Today I’ve got a suite of awesome digital tools and apps that will help you more effectively and efficiently run your handmade business.
There are all tools I’ve tried and/or use on a regular basis to manage my own businesses – and I’ve shared a number of them over the last 6 months during my Facebook Live Q&A sessions. Today I’ve brought a number of them together into one big toolkit of things to try.
If you know of or use any particularly awesome digital tools or apps to run your handmade business, I’d love to hear about them!
Share them in your IG Story and tag me @createandthrive so I can check it out. I’ll be re-sharing a number of these to my own Stories!
I’m running not one, but two Facebook Live events this week, and you’re invited 🙂
1. 5 Mistakes You’re Making with your Etsy Shop… and How to Fix Them
After working with hundreds of makers over the last few years, I regularly see people making the same mistakes in their Etsy shops over and over again.
In this live video, I’ll be sharing the top 5 mistakes I see people making with their online shops. I’m focusing on Etsy today, but honestly, these issues crop up no matter what online venue you are using – so even if you’re selling somewhere other than Etsy, you will benefit from this.
I’ll share some really vital things which you can quickly and easily change right now to make your online shop more professional and encourage customers to purchase from you.
Other issues I touch on might take some time to get it right, but it’s important to start on these now so you can add to your skills.
I hope you don’t recognise these mistakes in your shop – but if you do, at least you now know what you need to work on to make it better!
Your shop will never be perfect: but you can always improve and be the best you can be.
Are you making any of these 5 mistakes with your Etsy shop?
I hope you can join me live and ask questions! If not, don’t miss the replay.
Brisbane, Australia time: Friday, Feb 16 at 12 noon (this is not daylight savings time)
You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher)
Quotes and highlights from this episode:
Why use Etsy? It is the premier online handmade marketplace, has a massive handmade product search engine, provides buyers with a sense of transaction secruity and will drive customers and revenue to you.
If you have no experience with web design and management, start on Etsy. It makes setting things up simple.
Etsy is a great learning space where to work on your photos, tags, captions and stock.
However, “if you are serious about growing a part-time or fulltime business you should set up your own shop.”
If you are doing large portions of marketing drive your business back to your own shop rather than Etsy.
“The power of using Etsy is they should be driving the traffic for you – that’s the point!”
Do you ever wonder what digital tools and software other people use to run their businesses?
I do – and I get asked about various and sundry software solutions a lot, too. So, this week, I decided to do a big round-up of all the digital tools & software I use to run my own handmade business – and Create & Thrive, as well.
I discuss what I use and why in detail in this episode – covering social media tools, website design, shopping carts, time management, photo editing and graphic design, file storage, audio & video recording and editing, outsourcing, book-keeping… and more!
Take a peek behind the scenes of my businesses, and see how I keep everything running (mostly) smoothly!
P.S. While finishing these shownotes, I realised I left one or two things out of the ep. I’m sure more will come to mind, so I’ll update the links below if that happens!
Donating a few dollars towards the costs of producing the pod.
Joining the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible.
Quotes and Highlights from this Episode:
FYI if I have (R) next to a link, this means it is a referral or affiliate link. This means that if you click that link and sign up to the service, I get some form of reward. If you’d prefer to avoid that, just google it.) I am only listing and recommending tools and software that I use myself and would recommend to others wholeheartedly.
Digital Tools/Software I use to run all my online businesses:
My main social media are Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I used to love and use Twitter a lot (not so active on there now) and I have a Google Plus account. I’m also starting to use YouTube more.
I use Trello to keep track of my work and life, and I also use the Cal app on my android phone as my appointment-keeper (as well as some paper in my office – a whole-year wall planner and a weekly desk planner).
I use focusbooster on my computer when I really need to get stuff done – it’s a pomodoro-style app. I schedule work periods of 45 min and rest periods of 15 min each hour.