How to Set Up an Etsy Shop: Step-by-step guide
If you enjoy making homemade products, you spend your free time building DIYs or you have an innate creative ability, then you definitely need to hear about Etsy. Etsy is the place where small and medium creative entrepreneurs connect with customers to sell their perfectly crafted, unique masterpieces. At Etsy, you can sell handmade jewelry, office supplies and many other custom-made designs that have been curated by people around the world.
In this OneHowTo article we have created a step-by-step guide on How to Set Up an Etsy Shop so that you can start turning all those creative juices into a good purpose.
The first thing you must do is register on the site. If you are planning to sell or just buy on Etsy you must set up an account first. The website has a direct link if you know from the beginning that you will become a seller at Etsy. You will see on the top right hand side, a link that reads, “Sell on Etsy”.
Once you register and confirm your email account you will be directed to a page where you will be asked for your “shop preferences”. This includes the default language you are going to use for your item descriptions, the country where you will be selling from and the currency your prices will be listed in. Make sure that you think this step carefully because many features are only available for certain markets and can’t be changed later on.
Now, you can start building your shop. You will be asked to select a shop name. It must be between 4-20 characters long, without spaces or special features, that includes no profanity and that hasn’t been used or trademarked already.
Once you have checked off your shop’s name from the list you can start listing your items. For each item you can add images including your thumbnail picture, add a category and tags, set up a price, calculate shipping prices, terms and conditions and write a killer description. The site will guide you through each step so you don't have anything to worry about.
Before you open the shop and start selling you will be asked to select the payment methods you will accept (credit cards, paypal, gift cards, money order and other); as well as to include your billing options. For most countries, you will be asked to add a credit card for identity verification purposes and for selling fees.
The last link on the set up page will read, “Open your shop”. After you click on this link your shop will be open and you can start selling. Your Etsy shop can be accessed through a direct link that looks like this: https://www.etsy/shop/yourshopname. Don't worry if you are unsure about some of the details you can modify your shop's page later on.
It is very easy to set up an Etsy shop so hurry up and start selling your artistic creations to people all over the world!
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