I am delighted to announce that our new Etsy shop is already open and ready for business. Needless to say it will be a work-in-progress, evolving as we get more experience. So far I have just stocked it with a selection of One-of-a-kind Art Cards. They were easiest for me to photograph well and to figure out things like shipping. Next I will be working on adding my Sofa Pillows.
All in all, I have found Etsy's set-up tools very user friendly. It is very obvious that they are used to working with small operators like us. There is help and suggestions for success at every stage. For example, when you are setting up the products, there are very concrete suggestions for what to include in each section. For the product description, it suggests:
"Start with a brief overview that describes your item's finest features. List details like dimensions and key features in easy-to-read bullet points. Tell buyers a bit about your process or the story behind this item."
Similarly, for the item photos there are tips about getting good photographs and suggestions for the types of pictures you might want to include. To my amazement, you can include up to 10 photos for any given item. I didn't really need more than one for my cards, but for my jackets being able to include several should be a big bonus.
'I found these suggestions very valuable. As I reread the one on product descriptions, I realize that I should beef up what I wrote for my cards to tell more about how I made them. I guess that will be my next step as I work on this.
Better get to work on that.