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:05:50
190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

From Fortune 500 employees to full-time eco-friendly furniture business owners now selling on Etsy... Tune in to hear the story or Dylan and Monika of Blissopia. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
45:41
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 45:41
ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

A detailed walk-through of the new Etsy Shop Manager. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for me.

189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:25
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 59:25
189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jade runs the Etsy shop Paper Sphinx and this week we talk about what it takes to run a successful exclusively digital Etsy shop, even while working full-time by day. Go to http://www.ConvoMe.com for more details.

188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:55
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:05:55
188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with yarn entrepreneur, Jan Mouer of Handmade Howlin' Cowls. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more. 

187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:21:46
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:21:46
187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 2 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:35:20
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:35:20
186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 1 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:03:10
185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah

We're talking about all things accounting and bookeeping-related for Etsy sellers and creative business owners Sarah Korhnak is a CPA and Etsy seller and she's to break it all down and give us clear direction on what we should and should not be doing. Enjoy!

184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:24:50
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:24:50
184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Etsy conversation with Kasia B. of Etsy shop NoAndEl. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:28
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 50:28
183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Catching up with Joe Leo who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 120 in March 2016. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 08:41
ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Special Announcement: Introducing Etsy Success Strategies - The Audio Series. Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.

182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:17
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 54:17
182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with Betsy Hoffman of Pretty Girl Postcards. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:08:46
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:08:46
181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview w/photographer and inspirational artist Emily dolenz of the etsy shop EDolenz photos. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:19
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 59:19
180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie runs the Etsy shop Maad Goods and this week she's sharing the story of her journey from having reservations about selling on Etsy to now enjoying growing a customer base for her handmade leather and canvas bags. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:33
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 58:33
179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angie Johnson runs the Etsy shop Norwegian Wood and this week she's talking about the topic she spoke on during her EtsyUp Conference session where she gave detailed steps about how to find your best-selling product. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... Enjoy! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:49
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 54:49
178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Rich & Clara Bailey met in college, got married, had a baby, got him to the point where he was sleeping through the night... If you think they decided to get more sleep, you;re wrong... They decided instead to start a business! So MacBailey Candle Co was born. Listen in to hear how this husband and wife team runs their business and their plans for the business' future.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:40:57
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:40:57
177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Shah is an online friend that I was fortunate to meet through and because of the podcast. It feels like we've known each other for quite a while now but this was our very first IRL (in real life) conversation. She runs the Etsy shop Lil Spaces which, unlike most Etsy shops, started off first as an offline pop-up shop then migrated to an ecommerce website and then finally to Etsy! I like the evolution of her business and how she eventually found her way onto Etsy and you'll get to hear the unique story of exactly how it happened in our convo this week. Have you longed to get media exposure and have the positive "fallout" that follows that? Well listen in to hear how Shah's business received a great deal of press and how you can replicate a similar process for your own business. But there's a caveat... You'll have to listen in to hear what it is :) We had a nice long conversation and here are some highlights of what you'll hear us discuss in-depth: Working with a business partner & going it alone Product line development Running an independent website - pros, cons, and tips for doing it well Balancing an Etsy shop vs ecommerce website Shah's D.E.B.R.A system for keeping up with business tasks Etsy Resolution and why you might want to participate the next time it rolls around From Buzz Feed to Interiors Addict to Babyology... Getting media attention and how to capitalize on it and keep the momentum going Shah's experience being a finalist of the 2015 Etsy Design Awards Shah's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Design Genes Studio - Phoenix is the cool lady behind this Etsy shop where she sells whimsical greeting cards, mugs, and gifts. Hi Phoenix!! :) Etsy Mums Facebook Group - Lauren Munn set up this group for moms who sell on Etsy and want to connect. Lauren has been a valuable member of the Etsy Conversations community for a long time and I highly recommend that if you;re a mom and you sell on Etsy you strongly consider joining Lauren's Facebook group Resources Mentioned Freelancers: Upwork -find people of all skill levels and price ranges to do website (and other technical and non-technical) tasks for you Search Engine Optimization tools: Yoast SEO plugin - SEO plugin for WordPress websites; Backlinko - website by Brian Dean with information about using link-building for website traffic and SEO Getting media exposure: HARO (Help A Reporter Out), Source Bottle (similar to HARO) Recommended Reading: this article by Lauren Munn is a refereshing and honest piece on why her Etsy shop failed but there's a really great message in the piece - Why My Etsy Shop Failed... 5 Reasons You Wouldn't Expect Contact Shah Etsy Convo: Lil Spaces on Etsy Email: Shah [at] LilSpaces [dot] com Social media: Instagram, Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 46:17
176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jessica runs a new Etsy shop called Gifts Outside The Box which she opened up to fill a need in a niche that didn't provide her what she was looking. Listen in to learn how she's finding her place on Etsy.

Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2
12:05
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 12:05
Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2

In case you missed it last week, on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Chad Dickerson was removed as CEO of Etsy after almost 6 years in that position; he will remain in an "advisory role" until the end of May. Chad is being replaced by Josh Silverman who is currently a board director on Etsy's board. Chad is also being replaced as the chairman of the Etsy board by a tech investor, Fred Wilson. But wait... There's more... Etsy also announced that they will lay off  approximately 8% of its total workforce which equates to about 80 positions. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but based on y research and according to the Bloomberg website, black & White Capital LP (who owns about 2% of Etsy) urged Etsy to explore "strategic alternatives... including a possible sale" Here are some other quotes from Black & White's proposals for and criticisms of Etsy: "...the company's historical pattern of ill-advised spending has completely obfuscated the extremely attractive underlying marketplace business model..." "...we are fully prepared to take any actions we believe are necessary to protect the best interests of all Etsy shareholders..." and finally, Black & White Capital LP wants Etsy to better invest R&D to fix its "horrendous search functionality", suggest similar available items, and redirect marketing expenses to drive repeat customers... and some other suggestions So... I kept waiting for Etsy to say something publicly about all of this but they remained pretty mute on the whole topic until about Thursday or Friday. You might have received an email form Etsy's new CEO, if you missed, I read it verbatim in the podcast. Takeaways: Don't forget the Q&A with Josh Silverman will be this Thursday May 11th, 2017 in the Etsy Forums though no specific start and end times were given You can check the Etsy forums as of today (per Josh's email) to find out how to participate I plan to join the Q&A session and then do a follow-up podcast episode about it so stay tuned/come back for that :) Update On Etsy Q&A Pt.2 I reached out a couple of Etsy Admins and was asked to submit my request for an interview through Etsy's media relations/PR department. I guess the good news there is that I'm now officially considered "the media" ;) Anyway, long story short, after exchanging multiple emails with the someone in Etsy's media department, the response I got was essentially, "not now...". In the podcast episode I explain what my plan is going to be going forward... First off, thank you so much to everyone, and I mean, every single person, who sent in a question. I don't want your effort and time spent responding to go to waste so I will hunt down the answers to your questions, even if it means reaching out to Etsy support for each individual question. I will create either a Q&A blog post or podcast series so please stay tuned.

175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique
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175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique

Convo with Julie Fuller of Etsy Shop Tokyo Blossom Boutique.

174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:54
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 59:54
174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Front Page Guide to Etsy with Tammy Cannon of Cannon Online Marketing

173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
40:20
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 40:20
173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Running an Etsy shop with your spouse with ben and Monica Wigen of Catch Me Studio

172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:16
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 39:16
172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Expaning beyond local selling and reaching a global market with Lauree Sayne of Etsy shop Dancing Dish & Decor.

171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
35:53
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 35:53
171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Creating everyday to stay inspired w/Hailey Smedley of the Etsy shop Ozetta.

170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:32
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 51:32
170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Makreting your Etsy shop with Dan Safkow of iMakeTheCase.

ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 22:09
ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

In this special tax season edition of the Etsy Conversations Podcast Resource episode, I review and summarize the article about what deductions are available to Etsy sellers in 2017. NOTE: I am not an accountant or tax lawyer and this recap is purely for informational purposes and should not be construed as tax or financial advice. Okay, so now that that's out of the way... Here are some major take-aways: Keep excellent records - by being diligent with your record-keeping, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress if you ever get audited by the IRS. Things to track: Vehicle expenses and mileage Cell phone and internet use for business Equipment expenses Shipping expenses Home office expenses Advertising fees Legal or professional services Charity donations Education, networking, and travel Meals and entertainment Retirement contributions Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 14:44
ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Learn all about the Etsy Small Business Contest and how you may enter for the chance to win $10,000 to scale up your business.

169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:00:10
2017-09-21 13:58:21 UTC 01:00:10
169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Entrepreneurs need to learn to adapt to rapidly evolving markets and unstable business conditions to survive in the tough world of business.  Saskia runs the Etsy shop Natural Born Customs and she was ready to face these challenges when she first set-up her Etsy shop in 2013. Little did she know that she was about to face a much bigger battle – a battle for her very own life, against cancer. Artist and customizer, Saskia, has always been naturally different. While others fear being different, Saskia was afraid of blending in. She felt the need to look different and be different. She began customizing her own clothes, which immediately caught people’s attention due to the uniqueness of her designs. After receiving several requests from people who wanted their items customized, Saskia decided to start an Etsy shop to share her art with more people. After setting up her shop and receiving her first sale on Etsy in 2013, Saskia realized that she had to abandon her newly founded business when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled this killer disease for almost 3 years before finally claiming victory and getting her life back. In this week’s episode, Saskia shares how cancer transformed her life completely and how it has made her even more passionate about the unique art that she creates on products in her Etsy shop. Saskia discusses her fears, the difficulties of being a “one-person” show, and the challenges she faced in re-opening her business. She also shares invaluable resources that have helped her learn and re-learn how to manage her Etsy shop. We also discuss concepts about SEO and blogging on Etsy. I make things with so much love... So to be able to give somebody something that will make them technicolor and just make them stand out from the crowd makes me feel wonderful.  Natural Born Customs – Topics Discussed Saskia shares how her outlook on business has changed after surviving cancer. Saskia’s collaborative design process. Daily routines. The challenges of working as a full-time business owner. The importance of personal social interaction. Fears that come with selling your own creations. Recommended tags and keywords to improve your Etsy Shop’s SEO. Improving your business by participating in craft fairs and exhibits. Challenges of Etsy sellers who offer customized items or services. A direct approach to getting rid of your fears of shipping internationally. Finding the right brand or identity for your blog. Staying motivated to succeed. The importance of authenticity over automation in marketing.  Natural Born Customs – Resources Mentioned: Etsy Resources: The Etsy Seller’s Handbook Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast: Episode 153 – Fuzzy and Birch Courses: The Etsy Academy by Jenny Waldrop Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations Best Ways to Reach Saskia Etsy Shop: Natural Born Customs Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Email: saskia [at] naturalborncustoms [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason
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168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason

Platforms like Etsy have paved the way to the rise of mompreneurs – female business owners who have found a balance between being an active parent and an entrepreneur. Managing a business and being a parent is no easy feat, especially if you are a first time parent like Sarah Cason of  Sarah Cason Designs. Sarah first talked with me back in Episode 95, when she shared her journey with her Etsy shop, Sarah Cason Designs. Much has happened to her over the past year since we last spoke to her! While most people expect new moms to slow down with their careers, this has not hindered Sarah from doing well in her business at all. In fact, she has even taken to teaching and launched her first Calligraphy class in November 2016. She joins me on the show this week to share her experience as a new mom in business and how she balances being a mom and managing her Etsy shop. Amongst lots of other things, Sarah shares how she keeps her customers engaged even if her shop is on vacation mode and how she built buzz leading to her re-opening. Sarah also provides some insightful tips on how to manage burn out and how to keep your creativity brewing. She shares the tools and processes that she has developed to manage busy periods in her business, such as Christmas and other busy selling seasons for her as well as the holidays.  Sarah Carson Designs - Topics Discussed How Sarah balances her time managing her Etsy shop and taking care of her new baby. The advantages and disadvantages of putting your Etsy shop on vacation mode. Building buzz on social media to boost your Etsy shop re-opening. Using promotions such as an open house to manage your leftover inventory. Strategies for developing new products. New features and functions of the new Etsy layout. Systems and processes that help her manage busy seasons. Goal-setting strategies. Finding creative ways to manage burn out. Podcasts that keep Sarah motivated. Helpful Etsy Shipping features such as labels and commercial pricing. Startegies for streamlining your shipping process. My previous conversation with Marie Segares in Episode 144. Sarah Carson Designs - Resources Mentioned Graphic Creation & Editing: PicMonkey | Etsy Banner with Canva Podcasts: Artists Helping Artists: Selling Your Art Online with Leslie Saeta | While She Naps Podcast Sarah's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Consider the World - run by Emily Tuttle. In her Etsy shop, Emily offers hand-painted globes and donates some of the profits to refugee relief.  Best Ways to Reach Sarah Etsy Conversations: Sarah Cason Designs Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Win a Copy of Marie Segares New Book: "Make Money Teaching Crochet" Are you ready to expand your crochet business, make more money, and inspire others to learn more about your craft? Etsy shop owner, Marie Segares' new book: Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students teaches you how to plan, structure, and launch a profitable, well-organized crochet teaching business with step by step lists, guides, and resources! Learn how to structure, set achievable goals, create lesson plans, develop payment options, and market your business to achieve success! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Marie's book... Leave a comment below sharing your #1 tip for managing your Etsy shop and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive an electronic copy of Marie's book (NOTE: you'll get a physical copy of the book if you reside in a country that Amazon will not deliver electronic books to). Good luck!! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

“Know thyself.” Maybe you've heard it before, perhaps you haven't. It's a directive has been passed down since the time of the ancient Greeks. It sounds simple, but it is one of the most difficult things to do in life. The reality is that many people go through life without really developing a strong sense of self and identity. The same is true in business. Many Etsy sellers struggle with marketing, because they do not have a brand that people understand or resonate with. CLN & DRTY embodies the zest and positivity of its owner, Paula Tamara Hoss. One of the things I love, and which makes sellers like Paula particularly successful on a marketplace like Etsy is that she and her daughters are the face of her business. They embody the CLN & DRTY brand. Her brand’s message are her thoughts and how she lives her life, which makes it easier for her to reach out to her audience. Paula is an artist. She loves creating things and sharing it with the world. She found the opportunity to share this passion for art with her own Etsy shop in 2008. Like many starting entrepreneurs, she struggled with self-limiting thoughts that hindered her from finding her true passion. 3 Etsy Shops and several years later (yes, you read that correctly), Paula founded CLN & DRTY without even knowing its potential for success. Her shop was born out of her love for her daughters. She was concerned about the chemicals in the skin products that she was using and how it would affect her children. Her crafty and resourceful nature helped her produce home-made sunscreen from all natural products, which she based on recipes that she had found online. She shared it with her friends and it was an instant hit! In this week's episode, Paula shares the story of how she started doing business on Etsy. She tells about her muse, or her buyer persona, which allows her to develop products that fit her brand and the needs of her target market. She also provides tips and tools that she uses to manage her finances and market her business. You are the face of your brand. You ARE your brand CLN & DRTY – Topics Discussed: The benefits of being intentional with your business. Developing a product line that fits the needs and wants of your target market. Building a buyer persona to find out who is your target market and to keep your brand in line. Creating a line of products that complement each other. Nurturing collaborative relationships to expand your business. Paula’s experience transitioning from an employee to a business owner. Reaching out and building better relationships with your customers. Attraction not promotion. Finding the right people to advocate for or promote your product. Leveraging the power of parallel markets to create more value. Selling your products to high-end buyers. The Etsy Shipping Tool. Tools and techniques to manage your finances. Marketing Tools on and off Etsy. Hard lessons that Paula learned from Selling on Etsy. CLN & DRTY Resources Mentioned The Side Hustle Show Tony Robbins: Are your beliefs holding you back? Thriving on Etsy and Beyond Etsy Artists of Boston Marmalead TailWind The Well Essentials Best Ways to Reach Paula: Website: CLNandDRTY.com Etsy Shop: CLN & DRTY Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what your auto-mechanic does in their spare time? You probably wouldn’t think they’re at home creating cute, cuddly plush toys for kids. That’s exactly what my guest,Nikki who runs the Etsy shop  Stitch and Stuffed enjoys doing when she’s not turning the wrenches in the garage.   Nikki is a one-of-a-few kind of gal – not only is she an Automotive Technician by day, but by night she’s a “plushy artist.” She’s been a crafter for most of her life, starting as a young girl hand-sewing pencil-toppers for her and her friends’ pencils in school. She took her love of sewing one step further as she got older and decided to invest in a sewing machine.  She taught herself how to use the sewing machine and hasn’t looked back since! While she’s no longer creating cute shirts for the tops of her pencils, her skill has evolved to creating plush toys for children of all ages.   Where does she get her inspiration? From the kids, themselves!  I love how creative children are ~ Nikki Nikki opened her Etsy shop about a year and a half ago. Currently selling handmade plush toys, she says a lot of the orders she fills comes from parents of children with big ideas for characters. Parents often send her drawings and sketches of animals that their children have created and she brings them to life through her sewing skills.  On this week’s episode, Nikki shares her story about how she discovered Etsy, why she decided to “jump in head first” despite people telling her that the site was overcrowded, and what her long-term business goals are for Stitch and Stuffed.  We also talk about her pricing model, buying materials at wholesale cost, and how she promotes her shop on Facebook and Instagram. We also get her perspective on posting promotional advertisements in the Etsy forums and why she advises against it.  Stitch and Stuffed – Topics Discussed  How she manages her time running her shop while working full-time.  Her ideas for launching DIY kits for kids.  The technical similarities she sees between her full-time job and her Etsy business.  Attending wholesale vendor shows to connect with wholesalers.  How her marketing and promotional tactics have evolved over the last year.  How she uses Instagram and hashtags to promote her business.  Learning the hard way – fulfilling international orders and accurately gauging shipping fees.  What she looks forward to by attending the Craftcation Conference in April.  Stitch and Stuffed – Resources Mentioned  Marmalead  Etsy Jam Podcast  IFTTT  Stitch and Stuffed – Etsy Shop Shout Outs  Country Craftin’ Corner –  run by Nikki's friend Amber where she sells beautifully created jewelry, keychains, and hand-stamped items!  Best Ways to Reach Nikki  Etsy Shop: Stitch and Stuffed  Social Media: Facebook | Instagram  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager
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Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager

Etsy Studio Here's the video I mentioned in this podcast episode: New Etsy Shop Manager Here's the link to join the Shop Manager Prototype team. ===================== I'll be speaking at Social Media Marketing World 2017 in March and I'd love to see you there. If you can't attend the conference but are in the San Diego area I'd be happy to meet up to say hello too! Here's more information about the conference: SMMW17 The title of my session is "How to Follow Your Calling and Produce a Podcast You Love"... If you have a desire to start a podcast but you're just stuck... Or if you have a podcast but you've lost your zeal for it, I think in this session I can help you get unstuck. I'll be speaking from my personal experience of what's worked and what hasn't for me in creating a successful podcast. I hope to see you there!

165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 53:56
165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Many of us dream of getting our products into retail stores and on major ecommerce websites, but we often don’t know where to start. Having your products sold by companies like Sears, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond often feels like a pipe-dream. This week I have a returning guest, Cyndi Blais, of the Etsy shop Funktional Wearables where she sells jewelry for fitness trackers like the FitBit. We're talking all about growing your brand and how she has successfully done that. You may remember my earlier conversation with Cyndi from 2015 when we talked about why she niched down from selling health and fitness products to focusing on just fitness tracker accessories specifically, and provided a ton of helpful information and resources for Etsy sellers. If you missed that episode, I recommend checking it out. It's Episode 81.  This week, I’m catching up with Cyndi to see how her business has grown and evolved over the last 18 months. I must say, this interview has been incredibly informative and insightful! Since our last conversation, Funktional Wearables has grown exponentially – now with products being sold in retail stores like Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, and (hopefully) soon Best Buy! Wow... That’s huge!  Although she’s seen massive success in her business, Cyndi is still a “down to earth” kind of gal and she still holds Etsy close to her heart. In fact, she attributes much of her success to Etsy, since that’s where her products got their start!  I’m sure you’ll love this interview as much as I have and hopefully you'll learn many great, inspirational lessons from Cyndi's story.  Get out there... Approach retail stores... The faster you do it, the better. ~ Cyndi Blais, Funktional Wearables  Funktional Wearables – Topics Discussed  Which e-commerce platforms are the most time-consuming and which give Cyndi the highest return.  How the selling fees on Amazon compare to those on Etsy.  Why she continues to sell on Etsy even after finding success with other platforms and in retail stores.  How she got started selling in retail stores.  How her product line has grown with the introduction of new fitness trackers.  Outsourcing and hiring – how she finds qualified employees.  Marketing tips, strategies, and service providers.  The advantages and disadvantages of running an Etsy shop and her own e-commerce website.  Wholesale selling outside of Etsy.  How she gained traction on eBay.  Her mindset about big name competition, like Vera Wang, launching products within her niche.  How she finds time to plan a wedding while running a business. Resources Mentioned  Brand Boom  Open Sky  Stitch Labs  Bonanza  Jet  Instagram  Facebook Video Ads   Best Ways to Reach Cyndi  E-Commerce Stores: Funktional Wearables | Etsy   Phone: (858) 935-9105  Email: info [at] funktionalwearables [dot] com Social Media: Funktional Wearables Instagram | CyndiFunk Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Deciding how and when to open your Etsy shop is a big decision for many aspiring Etsy sellers. Some sellers simply dive in head first and learn the platform, strategies, and processes as they go while others feel a bit timid about starting down the path of the unknown. IF Only Pretty Etsy shop owner Ina Fitzgerald is the type of brave woman that dives right into new ideas. Since 2012, Ina has sold beautifully hand-crafted wrap bracelets made of silk, suede cord, and other materials. What really makes her products special and unique, though, are the hand-stamped inspirational messages she uses as little trinkets on her products. She joins me on the show this week to share her story on how she got started selling on Etsy, her primary goal for opening her shop, and where she expects her business to go in the future. We also talk a lot about how she promoted her products early on as well as things she has learned about SEO strategies and promotion throughout her creative journey on Etsy. We discuss how she learned that her product was featured in a BuzzFeed article, “19 Gifts That Will Make Your Daughter Feel Awesome About Herself” in October 2016 and how the feature affected her page views and sales. Ina has a unique way of using business cards to maximize her marketing strategies that she shares in this episode. She also shares her “behind the scenes” secrets on her strategies and processes for pricing, packaging, and shipping her products. To get out of creative ruts, I just need to sit in my studio and play with the colors, the beads, and the materials. ~ Ina Fitzgerald [caption id="attachment_4035" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Wrap Bracelets by Ina - IF Only Pretty[/caption] IF Only Pretty – Topics Discussed Learning the platform and SEO strategies as she grew her Etsy business. Resources she found helpful to overcome the learning curve. How she manages her time while running her Etsy shop, working full-time, and raising two small kids. Preparing for the holiday season. Shipping and packaging processes. Product pricing strategies. Finding affordable and reliable packaging material sources. International selling and how it has affected her business. Promotional tips and strategies that have worked for Ina. Selling and promoting at craft shows. Overcoming creative ruts. Tips for new sellers to sell more efficiently. Hard lessons she has learned while selling on Etsy. Inventory and order tracking systems. Resources Mentioned Etsy Seller Handbook Connecting with other Etsy sellers Etsy Conversations Podcast (Aww… thanks, Ina!) Rich Mom Business - Renae Christine's YouTube channel IF Only Pretty – Etsy Shop Shout-Outs Whitney Paige Design Co - offers beautifully crafted leather and artsy anthropology zippie bags. Contact Ina Etsy Shop: IF Only Pretty Social Media: Instagram Email: IFOnlyPretty [at] gmail [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

I'm really excited to share this episode again. I’m diving deep into your Etsy questions with Kim Konen, who worked as an Etsy admin from February 2010 to October 2014, and is currently the owner of the Etsy shop, TinyHearts. Our mutual friend Angie Gordon, who runs the Etsy shop Gathered and Sown also joined us for this special Q&A session. I frequently receive questions in my email, as well as on the Etsy Conversations Facebook page and Facebook group about different aspects of getting started and running an Etsy shop. So, I wanted to give you a simple way to get all of your questions answered in one central location – on the show! I loved doing this episode because it was really interactive in that I got folks to submit their questions just for the show and they were answered in this convo with Kim. Kim, Angie, and I address some of the most-asked questions you have had, including how to get featured in Etsy Finds and the various things to consider that can affect your shop’s relevancy on the platform. This episode is quite long, because we wanted to make sure we asked and addressed your most pressing questions! Your Etsy Questions Answered How to sign-in to multiple Etsy shops at the same time. (Submitted by Kelli of Swaddle Me Snugly) The changes sellers can expect as a result of Etsy’s IPO. (Submitted by Charlotte of Caravan Fiber) How to get more views and sales. Tips to improve your Etsy search results. (Submitted by Kara of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding) What really affects your Etsy relevancy – and what does not. (Submitted by Diane of Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations) Etsy’s category algorithm. (Submitted by Beate of Patterns Tried & True) How to create relevant product titles and keywords. (Submitted by Charlie of ZUTusine) Why sellers are unable to see who follows their shop. (Submitted by Doug of Bright Workz) What sells well on Etsy, what doesn’t, and which markets are over-saturated. Resources Mentioned Etsy Teams: Made In Wisconsin Business Consulting Services: Creative Little Beasts | Facebook Page Etsy Questions & Answers - Kim’s Pro Tips Link to your other shop listings in your item descriptions. Comment on Etsy’s new product forum posts the first day they’re published. Test your keywords and categories by running an A/B test. Identify your ideal customer. Actually writing down who they are helps you stay focused on your branding and message. Use the Etsy search bar to get keyword ideas for the most relevant keywords to use in your listing. Place the most relevant, important keywords first in your title. Titles and tags are most important in Etsy’s search engine algorithm. Ask your friends and family for help; give them your shop link and have them describe your shop in 5 words. Best Ways to Reach Kim Etsy Shop: Tiny Hearts Social Media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing a family while growing a business is no small feat but Kara figured it out and she came on the podcast back in September 2014 to share how she made it all work and made the transition to making a full time living off Etsy in Episode 43. Running a household, and chasing after two small children may seem tiring enough, but juggling an Etsy business on top of it can definitely pack your day full of excitement, wonder, as well as a little extra chaos (...in a good way, of course). This week I’ve pulled out my original conversation with Kara Lamerato, wife, mother of (then) two little little ones, and owner of the Etsy shop, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding, where she sells beautifully handmade place card holders, wine bottle stoppers, and wine corks for weddings. Kara opened her shop in January 2011 and she shared her story of how she created a successful full-time Etsy business that enabled her to quit her steady 9-5 job to be home with her kids. Kara’s prior work experience was in the finance industry where she realized that she wanted to be home with her children while also earning an income and fulfilling her creative passion. Doesn't that just scream "Etsy business!!" to you? ;) She explained that her shop initially started as a “side hobby” to allow her to splurge on little things like pedicures and cute sweaters, but after the birth of her first child and the heartbreaking experience of having to leave her newborn child to go to work every day, she decided to hunker down and from there planned to make her Etsy business more successful. Kara's story is truly inspirational and one that I really enjoyed hearing. In addition to learning how she achieved her goal of becoming a work-at-home-mom, she provides helpful tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran Etsy sellers with regard to Etsy shop promotion, product photography and much more. Kara’s Vineyard Wedding – Topics Discussed How Kara got started on Etsy and the timeline of her path to Etsy success  Transitioning from a full-time career to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How and why she decided to brand her shop and how that was the turning point of her Etsy business experience Kara explains how long it took her to go from “breaking even” to profitable Where Kara finds most of her inspiration for new products lines Stressful experiences Kara has had while using Etsy and what lessons she has learned from them Shipping challenges and refund policies Etsy shop promotion using Etsy teams and social media Using proper SEO and Etsy relevancy techniques to boost product visibility in the Etsy marketplace Kara's tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran sellers Resources Mentioned Photo Editing Programs: PicMonkey Etsy Teams: Team Unity Newsletters: Etsy Success Newsletter Best Ways to Reach Kara Lamerato Etsy Shop: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Email: KarasVineyardWedding [at] gmail [dot] com Website: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Still stumped when it comes to Etsy Relevancy and Etsy SEO...? Figuring out how to get your shop seen by your ideal customer on Etsy – not to mention trying to get your shop ranked high on Google – is no easy feat! My guest Michele Gallagher – owner of the Etsy shop JAM Jewelry Shop and founder of MyCraft Assistant has things pretty well figured out. Michele shares her story on how she got started selling on Etsy and how her business evolved to helping other Etsy sellers find success on the platform through her unique consultation and virtual assistant services. She explains how she spent hours doing the research and testing out her methods on getting ranked well on Etsy and on various search engines such as Google. This all leads into why Michele became passionate about helping other Etsy sellers learn what she has learned, grow their businesses, and find success on the platform. We cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode – from how to identify your target audience to learning what tags you should use on your product listings to get the best search results as well as how to use social media correctly to drive traffic to your shop and increase sales. Michele is one smart cookie and I was excited to have her on the show back then and I'm happy to share her brilliant tips and strategies that can help you succeed as a new or seasoned Etsy seller in this re-run of our original conversation. My Craft Assistant – Topics Discussed Michele explains the two ways she helps new and seasoned sellers optimize their shops to find success right from the start The most common mistakes that many shop owners make when selling on the Etsy platform The importance of identifying your target audience and the best ways to market to them Differences between Etsy relevancy and SEO Why Michele believes that creating your tags properly is more important than being in an Etsy treasury (***Treasuries are now a defunct feature on Etsy, so...***) Michele shares a helpful tip on how she manages her time The importance of Etsy sellers utilizing social media to drive traffic to their shops – and how to do it correctly Advice on how to use Etsy teams to grow your business Relationship-building tips that can help shop owners form meaningful relationships with their customers Contact Michele Website: MyCraftAssistant Email: info [at] MyCraftAssistant [dot] com Twitter: CraftAssistant Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:01:37
160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Yes! This week we're bringing on the bling again with Angela Frazier of the (now re-named) Etsy shop AV Wedding Designs. Planning the perfect wedding is a stressful task for many brides-to-be... From picking out the perfect colors and flowers to choosing the perfect gown, many soon-to-be brides lose sleep trying to figure it all out. And what if you’re looking for an item that no one else has? Where do you turn? Well, Angela has that little nook covered... Angela started her Etsy business in December 2012 after attracting an impressive amount of attention for her uniquely designed “bling shoes”. Like many women, she was on a hunt for accessories that had never been seen before, but unfortunately, her hunt came up short. So, she decided to create her own handcrafted, fashionable shoes for herself. And boy did she hit the ground running with her new idea! In this episode Angela shares her story of how she got started on Etsy, the products she offers and how she comes up with her unique designs. She explains how her Etsy shop went from only 12 sales in the first 6 months to nearly 100 in the next by making a few tweaks to her photos and tags... Very important lessons right there... Angela shares SEO tips on how to maximize the Etsy search engine to improve your product rankings and get seen by your potential customers better. She also explains what she does to incorporate social media marketing tactics into her everyday marketing plan and how they helped her grow her business successfully. Her story is truly an inspirational one, and her funny, positive attitude is very contagious. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and learn a lot of helpful tips which you can use to take your business to the next level :) AV Wedding Designs – Topics Discussed Angela explains why she tries to purchase the very last shoes available on a store’s shelves Angela's first experiences as an Etsy shop owner and the challenges she has had to overcome in her first year How Angela decided to maximize the simplicity and benefits of owning an Etsy shop and how it compared to the work involved in establishing her own website Different design ideas Angela has sold on Etsy, including her unique camo collection How she transitioned from working in a bank to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How having an in-home shop has helped Angela cross-sell and upsell her other products We talk about social media marketing and how she uses it to increase awareness of her brand and products Angela explains how she promotes her Etsy shop offline through various local shows and business card distribution Tracking the return on her marketing efforts Specific tips and advice from Angela for new Etsy sellers Contact Angela: Etsy Shop: AV Custom Designs & More Website: South East Texas Weddings Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 50:11
014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
57:30
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 57:30
159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

This week’s episode is a special treat... A blast from the past! I’ve dived deep into the archives to dig up some of episodes from earlier shows – ones that longtime listeners have loved, but which you may have missed if you're a newer listener. In this week's conversation, we talk all about hand-thrown pottery and ceramics. My guest is Diane Waters, and she owns and runs the Etsy shop Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations. Diane has worked with hand-thrown ceramics and pottery for several years, and her passion and love for the craft began after taking a course with her friend at a local pottery supply store. She explains how the challenges of learning this new skill is what fueled her passion and determination to master it, which later led to opening her Etsy shop and selling her handmade wares online. Since opening Muddy Waters CC on Etsy in January 2012, Diane has sold nearly 400 pottery pieces, ranging from ceramic mugs, cups, bowls, and dishes to trinket jars, tea pots, and Raku pieces. We discuss the many ways she promotes her shop and ways to connect with your customers beyond creating promotional posts on Facebook or Twitter. Other topics of our discussion include the importance of good quality product photos, getting involved with teams and community events, and the importance of connecting with others for business growth. Diane's love for the craft and desire to create and make has been an inspiration to many creative entrepreneurs. Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations – Topics Discussed Diane shares the story of how she began selling on Etsy. How she decides what she wants to create each day and why she chooses to create each piece exactly how she does. What Raku is. Diane describes the different firing and decorating techniques she uses to make each of her pottery and ceramic pieces and how they work. The advantages of using different sized kilns when making certain types of pottery items. How Diane manages her time as a creative entrepreneur, wife, mother, and owner of 3 dogs and 3 cats. Diane shares how she stays motivated to keep working on her store and making her wares and what she does when she starts feeling unmotivated. Why Diane refuses to check out the competition in her niche. How she decided which Etsy teams to join and how much time she dedicates to them. Contact Diane Etsy: Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Website: MuddyWatersCC.com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 08:52
013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:46
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:01:46
158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Every now and then, I receive requests to have specific Etsy sellers on the podcast as my guests from the amazing listeners of the show – people like you! I absolutely love when you all send a request for a guest that you’d like to learn more about on the podcast! My guest this week is here by special request from a number of you and she is Julie Ann, the artist, illustrator and owner of the Etsy shop JulieAnn Art, where she sells beautifully crafted, straight-forward sentiments, stocking stuffers, gift items, and holiday and greeting cards. Julie Ann has been selling on Etsy since 2008 and, to date, has over 63,000 sales. What started out purely as a hobby quickly turned into a fun and very lucrative business. Over the last 4 years, Julie Ann’s shop has enabled her to work full-time as an entrepreneur, and she shares some very valuable insights on what she believes made her business so successful. In 2013, Julie Ann wasa featured seller in the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” blog series! Today, we discuss how that happened and how being featured has impacted her business, shop views, and sales. We discuss how the market for greeting cards has changed over the years, launching new product lines versus individual products throughout the year, as well as how she runs and prepares her business during vacations and holidays. We also talk about her pricing strategy, the SEO techniques she has learned over the years, and how keeping lists has helped her not only run her business smoothly, but also keep a healthy work-life balance as an entrepreneur. [bctt tweet="Take advantage of the freedom that owning a business can give u. It’s ok 2 take a break from ur #Etsyshop" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Julie Ann Art – Topics Discussed Why Julie Ann finally decided to turn her passion hobby into a full-time business What she initially sold on Etsy and how her product lines have changed over the years Why she believes the age of her shop may give her business an edge over the competition We discuss the difference between launching new seasonal products vs full product line launches as well as the pros and cons of each technique How and when Julie Ann decides to discontinue a product or product line SEO and how putting her Etsy shop on vacation mode has impacted her business as well as what steps she takes to overcome that challenge Julie Ann shares how her cross-country move has impacted her business and what planning strategy she used for her business before the big move How/when she realized her business was ready to be part of the Etsy wholesale opportunity Julie Ann Art – Resources Mentioned Craft Fairs: Renegade Craft Fair Educational Courses: Melyssa Griffin’s Pinterest Course Blogs: Melyssa Griffin’s blog – The Nectar Collective Other Tools: Dymo Label Writer 4XL Label Printer – at Amazon and Staples | Affordable 4x6 Shipping Labels from Royal Mailers Julie Ann's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Her best friend’s Etsy shop: DeLovely Details – for beautifully hand-crafted, laser engraved wedding hangers, cocktail stirrers, and more Contact Julie Ann Website: JulieAnnArt.com Instagram: @JulieAnnArt Email: Julie [at] JulieAnnArt [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:07
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:01:07
157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world... To play the “nomad game”...  Seeing different sights and experiencing different cultures of people living in foreign countries? Have you ever wondered how an experience like that could change your perception of life – or even how it could inspire you to create and run a business? My guest today is Alexandra (Alex) Matthews, owner of the Etsy shop Soul Paper Art. Alex had the opportunity to travel the world at a fairly young age – fresh out of college and she has seen the beautiful landscapes and inspirational cultures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Bali, as well as Europe. Although Alex had an Etsy shop before she decided to see the world, it was after she returned from living the dream life of an explorer that she hunkered down and focused on growing her business. In her Etsy shop Soul Paper Art, Alex creates and sells beautifully hand-crafted state maps, greeting cards, and illustrations. She shares her journey with me, from touring the world to re-designing her shop and website, as well as what techniques she uses – both online and offline – to grow her business and get her name out there. Alex has a unique view of business, life, and the world in general. Through her traveling experiences, she has found the inspiration she needs to continue creating. Although, like many creative entrepreneurs, she admits to sometimes feeling isolated, she shares how she overcomes that feeling of isolation feeling. We also discuss how she manages her time between working full-time in marketing for a home building company while running a successful business. Alex's story is truly inspirational! [bctt tweet="It's important to keep people in your life. Have a social life & get outside!" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Soul Paper Art – Topics Discussed How traveling the world helped Alex re-design and re-brand her Etsy shop Why Alex decided to sell her work on Etsy instead of becoming a freelance graphic designer for businesses Why Alex decided to re-name her shop and how quickly she received her first sale after the revamp Factors she takes into consideration when determining her product prices Future goals and plans for Soul Paper Art – could wedding stationery be in her business’ future...? ;) Ways she uses to successfully promote her business Why she decided to build a website separate from Etsy We discuss the pros and cons of Pattern by Etsy sites Alex's experiences with pop-up shops and maker fairs Soul Paper Art – Resources Mentioned Social Media Planning Tools: Post Planner Website Building Platforms: WordPress | Squarespace | Pattern by Etsy Newsletter Programs: MailChimp | MadMimi Etsy Tools: Shipping labels | Reviews | Etsy Wholesale Contact Alex Etsy: Soul Paper Art Website: SoulPaperArt.com Instagram: @SoulPaperCA Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
20:59
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 20:59
012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
41:29
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 41:29
156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Craftcation Conference 2017 is coming around again and the time to start planning is now. craftcation 2017Networking with other creatives, crafters, and business owners is important to continually grow your online business. Whether you attend meet-ups, masterminds, or conferences, getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is one of the secrets that many small business owners and entrepreneurs use throughout their businesses to maintain consistent growth and help drive sales. My guest on the show this week is Nicole Stevenson, co-founder of the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, California. You may remember her from Episode 116 back in February. Nicole rejoins me to talk about the importance of attending conferences throughout the year and how they can impact your business. We also discuss what inspired her and her business partner, Delilah Snell, to plan and organize a conference specifically for small, creative business owners. As Nicole says, “You have to put yourself out there and make connections”. She shares some valuable tips for entrepreneurs about what they should consider before registering to attend a conference, how to put yourself out there and connect with people before the conference takes place, and also how to determine how many conferences you should aim to attend in a given year. Nicole also shares the inside scoop on exactly what the upcoming Craftcation Conference 2017 has in store for attendees, how you can register to attend this exciting and rewarding event, and what fun activities are planned before and after the conference. [bctt tweet="Making connections with people before an event gives you a way in" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Craftcation Conference 2017 – Topics Discussed Different types of conferences available to business owners Logistics of planning and developing a conference, and specifically Craftcation How many conferences Nicole recommends business owners attend annually Nicole explains why assessing your business goals can help you determine which conferences to attend – and how many Why it is important to build and sustain an online presence before attending a conference The importance of researching and connecting with conference presenters Resources Mentioned Free Business Cards: Moo Contact Nicole Website: DearHandmadeLife.com Facebook: Craftcation Conference Use promo code: EtsyConvo to register for Craftcation Conference 2017 Conference and get $20 off your registration fee! Register to attend the exciting, educational, and rewarding Craftcation 2017, held at the beautiful beach-side hotel – Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura California from April 27 through 30, 2017! This four-day conference is jam-packed with over 80 different workshops and presentations to help you learn everything from building and growing your social media strategies and branding your business to learning new skills like block printing and embroidery. At Craftcation 2017, in addition to the amazing presentations and workshops, you can also enjoy: Fun networking lunches A dance party Morning daily yoga A Fun Run And much, much more! Don’t forget to enter the discount code – EtsyConvo – to receive a $20 discount just for being an amazing Etsy Conversations Podcast listener! Visit Dear Handmade Life to register. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:20
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:10:20
155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Working from a studio apartment offers a unique set of challenges and no one understands that better than Nicole Dotto, owner of the Etsy shop Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause. For over seven years, Nicole has run her Etsy shop from the comfort of her home in a variety of locations across the United States. You may remember my interview with Nicole back in August, where she shared her story on how she got started on Etsy over 7 years ago and how she promoted her products as a new seller. Today, she rejoins me to dive a little deeper into what it’s really like running her business from her studio apartment, her fascination with the risks – and rewards – of being a small business owner, and how she has grown her business over the last several years to become her primary source of income. In March 2014, Nicole was featured on the Etsy blog and today, she explains how she believes she attracted their attention, what other sellers can do to increase their chances of being selected as a featured guest on the Etsy blog, and how it has helped her gain more traction for her business. She also explains why she considers her shop a “means to an end” and how she uses that mindset to consistently work on her business to make it a success. We take a deep dive into why she feels that the flexibility of running her own online shop is like a double-edged sword and why she believes setting small and large goals for her business helps drive her out of a “lazy slump.” Nicole strongly believes that her targeted focus on activities that will generate income is one of the factors that has helped her grow her business successfully. She shares what activities she has focused on in the past, as well as what she is currently focusing on to push her business forward in the future. Tune in to hear a ton of valuable information, resources, and advice for new Etsy sellers that Nicole shares, as well as tips on how to determine your price points when you’re unsure. [bctt tweet="When you put a value on something, other people will see it and appreciate it more @Dotto" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Dotto Vintage – Topics Discussed How Nicole got started and why she became an Etsy seller Why she decided not to specialize or niche down her shop into one vintage style The struggles she faces with sourcing her products in a relatively small town How selling on Etsy has allowed her more time to follow other passions – like volunteering for several organizations Why setting goals is so important to the success of her business Product promotion and how Nicole's promotion methods have evolved over the years Why focusing on activities that will increase your ROI and letting go of other activities is important for your Etsy shop to continually grow We discuss organization and storage techniques and how she stores the products she sells Nicole explains how she photographs her products – while modeling them Nicole’s Etsy Shop Shoutouts Vera Vague - sells antique vintage clothing Her friend Joseph's Etsy shop - Carnival of the Maniac – for uniquely amazing men’s clothing The Original Cat Cult – for cute, whimsical cat collages Rodion Creative Dotto – Resources Mentioned Heart-o-Matic on Craft Cult – for a quick snapshot of your Etsy shop stats, hearts, and clicks. Etsy Teams Podcasts like Etsy Conversations (aww – thanks, Nicole!) and TedTalks Contact Nicole Etsy Shop: Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause Email: nicoledotto [at] yahoo [dot] com etsy shop dotto Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:46
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 12:46
011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:22:30
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:22:30
154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

The inspiration to start a craft business can literally come from anyone, anything, or any experience you have throughout your life, and this is just the beginning of the journey of, Mary Glover, owner of the Etsy shop MaryGLovesArt and Founding Director of Awakening Seeds. Mary has always had a passion for arts and crafts, and since she was a little girl she has created and crafted a wide array of designs and art projects. Mary says she has always viewed her artwork as a way to fulfill her crafty nature. Until 2015, she never thought about selling her work or building a business around her passion. That is, until the inspiration of her family and friends helped motivate her decision to begin selling her first handmade item - the "Don’t Worry Doll” which was inspired by her young granddaughter. Since then Mary has gone on to open her Etsy shop and expanded her product line beyond the Don’t Worry Doll. She currently also sells handcrafted cards, gift tags, and mixed media prints and collages. In this week's episode, Mary shares her journey into the Etsy world right from her very first sale. She discusses what techniques she uses to help grow her e-commerce business and explains why she believes sharing your story with your customers and the online community can help grow your business, all while incorporating authenticity and building trust. We also discuss Angela Holden and how Mary's experience with her building her beautiful online websites. Mary is also the Founder of the Awakening Seeds school and we talk about the motivation and driving force behind the school as well as the vision and educational curriculum of the school. Additionally, we discuss how she manages her time building an Etsy business while working full-time at Awakening Seeds plus writing for and maintaining two different - but equally important blogs, both of which she is very passionate about. [bctt tweet="Focusing on the visual presentation of your work is really valuable to your Etsy business" username="ConvoMePodcast"] MaryG Loves Art - Topics Discussed The genesis of the “Don’t Worry Doll” How Mary used art and an art journal as part of her healing process after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer What inspired her to finally start selling her artwork How she determines how to price her products on Etsy Mary's Etsy shop promotion strategies Why she chose not to include an e-commerce component on her personal website The mechanics of running two different blogs and how Mary comes up with blog post topics for each Why she doesn’t focus much on SEO techniques while writing her blog posts Lessons learned about using SEO and quality photographs in her Etsy shop How a Craftsy photography course has helped her business Why Mary believes “getting her story out” through social media and blog post writing has helped her business grow MaryG Loves Art - Resources Mentioned Offline tools: iPhone | Thrift Stores Courses: Craftsy Product Photography Class Photo Editing: Photoshop Elements Social Media: Instagram Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast   MaryG Loves Art - Etsy Shop Shout Outs JustPlainJane - run by Mary's sister Jane. Jane sells handcrafted, whimsical, ornaments, and art. ArtsyLetters - run by Mary's friend Robyn Hood Black. Robyn sells handcrafted literary gifts with a vintage touch. Angela J. Holden - web designer extraordinaire... :) Best Ways to Reach Mary Glover: Etsy shop convo: MaryG Loves Art Website: MaryGLovesArt.net Awakening Seed School Email: MaryKGlover [at] me [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:38
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:03:38
153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jenni Waldrop is a corporate job hating, former Fortune 500 “minion” turned 6-figure Etsy seller, success blogger, and owner of the Etsy shop, Fuzzy and Birch, where she sells beautifully designed digital and printed prints with a touch of sarcasm. She describes herself as an entrepreneur and the “maker of other businesses” largely because her Etsy success blog has proven to be a valuable resource for new and aspiring Etsy sellers. On this week's episode, Jenni shares her journey from her corporate working life to growing a six figure business. She explains how, although she has worked in marketing departments in the corporate world, after becoming an entrepreneur, she quickly learned that marketing your own products and services is vastly different than the way the big corporate businesses do things. Throughout the course of her journey, Jenni became quite savvy at using SEO techniques, discovering what works and doesn’t work for marketing her business, and now she teaches other Etsy sellers about SEO strategies and success strategies to help them grow their businesses. We discuss everything from living the “solopreneur life” and coping with “solopreneur isolation” to outsourcing tasks, connecting with your target customer, finding an Etsy tribe to brainstorm and hash out ideas with, as well as how to drive targeted traffic to your shop to increase your ROI. [bctt tweet="Pick 1 or 2 #socialmediamarketing platforms (max)... Customers can tell when u put in the effort" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Fuzzy and Birch - Topics Discussed How and when Jenni discovered Etsy and why she became an entrepreneur Jenni's secret to finding good people to outsource tasks to How she became savvy in SEO techniques. Why she believes having a “tribe” - a community of like-minded individuals and sellers - can be a critical factor to building a successful business and where to find them! We discuss how she learned to drive traffic to her Etsy shop at the beginning of her business She explains why she is so passionate about helping other Etsy sellers grow and build a successful business Products she sells in her shop, where she gets her inspiration from, and we discuss the new SEO course she’s launched to help other Etsy sellers find success Jenni explains why she believes it’s a bad idea to create an account on every social media platform available, and why you should just keep it simple Fuzzy and Birch - Resources Mentioned Outsourcing Platforms: Time Etc Lead Generation: Marmalead Blogging & Website Building: WordPress | Squarespace Website/Blog Hosting: BlueHost Other: Not On The High Street Best Ways to Reach Jenni Waldrop Online: Website and Blog Your First 1k on Etsy Facebook Group Courses: Optimize Me: The Etsy SEO Solution Course (available through the beginning of December 2016) Your First 1k on Etsy Course Mastering Your Etsy Finances The Etsy Therapist ( + Custom Shop Critique!) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:30
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 10:30
010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:51
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:04:51
152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For many people with sensitive skin, finding high quality bath and body products like soap, shampoo, body lotion, bath salts and scrubs is a lifelong challenge. Carma Wood, owner of the Etsy shop Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, can relate to this struggle on a personal level. Her challenges with finding soap and other bath products that wouldn’t irritate her skin is what set her on the path to learning how to make handcrafted bath and body products. Carma lives in Minnesota with her family and fur-babies. She originally started on Etsy as a buyer before transitioning into a seller of handmade sewn items. Soon after, she discovered that she had a passion for making handcrafted soaps that were not only easy on her sensitive skin, but also made from mostly biodegradable ingredients. Carma explains that she holds two things very close to her heart - a passion for helping others with sensitive skin and a passion for helping the environment. By combining these two passions, she has decided on the unique name for her Etsy shop - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, named after an endangered fresh water fish from Lake Superior. In this week's episode, Carma shares how she learned to create her own soap and other bath and body products... Step aside Bath & Body Works... ;) She also explains her process for taking and fulfilling custom orders in her shop, and how she “human tests” all of the products before releasing them for sale in her Etsy store. Additionally, Carma shares a marketing secret that most Etsy sellers do not utilize - but should, as well as how she manages her time working on her shop while working full-time and creating. Carma has lots of valuable tips for sellers ready to scale their business by outsourcing tasks or hiring full-time or part-time employees. [bctt tweet="Catalogs help u get more eyes on ur products than most other advertising methods #EtsySellers" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Topics Discussed Carma explains why she believes starting out as an Etsy shopper makes transitioning to being a seller easier How Carma learned how to craft high-quality handcrafted body products by reading books and studying recipes for 6-months before making her first batch of soap Carma's process for creating a physical catalog highlighting specific products in her shop and what she believes her return on investment is for this marketing strategy How Carma ensures her "sensitive skin assurance" policy - ensuring customers know the ingredients before they buy She explains how she got started in wholesaling Valuable insight on how and when Etsy sellers should consider outsourcing. Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Maker to Manufacturer Podcast Catalog Making Tools: PicMonkey | Overnight Prints Etsy Networking Groups: Indie Business Network Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Team | It’s A Living Facebook Group | Minnesota Makers Facebook Group Website Building: Wix Email Marketing: Mailchimp Carma's Etsy Shop Shout Outs Ruby’s Daughter 1977 - for handcrafted sweaters, scarves, and other clothing and accessories. SenseNSensibiliTea - Historically inspired, hand blended tea. Forest Bags - Beautifully handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags from Australia Best Ways to Reach Carma Wood Etsy Shop Convo: Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics Website: KiyiKiyi.com Email: KiyiKiyi [at] Outlook [dot] com Social media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:18
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:01:18
150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing up in an entrepreneurial focused family, AshleyMarie "Sey" Lively of the Etsy shop Sey Studios, has always had a passion and dream of becoming an entrepreneur herself. Her journey started as a name artist at Disneyland, where she worked for a year, and while her husband still works at Disney, her dream of becoming a creative entrepreneur shifted after attending art school and starting a family. Sey’s first Etsy shop was opened while she worked at Disneyland, but she quickly discovered that the crafts she was selling in her first shop were not as worthwhile as she originally thought. As an Etsy seller, you can probably relate very well with that sentiment. Although she still enjoys making a variety of arts and crafts pieces, she has transitioned and found a niche product that she not only loves to create, but one which is also more profitable. Sey Studios  now focuses primarily on selling name art, where she creatively designs paintings using people’s names and incorporating a variety of characters into each painting. Sey's beautiful name art pieces are all uniquely handmade, and she has been able to incorporate a wide variety of characters - from Star Wars and Ghostbusters to My Little Pony and Legend of Zelda - into hundreds of name art pieces. On today’s episode, Sey shares her experiences of working at Disneyland, why she decided to quit working outside of her home and become and entrepreneur, as well as what made her decide to find a specific niche for her business. She also explains how her crafts have been featured in magazines and even on the Conan O’Brien show. That's right... THE Conan O'Brien Show :) She also explains how she uses local events to help drive traffic and new customers to her Etsy shop, marketing techniques she has used that have helped increase her sales and conversions on various social media platforms. Sey and I also discuss lessons she has learned about making the shipping process easier for her craft business.   Sey Studios - Topics Discussed How Sey started working at Disneyland and why she transitioned into becoming a creative entrepreneur How she prices her handmade name art pieces - especially for longer names How local events, comic cons, and craft shows have impacted her Etsy online sales Managing her time while being a stay-at-home mom What social media tools she uses to promote her products Using the Etsy Seller Handbook to start and improve her business Sey’s advice to new or struggling Etsy sellers Sey Studios - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast Tools: Cell phone calendar Best Ways to Reach Sey Etsy Shop: Sey Studios Etsy Convo Email: SeyStudios [at] gmail [dot] com Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Upcoming Event: Stop by and visit Sey at the Bakersfield Comic Con on November 12 & 13, 2016! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:  

009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
11:08
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 11:08
009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 17:05
008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
19:56
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 19:56
007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:40
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:33:40
149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angela Doherty is my guest this week and she runs the Etsy shop Hooked By Angel. Tune in to hear how things took off in her Etsy shop once she decided to go from hobbyist to full-scale business. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
47:56
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 47:56
148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Kathleen Sheetz runs the Etsy shop Her Joyful Studio and this week she shares the story of het Etsy journey and success as a full-time seller. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
24:14
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 24:14
006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
29:27
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 29:27
147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Maxwell Ryan is the Founder of Apartment Therapy and he's my guest this week. We're talking about growth for small creative businesses and learning how to navigate the meandering paths that involves. Listen in for a huge dose of inspiration and very practical information. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:47
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 53:47
146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Khin johnson runs the Etsy shop Paper Bound Love which came about during a 6-yr long-distance relationship with her then boyfriend (now husband). Now she makes her full-time living running her Etsy shop and catering to the wedding market... And her husband is poised to quit soon and join her full-time as well! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:21
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 12:21
005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:05
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 58:05
145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Madeline Stage of the Etsy shop Green graves is my guest this week and the goal of her shop is to reduce, repurpose, and resell.  She's working towards her goal of giving a second life to abandoned materials (and things) and inspiring others to do the same. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
25:31
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 25:31
004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

It's Episode #4 of the Etsy Conversations Resources episode! Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:04
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:03:04
144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie Segares is the Founder of Creative Yarn Entreprenuer, LLC, a website and podcast show and this week she shares valuable business tips about running your creative business. We also talk about her new book Make Money With Crochet (and how the principles within it can be applied to maker of other crafts, in addition to what it takes to write, publish, and market a book.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
40:07
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 40:07
003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:18
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 39:18
143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Megan Robbins runs the Etsy shop Little Treasures Shopp which is her flagship store on Etsy. Megan has made over 1,700 sales in just two years and today she... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:00:23
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:00:23
142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Susan Prolman runs the Etsy shop Veg Shop and like many others who sell on the site, she says her shop is simply a hobby that she spends a lot of time on... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:28
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:01:28
141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

John birdsong runs the Etsy shop Recycled State and in addition to sharing his Etsy journey we talk about an issue that's never really been discussed on the... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 17:05
002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
09:26
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 09:26
001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:13:16
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:13:16
139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:07:13
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:07:13
138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement
22:46
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 22:46
Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement

137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
33:56
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 33:56
137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:51:24
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:51:24
136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:19:57
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:19:57
135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:15
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 45:15
134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
38:17
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 38:17
133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
49:26
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 49:26
132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
48:37
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 48:37
131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:01
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:04:01
130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:45
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:03:45
129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:21
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:33:21
128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:25:39
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:25:39
127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:31
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 50:31
126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
56:07
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 56:07
125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
46:53
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 46:53
124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
52:35
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 52:35
123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

How much time do you spend promoting your Etsy shop on social media? Do you spend enough or too much? And how effective is it? There’s a man with one simple answer to all of these questions: his name is Natwar Maheshwari and the answer is Around.IO. Natwar is the creator and founder of Around.IO, a productivity tool for Etsy shop owners and ecommerce sellers on Shopify and other platforms who want to fully optimize social media to grow traffic, grow their reach and take their businesses to the next level. It’s a tool that helps you automate your social media marketing. On today’s show you’ll hear Natwar’s journey from being an engineer and working in biopharmaceuticals to failing at his first independent business, and hitting a home run with Around.IO. He shares exactly how this tool helps committed business owners to reach their audiences more effectively, and how its daily and weekly planning options help you save time on social media while creating a more engaged audience for you. Natwar also talks about what he learned from the approximately 150 Etsy sellers he talked to during his 6,000 mile road trip meetups across the United States! He has a vast amount of knowledge on the benefits of social media for your shop, so listen in for all of that and more from Natwar on episode 123 of the Etsy Conversations podcast.

122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:30:11
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:30:11
122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Do you have more than one passion you’d like to turn into a successful Etsy shop? That’s exactly what our returning guest has done! Anna from Bare Sandals is back to share how her business has grown since her last visit to the show in 2013. A lot has changed for Anna since then: she’s significantly increased her sales and also opened up her second Etsy shop! Bare Sandals is a handcrafted foot jewelry business, specifically tailored to brides planning their destination weddings. Anna is passionate about creating all types of jewelry. And that passion inspired her to open Heart of Wander, where she expands into the space of bracelets, earrings, and more. On today’s show, Anna enlightens us with the experience and wisdom she’s gained running a successful Etsy shop. She talks about everything from registering your business with the IRS to how to create eye-catching photos. Anna also provides actionable steps you can take to build consistency in your business, and how to create a shipping system that works for you. Anna’s vast knowledge about SEO and what it takes to have excellent customer service will inspire you. Don’t miss all of Anna’s tips and much more on episode 122 of the Etsy Conversations Podcast!

121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:56
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 59:56
121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you been dreaming of making a six-figure income through your Etsy business? Or maybe you would simply be elated to bring in an extra few hundred dollars a month. Whatever the case our guest for today’s show, Dalia Abdalla, can help you with both dreams! She is the owner of the Modern Pink Paper Etsy shop, a fulfilling and financially successful Etsy business she created while working full-time. In the process she discovered she wanted to help others through teaching so she founded the Etsy Seller Mastermind. The mastermind group is a space for people committed to running their Etsy shop as a professional, legitimate business and helping others to do the same. On today’s show Dalia shares one of the keys to her success: search engine optimization (SEO) and why it’s been so much more powerful for her growth than social media. We dive into how she got started, when she knew this should be her full-time pursuit and why not everyone is cut out to succeed on Etsy. Dalia is incredibly knowledgable about Etsy, SEO, and what it takes to be a success as a creative entrepreneur. She’s a straight shooter who gives solid, practical advice you can implement right away. You’ll want to hear all of that and much more from her on episode 121 of the Etsy Conversations podcast. Tweetable: "Focus on the sale you get, not on trying to make the next one."   The Etsy Seller Mastermind – Topics Discussed Why did she choose Facebook as the platform for her mastermind? What is the best social media platform to start wtih? What does she think about Etsy “teams”? The 3 things you need for a good Etsy shop. Why you should "spy" on your customers! And more! Resources Mentioned Dalia’s Etsy Mastermind Dalia’s Etsy courses Etsy Mastermind group on Facebook Marmalead’s episode on the show Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell Best ways to reach Dalia Email: EtsySellerMastermind [at] gmail [dot] com Etsy shop: Modern Pink Paper Website: EtsySellerMastermind.com Periscope: @EtsySellerMastermind Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:27
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 51:27
120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

It's all about The Coastal Workshop this week... :) Frequently the best businesses are born from our own need: we have a problem, and need a solution. We create the solution, and then sell it to others who also need it. That was the case for today’s guest: Joe Leo. Joe isn’t new to the world of selling and customer service. He has owned brick and mortar shops before, but he was new to ecommerce and Etsy when he opened his coaster shop in August of 2015. He and his wife had bought new, white furniture for their bedroom and wanted to keep the end tables pristine by using coasters. Not able to find what he wanted, he created some. Even after he made a set he enjoyed the experience so much he continued making them. His daughter suggested he put them on Etsy and sell them to others. Even though he had no idea what Etsy was he got online that afternoon and jumped in with both feet! It wasn’t long before he was making sales of his handmade coasters, expanding his offerings into other items like snack trays and overall growing his business. He continues to work his full-time job as the marketing director of a radiology group, but sees Etsy as a valuable way to enjoy his free time and make some extra money now and into his retirement days. On this episode of the Etsy Conversations podcast, Joe and I talk about the most valuable tools and resources he has found to help him grow his business, why tracking his sales has been so beneficial and how he manages his time with work, his family, his singing gigs and his Etsy shop! There’s all of that and so much more on episode 120. Tweetable: "There is a niche for everybody's product."   The Coastal Workshop – Topics Discussed The advantages of e-commerce versus a brick and mortar store. How did Joe get started using Etsy and what was his original intent in doing so? One technique he uses to increase sales, and why it’s so effective. How in-person networking added a new stream of revenue for his business. What advertising strategies does he use? And more! Joe's Etsy Shop ShoutOut  That's Old Money - vintage and antique coin shop run by Roger Varouj Resources Mentioned Backpage - A place to advertise your products and direct traffic to your Etsy shop; similar ot Craigslist Craiglist - Same as above Marmalead’s episode on the show Wave Accounting - An accounting/bookkeeping tool   Best ways to reach Joe - The Coastal Workshop Etsy shop convo: The Coastal Workshop Website: TheCoastalWorkshop.com Email: TheCoastalWorkshop [at] gmail [dot] com Social media: Twitter - @CoastalWorkshop Facebook - Coastal Workshop Page Instagram - @TheCoastalWorkshop Pinterest - The Coastal Works Check out his singing skills at The Jukebox Legends... These guys are really good! :)   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:48
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 45:48
119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week has the patience of a saint because not only did I have to reschedule our convo once, but we also had lots of technical problems while recording our convo and she was really great about it all :) Shannon is my guest and she runs the Etsy shop ShanB Designs where she makes and sells accessories for people and pets. While reading Shannon's bio I noticed that her jewelry had been featured not just once, but twice in the Hallmark Channel's original TV show Cedar Cove and also that they had been included as part of the swag bags for the pre-Golden Globes. Naturally, I knew I had to ask about it and how she was able to get such great publicity for her products... Listen in to hear how it all happened. ShanB Designs Topics Discussed Getting publicity in national media outlets Transitioning gradually from FT employment to self-employment Choosing the ideal product line for you Etsy shop promotion ...and much more... Resources Mentioned The Artisan Group Best ways to reach Shannon Etsy shop: ShanB Designs - The Furry Fiesta Social media: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Shannon's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Rodgers Digital Design - run by Gina and Justin Rodgers. This husband and wife team make and sell household decor items from photos taken by Justin, a professional photographer. Check them out and tell them Shannon sent you!   Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:15
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 01:10:15
118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week is Hilary Lorenz and in 2010 she founded Stonetrigger Press in Abiquiu, NM. Abiquiu is located in the high desert and that's where Hilary built by hand a large studio out of stone, mud, wood and tin. It's a space that she has also created for a select group of artists to come and create each year and we discuss her process for doing this in our convo. Each year Hilary splits her time between New York City and New Mexico... She spends several months in Abiquiu deeply engaged in her practices -art, running, mountaineering. She is a multidisciplinary artist who explores intersections of running, nature, and solitude and a highly accomplished artist. Her recent exhibitions include Nomadic Geographies (2014), Wave Hill, NY, In the Spirit (2014), Pioneer Bluff, KS, Tracing Nature, Muriel Guepin, NY (2012). Group exhibitions include, Influencers (2014) Print Center of NJ, Corridor Gallery, (2012) Brooklyn, NY and many more. She is also a Fulbright Fellow and the NEA-MidAtlantic Fellow. In 2011 Hilary had the pleasure of running on Track and Field, Allora and Calzadilla sculpture at the 54th Venice Biennale Lorenz received an M.A. and M.F.A. from University of Iowa and is a Professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY. She was definitely one I wanted to talk to about time management since she has a lot on her plate. Stonetrigger Press Topics Discussed The value of storytelling in selling products How a 30-day creating and blogging challenge helped propel Etsy sales early on Art exhibits vs. craft fairs ...and much much more Resources Mentioned Southern Graphics International - a comprehensive resource for the printmaking community Craigslist - great place for finding free or low cost shipping supplies. Just find your local market and start searching. Best ways to reach Hilary Email: Hilary [at] HilaryLorenz [dot] com Etsy shop: Stonetrigger Press Social media: Facebook page Website: HilaryLorenz.com Blog: HilaryLorenz.wordpress.com Hilary's Etsy Shop Shoutout KatWise - listen in to hear how this Etsy seller uses a very creative and unique selling technique that has garnered her almost 30,000 sales to date and be sure to check out her Etsy shop... Let her know Hilary sent you! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:40
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 53:40
117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Joelle Poulos runs the Etsy shop Joelle's Emporium and she's been selling on Etsy since she was just 16 years old. Now five years into her Etsy journey, she makes her full-time living selling her handmade art in various forms, both on Etsy and through her own ecommerce website - JoellesPoulos.com. Her handmade business affords her the opportunity to travel the world at will and I'm pleased to have her back home in the United Kingdom as my guest this week on the podcast. Joelle is an artist and a photographer (a skill that has come in very handy for her when it comes to product photography), and having multiple creative outlets has afforded her the benefit of being able to make her living using her different creative skills. She sells temporary tattoos, art prints, stickers, apparel, and more in her Etsy shop and through her ecommerce website. On her blog she focuses on photography and SEO. In her own words: I love to maintain my creativity but still make a living from it Joelle's Emporium - Topics Discussed Starting off slowly then finding a product that strikes a chord on Etsy SEO for Etsy success made really, really simple... And free! Dealing with unhappy customers ...and much much more Resources Mentioned ViralWoot (formerly PinWoot) - for generating traffic (and more) through Pinterest Wanelo, StoreWoot, and Pinterest - additional ways to promote your Etsy shop Freelancer, Upwork, and Bark (this one is a local UK site) - good places to find freelance photographers to help with your product photography Here's an article Joelle wrote on her blog about how she does her Etsy SEO and gets great results: Etsy SEO Tips Best way to reach Joelle Website: JoellePoulos.com Etsy shop: Joelle's Emporium Social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram Joelle's Etsy Shop ShoutOut SimkaSol - Run by Sara Charles, she hand-illustrates, prints and sews her own brand of unique vagabond-style clothing and accessories. Please check out her shop and let her know Joelle sent you! :) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:48
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 54:48
116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For almost one year now I've been waiting to attend the Craftcation Business & Makers Conference. I first found out about it last year after the event had already occurred so I was kind of bummed :( Fortunately, the event this year is scheduled for April 7-10, 2016 and you still have time to sign up for it... So, don't be like me and let a whole year go by before seizing the opportunity to attend :) Naturally, I'm sure you'd like to learn more about it first and that's exactly why I have the founders on the podcast this week. Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell founded Patchwork Show about a decade ago and Craftcation about 5 years ago and in our convo we dig in to how both events came about, what each has to offer, and what attendees can expect. Craftcation & Patchwork Show - Topics Discussed Of course we discuss both events in-depth :) Online workshops offered on Dear Handmade Life Time management and life balance for business owners ...and lots more good stuff for creative & handmade business owners Resources Mentioned Dear Handmade Life podcast Blog post: Plan Ahead & Budget For Craftcation (or any other conference) BlogLovin - an organized repository of blogs Editorial calendar - there are a number out there... Or you can use an Excel spreadsheet too :) HootSuite - social media management tool IFTTT - automation/productivity tool for streamlining a wide variety of tasks MeetUp - website for finding groups and communities to network with Facebook - lots of creative groups on here Contact Nicole & Delilah Website: Dear Handmade Life Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:14
2017-09-21 13:58:22 UTC 53:14
115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Troy Bungart is a connector and that became very quickly evident to me during the course of our conversation. He runs two Etsy shops, Burl Chaser where he sells pottery tool and handmade brushes and Troy Bungart Studios where he sells ceramic and fine art products. We talk about how Troy has parlayed his education in photography into his Etsy businesses and also about how he grows his network and community of potters and artists, not just for advancing in business but also as a way of contributing, teaching, and giving back. I hope from what he shares you will also start thinking about ways that you can make genuine connections within your community and come out from your craft room or studio and from behind your computer to network and create similar authentic relationships. Troy Bungart Studios Topics Discussed Learning to sell on Etsy by being a buyer first Balancing a full-time job and two Etsy shops Putting family first, especially when it seems to go against the norm Creative podcasts that you might want to check out ...and much more Resources Mentioned Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast - a podcast which features interviews with a wide variety of artists from around the world Potter's Mastermind Series Facebook group The Potter's Cast by Paul Blais - a podcast for ceramic artists and potters that features interviews of other ceramicists Troy's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Port City Mud - ceramic pottery from artists in San Joaquin County, CA Contact Troy Etsy shops: Troy Bungart Studios and BurlChaser Website: TroyBungartStudios.com Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, G+ Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:17
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 51:17
192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Amber & Will run a successful vintage clothing store on Etsy and this week they share their the story of their Etsy journey. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast
16:00
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 16:00
ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast

Learn about the May 2017 Etsy Site Updates and how they affect you as an Etsy seller. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:17:33
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:17:33
191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Facing and then recovering from an Etsy shop shutdown is no joke. My guest this week is Medina of MK Kids Interiors and she's sharing her experience of rising back up after having her Etsy shop shut down unexpectedly. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:22
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 10:22
ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

This is a sneak peek of the new Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast. ESS-210 Etsy Craft Supply Sellers ~ Track Your Shipping & Inventory Like a Pro Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:50
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:05:50
190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

From Fortune 500 employees to full-time eco-friendly furniture business owners now selling on Etsy... Tune in to hear the story or Dylan and Monika of Blissopia. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
45:41
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 45:41
ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

A detailed walk-through of the new Etsy Shop Manager. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for me.

189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:25
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 59:25
189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jade runs the Etsy shop Paper Sphinx and this week we talk about what it takes to run a successful exclusively digital Etsy shop, even while working full-time by day. Go to http://www.ConvoMe.com for more details.

188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:55
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:05:55
188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with yarn entrepreneur, Jan Mouer of Handmade Howlin' Cowls. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more. 

187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:21:46
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:21:46
187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 2 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:35:20
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186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 1 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah
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185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah

We're talking about all things accounting and bookeeping-related for Etsy sellers and creative business owners Sarah Korhnak is a CPA and Etsy seller and she's to break it all down and give us clear direction on what we should and should not be doing. Enjoy!

184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:24:50
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184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Etsy conversation with Kasia B. of Etsy shop NoAndEl. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:28
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183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Catching up with Joe Leo who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 120 in March 2016. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Special Announcement: Introducing Etsy Success Strategies - The Audio Series. Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.

182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:17
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182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with Betsy Hoffman of Pretty Girl Postcards. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:08:46
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181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview w/photographer and inspirational artist Emily dolenz of the etsy shop EDolenz photos. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie runs the Etsy shop Maad Goods and this week she's sharing the story of her journey from having reservations about selling on Etsy to now enjoying growing a customer base for her handmade leather and canvas bags. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:33
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179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angie Johnson runs the Etsy shop Norwegian Wood and this week she's talking about the topic she spoke on during her EtsyUp Conference session where she gave detailed steps about how to find your best-selling product. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... Enjoy! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Rich & Clara Bailey met in college, got married, had a baby, got him to the point where he was sleeping through the night... If you think they decided to get more sleep, you;re wrong... They decided instead to start a business! So MacBailey Candle Co was born. Listen in to hear how this husband and wife team runs their business and their plans for the business' future.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:40:57
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177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Shah is an online friend that I was fortunate to meet through and because of the podcast. It feels like we've known each other for quite a while now but this was our very first IRL (in real life) conversation. She runs the Etsy shop Lil Spaces which, unlike most Etsy shops, started off first as an offline pop-up shop then migrated to an ecommerce website and then finally to Etsy! I like the evolution of her business and how she eventually found her way onto Etsy and you'll get to hear the unique story of exactly how it happened in our convo this week. Have you longed to get media exposure and have the positive "fallout" that follows that? Well listen in to hear how Shah's business received a great deal of press and how you can replicate a similar process for your own business. But there's a caveat... You'll have to listen in to hear what it is :) We had a nice long conversation and here are some highlights of what you'll hear us discuss in-depth: Working with a business partner & going it alone Product line development Running an independent website - pros, cons, and tips for doing it well Balancing an Etsy shop vs ecommerce website Shah's D.E.B.R.A system for keeping up with business tasks Etsy Resolution and why you might want to participate the next time it rolls around From Buzz Feed to Interiors Addict to Babyology... Getting media attention and how to capitalize on it and keep the momentum going Shah's experience being a finalist of the 2015 Etsy Design Awards Shah's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Design Genes Studio - Phoenix is the cool lady behind this Etsy shop where she sells whimsical greeting cards, mugs, and gifts. Hi Phoenix!! :) Etsy Mums Facebook Group - Lauren Munn set up this group for moms who sell on Etsy and want to connect. Lauren has been a valuable member of the Etsy Conversations community for a long time and I highly recommend that if you;re a mom and you sell on Etsy you strongly consider joining Lauren's Facebook group Resources Mentioned Freelancers: Upwork -find people of all skill levels and price ranges to do website (and other technical and non-technical) tasks for you Search Engine Optimization tools: Yoast SEO plugin - SEO plugin for WordPress websites; Backlinko - website by Brian Dean with information about using link-building for website traffic and SEO Getting media exposure: HARO (Help A Reporter Out), Source Bottle (similar to HARO) Recommended Reading: this article by Lauren Munn is a refereshing and honest piece on why her Etsy shop failed but there's a really great message in the piece - Why My Etsy Shop Failed... 5 Reasons You Wouldn't Expect Contact Shah Etsy Convo: Lil Spaces on Etsy Email: Shah [at] LilSpaces [dot] com Social media: Instagram, Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jessica runs a new Etsy shop called Gifts Outside The Box which she opened up to fill a need in a niche that didn't provide her what she was looking. Listen in to learn how she's finding her place on Etsy.

Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2
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Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2

In case you missed it last week, on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Chad Dickerson was removed as CEO of Etsy after almost 6 years in that position; he will remain in an "advisory role" until the end of May. Chad is being replaced by Josh Silverman who is currently a board director on Etsy's board. Chad is also being replaced as the chairman of the Etsy board by a tech investor, Fred Wilson. But wait... There's more... Etsy also announced that they will lay off  approximately 8% of its total workforce which equates to about 80 positions. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but based on y research and according to the Bloomberg website, black & White Capital LP (who owns about 2% of Etsy) urged Etsy to explore "strategic alternatives... including a possible sale" Here are some other quotes from Black & White's proposals for and criticisms of Etsy: "...the company's historical pattern of ill-advised spending has completely obfuscated the extremely attractive underlying marketplace business model..." "...we are fully prepared to take any actions we believe are necessary to protect the best interests of all Etsy shareholders..." and finally, Black & White Capital LP wants Etsy to better invest R&D to fix its "horrendous search functionality", suggest similar available items, and redirect marketing expenses to drive repeat customers... and some other suggestions So... I kept waiting for Etsy to say something publicly about all of this but they remained pretty mute on the whole topic until about Thursday or Friday. You might have received an email form Etsy's new CEO, if you missed, I read it verbatim in the podcast. Takeaways: Don't forget the Q&A with Josh Silverman will be this Thursday May 11th, 2017 in the Etsy Forums though no specific start and end times were given You can check the Etsy forums as of today (per Josh's email) to find out how to participate I plan to join the Q&A session and then do a follow-up podcast episode about it so stay tuned/come back for that :) Update On Etsy Q&A Pt.2 I reached out a couple of Etsy Admins and was asked to submit my request for an interview through Etsy's media relations/PR department. I guess the good news there is that I'm now officially considered "the media" ;) Anyway, long story short, after exchanging multiple emails with the someone in Etsy's media department, the response I got was essentially, "not now...". In the podcast episode I explain what my plan is going to be going forward... First off, thank you so much to everyone, and I mean, every single person, who sent in a question. I don't want your effort and time spent responding to go to waste so I will hunt down the answers to your questions, even if it means reaching out to Etsy support for each individual question. I will create either a Q&A blog post or podcast series so please stay tuned.

175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique
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175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique

Convo with Julie Fuller of Etsy Shop Tokyo Blossom Boutique.

174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:54
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174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Front Page Guide to Etsy with Tammy Cannon of Cannon Online Marketing

173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
40:20
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173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Running an Etsy shop with your spouse with ben and Monica Wigen of Catch Me Studio

172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Expaning beyond local selling and reaching a global market with Lauree Sayne of Etsy shop Dancing Dish & Decor.

171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Creating everyday to stay inspired w/Hailey Smedley of the Etsy shop Ozetta.

170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Makreting your Etsy shop with Dan Safkow of iMakeTheCase.

ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

In this special tax season edition of the Etsy Conversations Podcast Resource episode, I review and summarize the article about what deductions are available to Etsy sellers in 2017. NOTE: I am not an accountant or tax lawyer and this recap is purely for informational purposes and should not be construed as tax or financial advice. Okay, so now that that's out of the way... Here are some major take-aways: Keep excellent records - by being diligent with your record-keeping, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress if you ever get audited by the IRS. Things to track: Vehicle expenses and mileage Cell phone and internet use for business Equipment expenses Shipping expenses Home office expenses Advertising fees Legal or professional services Charity donations Education, networking, and travel Meals and entertainment Retirement contributions Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Learn all about the Etsy Small Business Contest and how you may enter for the chance to win $10,000 to scale up your business.

169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Entrepreneurs need to learn to adapt to rapidly evolving markets and unstable business conditions to survive in the tough world of business.  Saskia runs the Etsy shop Natural Born Customs and she was ready to face these challenges when she first set-up her Etsy shop in 2013. Little did she know that she was about to face a much bigger battle – a battle for her very own life, against cancer. Artist and customizer, Saskia, has always been naturally different. While others fear being different, Saskia was afraid of blending in. She felt the need to look different and be different. She began customizing her own clothes, which immediately caught people’s attention due to the uniqueness of her designs. After receiving several requests from people who wanted their items customized, Saskia decided to start an Etsy shop to share her art with more people. After setting up her shop and receiving her first sale on Etsy in 2013, Saskia realized that she had to abandon her newly founded business when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled this killer disease for almost 3 years before finally claiming victory and getting her life back. In this week’s episode, Saskia shares how cancer transformed her life completely and how it has made her even more passionate about the unique art that she creates on products in her Etsy shop. Saskia discusses her fears, the difficulties of being a “one-person” show, and the challenges she faced in re-opening her business. She also shares invaluable resources that have helped her learn and re-learn how to manage her Etsy shop. We also discuss concepts about SEO and blogging on Etsy. I make things with so much love... So to be able to give somebody something that will make them technicolor and just make them stand out from the crowd makes me feel wonderful.  Natural Born Customs – Topics Discussed Saskia shares how her outlook on business has changed after surviving cancer. Saskia’s collaborative design process. Daily routines. The challenges of working as a full-time business owner. The importance of personal social interaction. Fears that come with selling your own creations. Recommended tags and keywords to improve your Etsy Shop’s SEO. Improving your business by participating in craft fairs and exhibits. Challenges of Etsy sellers who offer customized items or services. A direct approach to getting rid of your fears of shipping internationally. Finding the right brand or identity for your blog. Staying motivated to succeed. The importance of authenticity over automation in marketing.  Natural Born Customs – Resources Mentioned: Etsy Resources: The Etsy Seller’s Handbook Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast: Episode 153 – Fuzzy and Birch Courses: The Etsy Academy by Jenny Waldrop Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations Best Ways to Reach Saskia Etsy Shop: Natural Born Customs Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Email: saskia [at] naturalborncustoms [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason
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168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason

Platforms like Etsy have paved the way to the rise of mompreneurs – female business owners who have found a balance between being an active parent and an entrepreneur. Managing a business and being a parent is no easy feat, especially if you are a first time parent like Sarah Cason of  Sarah Cason Designs. Sarah first talked with me back in Episode 95, when she shared her journey with her Etsy shop, Sarah Cason Designs. Much has happened to her over the past year since we last spoke to her! While most people expect new moms to slow down with their careers, this has not hindered Sarah from doing well in her business at all. In fact, she has even taken to teaching and launched her first Calligraphy class in November 2016. She joins me on the show this week to share her experience as a new mom in business and how she balances being a mom and managing her Etsy shop. Amongst lots of other things, Sarah shares how she keeps her customers engaged even if her shop is on vacation mode and how she built buzz leading to her re-opening. Sarah also provides some insightful tips on how to manage burn out and how to keep your creativity brewing. She shares the tools and processes that she has developed to manage busy periods in her business, such as Christmas and other busy selling seasons for her as well as the holidays.  Sarah Carson Designs - Topics Discussed How Sarah balances her time managing her Etsy shop and taking care of her new baby. The advantages and disadvantages of putting your Etsy shop on vacation mode. Building buzz on social media to boost your Etsy shop re-opening. Using promotions such as an open house to manage your leftover inventory. Strategies for developing new products. New features and functions of the new Etsy layout. Systems and processes that help her manage busy seasons. Goal-setting strategies. Finding creative ways to manage burn out. Podcasts that keep Sarah motivated. Helpful Etsy Shipping features such as labels and commercial pricing. Startegies for streamlining your shipping process. My previous conversation with Marie Segares in Episode 144. Sarah Carson Designs - Resources Mentioned Graphic Creation & Editing: PicMonkey | Etsy Banner with Canva Podcasts: Artists Helping Artists: Selling Your Art Online with Leslie Saeta | While She Naps Podcast Sarah's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Consider the World - run by Emily Tuttle. In her Etsy shop, Emily offers hand-painted globes and donates some of the profits to refugee relief.  Best Ways to Reach Sarah Etsy Conversations: Sarah Cason Designs Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Win a Copy of Marie Segares New Book: "Make Money Teaching Crochet" Are you ready to expand your crochet business, make more money, and inspire others to learn more about your craft? Etsy shop owner, Marie Segares' new book: Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students teaches you how to plan, structure, and launch a profitable, well-organized crochet teaching business with step by step lists, guides, and resources! Learn how to structure, set achievable goals, create lesson plans, develop payment options, and market your business to achieve success! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Marie's book... Leave a comment below sharing your #1 tip for managing your Etsy shop and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive an electronic copy of Marie's book (NOTE: you'll get a physical copy of the book if you reside in a country that Amazon will not deliver electronic books to). Good luck!! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

“Know thyself.” Maybe you've heard it before, perhaps you haven't. It's a directive has been passed down since the time of the ancient Greeks. It sounds simple, but it is one of the most difficult things to do in life. The reality is that many people go through life without really developing a strong sense of self and identity. The same is true in business. Many Etsy sellers struggle with marketing, because they do not have a brand that people understand or resonate with. CLN & DRTY embodies the zest and positivity of its owner, Paula Tamara Hoss. One of the things I love, and which makes sellers like Paula particularly successful on a marketplace like Etsy is that she and her daughters are the face of her business. They embody the CLN & DRTY brand. Her brand’s message are her thoughts and how she lives her life, which makes it easier for her to reach out to her audience. Paula is an artist. She loves creating things and sharing it with the world. She found the opportunity to share this passion for art with her own Etsy shop in 2008. Like many starting entrepreneurs, she struggled with self-limiting thoughts that hindered her from finding her true passion. 3 Etsy Shops and several years later (yes, you read that correctly), Paula founded CLN & DRTY without even knowing its potential for success. Her shop was born out of her love for her daughters. She was concerned about the chemicals in the skin products that she was using and how it would affect her children. Her crafty and resourceful nature helped her produce home-made sunscreen from all natural products, which she based on recipes that she had found online. She shared it with her friends and it was an instant hit! In this week's episode, Paula shares the story of how she started doing business on Etsy. She tells about her muse, or her buyer persona, which allows her to develop products that fit her brand and the needs of her target market. She also provides tips and tools that she uses to manage her finances and market her business. You are the face of your brand. You ARE your brand CLN & DRTY – Topics Discussed: The benefits of being intentional with your business. Developing a product line that fits the needs and wants of your target market. Building a buyer persona to find out who is your target market and to keep your brand in line. Creating a line of products that complement each other. Nurturing collaborative relationships to expand your business. Paula’s experience transitioning from an employee to a business owner. Reaching out and building better relationships with your customers. Attraction not promotion. Finding the right people to advocate for or promote your product. Leveraging the power of parallel markets to create more value. Selling your products to high-end buyers. The Etsy Shipping Tool. Tools and techniques to manage your finances. Marketing Tools on and off Etsy. Hard lessons that Paula learned from Selling on Etsy. CLN & DRTY Resources Mentioned The Side Hustle Show Tony Robbins: Are your beliefs holding you back? Thriving on Etsy and Beyond Etsy Artists of Boston Marmalead TailWind The Well Essentials Best Ways to Reach Paula: Website: CLNandDRTY.com Etsy Shop: CLN & DRTY Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what your auto-mechanic does in their spare time? You probably wouldn’t think they’re at home creating cute, cuddly plush toys for kids. That’s exactly what my guest,Nikki who runs the Etsy shop  Stitch and Stuffed enjoys doing when she’s not turning the wrenches in the garage.   Nikki is a one-of-a-few kind of gal – not only is she an Automotive Technician by day, but by night she’s a “plushy artist.” She’s been a crafter for most of her life, starting as a young girl hand-sewing pencil-toppers for her and her friends’ pencils in school. She took her love of sewing one step further as she got older and decided to invest in a sewing machine.  She taught herself how to use the sewing machine and hasn’t looked back since! While she’s no longer creating cute shirts for the tops of her pencils, her skill has evolved to creating plush toys for children of all ages.   Where does she get her inspiration? From the kids, themselves!  I love how creative children are ~ Nikki Nikki opened her Etsy shop about a year and a half ago. Currently selling handmade plush toys, she says a lot of the orders she fills comes from parents of children with big ideas for characters. Parents often send her drawings and sketches of animals that their children have created and she brings them to life through her sewing skills.  On this week’s episode, Nikki shares her story about how she discovered Etsy, why she decided to “jump in head first” despite people telling her that the site was overcrowded, and what her long-term business goals are for Stitch and Stuffed.  We also talk about her pricing model, buying materials at wholesale cost, and how she promotes her shop on Facebook and Instagram. We also get her perspective on posting promotional advertisements in the Etsy forums and why she advises against it.  Stitch and Stuffed – Topics Discussed  How she manages her time running her shop while working full-time.  Her ideas for launching DIY kits for kids.  The technical similarities she sees between her full-time job and her Etsy business.  Attending wholesale vendor shows to connect with wholesalers.  How her marketing and promotional tactics have evolved over the last year.  How she uses Instagram and hashtags to promote her business.  Learning the hard way – fulfilling international orders and accurately gauging shipping fees.  What she looks forward to by attending the Craftcation Conference in April.  Stitch and Stuffed – Resources Mentioned  Marmalead  Etsy Jam Podcast  IFTTT  Stitch and Stuffed – Etsy Shop Shout Outs  Country Craftin’ Corner –  run by Nikki's friend Amber where she sells beautifully created jewelry, keychains, and hand-stamped items!  Best Ways to Reach Nikki  Etsy Shop: Stitch and Stuffed  Social Media: Facebook | Instagram  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager
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Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager

Etsy Studio Here's the video I mentioned in this podcast episode: New Etsy Shop Manager Here's the link to join the Shop Manager Prototype team. ===================== I'll be speaking at Social Media Marketing World 2017 in March and I'd love to see you there. If you can't attend the conference but are in the San Diego area I'd be happy to meet up to say hello too! Here's more information about the conference: SMMW17 The title of my session is "How to Follow Your Calling and Produce a Podcast You Love"... If you have a desire to start a podcast but you're just stuck... Or if you have a podcast but you've lost your zeal for it, I think in this session I can help you get unstuck. I'll be speaking from my personal experience of what's worked and what hasn't for me in creating a successful podcast. I hope to see you there!

165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Many of us dream of getting our products into retail stores and on major ecommerce websites, but we often don’t know where to start. Having your products sold by companies like Sears, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond often feels like a pipe-dream. This week I have a returning guest, Cyndi Blais, of the Etsy shop Funktional Wearables where she sells jewelry for fitness trackers like the FitBit. We're talking all about growing your brand and how she has successfully done that. You may remember my earlier conversation with Cyndi from 2015 when we talked about why she niched down from selling health and fitness products to focusing on just fitness tracker accessories specifically, and provided a ton of helpful information and resources for Etsy sellers. If you missed that episode, I recommend checking it out. It's Episode 81.  This week, I’m catching up with Cyndi to see how her business has grown and evolved over the last 18 months. I must say, this interview has been incredibly informative and insightful! Since our last conversation, Funktional Wearables has grown exponentially – now with products being sold in retail stores like Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, and (hopefully) soon Best Buy! Wow... That’s huge!  Although she’s seen massive success in her business, Cyndi is still a “down to earth” kind of gal and she still holds Etsy close to her heart. In fact, she attributes much of her success to Etsy, since that’s where her products got their start!  I’m sure you’ll love this interview as much as I have and hopefully you'll learn many great, inspirational lessons from Cyndi's story.  Get out there... Approach retail stores... The faster you do it, the better. ~ Cyndi Blais, Funktional Wearables  Funktional Wearables – Topics Discussed  Which e-commerce platforms are the most time-consuming and which give Cyndi the highest return.  How the selling fees on Amazon compare to those on Etsy.  Why she continues to sell on Etsy even after finding success with other platforms and in retail stores.  How she got started selling in retail stores.  How her product line has grown with the introduction of new fitness trackers.  Outsourcing and hiring – how she finds qualified employees.  Marketing tips, strategies, and service providers.  The advantages and disadvantages of running an Etsy shop and her own e-commerce website.  Wholesale selling outside of Etsy.  How she gained traction on eBay.  Her mindset about big name competition, like Vera Wang, launching products within her niche.  How she finds time to plan a wedding while running a business. Resources Mentioned  Brand Boom  Open Sky  Stitch Labs  Bonanza  Jet  Instagram  Facebook Video Ads   Best Ways to Reach Cyndi  E-Commerce Stores: Funktional Wearables | Etsy   Phone: (858) 935-9105  Email: info [at] funktionalwearables [dot] com Social Media: Funktional Wearables Instagram | CyndiFunk Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Deciding how and when to open your Etsy shop is a big decision for many aspiring Etsy sellers. Some sellers simply dive in head first and learn the platform, strategies, and processes as they go while others feel a bit timid about starting down the path of the unknown. IF Only Pretty Etsy shop owner Ina Fitzgerald is the type of brave woman that dives right into new ideas. Since 2012, Ina has sold beautifully hand-crafted wrap bracelets made of silk, suede cord, and other materials. What really makes her products special and unique, though, are the hand-stamped inspirational messages she uses as little trinkets on her products. She joins me on the show this week to share her story on how she got started selling on Etsy, her primary goal for opening her shop, and where she expects her business to go in the future. We also talk a lot about how she promoted her products early on as well as things she has learned about SEO strategies and promotion throughout her creative journey on Etsy. We discuss how she learned that her product was featured in a BuzzFeed article, “19 Gifts That Will Make Your Daughter Feel Awesome About Herself” in October 2016 and how the feature affected her page views and sales. Ina has a unique way of using business cards to maximize her marketing strategies that she shares in this episode. She also shares her “behind the scenes” secrets on her strategies and processes for pricing, packaging, and shipping her products. To get out of creative ruts, I just need to sit in my studio and play with the colors, the beads, and the materials. ~ Ina Fitzgerald [caption id="attachment_4035" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Wrap Bracelets by Ina - IF Only Pretty[/caption] IF Only Pretty – Topics Discussed Learning the platform and SEO strategies as she grew her Etsy business. Resources she found helpful to overcome the learning curve. How she manages her time while running her Etsy shop, working full-time, and raising two small kids. Preparing for the holiday season. Shipping and packaging processes. Product pricing strategies. Finding affordable and reliable packaging material sources. International selling and how it has affected her business. Promotional tips and strategies that have worked for Ina. Selling and promoting at craft shows. Overcoming creative ruts. Tips for new sellers to sell more efficiently. Hard lessons she has learned while selling on Etsy. Inventory and order tracking systems. Resources Mentioned Etsy Seller Handbook Connecting with other Etsy sellers Etsy Conversations Podcast (Aww… thanks, Ina!) Rich Mom Business - Renae Christine's YouTube channel IF Only Pretty – Etsy Shop Shout-Outs Whitney Paige Design Co - offers beautifully crafted leather and artsy anthropology zippie bags. Contact Ina Etsy Shop: IF Only Pretty Social Media: Instagram Email: IFOnlyPretty [at] gmail [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

I'm really excited to share this episode again. I’m diving deep into your Etsy questions with Kim Konen, who worked as an Etsy admin from February 2010 to October 2014, and is currently the owner of the Etsy shop, TinyHearts. Our mutual friend Angie Gordon, who runs the Etsy shop Gathered and Sown also joined us for this special Q&A session. I frequently receive questions in my email, as well as on the Etsy Conversations Facebook page and Facebook group about different aspects of getting started and running an Etsy shop. So, I wanted to give you a simple way to get all of your questions answered in one central location – on the show! I loved doing this episode because it was really interactive in that I got folks to submit their questions just for the show and they were answered in this convo with Kim. Kim, Angie, and I address some of the most-asked questions you have had, including how to get featured in Etsy Finds and the various things to consider that can affect your shop’s relevancy on the platform. This episode is quite long, because we wanted to make sure we asked and addressed your most pressing questions! Your Etsy Questions Answered How to sign-in to multiple Etsy shops at the same time. (Submitted by Kelli of Swaddle Me Snugly) The changes sellers can expect as a result of Etsy’s IPO. (Submitted by Charlotte of Caravan Fiber) How to get more views and sales. Tips to improve your Etsy search results. (Submitted by Kara of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding) What really affects your Etsy relevancy – and what does not. (Submitted by Diane of Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations) Etsy’s category algorithm. (Submitted by Beate of Patterns Tried & True) How to create relevant product titles and keywords. (Submitted by Charlie of ZUTusine) Why sellers are unable to see who follows their shop. (Submitted by Doug of Bright Workz) What sells well on Etsy, what doesn’t, and which markets are over-saturated. Resources Mentioned Etsy Teams: Made In Wisconsin Business Consulting Services: Creative Little Beasts | Facebook Page Etsy Questions & Answers - Kim’s Pro Tips Link to your other shop listings in your item descriptions. Comment on Etsy’s new product forum posts the first day they’re published. Test your keywords and categories by running an A/B test. Identify your ideal customer. Actually writing down who they are helps you stay focused on your branding and message. Use the Etsy search bar to get keyword ideas for the most relevant keywords to use in your listing. Place the most relevant, important keywords first in your title. Titles and tags are most important in Etsy’s search engine algorithm. Ask your friends and family for help; give them your shop link and have them describe your shop in 5 words. Best Ways to Reach Kim Etsy Shop: Tiny Hearts Social Media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing a family while growing a business is no small feat but Kara figured it out and she came on the podcast back in September 2014 to share how she made it all work and made the transition to making a full time living off Etsy in Episode 43. Running a household, and chasing after two small children may seem tiring enough, but juggling an Etsy business on top of it can definitely pack your day full of excitement, wonder, as well as a little extra chaos (...in a good way, of course). This week I’ve pulled out my original conversation with Kara Lamerato, wife, mother of (then) two little little ones, and owner of the Etsy shop, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding, where she sells beautifully handmade place card holders, wine bottle stoppers, and wine corks for weddings. Kara opened her shop in January 2011 and she shared her story of how she created a successful full-time Etsy business that enabled her to quit her steady 9-5 job to be home with her kids. Kara’s prior work experience was in the finance industry where she realized that she wanted to be home with her children while also earning an income and fulfilling her creative passion. Doesn't that just scream "Etsy business!!" to you? ;) She explained that her shop initially started as a “side hobby” to allow her to splurge on little things like pedicures and cute sweaters, but after the birth of her first child and the heartbreaking experience of having to leave her newborn child to go to work every day, she decided to hunker down and from there planned to make her Etsy business more successful. Kara's story is truly inspirational and one that I really enjoyed hearing. In addition to learning how she achieved her goal of becoming a work-at-home-mom, she provides helpful tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran Etsy sellers with regard to Etsy shop promotion, product photography and much more. Kara’s Vineyard Wedding – Topics Discussed How Kara got started on Etsy and the timeline of her path to Etsy success  Transitioning from a full-time career to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How and why she decided to brand her shop and how that was the turning point of her Etsy business experience Kara explains how long it took her to go from “breaking even” to profitable Where Kara finds most of her inspiration for new products lines Stressful experiences Kara has had while using Etsy and what lessons she has learned from them Shipping challenges and refund policies Etsy shop promotion using Etsy teams and social media Using proper SEO and Etsy relevancy techniques to boost product visibility in the Etsy marketplace Kara's tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran sellers Resources Mentioned Photo Editing Programs: PicMonkey Etsy Teams: Team Unity Newsletters: Etsy Success Newsletter Best Ways to Reach Kara Lamerato Etsy Shop: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Email: KarasVineyardWedding [at] gmail [dot] com Website: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Still stumped when it comes to Etsy Relevancy and Etsy SEO...? Figuring out how to get your shop seen by your ideal customer on Etsy – not to mention trying to get your shop ranked high on Google – is no easy feat! My guest Michele Gallagher – owner of the Etsy shop JAM Jewelry Shop and founder of MyCraft Assistant has things pretty well figured out. Michele shares her story on how she got started selling on Etsy and how her business evolved to helping other Etsy sellers find success on the platform through her unique consultation and virtual assistant services. She explains how she spent hours doing the research and testing out her methods on getting ranked well on Etsy and on various search engines such as Google. This all leads into why Michele became passionate about helping other Etsy sellers learn what she has learned, grow their businesses, and find success on the platform. We cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode – from how to identify your target audience to learning what tags you should use on your product listings to get the best search results as well as how to use social media correctly to drive traffic to your shop and increase sales. Michele is one smart cookie and I was excited to have her on the show back then and I'm happy to share her brilliant tips and strategies that can help you succeed as a new or seasoned Etsy seller in this re-run of our original conversation. My Craft Assistant – Topics Discussed Michele explains the two ways she helps new and seasoned sellers optimize their shops to find success right from the start The most common mistakes that many shop owners make when selling on the Etsy platform The importance of identifying your target audience and the best ways to market to them Differences between Etsy relevancy and SEO Why Michele believes that creating your tags properly is more important than being in an Etsy treasury (***Treasuries are now a defunct feature on Etsy, so...***) Michele shares a helpful tip on how she manages her time The importance of Etsy sellers utilizing social media to drive traffic to their shops – and how to do it correctly Advice on how to use Etsy teams to grow your business Relationship-building tips that can help shop owners form meaningful relationships with their customers Contact Michele Website: MyCraftAssistant Email: info [at] MyCraftAssistant [dot] com Twitter: CraftAssistant Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Yes! This week we're bringing on the bling again with Angela Frazier of the (now re-named) Etsy shop AV Wedding Designs. Planning the perfect wedding is a stressful task for many brides-to-be... From picking out the perfect colors and flowers to choosing the perfect gown, many soon-to-be brides lose sleep trying to figure it all out. And what if you’re looking for an item that no one else has? Where do you turn? Well, Angela has that little nook covered... Angela started her Etsy business in December 2012 after attracting an impressive amount of attention for her uniquely designed “bling shoes”. Like many women, she was on a hunt for accessories that had never been seen before, but unfortunately, her hunt came up short. So, she decided to create her own handcrafted, fashionable shoes for herself. And boy did she hit the ground running with her new idea! In this episode Angela shares her story of how she got started on Etsy, the products she offers and how she comes up with her unique designs. She explains how her Etsy shop went from only 12 sales in the first 6 months to nearly 100 in the next by making a few tweaks to her photos and tags... Very important lessons right there... Angela shares SEO tips on how to maximize the Etsy search engine to improve your product rankings and get seen by your potential customers better. She also explains what she does to incorporate social media marketing tactics into her everyday marketing plan and how they helped her grow her business successfully. Her story is truly an inspirational one, and her funny, positive attitude is very contagious. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and learn a lot of helpful tips which you can use to take your business to the next level :) AV Wedding Designs – Topics Discussed Angela explains why she tries to purchase the very last shoes available on a store’s shelves Angela's first experiences as an Etsy shop owner and the challenges she has had to overcome in her first year How Angela decided to maximize the simplicity and benefits of owning an Etsy shop and how it compared to the work involved in establishing her own website Different design ideas Angela has sold on Etsy, including her unique camo collection How she transitioned from working in a bank to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How having an in-home shop has helped Angela cross-sell and upsell her other products We talk about social media marketing and how she uses it to increase awareness of her brand and products Angela explains how she promotes her Etsy shop offline through various local shows and business card distribution Tracking the return on her marketing efforts Specific tips and advice from Angela for new Etsy sellers Contact Angela: Etsy Shop: AV Custom Designs & More Website: South East Texas Weddings Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

This week’s episode is a special treat... A blast from the past! I’ve dived deep into the archives to dig up some of episodes from earlier shows – ones that longtime listeners have loved, but which you may have missed if you're a newer listener. In this week's conversation, we talk all about hand-thrown pottery and ceramics. My guest is Diane Waters, and she owns and runs the Etsy shop Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations. Diane has worked with hand-thrown ceramics and pottery for several years, and her passion and love for the craft began after taking a course with her friend at a local pottery supply store. She explains how the challenges of learning this new skill is what fueled her passion and determination to master it, which later led to opening her Etsy shop and selling her handmade wares online. Since opening Muddy Waters CC on Etsy in January 2012, Diane has sold nearly 400 pottery pieces, ranging from ceramic mugs, cups, bowls, and dishes to trinket jars, tea pots, and Raku pieces. We discuss the many ways she promotes her shop and ways to connect with your customers beyond creating promotional posts on Facebook or Twitter. Other topics of our discussion include the importance of good quality product photos, getting involved with teams and community events, and the importance of connecting with others for business growth. Diane's love for the craft and desire to create and make has been an inspiration to many creative entrepreneurs. Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations – Topics Discussed Diane shares the story of how she began selling on Etsy. How she decides what she wants to create each day and why she chooses to create each piece exactly how she does. What Raku is. Diane describes the different firing and decorating techniques she uses to make each of her pottery and ceramic pieces and how they work. The advantages of using different sized kilns when making certain types of pottery items. How Diane manages her time as a creative entrepreneur, wife, mother, and owner of 3 dogs and 3 cats. Diane shares how she stays motivated to keep working on her store and making her wares and what she does when she starts feeling unmotivated. Why Diane refuses to check out the competition in her niche. How she decided which Etsy teams to join and how much time she dedicates to them. Contact Diane Etsy: Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Website: MuddyWatersCC.com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 08:52
013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:46
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:01:46
158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Every now and then, I receive requests to have specific Etsy sellers on the podcast as my guests from the amazing listeners of the show – people like you! I absolutely love when you all send a request for a guest that you’d like to learn more about on the podcast! My guest this week is here by special request from a number of you and she is Julie Ann, the artist, illustrator and owner of the Etsy shop JulieAnn Art, where she sells beautifully crafted, straight-forward sentiments, stocking stuffers, gift items, and holiday and greeting cards. Julie Ann has been selling on Etsy since 2008 and, to date, has over 63,000 sales. What started out purely as a hobby quickly turned into a fun and very lucrative business. Over the last 4 years, Julie Ann’s shop has enabled her to work full-time as an entrepreneur, and she shares some very valuable insights on what she believes made her business so successful. In 2013, Julie Ann wasa featured seller in the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” blog series! Today, we discuss how that happened and how being featured has impacted her business, shop views, and sales. We discuss how the market for greeting cards has changed over the years, launching new product lines versus individual products throughout the year, as well as how she runs and prepares her business during vacations and holidays. We also talk about her pricing strategy, the SEO techniques she has learned over the years, and how keeping lists has helped her not only run her business smoothly, but also keep a healthy work-life balance as an entrepreneur. [bctt tweet="Take advantage of the freedom that owning a business can give u. It’s ok 2 take a break from ur #Etsyshop" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Julie Ann Art – Topics Discussed Why Julie Ann finally decided to turn her passion hobby into a full-time business What she initially sold on Etsy and how her product lines have changed over the years Why she believes the age of her shop may give her business an edge over the competition We discuss the difference between launching new seasonal products vs full product line launches as well as the pros and cons of each technique How and when Julie Ann decides to discontinue a product or product line SEO and how putting her Etsy shop on vacation mode has impacted her business as well as what steps she takes to overcome that challenge Julie Ann shares how her cross-country move has impacted her business and what planning strategy she used for her business before the big move How/when she realized her business was ready to be part of the Etsy wholesale opportunity Julie Ann Art – Resources Mentioned Craft Fairs: Renegade Craft Fair Educational Courses: Melyssa Griffin’s Pinterest Course Blogs: Melyssa Griffin’s blog – The Nectar Collective Other Tools: Dymo Label Writer 4XL Label Printer – at Amazon and Staples | Affordable 4x6 Shipping Labels from Royal Mailers Julie Ann's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Her best friend’s Etsy shop: DeLovely Details – for beautifully hand-crafted, laser engraved wedding hangers, cocktail stirrers, and more Contact Julie Ann Website: JulieAnnArt.com Instagram: @JulieAnnArt Email: Julie [at] JulieAnnArt [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:07
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:01:07
157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world... To play the “nomad game”...  Seeing different sights and experiencing different cultures of people living in foreign countries? Have you ever wondered how an experience like that could change your perception of life – or even how it could inspire you to create and run a business? My guest today is Alexandra (Alex) Matthews, owner of the Etsy shop Soul Paper Art. Alex had the opportunity to travel the world at a fairly young age – fresh out of college and she has seen the beautiful landscapes and inspirational cultures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Bali, as well as Europe. Although Alex had an Etsy shop before she decided to see the world, it was after she returned from living the dream life of an explorer that she hunkered down and focused on growing her business. In her Etsy shop Soul Paper Art, Alex creates and sells beautifully hand-crafted state maps, greeting cards, and illustrations. She shares her journey with me, from touring the world to re-designing her shop and website, as well as what techniques she uses – both online and offline – to grow her business and get her name out there. Alex has a unique view of business, life, and the world in general. Through her traveling experiences, she has found the inspiration she needs to continue creating. Although, like many creative entrepreneurs, she admits to sometimes feeling isolated, she shares how she overcomes that feeling of isolation feeling. We also discuss how she manages her time between working full-time in marketing for a home building company while running a successful business. Alex's story is truly inspirational! [bctt tweet="It's important to keep people in your life. Have a social life & get outside!" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Soul Paper Art – Topics Discussed How traveling the world helped Alex re-design and re-brand her Etsy shop Why Alex decided to sell her work on Etsy instead of becoming a freelance graphic designer for businesses Why Alex decided to re-name her shop and how quickly she received her first sale after the revamp Factors she takes into consideration when determining her product prices Future goals and plans for Soul Paper Art – could wedding stationery be in her business’ future...? ;) Ways she uses to successfully promote her business Why she decided to build a website separate from Etsy We discuss the pros and cons of Pattern by Etsy sites Alex's experiences with pop-up shops and maker fairs Soul Paper Art – Resources Mentioned Social Media Planning Tools: Post Planner Website Building Platforms: WordPress | Squarespace | Pattern by Etsy Newsletter Programs: MailChimp | MadMimi Etsy Tools: Shipping labels | Reviews | Etsy Wholesale Contact Alex Etsy: Soul Paper Art Website: SoulPaperArt.com Instagram: @SoulPaperCA Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 20:59
012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
41:29
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 41:29
156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Craftcation Conference 2017 is coming around again and the time to start planning is now. craftcation 2017Networking with other creatives, crafters, and business owners is important to continually grow your online business. Whether you attend meet-ups, masterminds, or conferences, getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is one of the secrets that many small business owners and entrepreneurs use throughout their businesses to maintain consistent growth and help drive sales. My guest on the show this week is Nicole Stevenson, co-founder of the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, California. You may remember her from Episode 116 back in February. Nicole rejoins me to talk about the importance of attending conferences throughout the year and how they can impact your business. We also discuss what inspired her and her business partner, Delilah Snell, to plan and organize a conference specifically for small, creative business owners. As Nicole says, “You have to put yourself out there and make connections”. She shares some valuable tips for entrepreneurs about what they should consider before registering to attend a conference, how to put yourself out there and connect with people before the conference takes place, and also how to determine how many conferences you should aim to attend in a given year. Nicole also shares the inside scoop on exactly what the upcoming Craftcation Conference 2017 has in store for attendees, how you can register to attend this exciting and rewarding event, and what fun activities are planned before and after the conference. [bctt tweet="Making connections with people before an event gives you a way in" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Craftcation Conference 2017 – Topics Discussed Different types of conferences available to business owners Logistics of planning and developing a conference, and specifically Craftcation How many conferences Nicole recommends business owners attend annually Nicole explains why assessing your business goals can help you determine which conferences to attend – and how many Why it is important to build and sustain an online presence before attending a conference The importance of researching and connecting with conference presenters Resources Mentioned Free Business Cards: Moo Contact Nicole Website: DearHandmadeLife.com Facebook: Craftcation Conference Use promo code: EtsyConvo to register for Craftcation Conference 2017 Conference and get $20 off your registration fee! Register to attend the exciting, educational, and rewarding Craftcation 2017, held at the beautiful beach-side hotel – Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura California from April 27 through 30, 2017! This four-day conference is jam-packed with over 80 different workshops and presentations to help you learn everything from building and growing your social media strategies and branding your business to learning new skills like block printing and embroidery. At Craftcation 2017, in addition to the amazing presentations and workshops, you can also enjoy: Fun networking lunches A dance party Morning daily yoga A Fun Run And much, much more! Don’t forget to enter the discount code – EtsyConvo – to receive a $20 discount just for being an amazing Etsy Conversations Podcast listener! Visit Dear Handmade Life to register. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:20
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:10:20
155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Working from a studio apartment offers a unique set of challenges and no one understands that better than Nicole Dotto, owner of the Etsy shop Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause. For over seven years, Nicole has run her Etsy shop from the comfort of her home in a variety of locations across the United States. You may remember my interview with Nicole back in August, where she shared her story on how she got started on Etsy over 7 years ago and how she promoted her products as a new seller. Today, she rejoins me to dive a little deeper into what it’s really like running her business from her studio apartment, her fascination with the risks – and rewards – of being a small business owner, and how she has grown her business over the last several years to become her primary source of income. In March 2014, Nicole was featured on the Etsy blog and today, she explains how she believes she attracted their attention, what other sellers can do to increase their chances of being selected as a featured guest on the Etsy blog, and how it has helped her gain more traction for her business. She also explains why she considers her shop a “means to an end” and how she uses that mindset to consistently work on her business to make it a success. We take a deep dive into why she feels that the flexibility of running her own online shop is like a double-edged sword and why she believes setting small and large goals for her business helps drive her out of a “lazy slump.” Nicole strongly believes that her targeted focus on activities that will generate income is one of the factors that has helped her grow her business successfully. She shares what activities she has focused on in the past, as well as what she is currently focusing on to push her business forward in the future. Tune in to hear a ton of valuable information, resources, and advice for new Etsy sellers that Nicole shares, as well as tips on how to determine your price points when you’re unsure. [bctt tweet="When you put a value on something, other people will see it and appreciate it more @Dotto" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Dotto Vintage – Topics Discussed How Nicole got started and why she became an Etsy seller Why she decided not to specialize or niche down her shop into one vintage style The struggles she faces with sourcing her products in a relatively small town How selling on Etsy has allowed her more time to follow other passions – like volunteering for several organizations Why setting goals is so important to the success of her business Product promotion and how Nicole's promotion methods have evolved over the years Why focusing on activities that will increase your ROI and letting go of other activities is important for your Etsy shop to continually grow We discuss organization and storage techniques and how she stores the products she sells Nicole explains how she photographs her products – while modeling them Nicole’s Etsy Shop Shoutouts Vera Vague - sells antique vintage clothing Her friend Joseph's Etsy shop - Carnival of the Maniac – for uniquely amazing men’s clothing The Original Cat Cult – for cute, whimsical cat collages Rodion Creative Dotto – Resources Mentioned Heart-o-Matic on Craft Cult – for a quick snapshot of your Etsy shop stats, hearts, and clicks. Etsy Teams Podcasts like Etsy Conversations (aww – thanks, Nicole!) and TedTalks Contact Nicole Etsy Shop: Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause Email: nicoledotto [at] yahoo [dot] com etsy shop dotto Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:46
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 12:46
011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:22:30
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:22:30
154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

The inspiration to start a craft business can literally come from anyone, anything, or any experience you have throughout your life, and this is just the beginning of the journey of, Mary Glover, owner of the Etsy shop MaryGLovesArt and Founding Director of Awakening Seeds. Mary has always had a passion for arts and crafts, and since she was a little girl she has created and crafted a wide array of designs and art projects. Mary says she has always viewed her artwork as a way to fulfill her crafty nature. Until 2015, she never thought about selling her work or building a business around her passion. That is, until the inspiration of her family and friends helped motivate her decision to begin selling her first handmade item - the "Don’t Worry Doll” which was inspired by her young granddaughter. Since then Mary has gone on to open her Etsy shop and expanded her product line beyond the Don’t Worry Doll. She currently also sells handcrafted cards, gift tags, and mixed media prints and collages. In this week's episode, Mary shares her journey into the Etsy world right from her very first sale. She discusses what techniques she uses to help grow her e-commerce business and explains why she believes sharing your story with your customers and the online community can help grow your business, all while incorporating authenticity and building trust. We also discuss Angela Holden and how Mary's experience with her building her beautiful online websites. Mary is also the Founder of the Awakening Seeds school and we talk about the motivation and driving force behind the school as well as the vision and educational curriculum of the school. Additionally, we discuss how she manages her time building an Etsy business while working full-time at Awakening Seeds plus writing for and maintaining two different - but equally important blogs, both of which she is very passionate about. [bctt tweet="Focusing on the visual presentation of your work is really valuable to your Etsy business" username="ConvoMePodcast"] MaryG Loves Art - Topics Discussed The genesis of the “Don’t Worry Doll” How Mary used art and an art journal as part of her healing process after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer What inspired her to finally start selling her artwork How she determines how to price her products on Etsy Mary's Etsy shop promotion strategies Why she chose not to include an e-commerce component on her personal website The mechanics of running two different blogs and how Mary comes up with blog post topics for each Why she doesn’t focus much on SEO techniques while writing her blog posts Lessons learned about using SEO and quality photographs in her Etsy shop How a Craftsy photography course has helped her business Why Mary believes “getting her story out” through social media and blog post writing has helped her business grow MaryG Loves Art - Resources Mentioned Offline tools: iPhone | Thrift Stores Courses: Craftsy Product Photography Class Photo Editing: Photoshop Elements Social Media: Instagram Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast   MaryG Loves Art - Etsy Shop Shout Outs JustPlainJane - run by Mary's sister Jane. Jane sells handcrafted, whimsical, ornaments, and art. ArtsyLetters - run by Mary's friend Robyn Hood Black. Robyn sells handcrafted literary gifts with a vintage touch. Angela J. Holden - web designer extraordinaire... :) Best Ways to Reach Mary Glover: Etsy shop convo: MaryG Loves Art Website: MaryGLovesArt.net Awakening Seed School Email: MaryKGlover [at] me [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:38
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 01:03:38
153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jenni Waldrop is a corporate job hating, former Fortune 500 “minion” turned 6-figure Etsy seller, success blogger, and owner of the Etsy shop, Fuzzy and Birch, where she sells beautifully designed digital and printed prints with a touch of sarcasm. She describes herself as an entrepreneur and the “maker of other businesses” largely because her Etsy success blog has proven to be a valuable resource for new and aspiring Etsy sellers. On this week's episode, Jenni shares her journey from her corporate working life to growing a six figure business. She explains how, although she has worked in marketing departments in the corporate world, after becoming an entrepreneur, she quickly learned that marketing your own products and services is vastly different than the way the big corporate businesses do things. Throughout the course of her journey, Jenni became quite savvy at using SEO techniques, discovering what works and doesn’t work for marketing her business, and now she teaches other Etsy sellers about SEO strategies and success strategies to help them grow their businesses. We discuss everything from living the “solopreneur life” and coping with “solopreneur isolation” to outsourcing tasks, connecting with your target customer, finding an Etsy tribe to brainstorm and hash out ideas with, as well as how to drive targeted traffic to your shop to increase your ROI. [bctt tweet="Pick 1 or 2 #socialmediamarketing platforms (max)... Customers can tell when u put in the effort" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Fuzzy and Birch - Topics Discussed How and when Jenni discovered Etsy and why she became an entrepreneur Jenni's secret to finding good people to outsource tasks to How she became savvy in SEO techniques. Why she believes having a “tribe” - a community of like-minded individuals and sellers - can be a critical factor to building a successful business and where to find them! We discuss how she learned to drive traffic to her Etsy shop at the beginning of her business She explains why she is so passionate about helping other Etsy sellers grow and build a successful business Products she sells in her shop, where she gets her inspiration from, and we discuss the new SEO course she’s launched to help other Etsy sellers find success Jenni explains why she believes it’s a bad idea to create an account on every social media platform available, and why you should just keep it simple Fuzzy and Birch - Resources Mentioned Outsourcing Platforms: Time Etc Lead Generation: Marmalead Blogging & Website Building: WordPress | Squarespace Website/Blog Hosting: BlueHost Other: Not On The High Street Best Ways to Reach Jenni Waldrop Online: Website and Blog Your First 1k on Etsy Facebook Group Courses: Optimize Me: The Etsy SEO Solution Course (available through the beginning of December 2016) Your First 1k on Etsy Course Mastering Your Etsy Finances The Etsy Therapist ( + Custom Shop Critique!) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:30
2017-09-23 00:38:31 UTC 10:30
010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:51
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:04:51
152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For many people with sensitive skin, finding high quality bath and body products like soap, shampoo, body lotion, bath salts and scrubs is a lifelong challenge. Carma Wood, owner of the Etsy shop Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, can relate to this struggle on a personal level. Her challenges with finding soap and other bath products that wouldn’t irritate her skin is what set her on the path to learning how to make handcrafted bath and body products. Carma lives in Minnesota with her family and fur-babies. She originally started on Etsy as a buyer before transitioning into a seller of handmade sewn items. Soon after, she discovered that she had a passion for making handcrafted soaps that were not only easy on her sensitive skin, but also made from mostly biodegradable ingredients. Carma explains that she holds two things very close to her heart - a passion for helping others with sensitive skin and a passion for helping the environment. By combining these two passions, she has decided on the unique name for her Etsy shop - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, named after an endangered fresh water fish from Lake Superior. In this week's episode, Carma shares how she learned to create her own soap and other bath and body products... Step aside Bath & Body Works... ;) She also explains her process for taking and fulfilling custom orders in her shop, and how she “human tests” all of the products before releasing them for sale in her Etsy store. Additionally, Carma shares a marketing secret that most Etsy sellers do not utilize - but should, as well as how she manages her time working on her shop while working full-time and creating. Carma has lots of valuable tips for sellers ready to scale their business by outsourcing tasks or hiring full-time or part-time employees. [bctt tweet="Catalogs help u get more eyes on ur products than most other advertising methods #EtsySellers" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Topics Discussed Carma explains why she believes starting out as an Etsy shopper makes transitioning to being a seller easier How Carma learned how to craft high-quality handcrafted body products by reading books and studying recipes for 6-months before making her first batch of soap Carma's process for creating a physical catalog highlighting specific products in her shop and what she believes her return on investment is for this marketing strategy How Carma ensures her "sensitive skin assurance" policy - ensuring customers know the ingredients before they buy She explains how she got started in wholesaling Valuable insight on how and when Etsy sellers should consider outsourcing. Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Maker to Manufacturer Podcast Catalog Making Tools: PicMonkey | Overnight Prints Etsy Networking Groups: Indie Business Network Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Team | It’s A Living Facebook Group | Minnesota Makers Facebook Group Website Building: Wix Email Marketing: Mailchimp Carma's Etsy Shop Shout Outs Ruby’s Daughter 1977 - for handcrafted sweaters, scarves, and other clothing and accessories. SenseNSensibiliTea - Historically inspired, hand blended tea. Forest Bags - Beautifully handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags from Australia Best Ways to Reach Carma Wood Etsy Shop Convo: Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics Website: KiyiKiyi.com Email: KiyiKiyi [at] Outlook [dot] com Social media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing up in an entrepreneurial focused family, AshleyMarie "Sey" Lively of the Etsy shop Sey Studios, has always had a passion and dream of becoming an entrepreneur herself. Her journey started as a name artist at Disneyland, where she worked for a year, and while her husband still works at Disney, her dream of becoming a creative entrepreneur shifted after attending art school and starting a family. Sey’s first Etsy shop was opened while she worked at Disneyland, but she quickly discovered that the crafts she was selling in her first shop were not as worthwhile as she originally thought. As an Etsy seller, you can probably relate very well with that sentiment. Although she still enjoys making a variety of arts and crafts pieces, she has transitioned and found a niche product that she not only loves to create, but one which is also more profitable. Sey Studios  now focuses primarily on selling name art, where she creatively designs paintings using people’s names and incorporating a variety of characters into each painting. Sey's beautiful name art pieces are all uniquely handmade, and she has been able to incorporate a wide variety of characters - from Star Wars and Ghostbusters to My Little Pony and Legend of Zelda - into hundreds of name art pieces. On today’s episode, Sey shares her experiences of working at Disneyland, why she decided to quit working outside of her home and become and entrepreneur, as well as what made her decide to find a specific niche for her business. She also explains how her crafts have been featured in magazines and even on the Conan O’Brien show. That's right... THE Conan O'Brien Show :) She also explains how she uses local events to help drive traffic and new customers to her Etsy shop, marketing techniques she has used that have helped increase her sales and conversions on various social media platforms. Sey and I also discuss lessons she has learned about making the shipping process easier for her craft business.   Sey Studios - Topics Discussed How Sey started working at Disneyland and why she transitioned into becoming a creative entrepreneur How she prices her handmade name art pieces - especially for longer names How local events, comic cons, and craft shows have impacted her Etsy online sales Managing her time while being a stay-at-home mom What social media tools she uses to promote her products Using the Etsy Seller Handbook to start and improve her business Sey’s advice to new or struggling Etsy sellers Sey Studios - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast Tools: Cell phone calendar Best Ways to Reach Sey Etsy Shop: Sey Studios Etsy Convo Email: SeyStudios [at] gmail [dot] com Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Upcoming Event: Stop by and visit Sey at the Bakersfield Comic Con on November 12 & 13, 2016! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:  

009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
11:08
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009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
19:56
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007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:40
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149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angela Doherty is my guest this week and she runs the Etsy shop Hooked By Angel. Tune in to hear how things took off in her Etsy shop once she decided to go from hobbyist to full-scale business. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
47:56
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148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Kathleen Sheetz runs the Etsy shop Her Joyful Studio and this week she shares the story of het Etsy journey and success as a full-time seller. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
29:27
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147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Maxwell Ryan is the Founder of Apartment Therapy and he's my guest this week. We're talking about growth for small creative businesses and learning how to navigate the meandering paths that involves. Listen in for a huge dose of inspiration and very practical information. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:47
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146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Khin johnson runs the Etsy shop Paper Bound Love which came about during a 6-yr long-distance relationship with her then boyfriend (now husband). Now she makes her full-time living running her Etsy shop and catering to the wedding market... And her husband is poised to quit soon and join her full-time as well! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:05
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 58:05
145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Madeline Stage of the Etsy shop Green graves is my guest this week and the goal of her shop is to reduce, repurpose, and resell.  She's working towards her goal of giving a second life to abandoned materials (and things) and inspiring others to do the same. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

It's Episode #4 of the Etsy Conversations Resources episode! Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:04
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144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie Segares is the Founder of Creative Yarn Entreprenuer, LLC, a website and podcast show and this week she shares valuable business tips about running your creative business. We also talk about her new book Make Money With Crochet (and how the principles within it can be applied to maker of other crafts, in addition to what it takes to write, publish, and market a book.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
40:07
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003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:18
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143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Megan Robbins runs the Etsy shop Little Treasures Shopp which is her flagship store on Etsy. Megan has made over 1,700 sales in just two years and today she... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:00:23
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142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Susan Prolman runs the Etsy shop Veg Shop and like many others who sell on the site, she says her shop is simply a hobby that she spends a lot of time on... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:28
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141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

John birdsong runs the Etsy shop Recycled State and in addition to sharing his Etsy journey we talk about an issue that's never really been discussed on the... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
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002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
09:26
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001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:13:16
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:13:16
139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:07:13
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:07:13
138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement
22:46
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 22:46
Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement

137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
33:56
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 33:56
137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:51:24
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:51:24
136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:19:57
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:19:57
135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:15
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 45:15
134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
38:17
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 38:17
133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
49:26
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 49:26
132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
48:37
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 48:37
131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:01
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130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:45
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:03:45
129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:21
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:33:21
128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:25:39
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:25:39
127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:31
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 50:31
126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
56:07
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 56:07
125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
46:53
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 46:53
124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
52:35
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 52:35
123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

How much time do you spend promoting your Etsy shop on social media? Do you spend enough or too much? And how effective is it? There’s a man with one simple answer to all of these questions: his name is Natwar Maheshwari and the answer is Around.IO. Natwar is the creator and founder of Around.IO, a productivity tool for Etsy shop owners and ecommerce sellers on Shopify and other platforms who want to fully optimize social media to grow traffic, grow their reach and take their businesses to the next level. It’s a tool that helps you automate your social media marketing. On today’s show you’ll hear Natwar’s journey from being an engineer and working in biopharmaceuticals to failing at his first independent business, and hitting a home run with Around.IO. He shares exactly how this tool helps committed business owners to reach their audiences more effectively, and how its daily and weekly planning options help you save time on social media while creating a more engaged audience for you. Natwar also talks about what he learned from the approximately 150 Etsy sellers he talked to during his 6,000 mile road trip meetups across the United States! He has a vast amount of knowledge on the benefits of social media for your shop, so listen in for all of that and more from Natwar on episode 123 of the Etsy Conversations podcast.

122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:30:11
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:30:11
122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Do you have more than one passion you’d like to turn into a successful Etsy shop? That’s exactly what our returning guest has done! Anna from Bare Sandals is back to share how her business has grown since her last visit to the show in 2013. A lot has changed for Anna since then: she’s significantly increased her sales and also opened up her second Etsy shop! Bare Sandals is a handcrafted foot jewelry business, specifically tailored to brides planning their destination weddings. Anna is passionate about creating all types of jewelry. And that passion inspired her to open Heart of Wander, where she expands into the space of bracelets, earrings, and more. On today’s show, Anna enlightens us with the experience and wisdom she’s gained running a successful Etsy shop. She talks about everything from registering your business with the IRS to how to create eye-catching photos. Anna also provides actionable steps you can take to build consistency in your business, and how to create a shipping system that works for you. Anna’s vast knowledge about SEO and what it takes to have excellent customer service will inspire you. Don’t miss all of Anna’s tips and much more on episode 122 of the Etsy Conversations Podcast!

121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:56
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 59:56
121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you been dreaming of making a six-figure income through your Etsy business? Or maybe you would simply be elated to bring in an extra few hundred dollars a month. Whatever the case our guest for today’s show, Dalia Abdalla, can help you with both dreams! She is the owner of the Modern Pink Paper Etsy shop, a fulfilling and financially successful Etsy business she created while working full-time. In the process she discovered she wanted to help others through teaching so she founded the Etsy Seller Mastermind. The mastermind group is a space for people committed to running their Etsy shop as a professional, legitimate business and helping others to do the same. On today’s show Dalia shares one of the keys to her success: search engine optimization (SEO) and why it’s been so much more powerful for her growth than social media. We dive into how she got started, when she knew this should be her full-time pursuit and why not everyone is cut out to succeed on Etsy. Dalia is incredibly knowledgable about Etsy, SEO, and what it takes to be a success as a creative entrepreneur. She’s a straight shooter who gives solid, practical advice you can implement right away. You’ll want to hear all of that and much more from her on episode 121 of the Etsy Conversations podcast. Tweetable: "Focus on the sale you get, not on trying to make the next one."   The Etsy Seller Mastermind – Topics Discussed Why did she choose Facebook as the platform for her mastermind? What is the best social media platform to start wtih? What does she think about Etsy “teams”? The 3 things you need for a good Etsy shop. Why you should "spy" on your customers! And more! Resources Mentioned Dalia’s Etsy Mastermind Dalia’s Etsy courses Etsy Mastermind group on Facebook Marmalead’s episode on the show Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell Best ways to reach Dalia Email: EtsySellerMastermind [at] gmail [dot] com Etsy shop: Modern Pink Paper Website: EtsySellerMastermind.com Periscope: @EtsySellerMastermind Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:27
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 51:27
120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

It's all about The Coastal Workshop this week... :) Frequently the best businesses are born from our own need: we have a problem, and need a solution. We create the solution, and then sell it to others who also need it. That was the case for today’s guest: Joe Leo. Joe isn’t new to the world of selling and customer service. He has owned brick and mortar shops before, but he was new to ecommerce and Etsy when he opened his coaster shop in August of 2015. He and his wife had bought new, white furniture for their bedroom and wanted to keep the end tables pristine by using coasters. Not able to find what he wanted, he created some. Even after he made a set he enjoyed the experience so much he continued making them. His daughter suggested he put them on Etsy and sell them to others. Even though he had no idea what Etsy was he got online that afternoon and jumped in with both feet! It wasn’t long before he was making sales of his handmade coasters, expanding his offerings into other items like snack trays and overall growing his business. He continues to work his full-time job as the marketing director of a radiology group, but sees Etsy as a valuable way to enjoy his free time and make some extra money now and into his retirement days. On this episode of the Etsy Conversations podcast, Joe and I talk about the most valuable tools and resources he has found to help him grow his business, why tracking his sales has been so beneficial and how he manages his time with work, his family, his singing gigs and his Etsy shop! There’s all of that and so much more on episode 120. Tweetable: "There is a niche for everybody's product."   The Coastal Workshop – Topics Discussed The advantages of e-commerce versus a brick and mortar store. How did Joe get started using Etsy and what was his original intent in doing so? One technique he uses to increase sales, and why it’s so effective. How in-person networking added a new stream of revenue for his business. What advertising strategies does he use? And more! Joe's Etsy Shop ShoutOut  That's Old Money - vintage and antique coin shop run by Roger Varouj Resources Mentioned Backpage - A place to advertise your products and direct traffic to your Etsy shop; similar ot Craigslist Craiglist - Same as above Marmalead’s episode on the show Wave Accounting - An accounting/bookkeeping tool   Best ways to reach Joe - The Coastal Workshop Etsy shop convo: The Coastal Workshop Website: TheCoastalWorkshop.com Email: TheCoastalWorkshop [at] gmail [dot] com Social media: Twitter - @CoastalWorkshop Facebook - Coastal Workshop Page Instagram - @TheCoastalWorkshop Pinterest - The Coastal Works Check out his singing skills at The Jukebox Legends... These guys are really good! :)   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:48
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 45:48
119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week has the patience of a saint because not only did I have to reschedule our convo once, but we also had lots of technical problems while recording our convo and she was really great about it all :) Shannon is my guest and she runs the Etsy shop ShanB Designs where she makes and sells accessories for people and pets. While reading Shannon's bio I noticed that her jewelry had been featured not just once, but twice in the Hallmark Channel's original TV show Cedar Cove and also that they had been included as part of the swag bags for the pre-Golden Globes. Naturally, I knew I had to ask about it and how she was able to get such great publicity for her products... Listen in to hear how it all happened. ShanB Designs Topics Discussed Getting publicity in national media outlets Transitioning gradually from FT employment to self-employment Choosing the ideal product line for you Etsy shop promotion ...and much more... Resources Mentioned The Artisan Group Best ways to reach Shannon Etsy shop: ShanB Designs - The Furry Fiesta Social media: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Shannon's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Rodgers Digital Design - run by Gina and Justin Rodgers. This husband and wife team make and sell household decor items from photos taken by Justin, a professional photographer. Check them out and tell them Shannon sent you!   Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:15
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 01:10:15
118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week is Hilary Lorenz and in 2010 she founded Stonetrigger Press in Abiquiu, NM. Abiquiu is located in the high desert and that's where Hilary built by hand a large studio out of stone, mud, wood and tin. It's a space that she has also created for a select group of artists to come and create each year and we discuss her process for doing this in our convo. Each year Hilary splits her time between New York City and New Mexico... She spends several months in Abiquiu deeply engaged in her practices -art, running, mountaineering. She is a multidisciplinary artist who explores intersections of running, nature, and solitude and a highly accomplished artist. Her recent exhibitions include Nomadic Geographies (2014), Wave Hill, NY, In the Spirit (2014), Pioneer Bluff, KS, Tracing Nature, Muriel Guepin, NY (2012). Group exhibitions include, Influencers (2014) Print Center of NJ, Corridor Gallery, (2012) Brooklyn, NY and many more. She is also a Fulbright Fellow and the NEA-MidAtlantic Fellow. In 2011 Hilary had the pleasure of running on Track and Field, Allora and Calzadilla sculpture at the 54th Venice Biennale Lorenz received an M.A. and M.F.A. from University of Iowa and is a Professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY. She was definitely one I wanted to talk to about time management since she has a lot on her plate. Stonetrigger Press Topics Discussed The value of storytelling in selling products How a 30-day creating and blogging challenge helped propel Etsy sales early on Art exhibits vs. craft fairs ...and much much more Resources Mentioned Southern Graphics International - a comprehensive resource for the printmaking community Craigslist - great place for finding free or low cost shipping supplies. Just find your local market and start searching. Best ways to reach Hilary Email: Hilary [at] HilaryLorenz [dot] com Etsy shop: Stonetrigger Press Social media: Facebook page Website: HilaryLorenz.com Blog: HilaryLorenz.wordpress.com Hilary's Etsy Shop Shoutout KatWise - listen in to hear how this Etsy seller uses a very creative and unique selling technique that has garnered her almost 30,000 sales to date and be sure to check out her Etsy shop... Let her know Hilary sent you! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:40
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 53:40
117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Joelle Poulos runs the Etsy shop Joelle's Emporium and she's been selling on Etsy since she was just 16 years old. Now five years into her Etsy journey, she makes her full-time living selling her handmade art in various forms, both on Etsy and through her own ecommerce website - JoellesPoulos.com. Her handmade business affords her the opportunity to travel the world at will and I'm pleased to have her back home in the United Kingdom as my guest this week on the podcast. Joelle is an artist and a photographer (a skill that has come in very handy for her when it comes to product photography), and having multiple creative outlets has afforded her the benefit of being able to make her living using her different creative skills. She sells temporary tattoos, art prints, stickers, apparel, and more in her Etsy shop and through her ecommerce website. On her blog she focuses on photography and SEO. In her own words: I love to maintain my creativity but still make a living from it Joelle's Emporium - Topics Discussed Starting off slowly then finding a product that strikes a chord on Etsy SEO for Etsy success made really, really simple... And free! Dealing with unhappy customers ...and much much more Resources Mentioned ViralWoot (formerly PinWoot) - for generating traffic (and more) through Pinterest Wanelo, StoreWoot, and Pinterest - additional ways to promote your Etsy shop Freelancer, Upwork, and Bark (this one is a local UK site) - good places to find freelance photographers to help with your product photography Here's an article Joelle wrote on her blog about how she does her Etsy SEO and gets great results: Etsy SEO Tips Best way to reach Joelle Website: JoellePoulos.com Etsy shop: Joelle's Emporium Social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram Joelle's Etsy Shop ShoutOut SimkaSol - Run by Sara Charles, she hand-illustrates, prints and sews her own brand of unique vagabond-style clothing and accessories. Please check out her shop and let her know Joelle sent you! :) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:48
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 54:48
116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For almost one year now I've been waiting to attend the Craftcation Business & Makers Conference. I first found out about it last year after the event had already occurred so I was kind of bummed :( Fortunately, the event this year is scheduled for April 7-10, 2016 and you still have time to sign up for it... So, don't be like me and let a whole year go by before seizing the opportunity to attend :) Naturally, I'm sure you'd like to learn more about it first and that's exactly why I have the founders on the podcast this week. Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell founded Patchwork Show about a decade ago and Craftcation about 5 years ago and in our convo we dig in to how both events came about, what each has to offer, and what attendees can expect. Craftcation & Patchwork Show - Topics Discussed Of course we discuss both events in-depth :) Online workshops offered on Dear Handmade Life Time management and life balance for business owners ...and lots more good stuff for creative & handmade business owners Resources Mentioned Dear Handmade Life podcast Blog post: Plan Ahead & Budget For Craftcation (or any other conference) BlogLovin - an organized repository of blogs Editorial calendar - there are a number out there... Or you can use an Excel spreadsheet too :) HootSuite - social media management tool IFTTT - automation/productivity tool for streamlining a wide variety of tasks MeetUp - website for finding groups and communities to network with Facebook - lots of creative groups on here Contact Nicole & Delilah Website: Dear Handmade Life Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:14
2017-09-23 00:38:32 UTC 53:14
115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Troy Bungart is a connector and that became very quickly evident to me during the course of our conversation. He runs two Etsy shops, Burl Chaser where he sells pottery tool and handmade brushes and Troy Bungart Studios where he sells ceramic and fine art products. We talk about how Troy has parlayed his education in photography into his Etsy businesses and also about how he grows his network and community of potters and artists, not just for advancing in business but also as a way of contributing, teaching, and giving back. I hope from what he shares you will also start thinking about ways that you can make genuine connections within your community and come out from your craft room or studio and from behind your computer to network and create similar authentic relationships. Troy Bungart Studios Topics Discussed Learning to sell on Etsy by being a buyer first Balancing a full-time job and two Etsy shops Putting family first, especially when it seems to go against the norm Creative podcasts that you might want to check out ...and much more Resources Mentioned Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast - a podcast which features interviews with a wide variety of artists from around the world Potter's Mastermind Series Facebook group The Potter's Cast by Paul Blais - a podcast for ceramic artists and potters that features interviews of other ceramicists Troy's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Port City Mud - ceramic pottery from artists in San Joaquin County, CA Contact Troy Etsy shops: Troy Bungart Studios and BurlChaser Website: TroyBungartStudios.com Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, G+ Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:17
2017-09-23 03:01:18 UTC 51:17
192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Amber & Will run a successful vintage clothing store on Etsy and this week they share their the story of their Etsy journey. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast
16:00
2017-09-23 03:01:22 UTC 16:00
ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast

Learn about the May 2017 Etsy Site Updates and how they affect you as an Etsy seller. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:17:33
2017-09-23 03:01:24 UTC 01:17:33
191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Facing and then recovering from an Etsy shop shutdown is no joke. My guest this week is Medina of MK Kids Interiors and she's sharing her experience of rising back up after having her Etsy shop shut down unexpectedly. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:22
2017-09-23 03:01:27 UTC 10:22
ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

This is a sneak peek of the new Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast. ESS-210 Etsy Craft Supply Sellers ~ Track Your Shipping & Inventory Like a Pro Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:50
2017-09-23 03:01:28 UTC 01:05:50
190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

From Fortune 500 employees to full-time eco-friendly furniture business owners now selling on Etsy... Tune in to hear the story or Dylan and Monika of Blissopia. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
45:41
2017-09-23 03:01:31 UTC 45:41
ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

A detailed walk-through of the new Etsy Shop Manager. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for me.

189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:25
2017-09-23 03:01:34 UTC 59:25
189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jade runs the Etsy shop Paper Sphinx and this week we talk about what it takes to run a successful exclusively digital Etsy shop, even while working full-time by day. Go to http://www.ConvoMe.com for more details.

188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:55
2017-09-23 03:01:37 UTC 01:05:55
188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with yarn entrepreneur, Jan Mouer of Handmade Howlin' Cowls. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more. 

187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:21:46
2017-09-23 03:01:39 UTC 01:21:46
187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 2 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:35:20
2017-09-23 03:01:45 UTC 01:35:20
186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 1 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah
01:03:10
2017-09-23 03:01:47 UTC 01:03:10
185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah

We're talking about all things accounting and bookeeping-related for Etsy sellers and creative business owners Sarah Korhnak is a CPA and Etsy seller and she's to break it all down and give us clear direction on what we should and should not be doing. Enjoy!

184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:24:50
2017-09-23 03:01:50 UTC 01:24:50
184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Etsy conversation with Kasia B. of Etsy shop NoAndEl. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:28
2017-09-23 03:01:53 UTC 50:28
183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Catching up with Joe Leo who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 120 in March 2016. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
08:41
2017-09-23 03:01:55 UTC 08:41
ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Special Announcement: Introducing Etsy Success Strategies - The Audio Series. Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.

182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:17
2017-09-23 03:01:59 UTC 54:17
182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with Betsy Hoffman of Pretty Girl Postcards. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:08:46
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181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview w/photographer and inspirational artist Emily dolenz of the etsy shop EDolenz photos. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:19
2017-09-23 03:02:06 UTC 59:19
180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie runs the Etsy shop Maad Goods and this week she's sharing the story of her journey from having reservations about selling on Etsy to now enjoying growing a customer base for her handmade leather and canvas bags. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:33
2017-09-23 03:02:08 UTC 58:33
179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angie Johnson runs the Etsy shop Norwegian Wood and this week she's talking about the topic she spoke on during her EtsyUp Conference session where she gave detailed steps about how to find your best-selling product. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... Enjoy! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:49
2017-09-23 03:02:10 UTC 54:49
178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Rich & Clara Bailey met in college, got married, had a baby, got him to the point where he was sleeping through the night... If you think they decided to get more sleep, you;re wrong... They decided instead to start a business! So MacBailey Candle Co was born. Listen in to hear how this husband and wife team runs their business and their plans for the business' future.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:40:57
2017-09-23 03:02:12 UTC 01:40:57
177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Shah is an online friend that I was fortunate to meet through and because of the podcast. It feels like we've known each other for quite a while now but this was our very first IRL (in real life) conversation. She runs the Etsy shop Lil Spaces which, unlike most Etsy shops, started off first as an offline pop-up shop then migrated to an ecommerce website and then finally to Etsy! I like the evolution of her business and how she eventually found her way onto Etsy and you'll get to hear the unique story of exactly how it happened in our convo this week. Have you longed to get media exposure and have the positive "fallout" that follows that? Well listen in to hear how Shah's business received a great deal of press and how you can replicate a similar process for your own business. But there's a caveat... You'll have to listen in to hear what it is :) We had a nice long conversation and here are some highlights of what you'll hear us discuss in-depth: Working with a business partner & going it alone Product line development Running an independent website - pros, cons, and tips for doing it well Balancing an Etsy shop vs ecommerce website Shah's D.E.B.R.A system for keeping up with business tasks Etsy Resolution and why you might want to participate the next time it rolls around From Buzz Feed to Interiors Addict to Babyology... Getting media attention and how to capitalize on it and keep the momentum going Shah's experience being a finalist of the 2015 Etsy Design Awards Shah's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Design Genes Studio - Phoenix is the cool lady behind this Etsy shop where she sells whimsical greeting cards, mugs, and gifts. Hi Phoenix!! :) Etsy Mums Facebook Group - Lauren Munn set up this group for moms who sell on Etsy and want to connect. Lauren has been a valuable member of the Etsy Conversations community for a long time and I highly recommend that if you;re a mom and you sell on Etsy you strongly consider joining Lauren's Facebook group Resources Mentioned Freelancers: Upwork -find people of all skill levels and price ranges to do website (and other technical and non-technical) tasks for you Search Engine Optimization tools: Yoast SEO plugin - SEO plugin for WordPress websites; Backlinko - website by Brian Dean with information about using link-building for website traffic and SEO Getting media exposure: HARO (Help A Reporter Out), Source Bottle (similar to HARO) Recommended Reading: this article by Lauren Munn is a refereshing and honest piece on why her Etsy shop failed but there's a really great message in the piece - Why My Etsy Shop Failed... 5 Reasons You Wouldn't Expect Contact Shah Etsy Convo: Lil Spaces on Etsy Email: Shah [at] LilSpaces [dot] com Social media: Instagram, Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:13 UTC 46:17
176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jessica runs a new Etsy shop called Gifts Outside The Box which she opened up to fill a need in a niche that didn't provide her what she was looking. Listen in to learn how she's finding her place on Etsy.

Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2
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2017-09-23 03:02:15 UTC 12:05
Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2

In case you missed it last week, on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Chad Dickerson was removed as CEO of Etsy after almost 6 years in that position; he will remain in an "advisory role" until the end of May. Chad is being replaced by Josh Silverman who is currently a board director on Etsy's board. Chad is also being replaced as the chairman of the Etsy board by a tech investor, Fred Wilson. But wait... There's more... Etsy also announced that they will lay off  approximately 8% of its total workforce which equates to about 80 positions. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but based on y research and according to the Bloomberg website, black & White Capital LP (who owns about 2% of Etsy) urged Etsy to explore "strategic alternatives... including a possible sale" Here are some other quotes from Black & White's proposals for and criticisms of Etsy: "...the company's historical pattern of ill-advised spending has completely obfuscated the extremely attractive underlying marketplace business model..." "...we are fully prepared to take any actions we believe are necessary to protect the best interests of all Etsy shareholders..." and finally, Black & White Capital LP wants Etsy to better invest R&D to fix its "horrendous search functionality", suggest similar available items, and redirect marketing expenses to drive repeat customers... and some other suggestions So... I kept waiting for Etsy to say something publicly about all of this but they remained pretty mute on the whole topic until about Thursday or Friday. You might have received an email form Etsy's new CEO, if you missed, I read it verbatim in the podcast. Takeaways: Don't forget the Q&A with Josh Silverman will be this Thursday May 11th, 2017 in the Etsy Forums though no specific start and end times were given You can check the Etsy forums as of today (per Josh's email) to find out how to participate I plan to join the Q&A session and then do a follow-up podcast episode about it so stay tuned/come back for that :) Update On Etsy Q&A Pt.2 I reached out a couple of Etsy Admins and was asked to submit my request for an interview through Etsy's media relations/PR department. I guess the good news there is that I'm now officially considered "the media" ;) Anyway, long story short, after exchanging multiple emails with the someone in Etsy's media department, the response I got was essentially, "not now...". In the podcast episode I explain what my plan is going to be going forward... First off, thank you so much to everyone, and I mean, every single person, who sent in a question. I don't want your effort and time spent responding to go to waste so I will hunt down the answers to your questions, even if it means reaching out to Etsy support for each individual question. I will create either a Q&A blog post or podcast series so please stay tuned.

175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique
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175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique

Convo with Julie Fuller of Etsy Shop Tokyo Blossom Boutique.

174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:54
2017-09-23 03:02:20 UTC 59:54
174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Front Page Guide to Etsy with Tammy Cannon of Cannon Online Marketing

173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
40:20
2017-09-23 03:02:22 UTC 40:20
173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Running an Etsy shop with your spouse with ben and Monica Wigen of Catch Me Studio

172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:16
2017-09-23 03:02:25 UTC 39:16
172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Expaning beyond local selling and reaching a global market with Lauree Sayne of Etsy shop Dancing Dish & Decor.

171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
35:53
2017-09-23 03:02:27 UTC 35:53
171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Creating everyday to stay inspired w/Hailey Smedley of the Etsy shop Ozetta.

170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:32
2017-09-23 03:02:28 UTC 51:32
170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Makreting your Etsy shop with Dan Safkow of iMakeTheCase.

ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:02:30 UTC 22:09
ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

In this special tax season edition of the Etsy Conversations Podcast Resource episode, I review and summarize the article about what deductions are available to Etsy sellers in 2017. NOTE: I am not an accountant or tax lawyer and this recap is purely for informational purposes and should not be construed as tax or financial advice. Okay, so now that that's out of the way... Here are some major take-aways: Keep excellent records - by being diligent with your record-keeping, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress if you ever get audited by the IRS. Things to track: Vehicle expenses and mileage Cell phone and internet use for business Equipment expenses Shipping expenses Home office expenses Advertising fees Legal or professional services Charity donations Education, networking, and travel Meals and entertainment Retirement contributions Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:02:33 UTC 14:44
ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Learn all about the Etsy Small Business Contest and how you may enter for the chance to win $10,000 to scale up your business.

169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:00:10
2017-09-23 03:02:36 UTC 01:00:10
169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Entrepreneurs need to learn to adapt to rapidly evolving markets and unstable business conditions to survive in the tough world of business.  Saskia runs the Etsy shop Natural Born Customs and she was ready to face these challenges when she first set-up her Etsy shop in 2013. Little did she know that she was about to face a much bigger battle – a battle for her very own life, against cancer. Artist and customizer, Saskia, has always been naturally different. While others fear being different, Saskia was afraid of blending in. She felt the need to look different and be different. She began customizing her own clothes, which immediately caught people’s attention due to the uniqueness of her designs. After receiving several requests from people who wanted their items customized, Saskia decided to start an Etsy shop to share her art with more people. After setting up her shop and receiving her first sale on Etsy in 2013, Saskia realized that she had to abandon her newly founded business when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled this killer disease for almost 3 years before finally claiming victory and getting her life back. In this week’s episode, Saskia shares how cancer transformed her life completely and how it has made her even more passionate about the unique art that she creates on products in her Etsy shop. Saskia discusses her fears, the difficulties of being a “one-person” show, and the challenges she faced in re-opening her business. She also shares invaluable resources that have helped her learn and re-learn how to manage her Etsy shop. We also discuss concepts about SEO and blogging on Etsy. I make things with so much love... So to be able to give somebody something that will make them technicolor and just make them stand out from the crowd makes me feel wonderful.  Natural Born Customs – Topics Discussed Saskia shares how her outlook on business has changed after surviving cancer. Saskia’s collaborative design process. Daily routines. The challenges of working as a full-time business owner. The importance of personal social interaction. Fears that come with selling your own creations. Recommended tags and keywords to improve your Etsy Shop’s SEO. Improving your business by participating in craft fairs and exhibits. Challenges of Etsy sellers who offer customized items or services. A direct approach to getting rid of your fears of shipping internationally. Finding the right brand or identity for your blog. Staying motivated to succeed. The importance of authenticity over automation in marketing.  Natural Born Customs – Resources Mentioned: Etsy Resources: The Etsy Seller’s Handbook Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast: Episode 153 – Fuzzy and Birch Courses: The Etsy Academy by Jenny Waldrop Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations Best Ways to Reach Saskia Etsy Shop: Natural Born Customs Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Email: saskia [at] naturalborncustoms [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason
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168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason

Platforms like Etsy have paved the way to the rise of mompreneurs – female business owners who have found a balance between being an active parent and an entrepreneur. Managing a business and being a parent is no easy feat, especially if you are a first time parent like Sarah Cason of  Sarah Cason Designs. Sarah first talked with me back in Episode 95, when she shared her journey with her Etsy shop, Sarah Cason Designs. Much has happened to her over the past year since we last spoke to her! While most people expect new moms to slow down with their careers, this has not hindered Sarah from doing well in her business at all. In fact, she has even taken to teaching and launched her first Calligraphy class in November 2016. She joins me on the show this week to share her experience as a new mom in business and how she balances being a mom and managing her Etsy shop. Amongst lots of other things, Sarah shares how she keeps her customers engaged even if her shop is on vacation mode and how she built buzz leading to her re-opening. Sarah also provides some insightful tips on how to manage burn out and how to keep your creativity brewing. She shares the tools and processes that she has developed to manage busy periods in her business, such as Christmas and other busy selling seasons for her as well as the holidays.  Sarah Carson Designs - Topics Discussed How Sarah balances her time managing her Etsy shop and taking care of her new baby. The advantages and disadvantages of putting your Etsy shop on vacation mode. Building buzz on social media to boost your Etsy shop re-opening. Using promotions such as an open house to manage your leftover inventory. Strategies for developing new products. New features and functions of the new Etsy layout. Systems and processes that help her manage busy seasons. Goal-setting strategies. Finding creative ways to manage burn out. Podcasts that keep Sarah motivated. Helpful Etsy Shipping features such as labels and commercial pricing. Startegies for streamlining your shipping process. My previous conversation with Marie Segares in Episode 144. Sarah Carson Designs - Resources Mentioned Graphic Creation & Editing: PicMonkey | Etsy Banner with Canva Podcasts: Artists Helping Artists: Selling Your Art Online with Leslie Saeta | While She Naps Podcast Sarah's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Consider the World - run by Emily Tuttle. In her Etsy shop, Emily offers hand-painted globes and donates some of the profits to refugee relief.  Best Ways to Reach Sarah Etsy Conversations: Sarah Cason Designs Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Win a Copy of Marie Segares New Book: "Make Money Teaching Crochet" Are you ready to expand your crochet business, make more money, and inspire others to learn more about your craft? Etsy shop owner, Marie Segares' new book: Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students teaches you how to plan, structure, and launch a profitable, well-organized crochet teaching business with step by step lists, guides, and resources! Learn how to structure, set achievable goals, create lesson plans, develop payment options, and market your business to achieve success! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Marie's book... Leave a comment below sharing your #1 tip for managing your Etsy shop and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive an electronic copy of Marie's book (NOTE: you'll get a physical copy of the book if you reside in a country that Amazon will not deliver electronic books to). Good luck!! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:40 UTC 01:25:47
167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

“Know thyself.” Maybe you've heard it before, perhaps you haven't. It's a directive has been passed down since the time of the ancient Greeks. It sounds simple, but it is one of the most difficult things to do in life. The reality is that many people go through life without really developing a strong sense of self and identity. The same is true in business. Many Etsy sellers struggle with marketing, because they do not have a brand that people understand or resonate with. CLN & DRTY embodies the zest and positivity of its owner, Paula Tamara Hoss. One of the things I love, and which makes sellers like Paula particularly successful on a marketplace like Etsy is that she and her daughters are the face of her business. They embody the CLN & DRTY brand. Her brand’s message are her thoughts and how she lives her life, which makes it easier for her to reach out to her audience. Paula is an artist. She loves creating things and sharing it with the world. She found the opportunity to share this passion for art with her own Etsy shop in 2008. Like many starting entrepreneurs, she struggled with self-limiting thoughts that hindered her from finding her true passion. 3 Etsy Shops and several years later (yes, you read that correctly), Paula founded CLN & DRTY without even knowing its potential for success. Her shop was born out of her love for her daughters. She was concerned about the chemicals in the skin products that she was using and how it would affect her children. Her crafty and resourceful nature helped her produce home-made sunscreen from all natural products, which she based on recipes that she had found online. She shared it with her friends and it was an instant hit! In this week's episode, Paula shares the story of how she started doing business on Etsy. She tells about her muse, or her buyer persona, which allows her to develop products that fit her brand and the needs of her target market. She also provides tips and tools that she uses to manage her finances and market her business. You are the face of your brand. You ARE your brand CLN & DRTY – Topics Discussed: The benefits of being intentional with your business. Developing a product line that fits the needs and wants of your target market. Building a buyer persona to find out who is your target market and to keep your brand in line. Creating a line of products that complement each other. Nurturing collaborative relationships to expand your business. Paula’s experience transitioning from an employee to a business owner. Reaching out and building better relationships with your customers. Attraction not promotion. Finding the right people to advocate for or promote your product. Leveraging the power of parallel markets to create more value. Selling your products to high-end buyers. The Etsy Shipping Tool. Tools and techniques to manage your finances. Marketing Tools on and off Etsy. Hard lessons that Paula learned from Selling on Etsy. CLN & DRTY Resources Mentioned The Side Hustle Show Tony Robbins: Are your beliefs holding you back? Thriving on Etsy and Beyond Etsy Artists of Boston Marmalead TailWind The Well Essentials Best Ways to Reach Paula: Website: CLNandDRTY.com Etsy Shop: CLN & DRTY Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:41 UTC 49:56
166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what your auto-mechanic does in their spare time? You probably wouldn’t think they’re at home creating cute, cuddly plush toys for kids. That’s exactly what my guest,Nikki who runs the Etsy shop  Stitch and Stuffed enjoys doing when she’s not turning the wrenches in the garage.   Nikki is a one-of-a-few kind of gal – not only is she an Automotive Technician by day, but by night she’s a “plushy artist.” She’s been a crafter for most of her life, starting as a young girl hand-sewing pencil-toppers for her and her friends’ pencils in school. She took her love of sewing one step further as she got older and decided to invest in a sewing machine.  She taught herself how to use the sewing machine and hasn’t looked back since! While she’s no longer creating cute shirts for the tops of her pencils, her skill has evolved to creating plush toys for children of all ages.   Where does she get her inspiration? From the kids, themselves!  I love how creative children are ~ Nikki Nikki opened her Etsy shop about a year and a half ago. Currently selling handmade plush toys, she says a lot of the orders she fills comes from parents of children with big ideas for characters. Parents often send her drawings and sketches of animals that their children have created and she brings them to life through her sewing skills.  On this week’s episode, Nikki shares her story about how she discovered Etsy, why she decided to “jump in head first” despite people telling her that the site was overcrowded, and what her long-term business goals are for Stitch and Stuffed.  We also talk about her pricing model, buying materials at wholesale cost, and how she promotes her shop on Facebook and Instagram. We also get her perspective on posting promotional advertisements in the Etsy forums and why she advises against it.  Stitch and Stuffed – Topics Discussed  How she manages her time running her shop while working full-time.  Her ideas for launching DIY kits for kids.  The technical similarities she sees between her full-time job and her Etsy business.  Attending wholesale vendor shows to connect with wholesalers.  How her marketing and promotional tactics have evolved over the last year.  How she uses Instagram and hashtags to promote her business.  Learning the hard way – fulfilling international orders and accurately gauging shipping fees.  What she looks forward to by attending the Craftcation Conference in April.  Stitch and Stuffed – Resources Mentioned  Marmalead  Etsy Jam Podcast  IFTTT  Stitch and Stuffed – Etsy Shop Shout Outs  Country Craftin’ Corner –  run by Nikki's friend Amber where she sells beautifully created jewelry, keychains, and hand-stamped items!  Best Ways to Reach Nikki  Etsy Shop: Stitch and Stuffed  Social Media: Facebook | Instagram  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager
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2017-09-23 03:02:43 UTC 26:30
Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager

Etsy Studio Here's the video I mentioned in this podcast episode: New Etsy Shop Manager Here's the link to join the Shop Manager Prototype team. ===================== I'll be speaking at Social Media Marketing World 2017 in March and I'd love to see you there. If you can't attend the conference but are in the San Diego area I'd be happy to meet up to say hello too! Here's more information about the conference: SMMW17 The title of my session is "How to Follow Your Calling and Produce a Podcast You Love"... If you have a desire to start a podcast but you're just stuck... Or if you have a podcast but you've lost your zeal for it, I think in this session I can help you get unstuck. I'll be speaking from my personal experience of what's worked and what hasn't for me in creating a successful podcast. I hope to see you there!

165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:44 UTC 53:56
165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Many of us dream of getting our products into retail stores and on major ecommerce websites, but we often don’t know where to start. Having your products sold by companies like Sears, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond often feels like a pipe-dream. This week I have a returning guest, Cyndi Blais, of the Etsy shop Funktional Wearables where she sells jewelry for fitness trackers like the FitBit. We're talking all about growing your brand and how she has successfully done that. You may remember my earlier conversation with Cyndi from 2015 when we talked about why she niched down from selling health and fitness products to focusing on just fitness tracker accessories specifically, and provided a ton of helpful information and resources for Etsy sellers. If you missed that episode, I recommend checking it out. It's Episode 81.  This week, I’m catching up with Cyndi to see how her business has grown and evolved over the last 18 months. I must say, this interview has been incredibly informative and insightful! Since our last conversation, Funktional Wearables has grown exponentially – now with products being sold in retail stores like Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, and (hopefully) soon Best Buy! Wow... That’s huge!  Although she’s seen massive success in her business, Cyndi is still a “down to earth” kind of gal and she still holds Etsy close to her heart. In fact, she attributes much of her success to Etsy, since that’s where her products got their start!  I’m sure you’ll love this interview as much as I have and hopefully you'll learn many great, inspirational lessons from Cyndi's story.  Get out there... Approach retail stores... The faster you do it, the better. ~ Cyndi Blais, Funktional Wearables  Funktional Wearables – Topics Discussed  Which e-commerce platforms are the most time-consuming and which give Cyndi the highest return.  How the selling fees on Amazon compare to those on Etsy.  Why she continues to sell on Etsy even after finding success with other platforms and in retail stores.  How she got started selling in retail stores.  How her product line has grown with the introduction of new fitness trackers.  Outsourcing and hiring – how she finds qualified employees.  Marketing tips, strategies, and service providers.  The advantages and disadvantages of running an Etsy shop and her own e-commerce website.  Wholesale selling outside of Etsy.  How she gained traction on eBay.  Her mindset about big name competition, like Vera Wang, launching products within her niche.  How she finds time to plan a wedding while running a business. Resources Mentioned  Brand Boom  Open Sky  Stitch Labs  Bonanza  Jet  Instagram  Facebook Video Ads   Best Ways to Reach Cyndi  E-Commerce Stores: Funktional Wearables | Etsy   Phone: (858) 935-9105  Email: info [at] funktionalwearables [dot] com Social Media: Funktional Wearables Instagram | CyndiFunk Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:46 UTC 54:12
164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Deciding how and when to open your Etsy shop is a big decision for many aspiring Etsy sellers. Some sellers simply dive in head first and learn the platform, strategies, and processes as they go while others feel a bit timid about starting down the path of the unknown. IF Only Pretty Etsy shop owner Ina Fitzgerald is the type of brave woman that dives right into new ideas. Since 2012, Ina has sold beautifully hand-crafted wrap bracelets made of silk, suede cord, and other materials. What really makes her products special and unique, though, are the hand-stamped inspirational messages she uses as little trinkets on her products. She joins me on the show this week to share her story on how she got started selling on Etsy, her primary goal for opening her shop, and where she expects her business to go in the future. We also talk a lot about how she promoted her products early on as well as things she has learned about SEO strategies and promotion throughout her creative journey on Etsy. We discuss how she learned that her product was featured in a BuzzFeed article, “19 Gifts That Will Make Your Daughter Feel Awesome About Herself” in October 2016 and how the feature affected her page views and sales. Ina has a unique way of using business cards to maximize her marketing strategies that she shares in this episode. She also shares her “behind the scenes” secrets on her strategies and processes for pricing, packaging, and shipping her products. To get out of creative ruts, I just need to sit in my studio and play with the colors, the beads, and the materials. ~ Ina Fitzgerald [caption id="attachment_4035" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Wrap Bracelets by Ina - IF Only Pretty[/caption] IF Only Pretty – Topics Discussed Learning the platform and SEO strategies as she grew her Etsy business. Resources she found helpful to overcome the learning curve. How she manages her time while running her Etsy shop, working full-time, and raising two small kids. Preparing for the holiday season. Shipping and packaging processes. Product pricing strategies. Finding affordable and reliable packaging material sources. International selling and how it has affected her business. Promotional tips and strategies that have worked for Ina. Selling and promoting at craft shows. Overcoming creative ruts. Tips for new sellers to sell more efficiently. Hard lessons she has learned while selling on Etsy. Inventory and order tracking systems. Resources Mentioned Etsy Seller Handbook Connecting with other Etsy sellers Etsy Conversations Podcast (Aww… thanks, Ina!) Rich Mom Business - Renae Christine's YouTube channel IF Only Pretty – Etsy Shop Shout-Outs Whitney Paige Design Co - offers beautifully crafted leather and artsy anthropology zippie bags. Contact Ina Etsy Shop: IF Only Pretty Social Media: Instagram Email: IFOnlyPretty [at] gmail [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:47 UTC 02:05:49
163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

I'm really excited to share this episode again. I’m diving deep into your Etsy questions with Kim Konen, who worked as an Etsy admin from February 2010 to October 2014, and is currently the owner of the Etsy shop, TinyHearts. Our mutual friend Angie Gordon, who runs the Etsy shop Gathered and Sown also joined us for this special Q&A session. I frequently receive questions in my email, as well as on the Etsy Conversations Facebook page and Facebook group about different aspects of getting started and running an Etsy shop. So, I wanted to give you a simple way to get all of your questions answered in one central location – on the show! I loved doing this episode because it was really interactive in that I got folks to submit their questions just for the show and they were answered in this convo with Kim. Kim, Angie, and I address some of the most-asked questions you have had, including how to get featured in Etsy Finds and the various things to consider that can affect your shop’s relevancy on the platform. This episode is quite long, because we wanted to make sure we asked and addressed your most pressing questions! Your Etsy Questions Answered How to sign-in to multiple Etsy shops at the same time. (Submitted by Kelli of Swaddle Me Snugly) The changes sellers can expect as a result of Etsy’s IPO. (Submitted by Charlotte of Caravan Fiber) How to get more views and sales. Tips to improve your Etsy search results. (Submitted by Kara of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding) What really affects your Etsy relevancy – and what does not. (Submitted by Diane of Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations) Etsy’s category algorithm. (Submitted by Beate of Patterns Tried & True) How to create relevant product titles and keywords. (Submitted by Charlie of ZUTusine) Why sellers are unable to see who follows their shop. (Submitted by Doug of Bright Workz) What sells well on Etsy, what doesn’t, and which markets are over-saturated. Resources Mentioned Etsy Teams: Made In Wisconsin Business Consulting Services: Creative Little Beasts | Facebook Page Etsy Questions & Answers - Kim’s Pro Tips Link to your other shop listings in your item descriptions. Comment on Etsy’s new product forum posts the first day they’re published. Test your keywords and categories by running an A/B test. Identify your ideal customer. Actually writing down who they are helps you stay focused on your branding and message. Use the Etsy search bar to get keyword ideas for the most relevant keywords to use in your listing. Place the most relevant, important keywords first in your title. Titles and tags are most important in Etsy’s search engine algorithm. Ask your friends and family for help; give them your shop link and have them describe your shop in 5 words. Best Ways to Reach Kim Etsy Shop: Tiny Hearts Social Media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:47
2017-09-23 03:02:49 UTC 01:10:47
162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing a family while growing a business is no small feat but Kara figured it out and she came on the podcast back in September 2014 to share how she made it all work and made the transition to making a full time living off Etsy in Episode 43. Running a household, and chasing after two small children may seem tiring enough, but juggling an Etsy business on top of it can definitely pack your day full of excitement, wonder, as well as a little extra chaos (...in a good way, of course). This week I’ve pulled out my original conversation with Kara Lamerato, wife, mother of (then) two little little ones, and owner of the Etsy shop, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding, where she sells beautifully handmade place card holders, wine bottle stoppers, and wine corks for weddings. Kara opened her shop in January 2011 and she shared her story of how she created a successful full-time Etsy business that enabled her to quit her steady 9-5 job to be home with her kids. Kara’s prior work experience was in the finance industry where she realized that she wanted to be home with her children while also earning an income and fulfilling her creative passion. Doesn't that just scream "Etsy business!!" to you? ;) She explained that her shop initially started as a “side hobby” to allow her to splurge on little things like pedicures and cute sweaters, but after the birth of her first child and the heartbreaking experience of having to leave her newborn child to go to work every day, she decided to hunker down and from there planned to make her Etsy business more successful. Kara's story is truly inspirational and one that I really enjoyed hearing. In addition to learning how she achieved her goal of becoming a work-at-home-mom, she provides helpful tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran Etsy sellers with regard to Etsy shop promotion, product photography and much more. Kara’s Vineyard Wedding – Topics Discussed How Kara got started on Etsy and the timeline of her path to Etsy success  Transitioning from a full-time career to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How and why she decided to brand her shop and how that was the turning point of her Etsy business experience Kara explains how long it took her to go from “breaking even” to profitable Where Kara finds most of her inspiration for new products lines Stressful experiences Kara has had while using Etsy and what lessons she has learned from them Shipping challenges and refund policies Etsy shop promotion using Etsy teams and social media Using proper SEO and Etsy relevancy techniques to boost product visibility in the Etsy marketplace Kara's tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran sellers Resources Mentioned Photo Editing Programs: PicMonkey Etsy Teams: Team Unity Newsletters: Etsy Success Newsletter Best Ways to Reach Kara Lamerato Etsy Shop: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Email: KarasVineyardWedding [at] gmail [dot] com Website: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:50 UTC 34:33
161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Still stumped when it comes to Etsy Relevancy and Etsy SEO...? Figuring out how to get your shop seen by your ideal customer on Etsy – not to mention trying to get your shop ranked high on Google – is no easy feat! My guest Michele Gallagher – owner of the Etsy shop JAM Jewelry Shop and founder of MyCraft Assistant has things pretty well figured out. Michele shares her story on how she got started selling on Etsy and how her business evolved to helping other Etsy sellers find success on the platform through her unique consultation and virtual assistant services. She explains how she spent hours doing the research and testing out her methods on getting ranked well on Etsy and on various search engines such as Google. This all leads into why Michele became passionate about helping other Etsy sellers learn what she has learned, grow their businesses, and find success on the platform. We cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode – from how to identify your target audience to learning what tags you should use on your product listings to get the best search results as well as how to use social media correctly to drive traffic to your shop and increase sales. Michele is one smart cookie and I was excited to have her on the show back then and I'm happy to share her brilliant tips and strategies that can help you succeed as a new or seasoned Etsy seller in this re-run of our original conversation. My Craft Assistant – Topics Discussed Michele explains the two ways she helps new and seasoned sellers optimize their shops to find success right from the start The most common mistakes that many shop owners make when selling on the Etsy platform The importance of identifying your target audience and the best ways to market to them Differences between Etsy relevancy and SEO Why Michele believes that creating your tags properly is more important than being in an Etsy treasury (***Treasuries are now a defunct feature on Etsy, so...***) Michele shares a helpful tip on how she manages her time The importance of Etsy sellers utilizing social media to drive traffic to their shops – and how to do it correctly Advice on how to use Etsy teams to grow your business Relationship-building tips that can help shop owners form meaningful relationships with their customers Contact Michele Website: MyCraftAssistant Email: info [at] MyCraftAssistant [dot] com Twitter: CraftAssistant Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:02:53 UTC 01:01:37
160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Yes! This week we're bringing on the bling again with Angela Frazier of the (now re-named) Etsy shop AV Wedding Designs. Planning the perfect wedding is a stressful task for many brides-to-be... From picking out the perfect colors and flowers to choosing the perfect gown, many soon-to-be brides lose sleep trying to figure it all out. And what if you’re looking for an item that no one else has? Where do you turn? Well, Angela has that little nook covered... Angela started her Etsy business in December 2012 after attracting an impressive amount of attention for her uniquely designed “bling shoes”. Like many women, she was on a hunt for accessories that had never been seen before, but unfortunately, her hunt came up short. So, she decided to create her own handcrafted, fashionable shoes for herself. And boy did she hit the ground running with her new idea! In this episode Angela shares her story of how she got started on Etsy, the products she offers and how she comes up with her unique designs. She explains how her Etsy shop went from only 12 sales in the first 6 months to nearly 100 in the next by making a few tweaks to her photos and tags... Very important lessons right there... Angela shares SEO tips on how to maximize the Etsy search engine to improve your product rankings and get seen by your potential customers better. She also explains what she does to incorporate social media marketing tactics into her everyday marketing plan and how they helped her grow her business successfully. Her story is truly an inspirational one, and her funny, positive attitude is very contagious. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and learn a lot of helpful tips which you can use to take your business to the next level :) AV Wedding Designs – Topics Discussed Angela explains why she tries to purchase the very last shoes available on a store’s shelves Angela's first experiences as an Etsy shop owner and the challenges she has had to overcome in her first year How Angela decided to maximize the simplicity and benefits of owning an Etsy shop and how it compared to the work involved in establishing her own website Different design ideas Angela has sold on Etsy, including her unique camo collection How she transitioned from working in a bank to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How having an in-home shop has helped Angela cross-sell and upsell her other products We talk about social media marketing and how she uses it to increase awareness of her brand and products Angela explains how she promotes her Etsy shop offline through various local shows and business card distribution Tracking the return on her marketing efforts Specific tips and advice from Angela for new Etsy sellers Contact Angela: Etsy Shop: AV Custom Designs & More Website: South East Texas Weddings Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:02:54 UTC 50:11
014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
57:30
2017-09-23 03:02:57 UTC 57:30
159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

This week’s episode is a special treat... A blast from the past! I’ve dived deep into the archives to dig up some of episodes from earlier shows – ones that longtime listeners have loved, but which you may have missed if you're a newer listener. In this week's conversation, we talk all about hand-thrown pottery and ceramics. My guest is Diane Waters, and she owns and runs the Etsy shop Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations. Diane has worked with hand-thrown ceramics and pottery for several years, and her passion and love for the craft began after taking a course with her friend at a local pottery supply store. She explains how the challenges of learning this new skill is what fueled her passion and determination to master it, which later led to opening her Etsy shop and selling her handmade wares online. Since opening Muddy Waters CC on Etsy in January 2012, Diane has sold nearly 400 pottery pieces, ranging from ceramic mugs, cups, bowls, and dishes to trinket jars, tea pots, and Raku pieces. We discuss the many ways she promotes her shop and ways to connect with your customers beyond creating promotional posts on Facebook or Twitter. Other topics of our discussion include the importance of good quality product photos, getting involved with teams and community events, and the importance of connecting with others for business growth. Diane's love for the craft and desire to create and make has been an inspiration to many creative entrepreneurs. Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations – Topics Discussed Diane shares the story of how she began selling on Etsy. How she decides what she wants to create each day and why she chooses to create each piece exactly how she does. What Raku is. Diane describes the different firing and decorating techniques she uses to make each of her pottery and ceramic pieces and how they work. The advantages of using different sized kilns when making certain types of pottery items. How Diane manages her time as a creative entrepreneur, wife, mother, and owner of 3 dogs and 3 cats. Diane shares how she stays motivated to keep working on her store and making her wares and what she does when she starts feeling unmotivated. Why Diane refuses to check out the competition in her niche. How she decided which Etsy teams to join and how much time she dedicates to them. Contact Diane Etsy: Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Website: MuddyWatersCC.com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:03:00 UTC 08:52
013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:46
2017-09-23 03:03:02 UTC 01:01:46
158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Every now and then, I receive requests to have specific Etsy sellers on the podcast as my guests from the amazing listeners of the show – people like you! I absolutely love when you all send a request for a guest that you’d like to learn more about on the podcast! My guest this week is here by special request from a number of you and she is Julie Ann, the artist, illustrator and owner of the Etsy shop JulieAnn Art, where she sells beautifully crafted, straight-forward sentiments, stocking stuffers, gift items, and holiday and greeting cards. Julie Ann has been selling on Etsy since 2008 and, to date, has over 63,000 sales. What started out purely as a hobby quickly turned into a fun and very lucrative business. Over the last 4 years, Julie Ann’s shop has enabled her to work full-time as an entrepreneur, and she shares some very valuable insights on what she believes made her business so successful. In 2013, Julie Ann wasa featured seller in the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” blog series! Today, we discuss how that happened and how being featured has impacted her business, shop views, and sales. We discuss how the market for greeting cards has changed over the years, launching new product lines versus individual products throughout the year, as well as how she runs and prepares her business during vacations and holidays. We also talk about her pricing strategy, the SEO techniques she has learned over the years, and how keeping lists has helped her not only run her business smoothly, but also keep a healthy work-life balance as an entrepreneur. [bctt tweet="Take advantage of the freedom that owning a business can give u. It’s ok 2 take a break from ur #Etsyshop" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Julie Ann Art – Topics Discussed Why Julie Ann finally decided to turn her passion hobby into a full-time business What she initially sold on Etsy and how her product lines have changed over the years Why she believes the age of her shop may give her business an edge over the competition We discuss the difference between launching new seasonal products vs full product line launches as well as the pros and cons of each technique How and when Julie Ann decides to discontinue a product or product line SEO and how putting her Etsy shop on vacation mode has impacted her business as well as what steps she takes to overcome that challenge Julie Ann shares how her cross-country move has impacted her business and what planning strategy she used for her business before the big move How/when she realized her business was ready to be part of the Etsy wholesale opportunity Julie Ann Art – Resources Mentioned Craft Fairs: Renegade Craft Fair Educational Courses: Melyssa Griffin’s Pinterest Course Blogs: Melyssa Griffin’s blog – The Nectar Collective Other Tools: Dymo Label Writer 4XL Label Printer – at Amazon and Staples | Affordable 4x6 Shipping Labels from Royal Mailers Julie Ann's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Her best friend’s Etsy shop: DeLovely Details – for beautifully hand-crafted, laser engraved wedding hangers, cocktail stirrers, and more Contact Julie Ann Website: JulieAnnArt.com Instagram: @JulieAnnArt Email: Julie [at] JulieAnnArt [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:07
2017-09-23 03:03:04 UTC 01:01:07
157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world... To play the “nomad game”...  Seeing different sights and experiencing different cultures of people living in foreign countries? Have you ever wondered how an experience like that could change your perception of life – or even how it could inspire you to create and run a business? My guest today is Alexandra (Alex) Matthews, owner of the Etsy shop Soul Paper Art. Alex had the opportunity to travel the world at a fairly young age – fresh out of college and she has seen the beautiful landscapes and inspirational cultures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Bali, as well as Europe. Although Alex had an Etsy shop before she decided to see the world, it was after she returned from living the dream life of an explorer that she hunkered down and focused on growing her business. In her Etsy shop Soul Paper Art, Alex creates and sells beautifully hand-crafted state maps, greeting cards, and illustrations. She shares her journey with me, from touring the world to re-designing her shop and website, as well as what techniques she uses – both online and offline – to grow her business and get her name out there. Alex has a unique view of business, life, and the world in general. Through her traveling experiences, she has found the inspiration she needs to continue creating. Although, like many creative entrepreneurs, she admits to sometimes feeling isolated, she shares how she overcomes that feeling of isolation feeling. We also discuss how she manages her time between working full-time in marketing for a home building company while running a successful business. Alex's story is truly inspirational! [bctt tweet="It's important to keep people in your life. Have a social life & get outside!" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Soul Paper Art – Topics Discussed How traveling the world helped Alex re-design and re-brand her Etsy shop Why Alex decided to sell her work on Etsy instead of becoming a freelance graphic designer for businesses Why Alex decided to re-name her shop and how quickly she received her first sale after the revamp Factors she takes into consideration when determining her product prices Future goals and plans for Soul Paper Art – could wedding stationery be in her business’ future...? ;) Ways she uses to successfully promote her business Why she decided to build a website separate from Etsy We discuss the pros and cons of Pattern by Etsy sites Alex's experiences with pop-up shops and maker fairs Soul Paper Art – Resources Mentioned Social Media Planning Tools: Post Planner Website Building Platforms: WordPress | Squarespace | Pattern by Etsy Newsletter Programs: MailChimp | MadMimi Etsy Tools: Shipping labels | Reviews | Etsy Wholesale Contact Alex Etsy: Soul Paper Art Website: SoulPaperArt.com Instagram: @SoulPaperCA Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
20:59
2017-09-23 03:03:05 UTC 20:59
012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
41:29
2017-09-23 03:03:06 UTC 41:29
156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Craftcation Conference 2017 is coming around again and the time to start planning is now. craftcation 2017Networking with other creatives, crafters, and business owners is important to continually grow your online business. Whether you attend meet-ups, masterminds, or conferences, getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is one of the secrets that many small business owners and entrepreneurs use throughout their businesses to maintain consistent growth and help drive sales. My guest on the show this week is Nicole Stevenson, co-founder of the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, California. You may remember her from Episode 116 back in February. Nicole rejoins me to talk about the importance of attending conferences throughout the year and how they can impact your business. We also discuss what inspired her and her business partner, Delilah Snell, to plan and organize a conference specifically for small, creative business owners. As Nicole says, “You have to put yourself out there and make connections”. She shares some valuable tips for entrepreneurs about what they should consider before registering to attend a conference, how to put yourself out there and connect with people before the conference takes place, and also how to determine how many conferences you should aim to attend in a given year. Nicole also shares the inside scoop on exactly what the upcoming Craftcation Conference 2017 has in store for attendees, how you can register to attend this exciting and rewarding event, and what fun activities are planned before and after the conference. [bctt tweet="Making connections with people before an event gives you a way in" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Craftcation Conference 2017 – Topics Discussed Different types of conferences available to business owners Logistics of planning and developing a conference, and specifically Craftcation How many conferences Nicole recommends business owners attend annually Nicole explains why assessing your business goals can help you determine which conferences to attend – and how many Why it is important to build and sustain an online presence before attending a conference The importance of researching and connecting with conference presenters Resources Mentioned Free Business Cards: Moo Contact Nicole Website: DearHandmadeLife.com Facebook: Craftcation Conference Use promo code: EtsyConvo to register for Craftcation Conference 2017 Conference and get $20 off your registration fee! Register to attend the exciting, educational, and rewarding Craftcation 2017, held at the beautiful beach-side hotel – Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura California from April 27 through 30, 2017! This four-day conference is jam-packed with over 80 different workshops and presentations to help you learn everything from building and growing your social media strategies and branding your business to learning new skills like block printing and embroidery. At Craftcation 2017, in addition to the amazing presentations and workshops, you can also enjoy: Fun networking lunches A dance party Morning daily yoga A Fun Run And much, much more! Don’t forget to enter the discount code – EtsyConvo – to receive a $20 discount just for being an amazing Etsy Conversations Podcast listener! Visit Dear Handmade Life to register. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:20
2017-09-23 03:03:08 UTC 01:10:20
155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Working from a studio apartment offers a unique set of challenges and no one understands that better than Nicole Dotto, owner of the Etsy shop Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause. For over seven years, Nicole has run her Etsy shop from the comfort of her home in a variety of locations across the United States. You may remember my interview with Nicole back in August, where she shared her story on how she got started on Etsy over 7 years ago and how she promoted her products as a new seller. Today, she rejoins me to dive a little deeper into what it’s really like running her business from her studio apartment, her fascination with the risks – and rewards – of being a small business owner, and how she has grown her business over the last several years to become her primary source of income. In March 2014, Nicole was featured on the Etsy blog and today, she explains how she believes she attracted their attention, what other sellers can do to increase their chances of being selected as a featured guest on the Etsy blog, and how it has helped her gain more traction for her business. She also explains why she considers her shop a “means to an end” and how she uses that mindset to consistently work on her business to make it a success. We take a deep dive into why she feels that the flexibility of running her own online shop is like a double-edged sword and why she believes setting small and large goals for her business helps drive her out of a “lazy slump.” Nicole strongly believes that her targeted focus on activities that will generate income is one of the factors that has helped her grow her business successfully. She shares what activities she has focused on in the past, as well as what she is currently focusing on to push her business forward in the future. Tune in to hear a ton of valuable information, resources, and advice for new Etsy sellers that Nicole shares, as well as tips on how to determine your price points when you’re unsure. [bctt tweet="When you put a value on something, other people will see it and appreciate it more @Dotto" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Dotto Vintage – Topics Discussed How Nicole got started and why she became an Etsy seller Why she decided not to specialize or niche down her shop into one vintage style The struggles she faces with sourcing her products in a relatively small town How selling on Etsy has allowed her more time to follow other passions – like volunteering for several organizations Why setting goals is so important to the success of her business Product promotion and how Nicole's promotion methods have evolved over the years Why focusing on activities that will increase your ROI and letting go of other activities is important for your Etsy shop to continually grow We discuss organization and storage techniques and how she stores the products she sells Nicole explains how she photographs her products – while modeling them Nicole’s Etsy Shop Shoutouts Vera Vague - sells antique vintage clothing Her friend Joseph's Etsy shop - Carnival of the Maniac – for uniquely amazing men’s clothing The Original Cat Cult – for cute, whimsical cat collages Rodion Creative Dotto – Resources Mentioned Heart-o-Matic on Craft Cult – for a quick snapshot of your Etsy shop stats, hearts, and clicks. Etsy Teams Podcasts like Etsy Conversations (aww – thanks, Nicole!) and TedTalks Contact Nicole Etsy Shop: Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause Email: nicoledotto [at] yahoo [dot] com etsy shop dotto Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:46
2017-09-23 03:03:09 UTC 12:46
011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:22:30
2017-09-23 03:03:10 UTC 01:22:30
154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

The inspiration to start a craft business can literally come from anyone, anything, or any experience you have throughout your life, and this is just the beginning of the journey of, Mary Glover, owner of the Etsy shop MaryGLovesArt and Founding Director of Awakening Seeds. Mary has always had a passion for arts and crafts, and since she was a little girl she has created and crafted a wide array of designs and art projects. Mary says she has always viewed her artwork as a way to fulfill her crafty nature. Until 2015, she never thought about selling her work or building a business around her passion. That is, until the inspiration of her family and friends helped motivate her decision to begin selling her first handmade item - the "Don’t Worry Doll” which was inspired by her young granddaughter. Since then Mary has gone on to open her Etsy shop and expanded her product line beyond the Don’t Worry Doll. She currently also sells handcrafted cards, gift tags, and mixed media prints and collages. In this week's episode, Mary shares her journey into the Etsy world right from her very first sale. She discusses what techniques she uses to help grow her e-commerce business and explains why she believes sharing your story with your customers and the online community can help grow your business, all while incorporating authenticity and building trust. We also discuss Angela Holden and how Mary's experience with her building her beautiful online websites. Mary is also the Founder of the Awakening Seeds school and we talk about the motivation and driving force behind the school as well as the vision and educational curriculum of the school. Additionally, we discuss how she manages her time building an Etsy business while working full-time at Awakening Seeds plus writing for and maintaining two different - but equally important blogs, both of which she is very passionate about. [bctt tweet="Focusing on the visual presentation of your work is really valuable to your Etsy business" username="ConvoMePodcast"] MaryG Loves Art - Topics Discussed The genesis of the “Don’t Worry Doll” How Mary used art and an art journal as part of her healing process after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer What inspired her to finally start selling her artwork How she determines how to price her products on Etsy Mary's Etsy shop promotion strategies Why she chose not to include an e-commerce component on her personal website The mechanics of running two different blogs and how Mary comes up with blog post topics for each Why she doesn’t focus much on SEO techniques while writing her blog posts Lessons learned about using SEO and quality photographs in her Etsy shop How a Craftsy photography course has helped her business Why Mary believes “getting her story out” through social media and blog post writing has helped her business grow MaryG Loves Art - Resources Mentioned Offline tools: iPhone | Thrift Stores Courses: Craftsy Product Photography Class Photo Editing: Photoshop Elements Social Media: Instagram Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast   MaryG Loves Art - Etsy Shop Shout Outs JustPlainJane - run by Mary's sister Jane. Jane sells handcrafted, whimsical, ornaments, and art. ArtsyLetters - run by Mary's friend Robyn Hood Black. Robyn sells handcrafted literary gifts with a vintage touch. Angela J. Holden - web designer extraordinaire... :) Best Ways to Reach Mary Glover: Etsy shop convo: MaryG Loves Art Website: MaryGLovesArt.net Awakening Seed School Email: MaryKGlover [at] me [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:38
2017-09-23 03:03:11 UTC 01:03:38
153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jenni Waldrop is a corporate job hating, former Fortune 500 “minion” turned 6-figure Etsy seller, success blogger, and owner of the Etsy shop, Fuzzy and Birch, where she sells beautifully designed digital and printed prints with a touch of sarcasm. She describes herself as an entrepreneur and the “maker of other businesses” largely because her Etsy success blog has proven to be a valuable resource for new and aspiring Etsy sellers. On this week's episode, Jenni shares her journey from her corporate working life to growing a six figure business. She explains how, although she has worked in marketing departments in the corporate world, after becoming an entrepreneur, she quickly learned that marketing your own products and services is vastly different than the way the big corporate businesses do things. Throughout the course of her journey, Jenni became quite savvy at using SEO techniques, discovering what works and doesn’t work for marketing her business, and now she teaches other Etsy sellers about SEO strategies and success strategies to help them grow their businesses. We discuss everything from living the “solopreneur life” and coping with “solopreneur isolation” to outsourcing tasks, connecting with your target customer, finding an Etsy tribe to brainstorm and hash out ideas with, as well as how to drive targeted traffic to your shop to increase your ROI. [bctt tweet="Pick 1 or 2 #socialmediamarketing platforms (max)... Customers can tell when u put in the effort" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Fuzzy and Birch - Topics Discussed How and when Jenni discovered Etsy and why she became an entrepreneur Jenni's secret to finding good people to outsource tasks to How she became savvy in SEO techniques. Why she believes having a “tribe” - a community of like-minded individuals and sellers - can be a critical factor to building a successful business and where to find them! We discuss how she learned to drive traffic to her Etsy shop at the beginning of her business She explains why she is so passionate about helping other Etsy sellers grow and build a successful business Products she sells in her shop, where she gets her inspiration from, and we discuss the new SEO course she’s launched to help other Etsy sellers find success Jenni explains why she believes it’s a bad idea to create an account on every social media platform available, and why you should just keep it simple Fuzzy and Birch - Resources Mentioned Outsourcing Platforms: Time Etc Lead Generation: Marmalead Blogging & Website Building: WordPress | Squarespace Website/Blog Hosting: BlueHost Other: Not On The High Street Best Ways to Reach Jenni Waldrop Online: Website and Blog Your First 1k on Etsy Facebook Group Courses: Optimize Me: The Etsy SEO Solution Course (available through the beginning of December 2016) Your First 1k on Etsy Course Mastering Your Etsy Finances The Etsy Therapist ( + Custom Shop Critique!) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:30
2017-09-23 03:03:13 UTC 10:30
010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:51
2017-09-23 03:03:13 UTC 01:04:51
152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For many people with sensitive skin, finding high quality bath and body products like soap, shampoo, body lotion, bath salts and scrubs is a lifelong challenge. Carma Wood, owner of the Etsy shop Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, can relate to this struggle on a personal level. Her challenges with finding soap and other bath products that wouldn’t irritate her skin is what set her on the path to learning how to make handcrafted bath and body products. Carma lives in Minnesota with her family and fur-babies. She originally started on Etsy as a buyer before transitioning into a seller of handmade sewn items. Soon after, she discovered that she had a passion for making handcrafted soaps that were not only easy on her sensitive skin, but also made from mostly biodegradable ingredients. Carma explains that she holds two things very close to her heart - a passion for helping others with sensitive skin and a passion for helping the environment. By combining these two passions, she has decided on the unique name for her Etsy shop - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, named after an endangered fresh water fish from Lake Superior. In this week's episode, Carma shares how she learned to create her own soap and other bath and body products... Step aside Bath & Body Works... ;) She also explains her process for taking and fulfilling custom orders in her shop, and how she “human tests” all of the products before releasing them for sale in her Etsy store. Additionally, Carma shares a marketing secret that most Etsy sellers do not utilize - but should, as well as how she manages her time working on her shop while working full-time and creating. Carma has lots of valuable tips for sellers ready to scale their business by outsourcing tasks or hiring full-time or part-time employees. [bctt tweet="Catalogs help u get more eyes on ur products than most other advertising methods #EtsySellers" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Topics Discussed Carma explains why she believes starting out as an Etsy shopper makes transitioning to being a seller easier How Carma learned how to craft high-quality handcrafted body products by reading books and studying recipes for 6-months before making her first batch of soap Carma's process for creating a physical catalog highlighting specific products in her shop and what she believes her return on investment is for this marketing strategy How Carma ensures her "sensitive skin assurance" policy - ensuring customers know the ingredients before they buy She explains how she got started in wholesaling Valuable insight on how and when Etsy sellers should consider outsourcing. Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Maker to Manufacturer Podcast Catalog Making Tools: PicMonkey | Overnight Prints Etsy Networking Groups: Indie Business Network Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Team | It’s A Living Facebook Group | Minnesota Makers Facebook Group Website Building: Wix Email Marketing: Mailchimp Carma's Etsy Shop Shout Outs Ruby’s Daughter 1977 - for handcrafted sweaters, scarves, and other clothing and accessories. SenseNSensibiliTea - Historically inspired, hand blended tea. Forest Bags - Beautifully handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags from Australia Best Ways to Reach Carma Wood Etsy Shop Convo: Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics Website: KiyiKiyi.com Email: KiyiKiyi [at] Outlook [dot] com Social media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:18
2017-09-23 03:03:14 UTC 01:01:18
150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing up in an entrepreneurial focused family, AshleyMarie "Sey" Lively of the Etsy shop Sey Studios, has always had a passion and dream of becoming an entrepreneur herself. Her journey started as a name artist at Disneyland, where she worked for a year, and while her husband still works at Disney, her dream of becoming a creative entrepreneur shifted after attending art school and starting a family. Sey’s first Etsy shop was opened while she worked at Disneyland, but she quickly discovered that the crafts she was selling in her first shop were not as worthwhile as she originally thought. As an Etsy seller, you can probably relate very well with that sentiment. Although she still enjoys making a variety of arts and crafts pieces, she has transitioned and found a niche product that she not only loves to create, but one which is also more profitable. Sey Studios  now focuses primarily on selling name art, where she creatively designs paintings using people’s names and incorporating a variety of characters into each painting. Sey's beautiful name art pieces are all uniquely handmade, and she has been able to incorporate a wide variety of characters - from Star Wars and Ghostbusters to My Little Pony and Legend of Zelda - into hundreds of name art pieces. On today’s episode, Sey shares her experiences of working at Disneyland, why she decided to quit working outside of her home and become and entrepreneur, as well as what made her decide to find a specific niche for her business. She also explains how her crafts have been featured in magazines and even on the Conan O’Brien show. That's right... THE Conan O'Brien Show :) She also explains how she uses local events to help drive traffic and new customers to her Etsy shop, marketing techniques she has used that have helped increase her sales and conversions on various social media platforms. Sey and I also discuss lessons she has learned about making the shipping process easier for her craft business.   Sey Studios - Topics Discussed How Sey started working at Disneyland and why she transitioned into becoming a creative entrepreneur How she prices her handmade name art pieces - especially for longer names How local events, comic cons, and craft shows have impacted her Etsy online sales Managing her time while being a stay-at-home mom What social media tools she uses to promote her products Using the Etsy Seller Handbook to start and improve her business Sey’s advice to new or struggling Etsy sellers Sey Studios - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast Tools: Cell phone calendar Best Ways to Reach Sey Etsy Shop: Sey Studios Etsy Convo Email: SeyStudios [at] gmail [dot] com Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Upcoming Event: Stop by and visit Sey at the Bakersfield Comic Con on November 12 & 13, 2016! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:  

009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
11:08
2017-09-23 03:03:15 UTC 11:08
009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
2017-09-23 03:03:16 UTC 17:05
008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
19:56
2017-09-23 03:03:17 UTC 19:56
007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:40
2017-09-23 03:03:18 UTC 01:33:40
149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angela Doherty is my guest this week and she runs the Etsy shop Hooked By Angel. Tune in to hear how things took off in her Etsy shop once she decided to go from hobbyist to full-scale business. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
47:56
2017-09-23 03:03:18 UTC 47:56
148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Kathleen Sheetz runs the Etsy shop Her Joyful Studio and this week she shares the story of het Etsy journey and success as a full-time seller. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
24:14
2017-09-23 03:03:19 UTC 24:14
006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
29:27
2017-09-23 03:03:20 UTC 29:27
147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Maxwell Ryan is the Founder of Apartment Therapy and he's my guest this week. We're talking about growth for small creative businesses and learning how to navigate the meandering paths that involves. Listen in for a huge dose of inspiration and very practical information. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:47
2017-09-23 03:03:21 UTC 53:47
146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Khin johnson runs the Etsy shop Paper Bound Love which came about during a 6-yr long-distance relationship with her then boyfriend (now husband). Now she makes her full-time living running her Etsy shop and catering to the wedding market... And her husband is poised to quit soon and join her full-time as well! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:21
2017-09-23 03:03:21 UTC 12:21
005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:05
2017-09-23 03:03:22 UTC 58:05
145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Madeline Stage of the Etsy shop Green graves is my guest this week and the goal of her shop is to reduce, repurpose, and resell.  She's working towards her goal of giving a second life to abandoned materials (and things) and inspiring others to do the same. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
25:31
2017-09-23 03:03:23 UTC 25:31
004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

It's Episode #4 of the Etsy Conversations Resources episode! Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:04
2017-09-23 03:03:24 UTC 01:03:04
144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie Segares is the Founder of Creative Yarn Entreprenuer, LLC, a website and podcast show and this week she shares valuable business tips about running your creative business. We also talk about her new book Make Money With Crochet (and how the principles within it can be applied to maker of other crafts, in addition to what it takes to write, publish, and market a book.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
40:07
2017-09-23 03:03:25 UTC 40:07
003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:18
2017-09-23 03:03:28 UTC 39:18
143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Megan Robbins runs the Etsy shop Little Treasures Shopp which is her flagship store on Etsy. Megan has made over 1,700 sales in just two years and today she... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:00:23
2017-09-23 03:03:31 UTC 01:00:23
142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Susan Prolman runs the Etsy shop Veg Shop and like many others who sell on the site, she says her shop is simply a hobby that she spends a lot of time on... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:28
2017-09-23 03:03:33 UTC 01:01:28
141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

John birdsong runs the Etsy shop Recycled State and in addition to sharing his Etsy journey we talk about an issue that's never really been discussed on the... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
2017-09-23 03:03:34 UTC 17:05
002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
09:26
2017-09-23 03:03:36 UTC 09:26
001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:13:16
2017-09-23 03:03:40 UTC 01:13:16
139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:07:13
2017-09-23 03:03:44 UTC 01:07:13
138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement
22:46
2017-09-23 03:03:46 UTC 22:46
Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement

137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
33:56
2017-09-23 03:03:46 UTC 33:56
137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:51:24
2017-09-23 03:03:47 UTC 01:51:24
136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:19:57
2017-09-23 03:03:49 UTC 01:19:57
135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:15
2017-09-23 03:03:50 UTC 45:15
134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
38:17
2017-09-23 03:03:53 UTC 38:17
133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
49:26
2017-09-23 03:03:54 UTC 49:26
132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
48:37
2017-09-23 03:03:57 UTC 48:37
131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:01
2017-09-23 03:03:58 UTC 01:04:01
130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:45
2017-09-23 03:04:03 UTC 01:03:45
129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:21
2017-09-23 03:04:05 UTC 01:33:21
128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:25:39
2017-09-23 03:04:12 UTC 01:25:39
127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:31
2017-09-23 03:04:18 UTC 50:31
126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
56:07
2017-09-23 03:04:25 UTC 56:07
125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
46:53
2017-09-23 03:04:30 UTC 46:53
124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
52:35
2017-09-23 03:04:33 UTC 52:35
123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

How much time do you spend promoting your Etsy shop on social media? Do you spend enough or too much? And how effective is it? There’s a man with one simple answer to all of these questions: his name is Natwar Maheshwari and the answer is Around.IO. Natwar is the creator and founder of Around.IO, a productivity tool for Etsy shop owners and ecommerce sellers on Shopify and other platforms who want to fully optimize social media to grow traffic, grow their reach and take their businesses to the next level. It’s a tool that helps you automate your social media marketing. On today’s show you’ll hear Natwar’s journey from being an engineer and working in biopharmaceuticals to failing at his first independent business, and hitting a home run with Around.IO. He shares exactly how this tool helps committed business owners to reach their audiences more effectively, and how its daily and weekly planning options help you save time on social media while creating a more engaged audience for you. Natwar also talks about what he learned from the approximately 150 Etsy sellers he talked to during his 6,000 mile road trip meetups across the United States! He has a vast amount of knowledge on the benefits of social media for your shop, so listen in for all of that and more from Natwar on episode 123 of the Etsy Conversations podcast.

122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:30:11
2017-09-23 03:04:37 UTC 01:30:11
122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Do you have more than one passion you’d like to turn into a successful Etsy shop? That’s exactly what our returning guest has done! Anna from Bare Sandals is back to share how her business has grown since her last visit to the show in 2013. A lot has changed for Anna since then: she’s significantly increased her sales and also opened up her second Etsy shop! Bare Sandals is a handcrafted foot jewelry business, specifically tailored to brides planning their destination weddings. Anna is passionate about creating all types of jewelry. And that passion inspired her to open Heart of Wander, where she expands into the space of bracelets, earrings, and more. On today’s show, Anna enlightens us with the experience and wisdom she’s gained running a successful Etsy shop. She talks about everything from registering your business with the IRS to how to create eye-catching photos. Anna also provides actionable steps you can take to build consistency in your business, and how to create a shipping system that works for you. Anna’s vast knowledge about SEO and what it takes to have excellent customer service will inspire you. Don’t miss all of Anna’s tips and much more on episode 122 of the Etsy Conversations Podcast!

121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:56
2017-09-23 03:04:43 UTC 59:56
121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you been dreaming of making a six-figure income through your Etsy business? Or maybe you would simply be elated to bring in an extra few hundred dollars a month. Whatever the case our guest for today’s show, Dalia Abdalla, can help you with both dreams! She is the owner of the Modern Pink Paper Etsy shop, a fulfilling and financially successful Etsy business she created while working full-time. In the process she discovered she wanted to help others through teaching so she founded the Etsy Seller Mastermind. The mastermind group is a space for people committed to running their Etsy shop as a professional, legitimate business and helping others to do the same. On today’s show Dalia shares one of the keys to her success: search engine optimization (SEO) and why it’s been so much more powerful for her growth than social media. We dive into how she got started, when she knew this should be her full-time pursuit and why not everyone is cut out to succeed on Etsy. Dalia is incredibly knowledgable about Etsy, SEO, and what it takes to be a success as a creative entrepreneur. She’s a straight shooter who gives solid, practical advice you can implement right away. You’ll want to hear all of that and much more from her on episode 121 of the Etsy Conversations podcast. Tweetable: "Focus on the sale you get, not on trying to make the next one."   The Etsy Seller Mastermind – Topics Discussed Why did she choose Facebook as the platform for her mastermind? What is the best social media platform to start wtih? What does she think about Etsy “teams”? The 3 things you need for a good Etsy shop. Why you should "spy" on your customers! And more! Resources Mentioned Dalia’s Etsy Mastermind Dalia’s Etsy courses Etsy Mastermind group on Facebook Marmalead’s episode on the show Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell Best ways to reach Dalia Email: EtsySellerMastermind [at] gmail [dot] com Etsy shop: Modern Pink Paper Website: EtsySellerMastermind.com Periscope: @EtsySellerMastermind Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:27
2017-09-23 03:04:48 UTC 51:27
120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

It's all about The Coastal Workshop this week... :) Frequently the best businesses are born from our own need: we have a problem, and need a solution. We create the solution, and then sell it to others who also need it. That was the case for today’s guest: Joe Leo. Joe isn’t new to the world of selling and customer service. He has owned brick and mortar shops before, but he was new to ecommerce and Etsy when he opened his coaster shop in August of 2015. He and his wife had bought new, white furniture for their bedroom and wanted to keep the end tables pristine by using coasters. Not able to find what he wanted, he created some. Even after he made a set he enjoyed the experience so much he continued making them. His daughter suggested he put them on Etsy and sell them to others. Even though he had no idea what Etsy was he got online that afternoon and jumped in with both feet! It wasn’t long before he was making sales of his handmade coasters, expanding his offerings into other items like snack trays and overall growing his business. He continues to work his full-time job as the marketing director of a radiology group, but sees Etsy as a valuable way to enjoy his free time and make some extra money now and into his retirement days. On this episode of the Etsy Conversations podcast, Joe and I talk about the most valuable tools and resources he has found to help him grow his business, why tracking his sales has been so beneficial and how he manages his time with work, his family, his singing gigs and his Etsy shop! There’s all of that and so much more on episode 120. Tweetable: "There is a niche for everybody's product."   The Coastal Workshop – Topics Discussed The advantages of e-commerce versus a brick and mortar store. How did Joe get started using Etsy and what was his original intent in doing so? One technique he uses to increase sales, and why it’s so effective. How in-person networking added a new stream of revenue for his business. What advertising strategies does he use? And more! Joe's Etsy Shop ShoutOut  That's Old Money - vintage and antique coin shop run by Roger Varouj Resources Mentioned Backpage - A place to advertise your products and direct traffic to your Etsy shop; similar ot Craigslist Craiglist - Same as above Marmalead’s episode on the show Wave Accounting - An accounting/bookkeeping tool   Best ways to reach Joe - The Coastal Workshop Etsy shop convo: The Coastal Workshop Website: TheCoastalWorkshop.com Email: TheCoastalWorkshop [at] gmail [dot] com Social media: Twitter - @CoastalWorkshop Facebook - Coastal Workshop Page Instagram - @TheCoastalWorkshop Pinterest - The Coastal Works Check out his singing skills at The Jukebox Legends... These guys are really good! :)   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:48
2017-09-23 03:04:52 UTC 45:48
119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week has the patience of a saint because not only did I have to reschedule our convo once, but we also had lots of technical problems while recording our convo and she was really great about it all :) Shannon is my guest and she runs the Etsy shop ShanB Designs where she makes and sells accessories for people and pets. While reading Shannon's bio I noticed that her jewelry had been featured not just once, but twice in the Hallmark Channel's original TV show Cedar Cove and also that they had been included as part of the swag bags for the pre-Golden Globes. Naturally, I knew I had to ask about it and how she was able to get such great publicity for her products... Listen in to hear how it all happened. ShanB Designs Topics Discussed Getting publicity in national media outlets Transitioning gradually from FT employment to self-employment Choosing the ideal product line for you Etsy shop promotion ...and much more... Resources Mentioned The Artisan Group Best ways to reach Shannon Etsy shop: ShanB Designs - The Furry Fiesta Social media: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Shannon's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Rodgers Digital Design - run by Gina and Justin Rodgers. This husband and wife team make and sell household decor items from photos taken by Justin, a professional photographer. Check them out and tell them Shannon sent you!   Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:15
2017-09-23 03:04:55 UTC 01:10:15
118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week is Hilary Lorenz and in 2010 she founded Stonetrigger Press in Abiquiu, NM. Abiquiu is located in the high desert and that's where Hilary built by hand a large studio out of stone, mud, wood and tin. It's a space that she has also created for a select group of artists to come and create each year and we discuss her process for doing this in our convo. Each year Hilary splits her time between New York City and New Mexico... She spends several months in Abiquiu deeply engaged in her practices -art, running, mountaineering. She is a multidisciplinary artist who explores intersections of running, nature, and solitude and a highly accomplished artist. Her recent exhibitions include Nomadic Geographies (2014), Wave Hill, NY, In the Spirit (2014), Pioneer Bluff, KS, Tracing Nature, Muriel Guepin, NY (2012). Group exhibitions include, Influencers (2014) Print Center of NJ, Corridor Gallery, (2012) Brooklyn, NY and many more. She is also a Fulbright Fellow and the NEA-MidAtlantic Fellow. In 2011 Hilary had the pleasure of running on Track and Field, Allora and Calzadilla sculpture at the 54th Venice Biennale Lorenz received an M.A. and M.F.A. from University of Iowa and is a Professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY. She was definitely one I wanted to talk to about time management since she has a lot on her plate. Stonetrigger Press Topics Discussed The value of storytelling in selling products How a 30-day creating and blogging challenge helped propel Etsy sales early on Art exhibits vs. craft fairs ...and much much more Resources Mentioned Southern Graphics International - a comprehensive resource for the printmaking community Craigslist - great place for finding free or low cost shipping supplies. Just find your local market and start searching. Best ways to reach Hilary Email: Hilary [at] HilaryLorenz [dot] com Etsy shop: Stonetrigger Press Social media: Facebook page Website: HilaryLorenz.com Blog: HilaryLorenz.wordpress.com Hilary's Etsy Shop Shoutout KatWise - listen in to hear how this Etsy seller uses a very creative and unique selling technique that has garnered her almost 30,000 sales to date and be sure to check out her Etsy shop... Let her know Hilary sent you! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:40
2017-09-23 03:04:59 UTC 53:40
117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Joelle Poulos runs the Etsy shop Joelle's Emporium and she's been selling on Etsy since she was just 16 years old. Now five years into her Etsy journey, she makes her full-time living selling her handmade art in various forms, both on Etsy and through her own ecommerce website - JoellesPoulos.com. Her handmade business affords her the opportunity to travel the world at will and I'm pleased to have her back home in the United Kingdom as my guest this week on the podcast. Joelle is an artist and a photographer (a skill that has come in very handy for her when it comes to product photography), and having multiple creative outlets has afforded her the benefit of being able to make her living using her different creative skills. She sells temporary tattoos, art prints, stickers, apparel, and more in her Etsy shop and through her ecommerce website. On her blog she focuses on photography and SEO. In her own words: I love to maintain my creativity but still make a living from it Joelle's Emporium - Topics Discussed Starting off slowly then finding a product that strikes a chord on Etsy SEO for Etsy success made really, really simple... And free! Dealing with unhappy customers ...and much much more Resources Mentioned ViralWoot (formerly PinWoot) - for generating traffic (and more) through Pinterest Wanelo, StoreWoot, and Pinterest - additional ways to promote your Etsy shop Freelancer, Upwork, and Bark (this one is a local UK site) - good places to find freelance photographers to help with your product photography Here's an article Joelle wrote on her blog about how she does her Etsy SEO and gets great results: Etsy SEO Tips Best way to reach Joelle Website: JoellePoulos.com Etsy shop: Joelle's Emporium Social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram Joelle's Etsy Shop ShoutOut SimkaSol - Run by Sara Charles, she hand-illustrates, prints and sews her own brand of unique vagabond-style clothing and accessories. Please check out her shop and let her know Joelle sent you! :) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:48
2017-09-23 03:05:14 UTC 54:48
116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For almost one year now I've been waiting to attend the Craftcation Business & Makers Conference. I first found out about it last year after the event had already occurred so I was kind of bummed :( Fortunately, the event this year is scheduled for April 7-10, 2016 and you still have time to sign up for it... So, don't be like me and let a whole year go by before seizing the opportunity to attend :) Naturally, I'm sure you'd like to learn more about it first and that's exactly why I have the founders on the podcast this week. Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell founded Patchwork Show about a decade ago and Craftcation about 5 years ago and in our convo we dig in to how both events came about, what each has to offer, and what attendees can expect. Craftcation & Patchwork Show - Topics Discussed Of course we discuss both events in-depth :) Online workshops offered on Dear Handmade Life Time management and life balance for business owners ...and lots more good stuff for creative & handmade business owners Resources Mentioned Dear Handmade Life podcast Blog post: Plan Ahead & Budget For Craftcation (or any other conference) BlogLovin - an organized repository of blogs Editorial calendar - there are a number out there... Or you can use an Excel spreadsheet too :) HootSuite - social media management tool IFTTT - automation/productivity tool for streamlining a wide variety of tasks MeetUp - website for finding groups and communities to network with Facebook - lots of creative groups on here Contact Nicole & Delilah Website: Dear Handmade Life Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:14
2017-09-23 03:05:18 UTC 53:14
115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Troy Bungart is a connector and that became very quickly evident to me during the course of our conversation. He runs two Etsy shops, Burl Chaser where he sells pottery tool and handmade brushes and Troy Bungart Studios where he sells ceramic and fine art products. We talk about how Troy has parlayed his education in photography into his Etsy businesses and also about how he grows his network and community of potters and artists, not just for advancing in business but also as a way of contributing, teaching, and giving back. I hope from what he shares you will also start thinking about ways that you can make genuine connections within your community and come out from your craft room or studio and from behind your computer to network and create similar authentic relationships. Troy Bungart Studios Topics Discussed Learning to sell on Etsy by being a buyer first Balancing a full-time job and two Etsy shops Putting family first, especially when it seems to go against the norm Creative podcasts that you might want to check out ...and much more Resources Mentioned Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast - a podcast which features interviews with a wide variety of artists from around the world Potter's Mastermind Series Facebook group The Potter's Cast by Paul Blais - a podcast for ceramic artists and potters that features interviews of other ceramicists Troy's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Port City Mud - ceramic pottery from artists in San Joaquin County, CA Contact Troy Etsy shops: Troy Bungart Studios and BurlChaser Website: TroyBungartStudios.com Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, G+ Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:17
2017-09-23 03:12:20 UTC 51:17
192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Amber & Will run a successful vintage clothing store on Etsy and this week they share their the story of their Etsy journey. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast
16:00
2017-09-23 03:12:23 UTC 16:00
ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast

Learn about the May 2017 Etsy Site Updates and how they affect you as an Etsy seller. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:17:33
2017-09-23 03:12:26 UTC 01:17:33
191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Facing and then recovering from an Etsy shop shutdown is no joke. My guest this week is Medina of MK Kids Interiors and she's sharing her experience of rising back up after having her Etsy shop shut down unexpectedly. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:22
2017-09-23 03:12:31 UTC 10:22
ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

This is a sneak peek of the new Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast. ESS-210 Etsy Craft Supply Sellers ~ Track Your Shipping & Inventory Like a Pro Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:50
2017-09-23 03:12:34 UTC 01:05:50
190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

From Fortune 500 employees to full-time eco-friendly furniture business owners now selling on Etsy... Tune in to hear the story or Dylan and Monika of Blissopia. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
45:41
2017-09-23 03:12:37 UTC 45:41
ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

A detailed walk-through of the new Etsy Shop Manager. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for me.

189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:25
2017-09-23 03:12:41 UTC 59:25
189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jade runs the Etsy shop Paper Sphinx and this week we talk about what it takes to run a successful exclusively digital Etsy shop, even while working full-time by day. Go to http://www.ConvoMe.com for more details.

188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:55
2017-09-23 03:12:44 UTC 01:05:55
188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with yarn entrepreneur, Jan Mouer of Handmade Howlin' Cowls. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more. 

187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:21:46
2017-09-23 03:12:47 UTC 01:21:46
187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 2 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:35:20
2017-09-23 03:12:49 UTC 01:35:20
186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 1 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah
01:03:10
2017-09-23 03:12:53 UTC 01:03:10
185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah

We're talking about all things accounting and bookeeping-related for Etsy sellers and creative business owners Sarah Korhnak is a CPA and Etsy seller and she's to break it all down and give us clear direction on what we should and should not be doing. Enjoy!

184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:24:50
2017-09-23 03:12:57 UTC 01:24:50
184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Etsy conversation with Kasia B. of Etsy shop NoAndEl. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:28
2017-09-23 03:13:01 UTC 50:28
183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Catching up with Joe Leo who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 120 in March 2016. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
08:41
2017-09-23 03:13:05 UTC 08:41
ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Special Announcement: Introducing Etsy Success Strategies - The Audio Series. Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.

182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:17
2017-09-23 03:13:10 UTC 54:17
182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with Betsy Hoffman of Pretty Girl Postcards. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:08:46
2017-09-23 03:13:17 UTC 01:08:46
181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview w/photographer and inspirational artist Emily dolenz of the etsy shop EDolenz photos. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:19
2017-09-23 03:13:25 UTC 59:19
180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie runs the Etsy shop Maad Goods and this week she's sharing the story of her journey from having reservations about selling on Etsy to now enjoying growing a customer base for her handmade leather and canvas bags. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:33
2017-09-23 03:13:30 UTC 58:33
179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angie Johnson runs the Etsy shop Norwegian Wood and this week she's talking about the topic she spoke on during her EtsyUp Conference session where she gave detailed steps about how to find your best-selling product. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... Enjoy! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:13:37 UTC 54:49
178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Rich & Clara Bailey met in college, got married, had a baby, got him to the point where he was sleeping through the night... If you think they decided to get more sleep, you;re wrong... They decided instead to start a business! So MacBailey Candle Co was born. Listen in to hear how this husband and wife team runs their business and their plans for the business' future.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:40:57
2017-09-23 03:13:44 UTC 01:40:57
177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Shah is an online friend that I was fortunate to meet through and because of the podcast. It feels like we've known each other for quite a while now but this was our very first IRL (in real life) conversation. She runs the Etsy shop Lil Spaces which, unlike most Etsy shops, started off first as an offline pop-up shop then migrated to an ecommerce website and then finally to Etsy! I like the evolution of her business and how she eventually found her way onto Etsy and you'll get to hear the unique story of exactly how it happened in our convo this week. Have you longed to get media exposure and have the positive "fallout" that follows that? Well listen in to hear how Shah's business received a great deal of press and how you can replicate a similar process for your own business. But there's a caveat... You'll have to listen in to hear what it is :) We had a nice long conversation and here are some highlights of what you'll hear us discuss in-depth: Working with a business partner & going it alone Product line development Running an independent website - pros, cons, and tips for doing it well Balancing an Etsy shop vs ecommerce website Shah's D.E.B.R.A system for keeping up with business tasks Etsy Resolution and why you might want to participate the next time it rolls around From Buzz Feed to Interiors Addict to Babyology... Getting media attention and how to capitalize on it and keep the momentum going Shah's experience being a finalist of the 2015 Etsy Design Awards Shah's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Design Genes Studio - Phoenix is the cool lady behind this Etsy shop where she sells whimsical greeting cards, mugs, and gifts. Hi Phoenix!! :) Etsy Mums Facebook Group - Lauren Munn set up this group for moms who sell on Etsy and want to connect. Lauren has been a valuable member of the Etsy Conversations community for a long time and I highly recommend that if you;re a mom and you sell on Etsy you strongly consider joining Lauren's Facebook group Resources Mentioned Freelancers: Upwork -find people of all skill levels and price ranges to do website (and other technical and non-technical) tasks for you Search Engine Optimization tools: Yoast SEO plugin - SEO plugin for WordPress websites; Backlinko - website by Brian Dean with information about using link-building for website traffic and SEO Getting media exposure: HARO (Help A Reporter Out), Source Bottle (similar to HARO) Recommended Reading: this article by Lauren Munn is a refereshing and honest piece on why her Etsy shop failed but there's a really great message in the piece - Why My Etsy Shop Failed... 5 Reasons You Wouldn't Expect Contact Shah Etsy Convo: Lil Spaces on Etsy Email: Shah [at] LilSpaces [dot] com Social media: Instagram, Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:13:50 UTC 46:17
176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jessica runs a new Etsy shop called Gifts Outside The Box which she opened up to fill a need in a niche that didn't provide her what she was looking. Listen in to learn how she's finding her place on Etsy.

Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2
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2017-09-23 03:13:59 UTC 12:05
Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2

In case you missed it last week, on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Chad Dickerson was removed as CEO of Etsy after almost 6 years in that position; he will remain in an "advisory role" until the end of May. Chad is being replaced by Josh Silverman who is currently a board director on Etsy's board. Chad is also being replaced as the chairman of the Etsy board by a tech investor, Fred Wilson. But wait... There's more... Etsy also announced that they will lay off  approximately 8% of its total workforce which equates to about 80 positions. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but based on y research and according to the Bloomberg website, black & White Capital LP (who owns about 2% of Etsy) urged Etsy to explore "strategic alternatives... including a possible sale" Here are some other quotes from Black & White's proposals for and criticisms of Etsy: "...the company's historical pattern of ill-advised spending has completely obfuscated the extremely attractive underlying marketplace business model..." "...we are fully prepared to take any actions we believe are necessary to protect the best interests of all Etsy shareholders..." and finally, Black & White Capital LP wants Etsy to better invest R&D to fix its "horrendous search functionality", suggest similar available items, and redirect marketing expenses to drive repeat customers... and some other suggestions So... I kept waiting for Etsy to say something publicly about all of this but they remained pretty mute on the whole topic until about Thursday or Friday. You might have received an email form Etsy's new CEO, if you missed, I read it verbatim in the podcast. Takeaways: Don't forget the Q&A with Josh Silverman will be this Thursday May 11th, 2017 in the Etsy Forums though no specific start and end times were given You can check the Etsy forums as of today (per Josh's email) to find out how to participate I plan to join the Q&A session and then do a follow-up podcast episode about it so stay tuned/come back for that :) Update On Etsy Q&A Pt.2 I reached out a couple of Etsy Admins and was asked to submit my request for an interview through Etsy's media relations/PR department. I guess the good news there is that I'm now officially considered "the media" ;) Anyway, long story short, after exchanging multiple emails with the someone in Etsy's media department, the response I got was essentially, "not now...". In the podcast episode I explain what my plan is going to be going forward... First off, thank you so much to everyone, and I mean, every single person, who sent in a question. I don't want your effort and time spent responding to go to waste so I will hunt down the answers to your questions, even if it means reaching out to Etsy support for each individual question. I will create either a Q&A blog post or podcast series so please stay tuned.

175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique
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175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique

Convo with Julie Fuller of Etsy Shop Tokyo Blossom Boutique.

174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:54
2017-09-23 03:14:12 UTC 59:54
174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Front Page Guide to Etsy with Tammy Cannon of Cannon Online Marketing

173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
40:20
2017-09-23 03:14:18 UTC 40:20
173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Running an Etsy shop with your spouse with ben and Monica Wigen of Catch Me Studio

172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:16
2017-09-23 03:14:26 UTC 39:16
172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Expaning beyond local selling and reaching a global market with Lauree Sayne of Etsy shop Dancing Dish & Decor.

171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
35:53
2017-09-23 03:14:37 UTC 35:53
171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Creating everyday to stay inspired w/Hailey Smedley of the Etsy shop Ozetta.

170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:14:45 UTC 51:32
170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Makreting your Etsy shop with Dan Safkow of iMakeTheCase.

ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:14:52 UTC 22:09
ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

In this special tax season edition of the Etsy Conversations Podcast Resource episode, I review and summarize the article about what deductions are available to Etsy sellers in 2017. NOTE: I am not an accountant or tax lawyer and this recap is purely for informational purposes and should not be construed as tax or financial advice. Okay, so now that that's out of the way... Here are some major take-aways: Keep excellent records - by being diligent with your record-keeping, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress if you ever get audited by the IRS. Things to track: Vehicle expenses and mileage Cell phone and internet use for business Equipment expenses Shipping expenses Home office expenses Advertising fees Legal or professional services Charity donations Education, networking, and travel Meals and entertainment Retirement contributions Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:15:00 UTC 14:44
ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Learn all about the Etsy Small Business Contest and how you may enter for the chance to win $10,000 to scale up your business.

169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:15:09 UTC 01:00:10
169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Entrepreneurs need to learn to adapt to rapidly evolving markets and unstable business conditions to survive in the tough world of business.  Saskia runs the Etsy shop Natural Born Customs and she was ready to face these challenges when she first set-up her Etsy shop in 2013. Little did she know that she was about to face a much bigger battle – a battle for her very own life, against cancer. Artist and customizer, Saskia, has always been naturally different. While others fear being different, Saskia was afraid of blending in. She felt the need to look different and be different. She began customizing her own clothes, which immediately caught people’s attention due to the uniqueness of her designs. After receiving several requests from people who wanted their items customized, Saskia decided to start an Etsy shop to share her art with more people. After setting up her shop and receiving her first sale on Etsy in 2013, Saskia realized that she had to abandon her newly founded business when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled this killer disease for almost 3 years before finally claiming victory and getting her life back. In this week’s episode, Saskia shares how cancer transformed her life completely and how it has made her even more passionate about the unique art that she creates on products in her Etsy shop. Saskia discusses her fears, the difficulties of being a “one-person” show, and the challenges she faced in re-opening her business. She also shares invaluable resources that have helped her learn and re-learn how to manage her Etsy shop. We also discuss concepts about SEO and blogging on Etsy. I make things with so much love... So to be able to give somebody something that will make them technicolor and just make them stand out from the crowd makes me feel wonderful.  Natural Born Customs – Topics Discussed Saskia shares how her outlook on business has changed after surviving cancer. Saskia’s collaborative design process. Daily routines. The challenges of working as a full-time business owner. The importance of personal social interaction. Fears that come with selling your own creations. Recommended tags and keywords to improve your Etsy Shop’s SEO. Improving your business by participating in craft fairs and exhibits. Challenges of Etsy sellers who offer customized items or services. A direct approach to getting rid of your fears of shipping internationally. Finding the right brand or identity for your blog. Staying motivated to succeed. The importance of authenticity over automation in marketing.  Natural Born Customs – Resources Mentioned: Etsy Resources: The Etsy Seller’s Handbook Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast: Episode 153 – Fuzzy and Birch Courses: The Etsy Academy by Jenny Waldrop Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations Best Ways to Reach Saskia Etsy Shop: Natural Born Customs Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Email: saskia [at] naturalborncustoms [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason
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2017-09-23 03:15:25 UTC 01:16:00
168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason

Platforms like Etsy have paved the way to the rise of mompreneurs – female business owners who have found a balance between being an active parent and an entrepreneur. Managing a business and being a parent is no easy feat, especially if you are a first time parent like Sarah Cason of  Sarah Cason Designs. Sarah first talked with me back in Episode 95, when she shared her journey with her Etsy shop, Sarah Cason Designs. Much has happened to her over the past year since we last spoke to her! While most people expect new moms to slow down with their careers, this has not hindered Sarah from doing well in her business at all. In fact, she has even taken to teaching and launched her first Calligraphy class in November 2016. She joins me on the show this week to share her experience as a new mom in business and how she balances being a mom and managing her Etsy shop. Amongst lots of other things, Sarah shares how she keeps her customers engaged even if her shop is on vacation mode and how she built buzz leading to her re-opening. Sarah also provides some insightful tips on how to manage burn out and how to keep your creativity brewing. She shares the tools and processes that she has developed to manage busy periods in her business, such as Christmas and other busy selling seasons for her as well as the holidays.  Sarah Carson Designs - Topics Discussed How Sarah balances her time managing her Etsy shop and taking care of her new baby. The advantages and disadvantages of putting your Etsy shop on vacation mode. Building buzz on social media to boost your Etsy shop re-opening. Using promotions such as an open house to manage your leftover inventory. Strategies for developing new products. New features and functions of the new Etsy layout. Systems and processes that help her manage busy seasons. Goal-setting strategies. Finding creative ways to manage burn out. Podcasts that keep Sarah motivated. Helpful Etsy Shipping features such as labels and commercial pricing. Startegies for streamlining your shipping process. My previous conversation with Marie Segares in Episode 144. Sarah Carson Designs - Resources Mentioned Graphic Creation & Editing: PicMonkey | Etsy Banner with Canva Podcasts: Artists Helping Artists: Selling Your Art Online with Leslie Saeta | While She Naps Podcast Sarah's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Consider the World - run by Emily Tuttle. In her Etsy shop, Emily offers hand-painted globes and donates some of the profits to refugee relief.  Best Ways to Reach Sarah Etsy Conversations: Sarah Cason Designs Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Win a Copy of Marie Segares New Book: "Make Money Teaching Crochet" Are you ready to expand your crochet business, make more money, and inspire others to learn more about your craft? Etsy shop owner, Marie Segares' new book: Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students teaches you how to plan, structure, and launch a profitable, well-organized crochet teaching business with step by step lists, guides, and resources! Learn how to structure, set achievable goals, create lesson plans, develop payment options, and market your business to achieve success! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Marie's book... Leave a comment below sharing your #1 tip for managing your Etsy shop and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive an electronic copy of Marie's book (NOTE: you'll get a physical copy of the book if you reside in a country that Amazon will not deliver electronic books to). Good luck!! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

“Know thyself.” Maybe you've heard it before, perhaps you haven't. It's a directive has been passed down since the time of the ancient Greeks. It sounds simple, but it is one of the most difficult things to do in life. The reality is that many people go through life without really developing a strong sense of self and identity. The same is true in business. Many Etsy sellers struggle with marketing, because they do not have a brand that people understand or resonate with. CLN & DRTY embodies the zest and positivity of its owner, Paula Tamara Hoss. One of the things I love, and which makes sellers like Paula particularly successful on a marketplace like Etsy is that she and her daughters are the face of her business. They embody the CLN & DRTY brand. Her brand’s message are her thoughts and how she lives her life, which makes it easier for her to reach out to her audience. Paula is an artist. She loves creating things and sharing it with the world. She found the opportunity to share this passion for art with her own Etsy shop in 2008. Like many starting entrepreneurs, she struggled with self-limiting thoughts that hindered her from finding her true passion. 3 Etsy Shops and several years later (yes, you read that correctly), Paula founded CLN & DRTY without even knowing its potential for success. Her shop was born out of her love for her daughters. She was concerned about the chemicals in the skin products that she was using and how it would affect her children. Her crafty and resourceful nature helped her produce home-made sunscreen from all natural products, which she based on recipes that she had found online. She shared it with her friends and it was an instant hit! In this week's episode, Paula shares the story of how she started doing business on Etsy. She tells about her muse, or her buyer persona, which allows her to develop products that fit her brand and the needs of her target market. She also provides tips and tools that she uses to manage her finances and market her business. You are the face of your brand. You ARE your brand CLN & DRTY – Topics Discussed: The benefits of being intentional with your business. Developing a product line that fits the needs and wants of your target market. Building a buyer persona to find out who is your target market and to keep your brand in line. Creating a line of products that complement each other. Nurturing collaborative relationships to expand your business. Paula’s experience transitioning from an employee to a business owner. Reaching out and building better relationships with your customers. Attraction not promotion. Finding the right people to advocate for or promote your product. Leveraging the power of parallel markets to create more value. Selling your products to high-end buyers. The Etsy Shipping Tool. Tools and techniques to manage your finances. Marketing Tools on and off Etsy. Hard lessons that Paula learned from Selling on Etsy. CLN & DRTY Resources Mentioned The Side Hustle Show Tony Robbins: Are your beliefs holding you back? Thriving on Etsy and Beyond Etsy Artists of Boston Marmalead TailWind The Well Essentials Best Ways to Reach Paula: Website: CLNandDRTY.com Etsy Shop: CLN & DRTY Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:15:36 UTC 49:56
166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what your auto-mechanic does in their spare time? You probably wouldn’t think they’re at home creating cute, cuddly plush toys for kids. That’s exactly what my guest,Nikki who runs the Etsy shop  Stitch and Stuffed enjoys doing when she’s not turning the wrenches in the garage.   Nikki is a one-of-a-few kind of gal – not only is she an Automotive Technician by day, but by night she’s a “plushy artist.” She’s been a crafter for most of her life, starting as a young girl hand-sewing pencil-toppers for her and her friends’ pencils in school. She took her love of sewing one step further as she got older and decided to invest in a sewing machine.  She taught herself how to use the sewing machine and hasn’t looked back since! While she’s no longer creating cute shirts for the tops of her pencils, her skill has evolved to creating plush toys for children of all ages.   Where does she get her inspiration? From the kids, themselves!  I love how creative children are ~ Nikki Nikki opened her Etsy shop about a year and a half ago. Currently selling handmade plush toys, she says a lot of the orders she fills comes from parents of children with big ideas for characters. Parents often send her drawings and sketches of animals that their children have created and she brings them to life through her sewing skills.  On this week’s episode, Nikki shares her story about how she discovered Etsy, why she decided to “jump in head first” despite people telling her that the site was overcrowded, and what her long-term business goals are for Stitch and Stuffed.  We also talk about her pricing model, buying materials at wholesale cost, and how she promotes her shop on Facebook and Instagram. We also get her perspective on posting promotional advertisements in the Etsy forums and why she advises against it.  Stitch and Stuffed – Topics Discussed  How she manages her time running her shop while working full-time.  Her ideas for launching DIY kits for kids.  The technical similarities she sees between her full-time job and her Etsy business.  Attending wholesale vendor shows to connect with wholesalers.  How her marketing and promotional tactics have evolved over the last year.  How she uses Instagram and hashtags to promote her business.  Learning the hard way – fulfilling international orders and accurately gauging shipping fees.  What she looks forward to by attending the Craftcation Conference in April.  Stitch and Stuffed – Resources Mentioned  Marmalead  Etsy Jam Podcast  IFTTT  Stitch and Stuffed – Etsy Shop Shout Outs  Country Craftin’ Corner –  run by Nikki's friend Amber where she sells beautifully created jewelry, keychains, and hand-stamped items!  Best Ways to Reach Nikki  Etsy Shop: Stitch and Stuffed  Social Media: Facebook | Instagram  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager
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2017-09-23 03:15:43 UTC 26:30
Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager

Etsy Studio Here's the video I mentioned in this podcast episode: New Etsy Shop Manager Here's the link to join the Shop Manager Prototype team. ===================== I'll be speaking at Social Media Marketing World 2017 in March and I'd love to see you there. If you can't attend the conference but are in the San Diego area I'd be happy to meet up to say hello too! Here's more information about the conference: SMMW17 The title of my session is "How to Follow Your Calling and Produce a Podcast You Love"... If you have a desire to start a podcast but you're just stuck... Or if you have a podcast but you've lost your zeal for it, I think in this session I can help you get unstuck. I'll be speaking from my personal experience of what's worked and what hasn't for me in creating a successful podcast. I hope to see you there!

165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:15:49 UTC 53:56
165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Many of us dream of getting our products into retail stores and on major ecommerce websites, but we often don’t know where to start. Having your products sold by companies like Sears, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond often feels like a pipe-dream. This week I have a returning guest, Cyndi Blais, of the Etsy shop Funktional Wearables where she sells jewelry for fitness trackers like the FitBit. We're talking all about growing your brand and how she has successfully done that. You may remember my earlier conversation with Cyndi from 2015 when we talked about why she niched down from selling health and fitness products to focusing on just fitness tracker accessories specifically, and provided a ton of helpful information and resources for Etsy sellers. If you missed that episode, I recommend checking it out. It's Episode 81.  This week, I’m catching up with Cyndi to see how her business has grown and evolved over the last 18 months. I must say, this interview has been incredibly informative and insightful! Since our last conversation, Funktional Wearables has grown exponentially – now with products being sold in retail stores like Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, and (hopefully) soon Best Buy! Wow... That’s huge!  Although she’s seen massive success in her business, Cyndi is still a “down to earth” kind of gal and she still holds Etsy close to her heart. In fact, she attributes much of her success to Etsy, since that’s where her products got their start!  I’m sure you’ll love this interview as much as I have and hopefully you'll learn many great, inspirational lessons from Cyndi's story.  Get out there... Approach retail stores... The faster you do it, the better. ~ Cyndi Blais, Funktional Wearables  Funktional Wearables – Topics Discussed  Which e-commerce platforms are the most time-consuming and which give Cyndi the highest return.  How the selling fees on Amazon compare to those on Etsy.  Why she continues to sell on Etsy even after finding success with other platforms and in retail stores.  How she got started selling in retail stores.  How her product line has grown with the introduction of new fitness trackers.  Outsourcing and hiring – how she finds qualified employees.  Marketing tips, strategies, and service providers.  The advantages and disadvantages of running an Etsy shop and her own e-commerce website.  Wholesale selling outside of Etsy.  How she gained traction on eBay.  Her mindset about big name competition, like Vera Wang, launching products within her niche.  How she finds time to plan a wedding while running a business. Resources Mentioned  Brand Boom  Open Sky  Stitch Labs  Bonanza  Jet  Instagram  Facebook Video Ads   Best Ways to Reach Cyndi  E-Commerce Stores: Funktional Wearables | Etsy   Phone: (858) 935-9105  Email: info [at] funktionalwearables [dot] com Social Media: Funktional Wearables Instagram | CyndiFunk Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:12
2017-09-23 03:15:52 UTC 54:12
164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Deciding how and when to open your Etsy shop is a big decision for many aspiring Etsy sellers. Some sellers simply dive in head first and learn the platform, strategies, and processes as they go while others feel a bit timid about starting down the path of the unknown. IF Only Pretty Etsy shop owner Ina Fitzgerald is the type of brave woman that dives right into new ideas. Since 2012, Ina has sold beautifully hand-crafted wrap bracelets made of silk, suede cord, and other materials. What really makes her products special and unique, though, are the hand-stamped inspirational messages she uses as little trinkets on her products. She joins me on the show this week to share her story on how she got started selling on Etsy, her primary goal for opening her shop, and where she expects her business to go in the future. We also talk a lot about how she promoted her products early on as well as things she has learned about SEO strategies and promotion throughout her creative journey on Etsy. We discuss how she learned that her product was featured in a BuzzFeed article, “19 Gifts That Will Make Your Daughter Feel Awesome About Herself” in October 2016 and how the feature affected her page views and sales. Ina has a unique way of using business cards to maximize her marketing strategies that she shares in this episode. She also shares her “behind the scenes” secrets on her strategies and processes for pricing, packaging, and shipping her products. To get out of creative ruts, I just need to sit in my studio and play with the colors, the beads, and the materials. ~ Ina Fitzgerald [caption id="attachment_4035" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Wrap Bracelets by Ina - IF Only Pretty[/caption] IF Only Pretty – Topics Discussed Learning the platform and SEO strategies as she grew her Etsy business. Resources she found helpful to overcome the learning curve. How she manages her time while running her Etsy shop, working full-time, and raising two small kids. Preparing for the holiday season. Shipping and packaging processes. Product pricing strategies. Finding affordable and reliable packaging material sources. International selling and how it has affected her business. Promotional tips and strategies that have worked for Ina. Selling and promoting at craft shows. Overcoming creative ruts. Tips for new sellers to sell more efficiently. Hard lessons she has learned while selling on Etsy. Inventory and order tracking systems. Resources Mentioned Etsy Seller Handbook Connecting with other Etsy sellers Etsy Conversations Podcast (Aww… thanks, Ina!) Rich Mom Business - Renae Christine's YouTube channel IF Only Pretty – Etsy Shop Shout-Outs Whitney Paige Design Co - offers beautifully crafted leather and artsy anthropology zippie bags. Contact Ina Etsy Shop: IF Only Pretty Social Media: Instagram Email: IFOnlyPretty [at] gmail [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
02:05:49
2017-09-23 03:15:56 UTC 02:05:49
163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

I'm really excited to share this episode again. I’m diving deep into your Etsy questions with Kim Konen, who worked as an Etsy admin from February 2010 to October 2014, and is currently the owner of the Etsy shop, TinyHearts. Our mutual friend Angie Gordon, who runs the Etsy shop Gathered and Sown also joined us for this special Q&A session. I frequently receive questions in my email, as well as on the Etsy Conversations Facebook page and Facebook group about different aspects of getting started and running an Etsy shop. So, I wanted to give you a simple way to get all of your questions answered in one central location – on the show! I loved doing this episode because it was really interactive in that I got folks to submit their questions just for the show and they were answered in this convo with Kim. Kim, Angie, and I address some of the most-asked questions you have had, including how to get featured in Etsy Finds and the various things to consider that can affect your shop’s relevancy on the platform. This episode is quite long, because we wanted to make sure we asked and addressed your most pressing questions! Your Etsy Questions Answered How to sign-in to multiple Etsy shops at the same time. (Submitted by Kelli of Swaddle Me Snugly) The changes sellers can expect as a result of Etsy’s IPO. (Submitted by Charlotte of Caravan Fiber) How to get more views and sales. Tips to improve your Etsy search results. (Submitted by Kara of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding) What really affects your Etsy relevancy – and what does not. (Submitted by Diane of Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations) Etsy’s category algorithm. (Submitted by Beate of Patterns Tried & True) How to create relevant product titles and keywords. (Submitted by Charlie of ZUTusine) Why sellers are unable to see who follows their shop. (Submitted by Doug of Bright Workz) What sells well on Etsy, what doesn’t, and which markets are over-saturated. Resources Mentioned Etsy Teams: Made In Wisconsin Business Consulting Services: Creative Little Beasts | Facebook Page Etsy Questions & Answers - Kim’s Pro Tips Link to your other shop listings in your item descriptions. Comment on Etsy’s new product forum posts the first day they’re published. Test your keywords and categories by running an A/B test. Identify your ideal customer. Actually writing down who they are helps you stay focused on your branding and message. Use the Etsy search bar to get keyword ideas for the most relevant keywords to use in your listing. Place the most relevant, important keywords first in your title. Titles and tags are most important in Etsy’s search engine algorithm. Ask your friends and family for help; give them your shop link and have them describe your shop in 5 words. Best Ways to Reach Kim Etsy Shop: Tiny Hearts Social Media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:47
2017-09-23 03:16:02 UTC 01:10:47
162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing a family while growing a business is no small feat but Kara figured it out and she came on the podcast back in September 2014 to share how she made it all work and made the transition to making a full time living off Etsy in Episode 43. Running a household, and chasing after two small children may seem tiring enough, but juggling an Etsy business on top of it can definitely pack your day full of excitement, wonder, as well as a little extra chaos (...in a good way, of course). This week I’ve pulled out my original conversation with Kara Lamerato, wife, mother of (then) two little little ones, and owner of the Etsy shop, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding, where she sells beautifully handmade place card holders, wine bottle stoppers, and wine corks for weddings. Kara opened her shop in January 2011 and she shared her story of how she created a successful full-time Etsy business that enabled her to quit her steady 9-5 job to be home with her kids. Kara’s prior work experience was in the finance industry where she realized that she wanted to be home with her children while also earning an income and fulfilling her creative passion. Doesn't that just scream "Etsy business!!" to you? ;) She explained that her shop initially started as a “side hobby” to allow her to splurge on little things like pedicures and cute sweaters, but after the birth of her first child and the heartbreaking experience of having to leave her newborn child to go to work every day, she decided to hunker down and from there planned to make her Etsy business more successful. Kara's story is truly inspirational and one that I really enjoyed hearing. In addition to learning how she achieved her goal of becoming a work-at-home-mom, she provides helpful tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran Etsy sellers with regard to Etsy shop promotion, product photography and much more. Kara’s Vineyard Wedding – Topics Discussed How Kara got started on Etsy and the timeline of her path to Etsy success  Transitioning from a full-time career to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How and why she decided to brand her shop and how that was the turning point of her Etsy business experience Kara explains how long it took her to go from “breaking even” to profitable Where Kara finds most of her inspiration for new products lines Stressful experiences Kara has had while using Etsy and what lessons she has learned from them Shipping challenges and refund policies Etsy shop promotion using Etsy teams and social media Using proper SEO and Etsy relevancy techniques to boost product visibility in the Etsy marketplace Kara's tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran sellers Resources Mentioned Photo Editing Programs: PicMonkey Etsy Teams: Team Unity Newsletters: Etsy Success Newsletter Best Ways to Reach Kara Lamerato Etsy Shop: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Email: KarasVineyardWedding [at] gmail [dot] com Website: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:16:06 UTC 34:33
161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Still stumped when it comes to Etsy Relevancy and Etsy SEO...? Figuring out how to get your shop seen by your ideal customer on Etsy – not to mention trying to get your shop ranked high on Google – is no easy feat! My guest Michele Gallagher – owner of the Etsy shop JAM Jewelry Shop and founder of MyCraft Assistant has things pretty well figured out. Michele shares her story on how she got started selling on Etsy and how her business evolved to helping other Etsy sellers find success on the platform through her unique consultation and virtual assistant services. She explains how she spent hours doing the research and testing out her methods on getting ranked well on Etsy and on various search engines such as Google. This all leads into why Michele became passionate about helping other Etsy sellers learn what she has learned, grow their businesses, and find success on the platform. We cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode – from how to identify your target audience to learning what tags you should use on your product listings to get the best search results as well as how to use social media correctly to drive traffic to your shop and increase sales. Michele is one smart cookie and I was excited to have her on the show back then and I'm happy to share her brilliant tips and strategies that can help you succeed as a new or seasoned Etsy seller in this re-run of our original conversation. My Craft Assistant – Topics Discussed Michele explains the two ways she helps new and seasoned sellers optimize their shops to find success right from the start The most common mistakes that many shop owners make when selling on the Etsy platform The importance of identifying your target audience and the best ways to market to them Differences between Etsy relevancy and SEO Why Michele believes that creating your tags properly is more important than being in an Etsy treasury (***Treasuries are now a defunct feature on Etsy, so...***) Michele shares a helpful tip on how she manages her time The importance of Etsy sellers utilizing social media to drive traffic to their shops – and how to do it correctly Advice on how to use Etsy teams to grow your business Relationship-building tips that can help shop owners form meaningful relationships with their customers Contact Michele Website: MyCraftAssistant Email: info [at] MyCraftAssistant [dot] com Twitter: CraftAssistant Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:37
2017-09-23 03:16:10 UTC 01:01:37
160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Yes! This week we're bringing on the bling again with Angela Frazier of the (now re-named) Etsy shop AV Wedding Designs. Planning the perfect wedding is a stressful task for many brides-to-be... From picking out the perfect colors and flowers to choosing the perfect gown, many soon-to-be brides lose sleep trying to figure it all out. And what if you’re looking for an item that no one else has? Where do you turn? Well, Angela has that little nook covered... Angela started her Etsy business in December 2012 after attracting an impressive amount of attention for her uniquely designed “bling shoes”. Like many women, she was on a hunt for accessories that had never been seen before, but unfortunately, her hunt came up short. So, she decided to create her own handcrafted, fashionable shoes for herself. And boy did she hit the ground running with her new idea! In this episode Angela shares her story of how she got started on Etsy, the products she offers and how she comes up with her unique designs. She explains how her Etsy shop went from only 12 sales in the first 6 months to nearly 100 in the next by making a few tweaks to her photos and tags... Very important lessons right there... Angela shares SEO tips on how to maximize the Etsy search engine to improve your product rankings and get seen by your potential customers better. She also explains what she does to incorporate social media marketing tactics into her everyday marketing plan and how they helped her grow her business successfully. Her story is truly an inspirational one, and her funny, positive attitude is very contagious. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and learn a lot of helpful tips which you can use to take your business to the next level :) AV Wedding Designs – Topics Discussed Angela explains why she tries to purchase the very last shoes available on a store’s shelves Angela's first experiences as an Etsy shop owner and the challenges she has had to overcome in her first year How Angela decided to maximize the simplicity and benefits of owning an Etsy shop and how it compared to the work involved in establishing her own website Different design ideas Angela has sold on Etsy, including her unique camo collection How she transitioned from working in a bank to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How having an in-home shop has helped Angela cross-sell and upsell her other products We talk about social media marketing and how she uses it to increase awareness of her brand and products Angela explains how she promotes her Etsy shop offline through various local shows and business card distribution Tracking the return on her marketing efforts Specific tips and advice from Angela for new Etsy sellers Contact Angela: Etsy Shop: AV Custom Designs & More Website: South East Texas Weddings Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-09-23 03:16:14 UTC 50:11
014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
57:30
2017-09-23 03:16:18 UTC 57:30
159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

This week’s episode is a special treat... A blast from the past! I’ve dived deep into the archives to dig up some of episodes from earlier shows – ones that longtime listeners have loved, but which you may have missed if you're a newer listener. In this week's conversation, we talk all about hand-thrown pottery and ceramics. My guest is Diane Waters, and she owns and runs the Etsy shop Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations. Diane has worked with hand-thrown ceramics and pottery for several years, and her passion and love for the craft began after taking a course with her friend at a local pottery supply store. She explains how the challenges of learning this new skill is what fueled her passion and determination to master it, which later led to opening her Etsy shop and selling her handmade wares online. Since opening Muddy Waters CC on Etsy in January 2012, Diane has sold nearly 400 pottery pieces, ranging from ceramic mugs, cups, bowls, and dishes to trinket jars, tea pots, and Raku pieces. We discuss the many ways she promotes her shop and ways to connect with your customers beyond creating promotional posts on Facebook or Twitter. Other topics of our discussion include the importance of good quality product photos, getting involved with teams and community events, and the importance of connecting with others for business growth. Diane's love for the craft and desire to create and make has been an inspiration to many creative entrepreneurs. Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations – Topics Discussed Diane shares the story of how she began selling on Etsy. How she decides what she wants to create each day and why she chooses to create each piece exactly how she does. What Raku is. Diane describes the different firing and decorating techniques she uses to make each of her pottery and ceramic pieces and how they work. The advantages of using different sized kilns when making certain types of pottery items. How Diane manages her time as a creative entrepreneur, wife, mother, and owner of 3 dogs and 3 cats. Diane shares how she stays motivated to keep working on her store and making her wares and what she does when she starts feeling unmotivated. Why Diane refuses to check out the competition in her niche. How she decided which Etsy teams to join and how much time she dedicates to them. Contact Diane Etsy: Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Website: MuddyWatersCC.com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
08:52
2017-09-23 03:16:24 UTC 08:52
013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:46
2017-09-23 03:16:27 UTC 01:01:46
158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Every now and then, I receive requests to have specific Etsy sellers on the podcast as my guests from the amazing listeners of the show – people like you! I absolutely love when you all send a request for a guest that you’d like to learn more about on the podcast! My guest this week is here by special request from a number of you and she is Julie Ann, the artist, illustrator and owner of the Etsy shop JulieAnn Art, where she sells beautifully crafted, straight-forward sentiments, stocking stuffers, gift items, and holiday and greeting cards. Julie Ann has been selling on Etsy since 2008 and, to date, has over 63,000 sales. What started out purely as a hobby quickly turned into a fun and very lucrative business. Over the last 4 years, Julie Ann’s shop has enabled her to work full-time as an entrepreneur, and she shares some very valuable insights on what she believes made her business so successful. In 2013, Julie Ann wasa featured seller in the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” blog series! Today, we discuss how that happened and how being featured has impacted her business, shop views, and sales. We discuss how the market for greeting cards has changed over the years, launching new product lines versus individual products throughout the year, as well as how she runs and prepares her business during vacations and holidays. We also talk about her pricing strategy, the SEO techniques she has learned over the years, and how keeping lists has helped her not only run her business smoothly, but also keep a healthy work-life balance as an entrepreneur. [bctt tweet="Take advantage of the freedom that owning a business can give u. It’s ok 2 take a break from ur #Etsyshop" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Julie Ann Art – Topics Discussed Why Julie Ann finally decided to turn her passion hobby into a full-time business What she initially sold on Etsy and how her product lines have changed over the years Why she believes the age of her shop may give her business an edge over the competition We discuss the difference between launching new seasonal products vs full product line launches as well as the pros and cons of each technique How and when Julie Ann decides to discontinue a product or product line SEO and how putting her Etsy shop on vacation mode has impacted her business as well as what steps she takes to overcome that challenge Julie Ann shares how her cross-country move has impacted her business and what planning strategy she used for her business before the big move How/when she realized her business was ready to be part of the Etsy wholesale opportunity Julie Ann Art – Resources Mentioned Craft Fairs: Renegade Craft Fair Educational Courses: Melyssa Griffin’s Pinterest Course Blogs: Melyssa Griffin’s blog – The Nectar Collective Other Tools: Dymo Label Writer 4XL Label Printer – at Amazon and Staples | Affordable 4x6 Shipping Labels from Royal Mailers Julie Ann's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Her best friend’s Etsy shop: DeLovely Details – for beautifully hand-crafted, laser engraved wedding hangers, cocktail stirrers, and more Contact Julie Ann Website: JulieAnnArt.com Instagram: @JulieAnnArt Email: Julie [at] JulieAnnArt [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:07
2017-09-23 03:16:33 UTC 01:01:07
157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world... To play the “nomad game”...  Seeing different sights and experiencing different cultures of people living in foreign countries? Have you ever wondered how an experience like that could change your perception of life – or even how it could inspire you to create and run a business? My guest today is Alexandra (Alex) Matthews, owner of the Etsy shop Soul Paper Art. Alex had the opportunity to travel the world at a fairly young age – fresh out of college and she has seen the beautiful landscapes and inspirational cultures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Bali, as well as Europe. Although Alex had an Etsy shop before she decided to see the world, it was after she returned from living the dream life of an explorer that she hunkered down and focused on growing her business. In her Etsy shop Soul Paper Art, Alex creates and sells beautifully hand-crafted state maps, greeting cards, and illustrations. She shares her journey with me, from touring the world to re-designing her shop and website, as well as what techniques she uses – both online and offline – to grow her business and get her name out there. Alex has a unique view of business, life, and the world in general. Through her traveling experiences, she has found the inspiration she needs to continue creating. Although, like many creative entrepreneurs, she admits to sometimes feeling isolated, she shares how she overcomes that feeling of isolation feeling. We also discuss how she manages her time between working full-time in marketing for a home building company while running a successful business. Alex's story is truly inspirational! [bctt tweet="It's important to keep people in your life. Have a social life & get outside!" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Soul Paper Art – Topics Discussed How traveling the world helped Alex re-design and re-brand her Etsy shop Why Alex decided to sell her work on Etsy instead of becoming a freelance graphic designer for businesses Why Alex decided to re-name her shop and how quickly she received her first sale after the revamp Factors she takes into consideration when determining her product prices Future goals and plans for Soul Paper Art – could wedding stationery be in her business’ future...? ;) Ways she uses to successfully promote her business Why she decided to build a website separate from Etsy We discuss the pros and cons of Pattern by Etsy sites Alex's experiences with pop-up shops and maker fairs Soul Paper Art – Resources Mentioned Social Media Planning Tools: Post Planner Website Building Platforms: WordPress | Squarespace | Pattern by Etsy Newsletter Programs: MailChimp | MadMimi Etsy Tools: Shipping labels | Reviews | Etsy Wholesale Contact Alex Etsy: Soul Paper Art Website: SoulPaperArt.com Instagram: @SoulPaperCA Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
20:59
2017-09-23 03:16:38 UTC 20:59
012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
41:29
2017-09-23 03:16:42 UTC 41:29
156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Craftcation Conference 2017 is coming around again and the time to start planning is now. craftcation 2017Networking with other creatives, crafters, and business owners is important to continually grow your online business. Whether you attend meet-ups, masterminds, or conferences, getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is one of the secrets that many small business owners and entrepreneurs use throughout their businesses to maintain consistent growth and help drive sales. My guest on the show this week is Nicole Stevenson, co-founder of the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, California. You may remember her from Episode 116 back in February. Nicole rejoins me to talk about the importance of attending conferences throughout the year and how they can impact your business. We also discuss what inspired her and her business partner, Delilah Snell, to plan and organize a conference specifically for small, creative business owners. As Nicole says, “You have to put yourself out there and make connections”. She shares some valuable tips for entrepreneurs about what they should consider before registering to attend a conference, how to put yourself out there and connect with people before the conference takes place, and also how to determine how many conferences you should aim to attend in a given year. Nicole also shares the inside scoop on exactly what the upcoming Craftcation Conference 2017 has in store for attendees, how you can register to attend this exciting and rewarding event, and what fun activities are planned before and after the conference. [bctt tweet="Making connections with people before an event gives you a way in" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Craftcation Conference 2017 – Topics Discussed Different types of conferences available to business owners Logistics of planning and developing a conference, and specifically Craftcation How many conferences Nicole recommends business owners attend annually Nicole explains why assessing your business goals can help you determine which conferences to attend – and how many Why it is important to build and sustain an online presence before attending a conference The importance of researching and connecting with conference presenters Resources Mentioned Free Business Cards: Moo Contact Nicole Website: DearHandmadeLife.com Facebook: Craftcation Conference Use promo code: EtsyConvo to register for Craftcation Conference 2017 Conference and get $20 off your registration fee! Register to attend the exciting, educational, and rewarding Craftcation 2017, held at the beautiful beach-side hotel – Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura California from April 27 through 30, 2017! This four-day conference is jam-packed with over 80 different workshops and presentations to help you learn everything from building and growing your social media strategies and branding your business to learning new skills like block printing and embroidery. At Craftcation 2017, in addition to the amazing presentations and workshops, you can also enjoy: Fun networking lunches A dance party Morning daily yoga A Fun Run And much, much more! Don’t forget to enter the discount code – EtsyConvo – to receive a $20 discount just for being an amazing Etsy Conversations Podcast listener! Visit Dear Handmade Life to register. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:20
2017-09-23 03:16:49 UTC 01:10:20
155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Working from a studio apartment offers a unique set of challenges and no one understands that better than Nicole Dotto, owner of the Etsy shop Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause. For over seven years, Nicole has run her Etsy shop from the comfort of her home in a variety of locations across the United States. You may remember my interview with Nicole back in August, where she shared her story on how she got started on Etsy over 7 years ago and how she promoted her products as a new seller. Today, she rejoins me to dive a little deeper into what it’s really like running her business from her studio apartment, her fascination with the risks – and rewards – of being a small business owner, and how she has grown her business over the last several years to become her primary source of income. In March 2014, Nicole was featured on the Etsy blog and today, she explains how she believes she attracted their attention, what other sellers can do to increase their chances of being selected as a featured guest on the Etsy blog, and how it has helped her gain more traction for her business. She also explains why she considers her shop a “means to an end” and how she uses that mindset to consistently work on her business to make it a success. We take a deep dive into why she feels that the flexibility of running her own online shop is like a double-edged sword and why she believes setting small and large goals for her business helps drive her out of a “lazy slump.” Nicole strongly believes that her targeted focus on activities that will generate income is one of the factors that has helped her grow her business successfully. She shares what activities she has focused on in the past, as well as what she is currently focusing on to push her business forward in the future. Tune in to hear a ton of valuable information, resources, and advice for new Etsy sellers that Nicole shares, as well as tips on how to determine your price points when you’re unsure. [bctt tweet="When you put a value on something, other people will see it and appreciate it more @Dotto" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Dotto Vintage – Topics Discussed How Nicole got started and why she became an Etsy seller Why she decided not to specialize or niche down her shop into one vintage style The struggles she faces with sourcing her products in a relatively small town How selling on Etsy has allowed her more time to follow other passions – like volunteering for several organizations Why setting goals is so important to the success of her business Product promotion and how Nicole's promotion methods have evolved over the years Why focusing on activities that will increase your ROI and letting go of other activities is important for your Etsy shop to continually grow We discuss organization and storage techniques and how she stores the products she sells Nicole explains how she photographs her products – while modeling them Nicole’s Etsy Shop Shoutouts Vera Vague - sells antique vintage clothing Her friend Joseph's Etsy shop - Carnival of the Maniac – for uniquely amazing men’s clothing The Original Cat Cult – for cute, whimsical cat collages Rodion Creative Dotto – Resources Mentioned Heart-o-Matic on Craft Cult – for a quick snapshot of your Etsy shop stats, hearts, and clicks. Etsy Teams Podcasts like Etsy Conversations (aww – thanks, Nicole!) and TedTalks Contact Nicole Etsy Shop: Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause Email: nicoledotto [at] yahoo [dot] com etsy shop dotto Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:46
2017-09-23 03:16:58 UTC 12:46
011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:22:30
2017-09-23 03:17:05 UTC 01:22:30
154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

The inspiration to start a craft business can literally come from anyone, anything, or any experience you have throughout your life, and this is just the beginning of the journey of, Mary Glover, owner of the Etsy shop MaryGLovesArt and Founding Director of Awakening Seeds. Mary has always had a passion for arts and crafts, and since she was a little girl she has created and crafted a wide array of designs and art projects. Mary says she has always viewed her artwork as a way to fulfill her crafty nature. Until 2015, she never thought about selling her work or building a business around her passion. That is, until the inspiration of her family and friends helped motivate her decision to begin selling her first handmade item - the "Don’t Worry Doll” which was inspired by her young granddaughter. Since then Mary has gone on to open her Etsy shop and expanded her product line beyond the Don’t Worry Doll. She currently also sells handcrafted cards, gift tags, and mixed media prints and collages. In this week's episode, Mary shares her journey into the Etsy world right from her very first sale. She discusses what techniques she uses to help grow her e-commerce business and explains why she believes sharing your story with your customers and the online community can help grow your business, all while incorporating authenticity and building trust. We also discuss Angela Holden and how Mary's experience with her building her beautiful online websites. Mary is also the Founder of the Awakening Seeds school and we talk about the motivation and driving force behind the school as well as the vision and educational curriculum of the school. Additionally, we discuss how she manages her time building an Etsy business while working full-time at Awakening Seeds plus writing for and maintaining two different - but equally important blogs, both of which she is very passionate about. [bctt tweet="Focusing on the visual presentation of your work is really valuable to your Etsy business" username="ConvoMePodcast"] MaryG Loves Art - Topics Discussed The genesis of the “Don’t Worry Doll” How Mary used art and an art journal as part of her healing process after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer What inspired her to finally start selling her artwork How she determines how to price her products on Etsy Mary's Etsy shop promotion strategies Why she chose not to include an e-commerce component on her personal website The mechanics of running two different blogs and how Mary comes up with blog post topics for each Why she doesn’t focus much on SEO techniques while writing her blog posts Lessons learned about using SEO and quality photographs in her Etsy shop How a Craftsy photography course has helped her business Why Mary believes “getting her story out” through social media and blog post writing has helped her business grow MaryG Loves Art - Resources Mentioned Offline tools: iPhone | Thrift Stores Courses: Craftsy Product Photography Class Photo Editing: Photoshop Elements Social Media: Instagram Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast   MaryG Loves Art - Etsy Shop Shout Outs JustPlainJane - run by Mary's sister Jane. Jane sells handcrafted, whimsical, ornaments, and art. ArtsyLetters - run by Mary's friend Robyn Hood Black. Robyn sells handcrafted literary gifts with a vintage touch. Angela J. Holden - web designer extraordinaire... :) Best Ways to Reach Mary Glover: Etsy shop convo: MaryG Loves Art Website: MaryGLovesArt.net Awakening Seed School Email: MaryKGlover [at] me [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:38
2017-09-23 03:17:10 UTC 01:03:38
153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jenni Waldrop is a corporate job hating, former Fortune 500 “minion” turned 6-figure Etsy seller, success blogger, and owner of the Etsy shop, Fuzzy and Birch, where she sells beautifully designed digital and printed prints with a touch of sarcasm. She describes herself as an entrepreneur and the “maker of other businesses” largely because her Etsy success blog has proven to be a valuable resource for new and aspiring Etsy sellers. On this week's episode, Jenni shares her journey from her corporate working life to growing a six figure business. She explains how, although she has worked in marketing departments in the corporate world, after becoming an entrepreneur, she quickly learned that marketing your own products and services is vastly different than the way the big corporate businesses do things. Throughout the course of her journey, Jenni became quite savvy at using SEO techniques, discovering what works and doesn’t work for marketing her business, and now she teaches other Etsy sellers about SEO strategies and success strategies to help them grow their businesses. We discuss everything from living the “solopreneur life” and coping with “solopreneur isolation” to outsourcing tasks, connecting with your target customer, finding an Etsy tribe to brainstorm and hash out ideas with, as well as how to drive targeted traffic to your shop to increase your ROI. [bctt tweet="Pick 1 or 2 #socialmediamarketing platforms (max)... Customers can tell when u put in the effort" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Fuzzy and Birch - Topics Discussed How and when Jenni discovered Etsy and why she became an entrepreneur Jenni's secret to finding good people to outsource tasks to How she became savvy in SEO techniques. Why she believes having a “tribe” - a community of like-minded individuals and sellers - can be a critical factor to building a successful business and where to find them! We discuss how she learned to drive traffic to her Etsy shop at the beginning of her business She explains why she is so passionate about helping other Etsy sellers grow and build a successful business Products she sells in her shop, where she gets her inspiration from, and we discuss the new SEO course she’s launched to help other Etsy sellers find success Jenni explains why she believes it’s a bad idea to create an account on every social media platform available, and why you should just keep it simple Fuzzy and Birch - Resources Mentioned Outsourcing Platforms: Time Etc Lead Generation: Marmalead Blogging & Website Building: WordPress | Squarespace Website/Blog Hosting: BlueHost Other: Not On The High Street Best Ways to Reach Jenni Waldrop Online: Website and Blog Your First 1k on Etsy Facebook Group Courses: Optimize Me: The Etsy SEO Solution Course (available through the beginning of December 2016) Your First 1k on Etsy Course Mastering Your Etsy Finances The Etsy Therapist ( + Custom Shop Critique!) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:30
2017-09-23 03:17:16 UTC 10:30
010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:51
2017-09-23 03:17:22 UTC 01:04:51
152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For many people with sensitive skin, finding high quality bath and body products like soap, shampoo, body lotion, bath salts and scrubs is a lifelong challenge. Carma Wood, owner of the Etsy shop Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, can relate to this struggle on a personal level. Her challenges with finding soap and other bath products that wouldn’t irritate her skin is what set her on the path to learning how to make handcrafted bath and body products. Carma lives in Minnesota with her family and fur-babies. She originally started on Etsy as a buyer before transitioning into a seller of handmade sewn items. Soon after, she discovered that she had a passion for making handcrafted soaps that were not only easy on her sensitive skin, but also made from mostly biodegradable ingredients. Carma explains that she holds two things very close to her heart - a passion for helping others with sensitive skin and a passion for helping the environment. By combining these two passions, she has decided on the unique name for her Etsy shop - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, named after an endangered fresh water fish from Lake Superior. In this week's episode, Carma shares how she learned to create her own soap and other bath and body products... Step aside Bath & Body Works... ;) She also explains her process for taking and fulfilling custom orders in her shop, and how she “human tests” all of the products before releasing them for sale in her Etsy store. Additionally, Carma shares a marketing secret that most Etsy sellers do not utilize - but should, as well as how she manages her time working on her shop while working full-time and creating. Carma has lots of valuable tips for sellers ready to scale their business by outsourcing tasks or hiring full-time or part-time employees. [bctt tweet="Catalogs help u get more eyes on ur products than most other advertising methods #EtsySellers" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Topics Discussed Carma explains why she believes starting out as an Etsy shopper makes transitioning to being a seller easier How Carma learned how to craft high-quality handcrafted body products by reading books and studying recipes for 6-months before making her first batch of soap Carma's process for creating a physical catalog highlighting specific products in her shop and what she believes her return on investment is for this marketing strategy How Carma ensures her "sensitive skin assurance" policy - ensuring customers know the ingredients before they buy She explains how she got started in wholesaling Valuable insight on how and when Etsy sellers should consider outsourcing. Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Maker to Manufacturer Podcast Catalog Making Tools: PicMonkey | Overnight Prints Etsy Networking Groups: Indie Business Network Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Team | It’s A Living Facebook Group | Minnesota Makers Facebook Group Website Building: Wix Email Marketing: Mailchimp Carma's Etsy Shop Shout Outs Ruby’s Daughter 1977 - for handcrafted sweaters, scarves, and other clothing and accessories. SenseNSensibiliTea - Historically inspired, hand blended tea. Forest Bags - Beautifully handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags from Australia Best Ways to Reach Carma Wood Etsy Shop Convo: Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics Website: KiyiKiyi.com Email: KiyiKiyi [at] Outlook [dot] com Social media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:18
2017-09-23 03:17:30 UTC 01:01:18
150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing up in an entrepreneurial focused family, AshleyMarie "Sey" Lively of the Etsy shop Sey Studios, has always had a passion and dream of becoming an entrepreneur herself. Her journey started as a name artist at Disneyland, where she worked for a year, and while her husband still works at Disney, her dream of becoming a creative entrepreneur shifted after attending art school and starting a family. Sey’s first Etsy shop was opened while she worked at Disneyland, but she quickly discovered that the crafts she was selling in her first shop were not as worthwhile as she originally thought. As an Etsy seller, you can probably relate very well with that sentiment. Although she still enjoys making a variety of arts and crafts pieces, she has transitioned and found a niche product that she not only loves to create, but one which is also more profitable. Sey Studios  now focuses primarily on selling name art, where she creatively designs paintings using people’s names and incorporating a variety of characters into each painting. Sey's beautiful name art pieces are all uniquely handmade, and she has been able to incorporate a wide variety of characters - from Star Wars and Ghostbusters to My Little Pony and Legend of Zelda - into hundreds of name art pieces. On today’s episode, Sey shares her experiences of working at Disneyland, why she decided to quit working outside of her home and become and entrepreneur, as well as what made her decide to find a specific niche for her business. She also explains how her crafts have been featured in magazines and even on the Conan O’Brien show. That's right... THE Conan O'Brien Show :) She also explains how she uses local events to help drive traffic and new customers to her Etsy shop, marketing techniques she has used that have helped increase her sales and conversions on various social media platforms. Sey and I also discuss lessons she has learned about making the shipping process easier for her craft business.   Sey Studios - Topics Discussed How Sey started working at Disneyland and why she transitioned into becoming a creative entrepreneur How she prices her handmade name art pieces - especially for longer names How local events, comic cons, and craft shows have impacted her Etsy online sales Managing her time while being a stay-at-home mom What social media tools she uses to promote her products Using the Etsy Seller Handbook to start and improve her business Sey’s advice to new or struggling Etsy sellers Sey Studios - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast Tools: Cell phone calendar Best Ways to Reach Sey Etsy Shop: Sey Studios Etsy Convo Email: SeyStudios [at] gmail [dot] com Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Upcoming Event: Stop by and visit Sey at the Bakersfield Comic Con on November 12 & 13, 2016! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:  

009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
11:08
2017-09-23 03:17:36 UTC 11:08
009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
2017-09-23 03:17:43 UTC 17:05
008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
19:56
2017-09-23 03:17:49 UTC 19:56
007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:40
2017-09-23 03:17:54 UTC 01:33:40
149 - Hooked By Angel | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angela Doherty is my guest this week and she runs the Etsy shop Hooked By Angel. Tune in to hear how things took off in her Etsy shop once she decided to go from hobbyist to full-scale business. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
47:56
2017-09-23 03:18:00 UTC 47:56
148 - Her Joyful Studio | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Kathleen Sheetz runs the Etsy shop Her Joyful Studio and this week she shares the story of het Etsy journey and success as a full-time seller. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
24:14
2017-09-23 03:18:06 UTC 24:14
006 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
29:27
2017-09-23 03:18:10 UTC 29:27
147 - Apartment Therapy Founder, Maxwell Ryan | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Maxwell Ryan is the Founder of Apartment Therapy and he's my guest this week. We're talking about growth for small creative businesses and learning how to navigate the meandering paths that involves. Listen in for a huge dose of inspiration and very practical information. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:47
2017-09-23 03:18:16 UTC 53:47
146 - Paper Bound Love | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Khin johnson runs the Etsy shop Paper Bound Love which came about during a 6-yr long-distance relationship with her then boyfriend (now husband). Now she makes her full-time living running her Etsy shop and catering to the wedding market... And her husband is poised to quit soon and join her full-time as well! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
12:21
2017-09-23 03:18:22 UTC 12:21
005 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:05
2017-09-23 03:18:28 UTC 58:05
145 - Green Graves | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Madeline Stage of the Etsy shop Green graves is my guest this week and the goal of her shop is to reduce, repurpose, and resell.  She's working towards her goal of giving a second life to abandoned materials (and things) and inspiring others to do the same. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
25:31
2017-09-23 03:18:37 UTC 25:31
004 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

It's Episode #4 of the Etsy Conversations Resources episode! Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:04
2017-09-23 03:18:48 UTC 01:03:04
144 - Creative Yarn Entrepreneur | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie Segares is the Founder of Creative Yarn Entreprenuer, LLC, a website and podcast show and this week she shares valuable business tips about running your creative business. We also talk about her new book Make Money With Crochet (and how the principles within it can be applied to maker of other crafts, in addition to what it takes to write, publish, and market a book.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
40:07
2017-09-23 03:18:53 UTC 40:07
003 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:18
2017-09-23 03:18:59 UTC 39:18
143 - Little Treasures Shopp | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Megan Robbins runs the Etsy shop Little Treasures Shopp which is her flagship store on Etsy. Megan has made over 1,700 sales in just two years and today she... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:00:23
2017-09-23 03:19:08 UTC 01:00:23
142 - Veg Shop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Susan Prolman runs the Etsy shop Veg Shop and like many others who sell on the site, she says her shop is simply a hobby that she spends a lot of time on... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more

141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:28
2017-09-23 03:19:16 UTC 01:01:28
141 - Recycled State | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

John birdsong runs the Etsy shop Recycled State and in addition to sharing his Etsy journey we talk about an issue that's never really been discussed on the... Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
17:05
2017-09-23 03:19:23 UTC 17:05
002 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
09:26
2017-09-23 03:19:34 UTC 09:26
001 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
37
2017-09-23 03:19:43 UTC 37
140 - Dotto | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:13:16
2017-09-23 03:19:49 UTC 01:13:16
139 - Original Sock Dogs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:07:13
2017-09-23 03:19:58 UTC 01:07:13
138 - Emily Mercedes Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement
22:46
2017-09-23 03:20:18 UTC 22:46
Official ConvoMe Etsy Shop Grand Opening Announcement

137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
33:56
2017-09-23 03:20:26 UTC 33:56
137 - Afro Style Check | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:51:24
2017-09-23 03:20:32 UTC 01:51:24
136 - Etsy Seller Mastermind Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:19:57
2017-09-23 03:20:39 UTC 01:19:57
135 - Beer Cap Country | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:15
2017-09-23 03:20:45 UTC 45:15
134 - The Joyful Entrepreneur & Flourish | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:17
2017-09-23 03:20:50 UTC 51:17
192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Amber & Will run a successful vintage clothing store on Etsy and this week they share their the story of their Etsy journey. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
38:17
2017-09-23 03:20:53 UTC 38:17
133 - Zoharous | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast
16:00
2017-09-23 03:20:56 UTC 16:00
ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast

Learn about the May 2017 Etsy Site Updates and how they affect you as an Etsy seller. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
49:26
2017-09-23 03:20:57 UTC 49:26
132 - Modern Pelage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:17:33
2017-09-23 03:21:03 UTC 01:17:33
191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Facing and then recovering from an Etsy shop shutdown is no joke. My guest this week is Medina of MK Kids Interiors and she's sharing her experience of rising back up after having her Etsy shop shut down unexpectedly. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
48:37
2017-09-23 03:21:06 UTC 48:37
131 - Tripawds | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
10:22
2017-09-23 03:21:09 UTC 10:22
ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

This is a sneak peek of the new Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast. ESS-210 Etsy Craft Supply Sellers ~ Track Your Shipping & Inventory Like a Pro Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:01
2017-09-23 03:21:12 UTC 01:04:01
130 - Northern Crescent Iron | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:50
2017-09-23 03:21:16 UTC 01:05:50
190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

From Fortune 500 employees to full-time eco-friendly furniture business owners now selling on Etsy... Tune in to hear the story or Dylan and Monika of Blissopia. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:45
2017-09-23 03:21:17 UTC 01:03:45
129 - Pretty Happy Vintage | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
45:41
2017-09-23 03:21:21 UTC 45:41
ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

A detailed walk-through of the new Etsy Shop Manager. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for me.

128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:33:21
2017-09-23 03:21:22 UTC 01:33:21
128 - Rustica Jewelry | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:25
2017-09-23 03:21:24 UTC 59:25
189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jade runs the Etsy shop Paper Sphinx and this week we talk about what it takes to run a successful exclusively digital Etsy shop, even while working full-time by day. Go to http://www.ConvoMe.com for more details.

127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:25:39
2017-09-23 03:21:29 UTC 01:25:39
127 - Our Vintage Bungalow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:55
2017-09-23 03:21:34 UTC 01:05:55
188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with yarn entrepreneur, Jan Mouer of Handmade Howlin' Cowls. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more. 

126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:31
2017-09-23 03:21:44 UTC 50:31
126 - Mainely Fish Prints | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:21:46
2017-09-23 03:21:47 UTC 01:21:46
187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 2 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
56:07
2017-09-23 03:21:55 UTC 56:07
125 - Indiana Wild | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
01:35:20
2017-09-23 03:21:56 UTC 01:35:20
186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 1 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
46:53
2017-09-23 03:22:06 UTC 46:53
124 - Sun Over Vegas | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah
01:03:10
2017-09-23 03:22:08 UTC 01:03:10
185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah

We're talking about all things accounting and bookeeping-related for Etsy sellers and creative business owners Sarah Korhnak is a CPA and Etsy seller and she's to break it all down and give us clear direction on what we should and should not be doing. Enjoy!

123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
52:35
2017-09-23 03:22:17 UTC 52:35
123 - Around.io | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

How much time do you spend promoting your Etsy shop on social media? Do you spend enough or too much? And how effective is it? There’s a man with one simple answer to all of these questions: his name is Natwar Maheshwari and the answer is Around.IO. Natwar is the creator and founder of Around.IO, a productivity tool for Etsy shop owners and ecommerce sellers on Shopify and other platforms who want to fully optimize social media to grow traffic, grow their reach and take their businesses to the next level. It’s a tool that helps you automate your social media marketing. On today’s show you’ll hear Natwar’s journey from being an engineer and working in biopharmaceuticals to failing at his first independent business, and hitting a home run with Around.IO. He shares exactly how this tool helps committed business owners to reach their audiences more effectively, and how its daily and weekly planning options help you save time on social media while creating a more engaged audience for you. Natwar also talks about what he learned from the approximately 150 Etsy sellers he talked to during his 6,000 mile road trip meetups across the United States! He has a vast amount of knowledge on the benefits of social media for your shop, so listen in for all of that and more from Natwar on episode 123 of the Etsy Conversations podcast.

184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:24:50
2017-09-23 03:22:18 UTC 01:24:50
184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Etsy conversation with Kasia B. of Etsy shop NoAndEl. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:30:11
2017-09-23 03:22:34 UTC 01:30:11
122 - Bare Sandals LLC | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Do you have more than one passion you’d like to turn into a successful Etsy shop? That’s exactly what our returning guest has done! Anna from Bare Sandals is back to share how her business has grown since her last visit to the show in 2013. A lot has changed for Anna since then: she’s significantly increased her sales and also opened up her second Etsy shop! Bare Sandals is a handcrafted foot jewelry business, specifically tailored to brides planning their destination weddings. Anna is passionate about creating all types of jewelry. And that passion inspired her to open Heart of Wander, where she expands into the space of bracelets, earrings, and more. On today’s show, Anna enlightens us with the experience and wisdom she’s gained running a successful Etsy shop. She talks about everything from registering your business with the IRS to how to create eye-catching photos. Anna also provides actionable steps you can take to build consistency in your business, and how to create a shipping system that works for you. Anna’s vast knowledge about SEO and what it takes to have excellent customer service will inspire you. Don’t miss all of Anna’s tips and much more on episode 122 of the Etsy Conversations Podcast!

183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
50:28
2017-09-23 03:22:37 UTC 50:28
183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Catching up with Joe Leo who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 120 in March 2016. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:56
2017-09-23 03:22:47 UTC 59:56
121 - Etsy Seller Mastermind & Modern Pink Paper | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you been dreaming of making a six-figure income through your Etsy business? Or maybe you would simply be elated to bring in an extra few hundred dollars a month. Whatever the case our guest for today’s show, Dalia Abdalla, can help you with both dreams! She is the owner of the Modern Pink Paper Etsy shop, a fulfilling and financially successful Etsy business she created while working full-time. In the process she discovered she wanted to help others through teaching so she founded the Etsy Seller Mastermind. The mastermind group is a space for people committed to running their Etsy shop as a professional, legitimate business and helping others to do the same. On today’s show Dalia shares one of the keys to her success: search engine optimization (SEO) and why it’s been so much more powerful for her growth than social media. We dive into how she got started, when she knew this should be her full-time pursuit and why not everyone is cut out to succeed on Etsy. Dalia is incredibly knowledgable about Etsy, SEO, and what it takes to be a success as a creative entrepreneur. She’s a straight shooter who gives solid, practical advice you can implement right away. You’ll want to hear all of that and much more from her on episode 121 of the Etsy Conversations podcast. Tweetable: "Focus on the sale you get, not on trying to make the next one."   The Etsy Seller Mastermind – Topics Discussed Why did she choose Facebook as the platform for her mastermind? What is the best social media platform to start wtih? What does she think about Etsy “teams”? The 3 things you need for a good Etsy shop. Why you should "spy" on your customers! And more! Resources Mentioned Dalia’s Etsy Mastermind Dalia’s Etsy courses Etsy Mastermind group on Facebook Marmalead’s episode on the show Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell Best ways to reach Dalia Email: EtsySellerMastermind [at] gmail [dot] com Etsy shop: Modern Pink Paper Website: EtsySellerMastermind.com Periscope: @EtsySellerMastermind Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
08:41
2017-09-23 03:22:48 UTC 08:41
ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Special Announcement: Introducing Etsy Success Strategies - The Audio Series. Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.

120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:27
2017-09-23 03:22:58 UTC 51:27
120 - The Coastal Workshop | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

It's all about The Coastal Workshop this week... :) Frequently the best businesses are born from our own need: we have a problem, and need a solution. We create the solution, and then sell it to others who also need it. That was the case for today’s guest: Joe Leo. Joe isn’t new to the world of selling and customer service. He has owned brick and mortar shops before, but he was new to ecommerce and Etsy when he opened his coaster shop in August of 2015. He and his wife had bought new, white furniture for their bedroom and wanted to keep the end tables pristine by using coasters. Not able to find what he wanted, he created some. Even after he made a set he enjoyed the experience so much he continued making them. His daughter suggested he put them on Etsy and sell them to others. Even though he had no idea what Etsy was he got online that afternoon and jumped in with both feet! It wasn’t long before he was making sales of his handmade coasters, expanding his offerings into other items like snack trays and overall growing his business. He continues to work his full-time job as the marketing director of a radiology group, but sees Etsy as a valuable way to enjoy his free time and make some extra money now and into his retirement days. On this episode of the Etsy Conversations podcast, Joe and I talk about the most valuable tools and resources he has found to help him grow his business, why tracking his sales has been so beneficial and how he manages his time with work, his family, his singing gigs and his Etsy shop! There’s all of that and so much more on episode 120. Tweetable: "There is a niche for everybody's product."   The Coastal Workshop – Topics Discussed The advantages of e-commerce versus a brick and mortar store. How did Joe get started using Etsy and what was his original intent in doing so? One technique he uses to increase sales, and why it’s so effective. How in-person networking added a new stream of revenue for his business. What advertising strategies does he use? And more! Joe's Etsy Shop ShoutOut  That's Old Money - vintage and antique coin shop run by Roger Varouj Resources Mentioned Backpage - A place to advertise your products and direct traffic to your Etsy shop; similar ot Craigslist Craiglist - Same as above Marmalead’s episode on the show Wave Accounting - An accounting/bookkeeping tool   Best ways to reach Joe - The Coastal Workshop Etsy shop convo: The Coastal Workshop Website: TheCoastalWorkshop.com Email: TheCoastalWorkshop [at] gmail [dot] com Social media: Twitter - @CoastalWorkshop Facebook - Coastal Workshop Page Instagram - @TheCoastalWorkshop Pinterest - The Coastal Works Check out his singing skills at The Jukebox Legends... These guys are really good! :)   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:17
2017-09-23 03:22:59 UTC 54:17
182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with Betsy Hoffman of Pretty Girl Postcards. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
45:48
2017-09-23 03:23:05 UTC 45:48
119 - Shan B Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week has the patience of a saint because not only did I have to reschedule our convo once, but we also had lots of technical problems while recording our convo and she was really great about it all :) Shannon is my guest and she runs the Etsy shop ShanB Designs where she makes and sells accessories for people and pets. While reading Shannon's bio I noticed that her jewelry had been featured not just once, but twice in the Hallmark Channel's original TV show Cedar Cove and also that they had been included as part of the swag bags for the pre-Golden Globes. Naturally, I knew I had to ask about it and how she was able to get such great publicity for her products... Listen in to hear how it all happened. ShanB Designs Topics Discussed Getting publicity in national media outlets Transitioning gradually from FT employment to self-employment Choosing the ideal product line for you Etsy shop promotion ...and much more... Resources Mentioned The Artisan Group Best ways to reach Shannon Etsy shop: ShanB Designs - The Furry Fiesta Social media: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Shannon's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Rodgers Digital Design - run by Gina and Justin Rodgers. This husband and wife team make and sell household decor items from photos taken by Justin, a professional photographer. Check them out and tell them Shannon sent you!   Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:08:46
2017-09-23 03:23:06 UTC 01:08:46
181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview w/photographer and inspirational artist Emily dolenz of the etsy shop EDolenz photos. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:15
2017-09-23 03:23:12 UTC 01:10:15
118 - Stonetrigger Press | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

My guest this week is Hilary Lorenz and in 2010 she founded Stonetrigger Press in Abiquiu, NM. Abiquiu is located in the high desert and that's where Hilary built by hand a large studio out of stone, mud, wood and tin. It's a space that she has also created for a select group of artists to come and create each year and we discuss her process for doing this in our convo. Each year Hilary splits her time between New York City and New Mexico... She spends several months in Abiquiu deeply engaged in her practices -art, running, mountaineering. She is a multidisciplinary artist who explores intersections of running, nature, and solitude and a highly accomplished artist. Her recent exhibitions include Nomadic Geographies (2014), Wave Hill, NY, In the Spirit (2014), Pioneer Bluff, KS, Tracing Nature, Muriel Guepin, NY (2012). Group exhibitions include, Influencers (2014) Print Center of NJ, Corridor Gallery, (2012) Brooklyn, NY and many more. She is also a Fulbright Fellow and the NEA-MidAtlantic Fellow. In 2011 Hilary had the pleasure of running on Track and Field, Allora and Calzadilla sculpture at the 54th Venice Biennale Lorenz received an M.A. and M.F.A. from University of Iowa and is a Professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY. She was definitely one I wanted to talk to about time management since she has a lot on her plate. Stonetrigger Press Topics Discussed The value of storytelling in selling products How a 30-day creating and blogging challenge helped propel Etsy sales early on Art exhibits vs. craft fairs ...and much much more Resources Mentioned Southern Graphics International - a comprehensive resource for the printmaking community Craigslist - great place for finding free or low cost shipping supplies. Just find your local market and start searching. Best ways to reach Hilary Email: Hilary [at] HilaryLorenz [dot] com Etsy shop: Stonetrigger Press Social media: Facebook page Website: HilaryLorenz.com Blog: HilaryLorenz.wordpress.com Hilary's Etsy Shop Shoutout KatWise - listen in to hear how this Etsy seller uses a very creative and unique selling technique that has garnered her almost 30,000 sales to date and be sure to check out her Etsy shop... Let her know Hilary sent you! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:19
2017-09-23 03:23:14 UTC 59:19
180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie runs the Etsy shop Maad Goods and this week she's sharing the story of her journey from having reservations about selling on Etsy to now enjoying growing a customer base for her handmade leather and canvas bags. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:40
2017-09-23 03:23:19 UTC 53:40
117 - Joelle's Emporium | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Joelle Poulos runs the Etsy shop Joelle's Emporium and she's been selling on Etsy since she was just 16 years old. Now five years into her Etsy journey, she makes her full-time living selling her handmade art in various forms, both on Etsy and through her own ecommerce website - JoellesPoulos.com. Her handmade business affords her the opportunity to travel the world at will and I'm pleased to have her back home in the United Kingdom as my guest this week on the podcast. Joelle is an artist and a photographer (a skill that has come in very handy for her when it comes to product photography), and having multiple creative outlets has afforded her the benefit of being able to make her living using her different creative skills. She sells temporary tattoos, art prints, stickers, apparel, and more in her Etsy shop and through her ecommerce website. On her blog she focuses on photography and SEO. In her own words: I love to maintain my creativity but still make a living from it Joelle's Emporium - Topics Discussed Starting off slowly then finding a product that strikes a chord on Etsy SEO for Etsy success made really, really simple... And free! Dealing with unhappy customers ...and much much more Resources Mentioned ViralWoot (formerly PinWoot) - for generating traffic (and more) through Pinterest Wanelo, StoreWoot, and Pinterest - additional ways to promote your Etsy shop Freelancer, Upwork, and Bark (this one is a local UK site) - good places to find freelance photographers to help with your product photography Here's an article Joelle wrote on her blog about how she does her Etsy SEO and gets great results: Etsy SEO Tips Best way to reach Joelle Website: JoellePoulos.com Etsy shop: Joelle's Emporium Social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram Joelle's Etsy Shop ShoutOut SimkaSol - Run by Sara Charles, she hand-illustrates, prints and sews her own brand of unique vagabond-style clothing and accessories. Please check out her shop and let her know Joelle sent you! :) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
58:33
2017-09-23 03:23:21 UTC 58:33
179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angie Johnson runs the Etsy shop Norwegian Wood and this week she's talking about the topic she spoke on during her EtsyUp Conference session where she gave detailed steps about how to find your best-selling product. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... Enjoy! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:48
2017-09-23 03:23:23 UTC 54:48
116 - Craftcation Conference & Patchwork Show | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For almost one year now I've been waiting to attend the Craftcation Business & Makers Conference. I first found out about it last year after the event had already occurred so I was kind of bummed :( Fortunately, the event this year is scheduled for April 7-10, 2016 and you still have time to sign up for it... So, don't be like me and let a whole year go by before seizing the opportunity to attend :) Naturally, I'm sure you'd like to learn more about it first and that's exactly why I have the founders on the podcast this week. Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell founded Patchwork Show about a decade ago and Craftcation about 5 years ago and in our convo we dig in to how both events came about, what each has to offer, and what attendees can expect. Craftcation & Patchwork Show - Topics Discussed Of course we discuss both events in-depth :) Online workshops offered on Dear Handmade Life Time management and life balance for business owners ...and lots more good stuff for creative & handmade business owners Resources Mentioned Dear Handmade Life podcast Blog post: Plan Ahead & Budget For Craftcation (or any other conference) BlogLovin - an organized repository of blogs Editorial calendar - there are a number out there... Or you can use an Excel spreadsheet too :) HootSuite - social media management tool IFTTT - automation/productivity tool for streamlining a wide variety of tasks MeetUp - website for finding groups and communities to network with Facebook - lots of creative groups on here Contact Nicole & Delilah Website: Dear Handmade Life Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:49
2017-09-23 03:23:25 UTC 54:49
178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Rich & Clara Bailey met in college, got married, had a baby, got him to the point where he was sleeping through the night... If you think they decided to get more sleep, you;re wrong... They decided instead to start a business! So MacBailey Candle Co was born. Listen in to hear how this husband and wife team runs their business and their plans for the business' future.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
53:14
2017-09-23 03:23:27 UTC 53:14
115 - Troy Bungart Studios & BurlChaser | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Troy Bungart is a connector and that became very quickly evident to me during the course of our conversation. He runs two Etsy shops, Burl Chaser where he sells pottery tool and handmade brushes and Troy Bungart Studios where he sells ceramic and fine art products. We talk about how Troy has parlayed his education in photography into his Etsy businesses and also about how he grows his network and community of potters and artists, not just for advancing in business but also as a way of contributing, teaching, and giving back. I hope from what he shares you will also start thinking about ways that you can make genuine connections within your community and come out from your craft room or studio and from behind your computer to network and create similar authentic relationships. Troy Bungart Studios Topics Discussed Learning to sell on Etsy by being a buyer first Balancing a full-time job and two Etsy shops Putting family first, especially when it seems to go against the norm Creative podcasts that you might want to check out ...and much more Resources Mentioned Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast - a podcast which features interviews with a wide variety of artists from around the world Potter's Mastermind Series Facebook group The Potter's Cast by Paul Blais - a podcast for ceramic artists and potters that features interviews of other ceramicists Troy's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Port City Mud - ceramic pottery from artists in San Joaquin County, CA Contact Troy Etsy shops: Troy Bungart Studios and BurlChaser Website: TroyBungartStudios.com Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, G+ Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:40:57
2017-09-23 03:23:29 UTC 01:40:57
177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Shah is an online friend that I was fortunate to meet through and because of the podcast. It feels like we've known each other for quite a while now but this was our very first IRL (in real life) conversation. She runs the Etsy shop Lil Spaces which, unlike most Etsy shops, started off first as an offline pop-up shop then migrated to an ecommerce website and then finally to Etsy! I like the evolution of her business and how she eventually found her way onto Etsy and you'll get to hear the unique story of exactly how it happened in our convo this week. Have you longed to get media exposure and have the positive "fallout" that follows that? Well listen in to hear how Shah's business received a great deal of press and how you can replicate a similar process for your own business. But there's a caveat... You'll have to listen in to hear what it is :) We had a nice long conversation and here are some highlights of what you'll hear us discuss in-depth: Working with a business partner & going it alone Product line development Running an independent website - pros, cons, and tips for doing it well Balancing an Etsy shop vs ecommerce website Shah's D.E.B.R.A system for keeping up with business tasks Etsy Resolution and why you might want to participate the next time it rolls around From Buzz Feed to Interiors Addict to Babyology... Getting media attention and how to capitalize on it and keep the momentum going Shah's experience being a finalist of the 2015 Etsy Design Awards Shah's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Design Genes Studio - Phoenix is the cool lady behind this Etsy shop where she sells whimsical greeting cards, mugs, and gifts. Hi Phoenix!! :) Etsy Mums Facebook Group - Lauren Munn set up this group for moms who sell on Etsy and want to connect. Lauren has been a valuable member of the Etsy Conversations community for a long time and I highly recommend that if you;re a mom and you sell on Etsy you strongly consider joining Lauren's Facebook group Resources Mentioned Freelancers: Upwork -find people of all skill levels and price ranges to do website (and other technical and non-technical) tasks for you Search Engine Optimization tools: Yoast SEO plugin - SEO plugin for WordPress websites; Backlinko - website by Brian Dean with information about using link-building for website traffic and SEO Getting media exposure: HARO (Help A Reporter Out), Source Bottle (similar to HARO) Recommended Reading: this article by Lauren Munn is a refereshing and honest piece on why her Etsy shop failed but there's a really great message in the piece - Why My Etsy Shop Failed... 5 Reasons You Wouldn't Expect Contact Shah Etsy Convo: Lil Spaces on Etsy Email: Shah [at] LilSpaces [dot] com Social media: Instagram, Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-09-23 03:23:35 UTC 46:17
176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jessica runs a new Etsy shop called Gifts Outside The Box which she opened up to fill a need in a niche that didn't provide her what she was looking. Listen in to learn how she's finding her place on Etsy.

Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2
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2017-09-23 03:23:37 UTC 12:05
Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2

In case you missed it last week, on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Chad Dickerson was removed as CEO of Etsy after almost 6 years in that position; he will remain in an "advisory role" until the end of May. Chad is being replaced by Josh Silverman who is currently a board director on Etsy's board. Chad is also being replaced as the chairman of the Etsy board by a tech investor, Fred Wilson. But wait... There's more... Etsy also announced that they will lay off  approximately 8% of its total workforce which equates to about 80 positions. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but based on y research and according to the Bloomberg website, black & White Capital LP (who owns about 2% of Etsy) urged Etsy to explore "strategic alternatives... including a possible sale" Here are some other quotes from Black & White's proposals for and criticisms of Etsy: "...the company's historical pattern of ill-advised spending has completely obfuscated the extremely attractive underlying marketplace business model..." "...we are fully prepared to take any actions we believe are necessary to protect the best interests of all Etsy shareholders..." and finally, Black & White Capital LP wants Etsy to better invest R&D to fix its "horrendous search functionality", suggest similar available items, and redirect marketing expenses to drive repeat customers... and some other suggestions So... I kept waiting for Etsy to say something publicly about all of this but they remained pretty mute on the whole topic until about Thursday or Friday. You might have received an email form Etsy's new CEO, if you missed, I read it verbatim in the podcast. Takeaways: Don't forget the Q&A with Josh Silverman will be this Thursday May 11th, 2017 in the Etsy Forums though no specific start and end times were given You can check the Etsy forums as of today (per Josh's email) to find out how to participate I plan to join the Q&A session and then do a follow-up podcast episode about it so stay tuned/come back for that :) Update On Etsy Q&A Pt.2 I reached out a couple of Etsy Admins and was asked to submit my request for an interview through Etsy's media relations/PR department. I guess the good news there is that I'm now officially considered "the media" ;) Anyway, long story short, after exchanging multiple emails with the someone in Etsy's media department, the response I got was essentially, "not now...". In the podcast episode I explain what my plan is going to be going forward... First off, thank you so much to everyone, and I mean, every single person, who sent in a question. I don't want your effort and time spent responding to go to waste so I will hunt down the answers to your questions, even if it means reaching out to Etsy support for each individual question. I will create either a Q&A blog post or podcast series so please stay tuned.

175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique
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175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique

Convo with Julie Fuller of Etsy Shop Tokyo Blossom Boutique.

174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:54
2017-09-23 03:23:45 UTC 59:54
174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Front Page Guide to Etsy with Tammy Cannon of Cannon Online Marketing

173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
40:20
2017-09-23 03:23:51 UTC 40:20
173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Running an Etsy shop with your spouse with ben and Monica Wigen of Catch Me Studio

172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
39:16
2017-09-23 03:23:58 UTC 39:16
172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Expaning beyond local selling and reaching a global market with Lauree Sayne of Etsy shop Dancing Dish & Decor.

171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
35:53
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171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Creating everyday to stay inspired w/Hailey Smedley of the Etsy shop Ozetta.

170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
51:32
2017-09-23 03:24:10 UTC 51:32
170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Makreting your Etsy shop with Dan Safkow of iMakeTheCase.

ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

In this special tax season edition of the Etsy Conversations Podcast Resource episode, I review and summarize the article about what deductions are available to Etsy sellers in 2017. NOTE: I am not an accountant or tax lawyer and this recap is purely for informational purposes and should not be construed as tax or financial advice. Okay, so now that that's out of the way... Here are some major take-aways: Keep excellent records - by being diligent with your record-keeping, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress if you ever get audited by the IRS. Things to track: Vehicle expenses and mileage Cell phone and internet use for business Equipment expenses Shipping expenses Home office expenses Advertising fees Legal or professional services Charity donations Education, networking, and travel Meals and entertainment Retirement contributions Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Learn all about the Etsy Small Business Contest and how you may enter for the chance to win $10,000 to scale up your business.

169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Entrepreneurs need to learn to adapt to rapidly evolving markets and unstable business conditions to survive in the tough world of business.  Saskia runs the Etsy shop Natural Born Customs and she was ready to face these challenges when she first set-up her Etsy shop in 2013. Little did she know that she was about to face a much bigger battle – a battle for her very own life, against cancer. Artist and customizer, Saskia, has always been naturally different. While others fear being different, Saskia was afraid of blending in. She felt the need to look different and be different. She began customizing her own clothes, which immediately caught people’s attention due to the uniqueness of her designs. After receiving several requests from people who wanted their items customized, Saskia decided to start an Etsy shop to share her art with more people. After setting up her shop and receiving her first sale on Etsy in 2013, Saskia realized that she had to abandon her newly founded business when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled this killer disease for almost 3 years before finally claiming victory and getting her life back. In this week’s episode, Saskia shares how cancer transformed her life completely and how it has made her even more passionate about the unique art that she creates on products in her Etsy shop. Saskia discusses her fears, the difficulties of being a “one-person” show, and the challenges she faced in re-opening her business. She also shares invaluable resources that have helped her learn and re-learn how to manage her Etsy shop. We also discuss concepts about SEO and blogging on Etsy. I make things with so much love... So to be able to give somebody something that will make them technicolor and just make them stand out from the crowd makes me feel wonderful.  Natural Born Customs – Topics Discussed Saskia shares how her outlook on business has changed after surviving cancer. Saskia’s collaborative design process. Daily routines. The challenges of working as a full-time business owner. The importance of personal social interaction. Fears that come with selling your own creations. Recommended tags and keywords to improve your Etsy Shop’s SEO. Improving your business by participating in craft fairs and exhibits. Challenges of Etsy sellers who offer customized items or services. A direct approach to getting rid of your fears of shipping internationally. Finding the right brand or identity for your blog. Staying motivated to succeed. The importance of authenticity over automation in marketing.  Natural Born Customs – Resources Mentioned: Etsy Resources: The Etsy Seller’s Handbook Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast: Episode 153 – Fuzzy and Birch Courses: The Etsy Academy by Jenny Waldrop Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations Best Ways to Reach Saskia Etsy Shop: Natural Born Customs Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Email: saskia [at] naturalborncustoms [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason
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168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason

Platforms like Etsy have paved the way to the rise of mompreneurs – female business owners who have found a balance between being an active parent and an entrepreneur. Managing a business and being a parent is no easy feat, especially if you are a first time parent like Sarah Cason of  Sarah Cason Designs. Sarah first talked with me back in Episode 95, when she shared her journey with her Etsy shop, Sarah Cason Designs. Much has happened to her over the past year since we last spoke to her! While most people expect new moms to slow down with their careers, this has not hindered Sarah from doing well in her business at all. In fact, she has even taken to teaching and launched her first Calligraphy class in November 2016. She joins me on the show this week to share her experience as a new mom in business and how she balances being a mom and managing her Etsy shop. Amongst lots of other things, Sarah shares how she keeps her customers engaged even if her shop is on vacation mode and how she built buzz leading to her re-opening. Sarah also provides some insightful tips on how to manage burn out and how to keep your creativity brewing. She shares the tools and processes that she has developed to manage busy periods in her business, such as Christmas and other busy selling seasons for her as well as the holidays.  Sarah Carson Designs - Topics Discussed How Sarah balances her time managing her Etsy shop and taking care of her new baby. The advantages and disadvantages of putting your Etsy shop on vacation mode. Building buzz on social media to boost your Etsy shop re-opening. Using promotions such as an open house to manage your leftover inventory. Strategies for developing new products. New features and functions of the new Etsy layout. Systems and processes that help her manage busy seasons. Goal-setting strategies. Finding creative ways to manage burn out. Podcasts that keep Sarah motivated. Helpful Etsy Shipping features such as labels and commercial pricing. Startegies for streamlining your shipping process. My previous conversation with Marie Segares in Episode 144. Sarah Carson Designs - Resources Mentioned Graphic Creation & Editing: PicMonkey | Etsy Banner with Canva Podcasts: Artists Helping Artists: Selling Your Art Online with Leslie Saeta | While She Naps Podcast Sarah's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Consider the World - run by Emily Tuttle. In her Etsy shop, Emily offers hand-painted globes and donates some of the profits to refugee relief.  Best Ways to Reach Sarah Etsy Conversations: Sarah Cason Designs Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Win a Copy of Marie Segares New Book: "Make Money Teaching Crochet" Are you ready to expand your crochet business, make more money, and inspire others to learn more about your craft? Etsy shop owner, Marie Segares' new book: Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students teaches you how to plan, structure, and launch a profitable, well-organized crochet teaching business with step by step lists, guides, and resources! Learn how to structure, set achievable goals, create lesson plans, develop payment options, and market your business to achieve success! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Marie's book... Leave a comment below sharing your #1 tip for managing your Etsy shop and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive an electronic copy of Marie's book (NOTE: you'll get a physical copy of the book if you reside in a country that Amazon will not deliver electronic books to). Good luck!! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

193 - Quill & Fox | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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193 - Quill & Fox | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Learn how to make living form your art from someone who's doing just that - illustrator and artist Yas Imamura of Quill & Fox. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-119 - Assessing Your Personal Income From Your Etsy Shop
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ESS-119 - Assessing Your Personal Income From Your Etsy Shop

In this special preview of the Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast, learn how to pay yourself when selling on Etsy. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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192 - Rewind Tees | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Amber & Will run a successful vintage clothing store on Etsy and this week they share their the story of their Etsy journey. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast
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ESS-196 - Etsy Site Updates May 2017 | Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast

Learn about the May 2017 Etsy Site Updates and how they affect you as an Etsy seller. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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191 - MK Kids Interiors | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Facing and then recovering from an Etsy shop shutdown is no joke. My guest this week is Medina of MK Kids Interiors and she's sharing her experience of rising back up after having her Etsy shop shut down unexpectedly. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ESS157 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

This is a sneak peek of the new Etsy Success Strategies premium podcast. ESS-210 Etsy Craft Supply Sellers ~ Track Your Shipping & Inventory Like a Pro Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:50
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190 - Blissopia | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

From Fortune 500 employees to full-time eco-friendly furniture business owners now selling on Etsy... Tune in to hear the story or Dylan and Monika of Blissopia. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for more.

ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ESS-210 - Etsy Success Strategies | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

A detailed walk-through of the new Etsy Shop Manager. Visit www.ConvoMe.com for me.

189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
59:25
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189 - Paper Sphinx | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jade runs the Etsy shop Paper Sphinx and this week we talk about what it takes to run a successful exclusively digital Etsy shop, even while working full-time by day. Go to http://www.ConvoMe.com for more details.

188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:05:55
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188 - Handmade Howling Cowls | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with yarn entrepreneur, Jan Mouer of Handmade Howlin' Cowls. Visit http://ConvoMe.com for more. 

187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
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187 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.2 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 2 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:35:20
186 ~ Your Etsy Copyright Questions Answered Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY |

You asked, and attorney-at-law Jared Haynie responded... Tune in to hear Part 1 of the answers to your burning questions about Etsy copyright issues and more. Sponsored by Etsy Success Strategies ~ The Audio Series. Visit http://ConvoMe.com/ReadToMe for more information and to subscribe.

185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah
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185 ~ Accounting Best Practices for Etsy Sellers w/Sarah Korhnak of Small Business Sarah

We're talking about all things accounting and bookeeping-related for Etsy sellers and creative business owners Sarah Korhnak is a CPA and Etsy seller and she's to break it all down and give us clear direction on what we should and should not be doing. Enjoy!

184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:24:50
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184 - NoAndEl | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Etsy conversation with Kasia B. of Etsy shop NoAndEl. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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183 - The Coastal Workshop ~ Catching Up w/Joe Leo | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Catching up with Joe Leo who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 120 in March 2016. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 08:41
ECPR 017 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Special Announcement: Introducing Etsy Success Strategies - The Audio Series. Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.

182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:17
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182 - Pretty Girl Postcards | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview with Betsy Hoffman of Pretty Girl Postcards. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:08:46
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181 - EDolenz Photos | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Interview w/photographer and inspirational artist Emily dolenz of the etsy shop EDolenz photos. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 59:19
180 - Maad Goods | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Marie runs the Etsy shop Maad Goods and this week she's sharing the story of her journey from having reservations about selling on Etsy to now enjoying growing a customer base for her handmade leather and canvas bags. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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179 - Norwegian Wood w/Angie Johnson | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Angie Johnson runs the Etsy shop Norwegian Wood and this week she's talking about the topic she spoke on during her EtsyUp Conference session where she gave detailed steps about how to find your best-selling product. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... Enjoy! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
54:49
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178 - MacBailey Candle Co | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Rich & Clara Bailey met in college, got married, had a baby, got him to the point where he was sleeping through the night... If you think they decided to get more sleep, you;re wrong... They decided instead to start a business! So MacBailey Candle Co was born. Listen in to hear how this husband and wife team runs their business and their plans for the business' future.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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177 - Growing An Offline Business Into An Online Business w/Shah of Lil Spaces | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Shah is an online friend that I was fortunate to meet through and because of the podcast. It feels like we've known each other for quite a while now but this was our very first IRL (in real life) conversation. She runs the Etsy shop Lil Spaces which, unlike most Etsy shops, started off first as an offline pop-up shop then migrated to an ecommerce website and then finally to Etsy! I like the evolution of her business and how she eventually found her way onto Etsy and you'll get to hear the unique story of exactly how it happened in our convo this week. Have you longed to get media exposure and have the positive "fallout" that follows that? Well listen in to hear how Shah's business received a great deal of press and how you can replicate a similar process for your own business. But there's a caveat... You'll have to listen in to hear what it is :) We had a nice long conversation and here are some highlights of what you'll hear us discuss in-depth: Working with a business partner & going it alone Product line development Running an independent website - pros, cons, and tips for doing it well Balancing an Etsy shop vs ecommerce website Shah's D.E.B.R.A system for keeping up with business tasks Etsy Resolution and why you might want to participate the next time it rolls around From Buzz Feed to Interiors Addict to Babyology... Getting media attention and how to capitalize on it and keep the momentum going Shah's experience being a finalist of the 2015 Etsy Design Awards Shah's Etsy Shop ShoutOut Design Genes Studio - Phoenix is the cool lady behind this Etsy shop where she sells whimsical greeting cards, mugs, and gifts. Hi Phoenix!! :) Etsy Mums Facebook Group - Lauren Munn set up this group for moms who sell on Etsy and want to connect. Lauren has been a valuable member of the Etsy Conversations community for a long time and I highly recommend that if you;re a mom and you sell on Etsy you strongly consider joining Lauren's Facebook group Resources Mentioned Freelancers: Upwork -find people of all skill levels and price ranges to do website (and other technical and non-technical) tasks for you Search Engine Optimization tools: Yoast SEO plugin - SEO plugin for WordPress websites; Backlinko - website by Brian Dean with information about using link-building for website traffic and SEO Getting media exposure: HARO (Help A Reporter Out), Source Bottle (similar to HARO) Recommended Reading: this article by Lauren Munn is a refereshing and honest piece on why her Etsy shop failed but there's a really great message in the piece - Why My Etsy Shop Failed... 5 Reasons You Wouldn't Expect Contact Shah Etsy Convo: Lil Spaces on Etsy Email: Shah [at] LilSpaces [dot] com Social media: Instagram, Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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176 ~ Filling A Niche Gap on Etsy w/Jessica Gifts Outside The Box | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jessica runs a new Etsy shop called Gifts Outside The Box which she opened up to fill a need in a niche that didn't provide her what she was looking. Listen in to learn how she's finding her place on Etsy.

Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2
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Etsy CEO Replaced & Job Cuts Announced ~ Update on Etsy Q&A Pt.2

In case you missed it last week, on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Chad Dickerson was removed as CEO of Etsy after almost 6 years in that position; he will remain in an "advisory role" until the end of May. Chad is being replaced by Josh Silverman who is currently a board director on Etsy's board. Chad is also being replaced as the chairman of the Etsy board by a tech investor, Fred Wilson. But wait... There's more... Etsy also announced that they will lay off  approximately 8% of its total workforce which equates to about 80 positions. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but based on y research and according to the Bloomberg website, black & White Capital LP (who owns about 2% of Etsy) urged Etsy to explore "strategic alternatives... including a possible sale" Here are some other quotes from Black & White's proposals for and criticisms of Etsy: "...the company's historical pattern of ill-advised spending has completely obfuscated the extremely attractive underlying marketplace business model..." "...we are fully prepared to take any actions we believe are necessary to protect the best interests of all Etsy shareholders..." and finally, Black & White Capital LP wants Etsy to better invest R&D to fix its "horrendous search functionality", suggest similar available items, and redirect marketing expenses to drive repeat customers... and some other suggestions So... I kept waiting for Etsy to say something publicly about all of this but they remained pretty mute on the whole topic until about Thursday or Friday. You might have received an email form Etsy's new CEO, if you missed, I read it verbatim in the podcast. Takeaways: Don't forget the Q&A with Josh Silverman will be this Thursday May 11th, 2017 in the Etsy Forums though no specific start and end times were given You can check the Etsy forums as of today (per Josh's email) to find out how to participate I plan to join the Q&A session and then do a follow-up podcast episode about it so stay tuned/come back for that :) Update On Etsy Q&A Pt.2 I reached out a couple of Etsy Admins and was asked to submit my request for an interview through Etsy's media relations/PR department. I guess the good news there is that I'm now officially considered "the media" ;) Anyway, long story short, after exchanging multiple emails with the someone in Etsy's media department, the response I got was essentially, "not now...". In the podcast episode I explain what my plan is going to be going forward... First off, thank you so much to everyone, and I mean, every single person, who sent in a question. I don't want your effort and time spent responding to go to waste so I will hunt down the answers to your questions, even if it means reaching out to Etsy support for each individual question. I will create either a Q&A blog post or podcast series so please stay tuned.

175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique
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175 ~ Using Instagram to Grow Etsy Sales w/Julie Fuller of Tokyo Blossom Boutique

Convo with Julie Fuller of Etsy Shop Tokyo Blossom Boutique.

174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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174 - Front Page Guide to Etsy w/Tammy Cannon | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Front Page Guide to Etsy with Tammy Cannon of Cannon Online Marketing

173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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173 - Running an Etsy Shop w/Your Spouse | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Running an Etsy shop with your spouse with ben and Monica Wigen of Catch Me Studio

172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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172 - Expanding Beyond Local Selling | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Expaning beyond local selling and reaching a global market with Lauree Sayne of Etsy shop Dancing Dish & Decor.

171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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171 - Creating Everyday w/Hailey Smedley | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Creating everyday to stay inspired w/Hailey Smedley of the Etsy shop Ozetta.

170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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170 - Marketing Your Etsy Shop w/Dan Safkow | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Makreting your Etsy shop with Dan Safkow of iMakeTheCase.

ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 141 - Top Tax Deductions For Etsy Sellers | Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

In this special tax season edition of the Etsy Conversations Podcast Resource episode, I review and summarize the article about what deductions are available to Etsy sellers in 2017. NOTE: I am not an accountant or tax lawyer and this recap is purely for informational purposes and should not be construed as tax or financial advice. Okay, so now that that's out of the way... Here are some major take-aways: Keep excellent records - by being diligent with your record-keeping, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and stress if you ever get audited by the IRS. Things to track: Vehicle expenses and mileage Cell phone and internet use for business Equipment expenses Shipping expenses Home office expenses Advertising fees Legal or professional services Charity donations Education, networking, and travel Meals and entertainment Retirement contributions Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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ECPR 140 - Etsy Small Business Contest - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Learn all about the Etsy Small Business Contest and how you may enter for the chance to win $10,000 to scale up your business.

169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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169 - Natural Born Customs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Entrepreneurs need to learn to adapt to rapidly evolving markets and unstable business conditions to survive in the tough world of business.  Saskia runs the Etsy shop Natural Born Customs and she was ready to face these challenges when she first set-up her Etsy shop in 2013. Little did she know that she was about to face a much bigger battle – a battle for her very own life, against cancer. Artist and customizer, Saskia, has always been naturally different. While others fear being different, Saskia was afraid of blending in. She felt the need to look different and be different. She began customizing her own clothes, which immediately caught people’s attention due to the uniqueness of her designs. After receiving several requests from people who wanted their items customized, Saskia decided to start an Etsy shop to share her art with more people. After setting up her shop and receiving her first sale on Etsy in 2013, Saskia realized that she had to abandon her newly founded business when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled this killer disease for almost 3 years before finally claiming victory and getting her life back. In this week’s episode, Saskia shares how cancer transformed her life completely and how it has made her even more passionate about the unique art that she creates on products in her Etsy shop. Saskia discusses her fears, the difficulties of being a “one-person” show, and the challenges she faced in re-opening her business. She also shares invaluable resources that have helped her learn and re-learn how to manage her Etsy shop. We also discuss concepts about SEO and blogging on Etsy. I make things with so much love... So to be able to give somebody something that will make them technicolor and just make them stand out from the crowd makes me feel wonderful.  Natural Born Customs – Topics Discussed Saskia shares how her outlook on business has changed after surviving cancer. Saskia’s collaborative design process. Daily routines. The challenges of working as a full-time business owner. The importance of personal social interaction. Fears that come with selling your own creations. Recommended tags and keywords to improve your Etsy Shop’s SEO. Improving your business by participating in craft fairs and exhibits. Challenges of Etsy sellers who offer customized items or services. A direct approach to getting rid of your fears of shipping internationally. Finding the right brand or identity for your blog. Staying motivated to succeed. The importance of authenticity over automation in marketing.  Natural Born Customs – Resources Mentioned: Etsy Resources: The Etsy Seller’s Handbook Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast: Episode 153 – Fuzzy and Birch Courses: The Etsy Academy by Jenny Waldrop Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations Best Ways to Reach Saskia Etsy Shop: Natural Born Customs Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Email: saskia [at] naturalborncustoms [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason
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168 ~ Managing Your Etsy Shop and a New Baby with Sarah Cason

Platforms like Etsy have paved the way to the rise of mompreneurs – female business owners who have found a balance between being an active parent and an entrepreneur. Managing a business and being a parent is no easy feat, especially if you are a first time parent like Sarah Cason of  Sarah Cason Designs. Sarah first talked with me back in Episode 95, when she shared her journey with her Etsy shop, Sarah Cason Designs. Much has happened to her over the past year since we last spoke to her! While most people expect new moms to slow down with their careers, this has not hindered Sarah from doing well in her business at all. In fact, she has even taken to teaching and launched her first Calligraphy class in November 2016. She joins me on the show this week to share her experience as a new mom in business and how she balances being a mom and managing her Etsy shop. Amongst lots of other things, Sarah shares how she keeps her customers engaged even if her shop is on vacation mode and how she built buzz leading to her re-opening. Sarah also provides some insightful tips on how to manage burn out and how to keep your creativity brewing. She shares the tools and processes that she has developed to manage busy periods in her business, such as Christmas and other busy selling seasons for her as well as the holidays.  Sarah Carson Designs - Topics Discussed How Sarah balances her time managing her Etsy shop and taking care of her new baby. The advantages and disadvantages of putting your Etsy shop on vacation mode. Building buzz on social media to boost your Etsy shop re-opening. Using promotions such as an open house to manage your leftover inventory. Strategies for developing new products. New features and functions of the new Etsy layout. Systems and processes that help her manage busy seasons. Goal-setting strategies. Finding creative ways to manage burn out. Podcasts that keep Sarah motivated. Helpful Etsy Shipping features such as labels and commercial pricing. Startegies for streamlining your shipping process. My previous conversation with Marie Segares in Episode 144. Sarah Carson Designs - Resources Mentioned Graphic Creation & Editing: PicMonkey | Etsy Banner with Canva Podcasts: Artists Helping Artists: Selling Your Art Online with Leslie Saeta | While She Naps Podcast Sarah's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Consider the World - run by Emily Tuttle. In her Etsy shop, Emily offers hand-painted globes and donates some of the profits to refugee relief.  Best Ways to Reach Sarah Etsy Conversations: Sarah Cason Designs Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Win a Copy of Marie Segares New Book: "Make Money Teaching Crochet" Are you ready to expand your crochet business, make more money, and inspire others to learn more about your craft? Etsy shop owner, Marie Segares' new book: Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students teaches you how to plan, structure, and launch a profitable, well-organized crochet teaching business with step by step lists, guides, and resources! Learn how to structure, set achievable goals, create lesson plans, develop payment options, and market your business to achieve success! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Marie's book... Leave a comment below sharing your #1 tip for managing your Etsy shop and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive an electronic copy of Marie's book (NOTE: you'll get a physical copy of the book if you reside in a country that Amazon will not deliver electronic books to). Good luck!! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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167 - Cln & Drty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

“Know thyself.” Maybe you've heard it before, perhaps you haven't. It's a directive has been passed down since the time of the ancient Greeks. It sounds simple, but it is one of the most difficult things to do in life. The reality is that many people go through life without really developing a strong sense of self and identity. The same is true in business. Many Etsy sellers struggle with marketing, because they do not have a brand that people understand or resonate with. CLN & DRTY embodies the zest and positivity of its owner, Paula Tamara Hoss. One of the things I love, and which makes sellers like Paula particularly successful on a marketplace like Etsy is that she and her daughters are the face of her business. They embody the CLN & DRTY brand. Her brand’s message are her thoughts and how she lives her life, which makes it easier for her to reach out to her audience. Paula is an artist. She loves creating things and sharing it with the world. She found the opportunity to share this passion for art with her own Etsy shop in 2008. Like many starting entrepreneurs, she struggled with self-limiting thoughts that hindered her from finding her true passion. 3 Etsy Shops and several years later (yes, you read that correctly), Paula founded CLN & DRTY without even knowing its potential for success. Her shop was born out of her love for her daughters. She was concerned about the chemicals in the skin products that she was using and how it would affect her children. Her crafty and resourceful nature helped her produce home-made sunscreen from all natural products, which she based on recipes that she had found online. She shared it with her friends and it was an instant hit! In this week's episode, Paula shares the story of how she started doing business on Etsy. She tells about her muse, or her buyer persona, which allows her to develop products that fit her brand and the needs of her target market. She also provides tips and tools that she uses to manage her finances and market her business. You are the face of your brand. You ARE your brand CLN & DRTY – Topics Discussed: The benefits of being intentional with your business. Developing a product line that fits the needs and wants of your target market. Building a buyer persona to find out who is your target market and to keep your brand in line. Creating a line of products that complement each other. Nurturing collaborative relationships to expand your business. Paula’s experience transitioning from an employee to a business owner. Reaching out and building better relationships with your customers. Attraction not promotion. Finding the right people to advocate for or promote your product. Leveraging the power of parallel markets to create more value. Selling your products to high-end buyers. The Etsy Shipping Tool. Tools and techniques to manage your finances. Marketing Tools on and off Etsy. Hard lessons that Paula learned from Selling on Etsy. CLN & DRTY Resources Mentioned The Side Hustle Show Tony Robbins: Are your beliefs holding you back? Thriving on Etsy and Beyond Etsy Artists of Boston Marmalead TailWind The Well Essentials Best Ways to Reach Paula: Website: CLNandDRTY.com Etsy Shop: CLN & DRTY Social Media: Instagram | Facebook Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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166 - Stitch & Stuffed | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what your auto-mechanic does in their spare time? You probably wouldn’t think they’re at home creating cute, cuddly plush toys for kids. That’s exactly what my guest,Nikki who runs the Etsy shop  Stitch and Stuffed enjoys doing when she’s not turning the wrenches in the garage.   Nikki is a one-of-a-few kind of gal – not only is she an Automotive Technician by day, but by night she’s a “plushy artist.” She’s been a crafter for most of her life, starting as a young girl hand-sewing pencil-toppers for her and her friends’ pencils in school. She took her love of sewing one step further as she got older and decided to invest in a sewing machine.  She taught herself how to use the sewing machine and hasn’t looked back since! While she’s no longer creating cute shirts for the tops of her pencils, her skill has evolved to creating plush toys for children of all ages.   Where does she get her inspiration? From the kids, themselves!  I love how creative children are ~ Nikki Nikki opened her Etsy shop about a year and a half ago. Currently selling handmade plush toys, she says a lot of the orders she fills comes from parents of children with big ideas for characters. Parents often send her drawings and sketches of animals that their children have created and she brings them to life through her sewing skills.  On this week’s episode, Nikki shares her story about how she discovered Etsy, why she decided to “jump in head first” despite people telling her that the site was overcrowded, and what her long-term business goals are for Stitch and Stuffed.  We also talk about her pricing model, buying materials at wholesale cost, and how she promotes her shop on Facebook and Instagram. We also get her perspective on posting promotional advertisements in the Etsy forums and why she advises against it.  Stitch and Stuffed – Topics Discussed  How she manages her time running her shop while working full-time.  Her ideas for launching DIY kits for kids.  The technical similarities she sees between her full-time job and her Etsy business.  Attending wholesale vendor shows to connect with wholesalers.  How her marketing and promotional tactics have evolved over the last year.  How she uses Instagram and hashtags to promote her business.  Learning the hard way – fulfilling international orders and accurately gauging shipping fees.  What she looks forward to by attending the Craftcation Conference in April.  Stitch and Stuffed – Resources Mentioned  Marmalead  Etsy Jam Podcast  IFTTT  Stitch and Stuffed – Etsy Shop Shout Outs  Country Craftin’ Corner –  run by Nikki's friend Amber where she sells beautifully created jewelry, keychains, and hand-stamped items!  Best Ways to Reach Nikki  Etsy Shop: Stitch and Stuffed  Social Media: Facebook | Instagram  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager
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Etsy Conversations Resources Bonus - Etsy Studio, New Shop Manager

Etsy Studio Here's the video I mentioned in this podcast episode: New Etsy Shop Manager Here's the link to join the Shop Manager Prototype team. ===================== I'll be speaking at Social Media Marketing World 2017 in March and I'd love to see you there. If you can't attend the conference but are in the San Diego area I'd be happy to meet up to say hello too! Here's more information about the conference: SMMW17 The title of my session is "How to Follow Your Calling and Produce a Podcast You Love"... If you have a desire to start a podcast but you're just stuck... Or if you have a podcast but you've lost your zeal for it, I think in this session I can help you get unstuck. I'll be speaking from my personal experience of what's worked and what hasn't for me in creating a successful podcast. I hope to see you there!

165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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165 - Functional Wearables | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Many of us dream of getting our products into retail stores and on major ecommerce websites, but we often don’t know where to start. Having your products sold by companies like Sears, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond often feels like a pipe-dream. This week I have a returning guest, Cyndi Blais, of the Etsy shop Funktional Wearables where she sells jewelry for fitness trackers like the FitBit. We're talking all about growing your brand and how she has successfully done that. You may remember my earlier conversation with Cyndi from 2015 when we talked about why she niched down from selling health and fitness products to focusing on just fitness tracker accessories specifically, and provided a ton of helpful information and resources for Etsy sellers. If you missed that episode, I recommend checking it out. It's Episode 81.  This week, I’m catching up with Cyndi to see how her business has grown and evolved over the last 18 months. I must say, this interview has been incredibly informative and insightful! Since our last conversation, Funktional Wearables has grown exponentially – now with products being sold in retail stores like Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, and (hopefully) soon Best Buy! Wow... That’s huge!  Although she’s seen massive success in her business, Cyndi is still a “down to earth” kind of gal and she still holds Etsy close to her heart. In fact, she attributes much of her success to Etsy, since that’s where her products got their start!  I’m sure you’ll love this interview as much as I have and hopefully you'll learn many great, inspirational lessons from Cyndi's story.  Get out there... Approach retail stores... The faster you do it, the better. ~ Cyndi Blais, Funktional Wearables  Funktional Wearables – Topics Discussed  Which e-commerce platforms are the most time-consuming and which give Cyndi the highest return.  How the selling fees on Amazon compare to those on Etsy.  Why she continues to sell on Etsy even after finding success with other platforms and in retail stores.  How she got started selling in retail stores.  How her product line has grown with the introduction of new fitness trackers.  Outsourcing and hiring – how she finds qualified employees.  Marketing tips, strategies, and service providers.  The advantages and disadvantages of running an Etsy shop and her own e-commerce website.  Wholesale selling outside of Etsy.  How she gained traction on eBay.  Her mindset about big name competition, like Vera Wang, launching products within her niche.  How she finds time to plan a wedding while running a business. Resources Mentioned  Brand Boom  Open Sky  Stitch Labs  Bonanza  Jet  Instagram  Facebook Video Ads   Best Ways to Reach Cyndi  E-Commerce Stores: Funktional Wearables | Etsy   Phone: (858) 935-9105  Email: info [at] funktionalwearables [dot] com Social Media: Funktional Wearables Instagram | CyndiFunk Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter  Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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164 - IF Only Pretty | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Deciding how and when to open your Etsy shop is a big decision for many aspiring Etsy sellers. Some sellers simply dive in head first and learn the platform, strategies, and processes as they go while others feel a bit timid about starting down the path of the unknown. IF Only Pretty Etsy shop owner Ina Fitzgerald is the type of brave woman that dives right into new ideas. Since 2012, Ina has sold beautifully hand-crafted wrap bracelets made of silk, suede cord, and other materials. What really makes her products special and unique, though, are the hand-stamped inspirational messages she uses as little trinkets on her products. She joins me on the show this week to share her story on how she got started selling on Etsy, her primary goal for opening her shop, and where she expects her business to go in the future. We also talk a lot about how she promoted her products early on as well as things she has learned about SEO strategies and promotion throughout her creative journey on Etsy. We discuss how she learned that her product was featured in a BuzzFeed article, “19 Gifts That Will Make Your Daughter Feel Awesome About Herself” in October 2016 and how the feature affected her page views and sales. Ina has a unique way of using business cards to maximize her marketing strategies that she shares in this episode. She also shares her “behind the scenes” secrets on her strategies and processes for pricing, packaging, and shipping her products. To get out of creative ruts, I just need to sit in my studio and play with the colors, the beads, and the materials. ~ Ina Fitzgerald [caption id="attachment_4035" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Wrap Bracelets by Ina - IF Only Pretty[/caption] IF Only Pretty – Topics Discussed Learning the platform and SEO strategies as she grew her Etsy business. Resources she found helpful to overcome the learning curve. How she manages her time while running her Etsy shop, working full-time, and raising two small kids. Preparing for the holiday season. Shipping and packaging processes. Product pricing strategies. Finding affordable and reliable packaging material sources. International selling and how it has affected her business. Promotional tips and strategies that have worked for Ina. Selling and promoting at craft shows. Overcoming creative ruts. Tips for new sellers to sell more efficiently. Hard lessons she has learned while selling on Etsy. Inventory and order tracking systems. Resources Mentioned Etsy Seller Handbook Connecting with other Etsy sellers Etsy Conversations Podcast (Aww… thanks, Ina!) Rich Mom Business - Renae Christine's YouTube channel IF Only Pretty – Etsy Shop Shout-Outs Whitney Paige Design Co - offers beautifully crafted leather and artsy anthropology zippie bags. Contact Ina Etsy Shop: IF Only Pretty Social Media: Instagram Email: IFOnlyPretty [at] gmail [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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163 ~ Your Etsy Questions & Answers Pt.1 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

I'm really excited to share this episode again. I’m diving deep into your Etsy questions with Kim Konen, who worked as an Etsy admin from February 2010 to October 2014, and is currently the owner of the Etsy shop, TinyHearts. Our mutual friend Angie Gordon, who runs the Etsy shop Gathered and Sown also joined us for this special Q&A session. I frequently receive questions in my email, as well as on the Etsy Conversations Facebook page and Facebook group about different aspects of getting started and running an Etsy shop. So, I wanted to give you a simple way to get all of your questions answered in one central location – on the show! I loved doing this episode because it was really interactive in that I got folks to submit their questions just for the show and they were answered in this convo with Kim. Kim, Angie, and I address some of the most-asked questions you have had, including how to get featured in Etsy Finds and the various things to consider that can affect your shop’s relevancy on the platform. This episode is quite long, because we wanted to make sure we asked and addressed your most pressing questions! Your Etsy Questions Answered How to sign-in to multiple Etsy shops at the same time. (Submitted by Kelli of Swaddle Me Snugly) The changes sellers can expect as a result of Etsy’s IPO. (Submitted by Charlotte of Caravan Fiber) How to get more views and sales. Tips to improve your Etsy search results. (Submitted by Kara of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding) What really affects your Etsy relevancy – and what does not. (Submitted by Diane of Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations) Etsy’s category algorithm. (Submitted by Beate of Patterns Tried & True) How to create relevant product titles and keywords. (Submitted by Charlie of ZUTusine) Why sellers are unable to see who follows their shop. (Submitted by Doug of Bright Workz) What sells well on Etsy, what doesn’t, and which markets are over-saturated. Resources Mentioned Etsy Teams: Made In Wisconsin Business Consulting Services: Creative Little Beasts | Facebook Page Etsy Questions & Answers - Kim’s Pro Tips Link to your other shop listings in your item descriptions. Comment on Etsy’s new product forum posts the first day they’re published. Test your keywords and categories by running an A/B test. Identify your ideal customer. Actually writing down who they are helps you stay focused on your branding and message. Use the Etsy search bar to get keyword ideas for the most relevant keywords to use in your listing. Place the most relevant, important keywords first in your title. Titles and tags are most important in Etsy’s search engine algorithm. Ask your friends and family for help; give them your shop link and have them describe your shop in 5 words. Best Ways to Reach Kim Etsy Shop: Tiny Hearts Social Media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing a family while growing a business is no small feat but Kara figured it out and she came on the podcast back in September 2014 to share how she made it all work and made the transition to making a full time living off Etsy in Episode 43. Running a household, and chasing after two small children may seem tiring enough, but juggling an Etsy business on top of it can definitely pack your day full of excitement, wonder, as well as a little extra chaos (...in a good way, of course). This week I’ve pulled out my original conversation with Kara Lamerato, wife, mother of (then) two little little ones, and owner of the Etsy shop, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding, where she sells beautifully handmade place card holders, wine bottle stoppers, and wine corks for weddings. Kara opened her shop in January 2011 and she shared her story of how she created a successful full-time Etsy business that enabled her to quit her steady 9-5 job to be home with her kids. Kara’s prior work experience was in the finance industry where she realized that she wanted to be home with her children while also earning an income and fulfilling her creative passion. Doesn't that just scream "Etsy business!!" to you? ;) She explained that her shop initially started as a “side hobby” to allow her to splurge on little things like pedicures and cute sweaters, but after the birth of her first child and the heartbreaking experience of having to leave her newborn child to go to work every day, she decided to hunker down and from there planned to make her Etsy business more successful. Kara's story is truly inspirational and one that I really enjoyed hearing. In addition to learning how she achieved her goal of becoming a work-at-home-mom, she provides helpful tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran Etsy sellers with regard to Etsy shop promotion, product photography and much more. Kara’s Vineyard Wedding – Topics Discussed How Kara got started on Etsy and the timeline of her path to Etsy success  Transitioning from a full-time career to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How and why she decided to brand her shop and how that was the turning point of her Etsy business experience Kara explains how long it took her to go from “breaking even” to profitable Where Kara finds most of her inspiration for new products lines Stressful experiences Kara has had while using Etsy and what lessons she has learned from them Shipping challenges and refund policies Etsy shop promotion using Etsy teams and social media Using proper SEO and Etsy relevancy techniques to boost product visibility in the Etsy marketplace Kara's tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran sellers Resources Mentioned Photo Editing Programs: PicMonkey Etsy Teams: Team Unity Newsletters: Etsy Success Newsletter Best Ways to Reach Kara Lamerato Etsy Shop: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Email: KarasVineyardWedding [at] gmail [dot] com Website: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Still stumped when it comes to Etsy Relevancy and Etsy SEO...? Figuring out how to get your shop seen by your ideal customer on Etsy – not to mention trying to get your shop ranked high on Google – is no easy feat! My guest Michele Gallagher – owner of the Etsy shop JAM Jewelry Shop and founder of MyCraft Assistant has things pretty well figured out. Michele shares her story on how she got started selling on Etsy and how her business evolved to helping other Etsy sellers find success on the platform through her unique consultation and virtual assistant services. She explains how she spent hours doing the research and testing out her methods on getting ranked well on Etsy and on various search engines such as Google. This all leads into why Michele became passionate about helping other Etsy sellers learn what she has learned, grow their businesses, and find success on the platform. We cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode – from how to identify your target audience to learning what tags you should use on your product listings to get the best search results as well as how to use social media correctly to drive traffic to your shop and increase sales. Michele is one smart cookie and I was excited to have her on the show back then and I'm happy to share her brilliant tips and strategies that can help you succeed as a new or seasoned Etsy seller in this re-run of our original conversation. My Craft Assistant – Topics Discussed Michele explains the two ways she helps new and seasoned sellers optimize their shops to find success right from the start The most common mistakes that many shop owners make when selling on the Etsy platform The importance of identifying your target audience and the best ways to market to them Differences between Etsy relevancy and SEO Why Michele believes that creating your tags properly is more important than being in an Etsy treasury (***Treasuries are now a defunct feature on Etsy, so...***) Michele shares a helpful tip on how she manages her time The importance of Etsy sellers utilizing social media to drive traffic to their shops – and how to do it correctly Advice on how to use Etsy teams to grow your business Relationship-building tips that can help shop owners form meaningful relationships with their customers Contact Michele Website: MyCraftAssistant Email: info [at] MyCraftAssistant [dot] com Twitter: CraftAssistant Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Yes! This week we're bringing on the bling again with Angela Frazier of the (now re-named) Etsy shop AV Wedding Designs. Planning the perfect wedding is a stressful task for many brides-to-be... From picking out the perfect colors and flowers to choosing the perfect gown, many soon-to-be brides lose sleep trying to figure it all out. And what if you’re looking for an item that no one else has? Where do you turn? Well, Angela has that little nook covered... Angela started her Etsy business in December 2012 after attracting an impressive amount of attention for her uniquely designed “bling shoes”. Like many women, she was on a hunt for accessories that had never been seen before, but unfortunately, her hunt came up short. So, she decided to create her own handcrafted, fashionable shoes for herself. And boy did she hit the ground running with her new idea! In this episode Angela shares her story of how she got started on Etsy, the products she offers and how she comes up with her unique designs. She explains how her Etsy shop went from only 12 sales in the first 6 months to nearly 100 in the next by making a few tweaks to her photos and tags... Very important lessons right there... Angela shares SEO tips on how to maximize the Etsy search engine to improve your product rankings and get seen by your potential customers better. She also explains what she does to incorporate social media marketing tactics into her everyday marketing plan and how they helped her grow her business successfully. Her story is truly an inspirational one, and her funny, positive attitude is very contagious. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and learn a lot of helpful tips which you can use to take your business to the next level :) AV Wedding Designs – Topics Discussed Angela explains why she tries to purchase the very last shoes available on a store’s shelves Angela's first experiences as an Etsy shop owner and the challenges she has had to overcome in her first year How Angela decided to maximize the simplicity and benefits of owning an Etsy shop and how it compared to the work involved in establishing her own website Different design ideas Angela has sold on Etsy, including her unique camo collection How she transitioned from working in a bank to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How having an in-home shop has helped Angela cross-sell and upsell her other products We talk about social media marketing and how she uses it to increase awareness of her brand and products Angela explains how she promotes her Etsy shop offline through various local shows and business card distribution Tracking the return on her marketing efforts Specific tips and advice from Angela for new Etsy sellers Contact Angela: Etsy Shop: AV Custom Designs & More Website: South East Texas Weddings Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

This week’s episode is a special treat... A blast from the past! I’ve dived deep into the archives to dig up some of episodes from earlier shows – ones that longtime listeners have loved, but which you may have missed if you're a newer listener. In this week's conversation, we talk all about hand-thrown pottery and ceramics. My guest is Diane Waters, and she owns and runs the Etsy shop Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations. Diane has worked with hand-thrown ceramics and pottery for several years, and her passion and love for the craft began after taking a course with her friend at a local pottery supply store. She explains how the challenges of learning this new skill is what fueled her passion and determination to master it, which later led to opening her Etsy shop and selling her handmade wares online. Since opening Muddy Waters CC on Etsy in January 2012, Diane has sold nearly 400 pottery pieces, ranging from ceramic mugs, cups, bowls, and dishes to trinket jars, tea pots, and Raku pieces. We discuss the many ways she promotes her shop and ways to connect with your customers beyond creating promotional posts on Facebook or Twitter. Other topics of our discussion include the importance of good quality product photos, getting involved with teams and community events, and the importance of connecting with others for business growth. Diane's love for the craft and desire to create and make has been an inspiration to many creative entrepreneurs. Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations – Topics Discussed Diane shares the story of how she began selling on Etsy. How she decides what she wants to create each day and why she chooses to create each piece exactly how she does. What Raku is. Diane describes the different firing and decorating techniques she uses to make each of her pottery and ceramic pieces and how they work. The advantages of using different sized kilns when making certain types of pottery items. How Diane manages her time as a creative entrepreneur, wife, mother, and owner of 3 dogs and 3 cats. Diane shares how she stays motivated to keep working on her store and making her wares and what she does when she starts feeling unmotivated. Why Diane refuses to check out the competition in her niche. How she decided which Etsy teams to join and how much time she dedicates to them. Contact Diane Etsy: Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Website: MuddyWatersCC.com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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013 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:46
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158 - Julie Ann Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Every now and then, I receive requests to have specific Etsy sellers on the podcast as my guests from the amazing listeners of the show – people like you! I absolutely love when you all send a request for a guest that you’d like to learn more about on the podcast! My guest this week is here by special request from a number of you and she is Julie Ann, the artist, illustrator and owner of the Etsy shop JulieAnn Art, where she sells beautifully crafted, straight-forward sentiments, stocking stuffers, gift items, and holiday and greeting cards. Julie Ann has been selling on Etsy since 2008 and, to date, has over 63,000 sales. What started out purely as a hobby quickly turned into a fun and very lucrative business. Over the last 4 years, Julie Ann’s shop has enabled her to work full-time as an entrepreneur, and she shares some very valuable insights on what she believes made her business so successful. In 2013, Julie Ann wasa featured seller in the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” blog series! Today, we discuss how that happened and how being featured has impacted her business, shop views, and sales. We discuss how the market for greeting cards has changed over the years, launching new product lines versus individual products throughout the year, as well as how she runs and prepares her business during vacations and holidays. We also talk about her pricing strategy, the SEO techniques she has learned over the years, and how keeping lists has helped her not only run her business smoothly, but also keep a healthy work-life balance as an entrepreneur. [bctt tweet="Take advantage of the freedom that owning a business can give u. It’s ok 2 take a break from ur #Etsyshop" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Julie Ann Art – Topics Discussed Why Julie Ann finally decided to turn her passion hobby into a full-time business What she initially sold on Etsy and how her product lines have changed over the years Why she believes the age of her shop may give her business an edge over the competition We discuss the difference between launching new seasonal products vs full product line launches as well as the pros and cons of each technique How and when Julie Ann decides to discontinue a product or product line SEO and how putting her Etsy shop on vacation mode has impacted her business as well as what steps she takes to overcome that challenge Julie Ann shares how her cross-country move has impacted her business and what planning strategy she used for her business before the big move How/when she realized her business was ready to be part of the Etsy wholesale opportunity Julie Ann Art – Resources Mentioned Craft Fairs: Renegade Craft Fair Educational Courses: Melyssa Griffin’s Pinterest Course Blogs: Melyssa Griffin’s blog – The Nectar Collective Other Tools: Dymo Label Writer 4XL Label Printer – at Amazon and Staples | Affordable 4x6 Shipping Labels from Royal Mailers Julie Ann's Etsy Shop Shout-Out Her best friend’s Etsy shop: DeLovely Details – for beautifully hand-crafted, laser engraved wedding hangers, cocktail stirrers, and more Contact Julie Ann Website: JulieAnnArt.com Instagram: @JulieAnnArt Email: Julie [at] JulieAnnArt [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:01:07
157 - Soul Paper Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world... To play the “nomad game”...  Seeing different sights and experiencing different cultures of people living in foreign countries? Have you ever wondered how an experience like that could change your perception of life – or even how it could inspire you to create and run a business? My guest today is Alexandra (Alex) Matthews, owner of the Etsy shop Soul Paper Art. Alex had the opportunity to travel the world at a fairly young age – fresh out of college and she has seen the beautiful landscapes and inspirational cultures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Bali, as well as Europe. Although Alex had an Etsy shop before she decided to see the world, it was after she returned from living the dream life of an explorer that she hunkered down and focused on growing her business. In her Etsy shop Soul Paper Art, Alex creates and sells beautifully hand-crafted state maps, greeting cards, and illustrations. She shares her journey with me, from touring the world to re-designing her shop and website, as well as what techniques she uses – both online and offline – to grow her business and get her name out there. Alex has a unique view of business, life, and the world in general. Through her traveling experiences, she has found the inspiration she needs to continue creating. Although, like many creative entrepreneurs, she admits to sometimes feeling isolated, she shares how she overcomes that feeling of isolation feeling. We also discuss how she manages her time between working full-time in marketing for a home building company while running a successful business. Alex's story is truly inspirational! [bctt tweet="It's important to keep people in your life. Have a social life & get outside!" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Soul Paper Art – Topics Discussed How traveling the world helped Alex re-design and re-brand her Etsy shop Why Alex decided to sell her work on Etsy instead of becoming a freelance graphic designer for businesses Why Alex decided to re-name her shop and how quickly she received her first sale after the revamp Factors she takes into consideration when determining her product prices Future goals and plans for Soul Paper Art – could wedding stationery be in her business’ future...? ;) Ways she uses to successfully promote her business Why she decided to build a website separate from Etsy We discuss the pros and cons of Pattern by Etsy sites Alex's experiences with pop-up shops and maker fairs Soul Paper Art – Resources Mentioned Social Media Planning Tools: Post Planner Website Building Platforms: WordPress | Squarespace | Pattern by Etsy Newsletter Programs: MailChimp | MadMimi Etsy Tools: Shipping labels | Reviews | Etsy Wholesale Contact Alex Etsy: Soul Paper Art Website: SoulPaperArt.com Instagram: @SoulPaperCA Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 20:59
012 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 41:29
156 - Craftcation Conference 2017 | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Craftcation Conference 2017 is coming around again and the time to start planning is now. craftcation 2017Networking with other creatives, crafters, and business owners is important to continually grow your online business. Whether you attend meet-ups, masterminds, or conferences, getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is one of the secrets that many small business owners and entrepreneurs use throughout their businesses to maintain consistent growth and help drive sales. My guest on the show this week is Nicole Stevenson, co-founder of the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, California. You may remember her from Episode 116 back in February. Nicole rejoins me to talk about the importance of attending conferences throughout the year and how they can impact your business. We also discuss what inspired her and her business partner, Delilah Snell, to plan and organize a conference specifically for small, creative business owners. As Nicole says, “You have to put yourself out there and make connections”. She shares some valuable tips for entrepreneurs about what they should consider before registering to attend a conference, how to put yourself out there and connect with people before the conference takes place, and also how to determine how many conferences you should aim to attend in a given year. Nicole also shares the inside scoop on exactly what the upcoming Craftcation Conference 2017 has in store for attendees, how you can register to attend this exciting and rewarding event, and what fun activities are planned before and after the conference. [bctt tweet="Making connections with people before an event gives you a way in" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Craftcation Conference 2017 – Topics Discussed Different types of conferences available to business owners Logistics of planning and developing a conference, and specifically Craftcation How many conferences Nicole recommends business owners attend annually Nicole explains why assessing your business goals can help you determine which conferences to attend – and how many Why it is important to build and sustain an online presence before attending a conference The importance of researching and connecting with conference presenters Resources Mentioned Free Business Cards: Moo Contact Nicole Website: DearHandmadeLife.com Facebook: Craftcation Conference Use promo code: EtsyConvo to register for Craftcation Conference 2017 Conference and get $20 off your registration fee! Register to attend the exciting, educational, and rewarding Craftcation 2017, held at the beautiful beach-side hotel – Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura California from April 27 through 30, 2017! This four-day conference is jam-packed with over 80 different workshops and presentations to help you learn everything from building and growing your social media strategies and branding your business to learning new skills like block printing and embroidery. At Craftcation 2017, in addition to the amazing presentations and workshops, you can also enjoy: Fun networking lunches A dance party Morning daily yoga A Fun Run And much, much more! Don’t forget to enter the discount code – EtsyConvo – to receive a $20 discount just for being an amazing Etsy Conversations Podcast listener! Visit Dear Handmade Life to register. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:10:20
2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:10:20
155 - Dotto Vintage Clothing | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Working from a studio apartment offers a unique set of challenges and no one understands that better than Nicole Dotto, owner of the Etsy shop Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause. For over seven years, Nicole has run her Etsy shop from the comfort of her home in a variety of locations across the United States. You may remember my interview with Nicole back in August, where she shared her story on how she got started on Etsy over 7 years ago and how she promoted her products as a new seller. Today, she rejoins me to dive a little deeper into what it’s really like running her business from her studio apartment, her fascination with the risks – and rewards – of being a small business owner, and how she has grown her business over the last several years to become her primary source of income. In March 2014, Nicole was featured on the Etsy blog and today, she explains how she believes she attracted their attention, what other sellers can do to increase their chances of being selected as a featured guest on the Etsy blog, and how it has helped her gain more traction for her business. She also explains why she considers her shop a “means to an end” and how she uses that mindset to consistently work on her business to make it a success. We take a deep dive into why she feels that the flexibility of running her own online shop is like a double-edged sword and why she believes setting small and large goals for her business helps drive her out of a “lazy slump.” Nicole strongly believes that her targeted focus on activities that will generate income is one of the factors that has helped her grow her business successfully. She shares what activities she has focused on in the past, as well as what she is currently focusing on to push her business forward in the future. Tune in to hear a ton of valuable information, resources, and advice for new Etsy sellers that Nicole shares, as well as tips on how to determine your price points when you’re unsure. [bctt tweet="When you put a value on something, other people will see it and appreciate it more @Dotto" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Dotto Vintage – Topics Discussed How Nicole got started and why she became an Etsy seller Why she decided not to specialize or niche down her shop into one vintage style The struggles she faces with sourcing her products in a relatively small town How selling on Etsy has allowed her more time to follow other passions – like volunteering for several organizations Why setting goals is so important to the success of her business Product promotion and how Nicole's promotion methods have evolved over the years Why focusing on activities that will increase your ROI and letting go of other activities is important for your Etsy shop to continually grow We discuss organization and storage techniques and how she stores the products she sells Nicole explains how she photographs her products – while modeling them Nicole’s Etsy Shop Shoutouts Vera Vague - sells antique vintage clothing Her friend Joseph's Etsy shop - Carnival of the Maniac – for uniquely amazing men’s clothing The Original Cat Cult – for cute, whimsical cat collages Rodion Creative Dotto – Resources Mentioned Heart-o-Matic on Craft Cult – for a quick snapshot of your Etsy shop stats, hearts, and clicks. Etsy Teams Podcasts like Etsy Conversations (aww – thanks, Nicole!) and TedTalks Contact Nicole Etsy Shop: Dotto – Vintage Clothing for a Good Cause Email: nicoledotto [at] yahoo [dot] com etsy shop dotto Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 12:46
011 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:22:30
2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:22:30
154 - MaryG Loves Art | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

The inspiration to start a craft business can literally come from anyone, anything, or any experience you have throughout your life, and this is just the beginning of the journey of, Mary Glover, owner of the Etsy shop MaryGLovesArt and Founding Director of Awakening Seeds. Mary has always had a passion for arts and crafts, and since she was a little girl she has created and crafted a wide array of designs and art projects. Mary says she has always viewed her artwork as a way to fulfill her crafty nature. Until 2015, she never thought about selling her work or building a business around her passion. That is, until the inspiration of her family and friends helped motivate her decision to begin selling her first handmade item - the "Don’t Worry Doll” which was inspired by her young granddaughter. Since then Mary has gone on to open her Etsy shop and expanded her product line beyond the Don’t Worry Doll. She currently also sells handcrafted cards, gift tags, and mixed media prints and collages. In this week's episode, Mary shares her journey into the Etsy world right from her very first sale. She discusses what techniques she uses to help grow her e-commerce business and explains why she believes sharing your story with your customers and the online community can help grow your business, all while incorporating authenticity and building trust. We also discuss Angela Holden and how Mary's experience with her building her beautiful online websites. Mary is also the Founder of the Awakening Seeds school and we talk about the motivation and driving force behind the school as well as the vision and educational curriculum of the school. Additionally, we discuss how she manages her time building an Etsy business while working full-time at Awakening Seeds plus writing for and maintaining two different - but equally important blogs, both of which she is very passionate about. [bctt tweet="Focusing on the visual presentation of your work is really valuable to your Etsy business" username="ConvoMePodcast"] MaryG Loves Art - Topics Discussed The genesis of the “Don’t Worry Doll” How Mary used art and an art journal as part of her healing process after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer What inspired her to finally start selling her artwork How she determines how to price her products on Etsy Mary's Etsy shop promotion strategies Why she chose not to include an e-commerce component on her personal website The mechanics of running two different blogs and how Mary comes up with blog post topics for each Why she doesn’t focus much on SEO techniques while writing her blog posts Lessons learned about using SEO and quality photographs in her Etsy shop How a Craftsy photography course has helped her business Why Mary believes “getting her story out” through social media and blog post writing has helped her business grow MaryG Loves Art - Resources Mentioned Offline tools: iPhone | Thrift Stores Courses: Craftsy Product Photography Class Photo Editing: Photoshop Elements Social Media: Instagram Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast   MaryG Loves Art - Etsy Shop Shout Outs JustPlainJane - run by Mary's sister Jane. Jane sells handcrafted, whimsical, ornaments, and art. ArtsyLetters - run by Mary's friend Robyn Hood Black. Robyn sells handcrafted literary gifts with a vintage touch. Angela J. Holden - web designer extraordinaire... :) Best Ways to Reach Mary Glover: Etsy shop convo: MaryG Loves Art Website: MaryGLovesArt.net Awakening Seed School Email: MaryKGlover [at] me [dot] com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:03:38
2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:03:38
153 - Fuzzy And Birch | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Jenni Waldrop is a corporate job hating, former Fortune 500 “minion” turned 6-figure Etsy seller, success blogger, and owner of the Etsy shop, Fuzzy and Birch, where she sells beautifully designed digital and printed prints with a touch of sarcasm. She describes herself as an entrepreneur and the “maker of other businesses” largely because her Etsy success blog has proven to be a valuable resource for new and aspiring Etsy sellers. On this week's episode, Jenni shares her journey from her corporate working life to growing a six figure business. She explains how, although she has worked in marketing departments in the corporate world, after becoming an entrepreneur, she quickly learned that marketing your own products and services is vastly different than the way the big corporate businesses do things. Throughout the course of her journey, Jenni became quite savvy at using SEO techniques, discovering what works and doesn’t work for marketing her business, and now she teaches other Etsy sellers about SEO strategies and success strategies to help them grow their businesses. We discuss everything from living the “solopreneur life” and coping with “solopreneur isolation” to outsourcing tasks, connecting with your target customer, finding an Etsy tribe to brainstorm and hash out ideas with, as well as how to drive targeted traffic to your shop to increase your ROI. [bctt tweet="Pick 1 or 2 #socialmediamarketing platforms (max)... Customers can tell when u put in the effort" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Fuzzy and Birch - Topics Discussed How and when Jenni discovered Etsy and why she became an entrepreneur Jenni's secret to finding good people to outsource tasks to How she became savvy in SEO techniques. Why she believes having a “tribe” - a community of like-minded individuals and sellers - can be a critical factor to building a successful business and where to find them! We discuss how she learned to drive traffic to her Etsy shop at the beginning of her business She explains why she is so passionate about helping other Etsy sellers grow and build a successful business Products she sells in her shop, where she gets her inspiration from, and we discuss the new SEO course she’s launched to help other Etsy sellers find success Jenni explains why she believes it’s a bad idea to create an account on every social media platform available, and why you should just keep it simple Fuzzy and Birch - Resources Mentioned Outsourcing Platforms: Time Etc Lead Generation: Marmalead Blogging & Website Building: WordPress | Squarespace Website/Blog Hosting: BlueHost Other: Not On The High Street Best Ways to Reach Jenni Waldrop Online: Website and Blog Your First 1k on Etsy Facebook Group Courses: Optimize Me: The Etsy SEO Solution Course (available through the beginning of December 2016) Your First 1k on Etsy Course Mastering Your Etsy Finances The Etsy Therapist ( + Custom Shop Critique!) Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 10:30
010 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:04:51
2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:04:51
152 - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

For many people with sensitive skin, finding high quality bath and body products like soap, shampoo, body lotion, bath salts and scrubs is a lifelong challenge. Carma Wood, owner of the Etsy shop Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, can relate to this struggle on a personal level. Her challenges with finding soap and other bath products that wouldn’t irritate her skin is what set her on the path to learning how to make handcrafted bath and body products. Carma lives in Minnesota with her family and fur-babies. She originally started on Etsy as a buyer before transitioning into a seller of handmade sewn items. Soon after, she discovered that she had a passion for making handcrafted soaps that were not only easy on her sensitive skin, but also made from mostly biodegradable ingredients. Carma explains that she holds two things very close to her heart - a passion for helping others with sensitive skin and a passion for helping the environment. By combining these two passions, she has decided on the unique name for her Etsy shop - Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics, named after an endangered fresh water fish from Lake Superior. In this week's episode, Carma shares how she learned to create her own soap and other bath and body products... Step aside Bath & Body Works... ;) She also explains her process for taking and fulfilling custom orders in her shop, and how she “human tests” all of the products before releasing them for sale in her Etsy store. Additionally, Carma shares a marketing secret that most Etsy sellers do not utilize - but should, as well as how she manages her time working on her shop while working full-time and creating. Carma has lots of valuable tips for sellers ready to scale their business by outsourcing tasks or hiring full-time or part-time employees. [bctt tweet="Catalogs help u get more eyes on ur products than most other advertising methods #EtsySellers" username="ConvoMePodcast"] Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Topics Discussed Carma explains why she believes starting out as an Etsy shopper makes transitioning to being a seller easier How Carma learned how to craft high-quality handcrafted body products by reading books and studying recipes for 6-months before making her first batch of soap Carma's process for creating a physical catalog highlighting specific products in her shop and what she believes her return on investment is for this marketing strategy How Carma ensures her "sensitive skin assurance" policy - ensuring customers know the ingredients before they buy She explains how she got started in wholesaling Valuable insight on how and when Etsy sellers should consider outsourcing. Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Maker to Manufacturer Podcast Catalog Making Tools: PicMonkey | Overnight Prints Etsy Networking Groups: Indie Business Network Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Facebook Group | Etsy Wholesale Team | It’s A Living Facebook Group | Minnesota Makers Facebook Group Website Building: Wix Email Marketing: Mailchimp Carma's Etsy Shop Shout Outs Ruby’s Daughter 1977 - for handcrafted sweaters, scarves, and other clothing and accessories. SenseNSensibiliTea - Historically inspired, hand blended tea. Forest Bags - Beautifully handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags from Australia Best Ways to Reach Carma Wood Etsy Shop Convo: Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics Website: KiyiKiyi.com Email: KiyiKiyi [at] Outlook [dot] com Social media: Instagram Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business
01:01:18
2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 01:01:18
150 - Sey Studios | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

Growing up in an entrepreneurial focused family, AshleyMarie "Sey" Lively of the Etsy shop Sey Studios, has always had a passion and dream of becoming an entrepreneur herself. Her journey started as a name artist at Disneyland, where she worked for a year, and while her husband still works at Disney, her dream of becoming a creative entrepreneur shifted after attending art school and starting a family. Sey’s first Etsy shop was opened while she worked at Disneyland, but she quickly discovered that the crafts she was selling in her first shop were not as worthwhile as she originally thought. As an Etsy seller, you can probably relate very well with that sentiment. Although she still enjoys making a variety of arts and crafts pieces, she has transitioned and found a niche product that she not only loves to create, but one which is also more profitable. Sey Studios  now focuses primarily on selling name art, where she creatively designs paintings using people’s names and incorporating a variety of characters into each painting. Sey's beautiful name art pieces are all uniquely handmade, and she has been able to incorporate a wide variety of characters - from Star Wars and Ghostbusters to My Little Pony and Legend of Zelda - into hundreds of name art pieces. On today’s episode, Sey shares her experiences of working at Disneyland, why she decided to quit working outside of her home and become and entrepreneur, as well as what made her decide to find a specific niche for her business. She also explains how her crafts have been featured in magazines and even on the Conan O’Brien show. That's right... THE Conan O'Brien Show :) She also explains how she uses local events to help drive traffic and new customers to her Etsy shop, marketing techniques she has used that have helped increase her sales and conversions on various social media platforms. Sey and I also discuss lessons she has learned about making the shipping process easier for her craft business.   Sey Studios - Topics Discussed How Sey started working at Disneyland and why she transitioned into becoming a creative entrepreneur How she prices her handmade name art pieces - especially for longer names How local events, comic cons, and craft shows have impacted her Etsy online sales Managing her time while being a stay-at-home mom What social media tools she uses to promote her products Using the Etsy Seller Handbook to start and improve her business Sey’s advice to new or struggling Etsy sellers Sey Studios - Resources Mentioned Podcasts: Etsy Conversations Podcast Tools: Cell phone calendar Best Ways to Reach Sey Etsy Shop: Sey Studios Etsy Convo Email: SeyStudios [at] gmail [dot] com Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Upcoming Event: Stop by and visit Sey at the Bakersfield Comic Con on November 12 & 13, 2016! Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:  

009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 11:08
009 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com  

008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 17:05
008 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community.   Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations
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2017-10-05 04:30:31 UTC 19:56
007 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pint