Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’

Trend Tuesday: Blush Pink

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There is so much pretty going on here I almost can’t stand it.

Blush Pink is a very common color selection in weddings, and for good reason. It is beautiful, romantic, feminine, but not too pink. It pairs beautifully with gold, silver, white and gray.

I personally had a blush pink themed wedding. #3 on the collage is my actual wedding bouquet! I love, love, loved my bouquet! Not only is it beautiful, it will last forever because it is made from silk petals. It is on display in my living room for me to admire until eternity.

I hope you enjoy this curation of wonderful blush items. I know it makes me want to get married all over again!

1. Floral Wreath Stickers, $12.50+, The Petite Package
2. Lace Magic Party Romper, $64, Spool 72
3. Peonies Bouquet, $110, Bragging Bags
4. Shabby Chic Mason Jars, $40, The Roche Shop
5. Tassel Garland Banner, $27+, Blush Bazaar
6. Set of 6 Bridesmaids Earrings, $75.60, Crystal Shadow
7. The Perfect Match Wedding Favors, $134+, Tea and Becky

Xo,

Monica

5 Things I Miss About My Old Job

5 THINGS I MISS ABOUT MY OLD JOB

Being a creative business owner certainly has its perks. I’ve said many times that I have my dream job, and I still stand by that statement. There are some things about the good ol’ banking days that I do miss, though. What, you might ask? Read on, my friends…

1. Wearing nice clothes and having a reason to look like a decent human being. I have read countless blogs that say if you work from home, the best thing you can do is put on real clothes in the morning. And oh, maybe try do something with that bedhead and no-makeup look you’ve got going on. Yeah…. about that. If someone could make me a magic potion that somehow makes me motivated to do that, let me know! 😉 I think, at one point, there was a girl that lived inside of me that loved to wear high-heels, trendy outfits, and MAC makeup. Now, there isn’t much that’s getting me out of these yoga pants and oversized t-shirts! Yikes!

2. Normal work hours. I have developed this crazy sleep pattern… I stay up til 2 or 3 am and wake up at 9 or 10. What gives? There is nothing that is holding me hostage to the typical 9-5 so I guess my body is taking charge is telling me it wants to hang out and stay up late. By the time I finish my work and have time to run errands, all of the store are closed and the people I want to bother are sleeping! Also, having a flexible schedule usually means that every work day is a bit different, and I miss having that consistency. My lunch hour is never at the same time, I am constantly sidetracked and agreeing to social engagements and appointments that fall within the work day, because I can ‘make it work.’ Sticking to a strict schedule is a work in progress for me.

3. People to talk to. You’ve experienced it before: Those days where you haven’t left the house in several days, you’re wearing the same clothes as you did the day before, and all of a sudden, you’re laughing to yourself at some lame joke that crossed your mind. Then, you can’t stop laughing so you just keep talking to yourself until you decide that that’s weird and you should probably not do that anymore. Then you hope to god nobody was peering through your window talking to yourself like a crazy person. So, you head downstairs to pour yourself a glass of wine while you dance around the kitchen listening to the N’Sync Pandora station. No? That’s just me? Well rats…. I really miss people.

4. IM & Email. Again, people are required for this one. Have a bad day at work? Not to worry! My co-worker is sharing in the same misery, and we can vent about it together on IM! Slow day at work? Nothing to do? Let’s photoshop pictures of our coworkers on Twilight movie stills, email it to everyone, and laugh until we can’t breathe and a customer walks in. Oh, the welcome distraction. I really do believe that great work thrives from a positive work environment. And what better way to create that than laughter, friends, and a good time.

5. People took me more seriously than they do now. This one is sad, but true. 🙁 I don’t know why, but describing what I do for a living is one of my least favorite things to do, and it frequently comes up in conversation. First of all, trying to describe all of the intimate details of what it is my business is about in a 1-2 sentence synopsis is like trying to tell someone that kittens aren’t cute. It simply can’t be done. Second, after the 1-2 sentence description, the typical responses I receive are, “Oh, so you have like a side business? That sounds so cute! I wish I could be a stay-at-home wife. Is that like your hobby? What do you do with all of your spare time?” etc etc etc…. (I cringe). So, I learned very quickly that I needed to be okay with not measuring my success by other people’s opinions.

Well there you have it folks, five things I miss about the most about the good ol’ banking days. Never did think I would every say such things! You know what though, most of my best friendships stemmed from working in retail banking. There is something about being in an environment with one another… the bonds you form with those people are undeniable.  There are some days where I just feel like a hot mess and miss that positive encouragement and camradery.

So tell me! Whether you currently work a 9-5 job, are a business owner, or somewhere in between – What is the least favorite part about your job? What do you love most?

Trend Tuesday: Monograms

Trend Tuesday - MonogramsEveryone loves a good monogram. It’s a fact. There is just something so great about getting that awesome iPhone case or robe monogrammed. Monograms can make your wedding day super personal as well. We have thrown together a list of some of our favorite monogrammed items to make your wedding day even more special!

1. Tribal Arrow Wedding Stamp, $39.50+, The Petite Package

2. Preppy Monogrammed Wedding Koozies, $79, Rook Design Co.

3. Monogram Wedding Cake Topper, $90, Studio Bloom Iowa

4. Rustic Monogrammed Guestbook, $24.99, The Paper Walrus

5. Set of 6 Monogrammed Bridal Party Robes, $210+, Heritage Wedding

6. Nautical Wedding Stickers, $12.50+, The Petite Package

7. Painted Monogram, $28.95+, Custom Cut Monograms

8. Monogram Stickers, $12.50+, The Petite Package

9. Personalized Wedding Ring Bag, $7.50, Clementine Weddings

10. Personalized Cutting Board, $31.95+, Shady Oak Board Co.

All of these beautiful wedding items can be purchased from a variety of Etsy sellers just like The Petite Package! Etsy is a great place to look for unique and handmade wedding items. I encourage every one of you amazing brides to give Etsy a little looksie!

Do you like any of our monogrammed picks this week? Let us know in the comments!!

Trend Tuesday: Burlap and Lace

Trend Tuesday_ Burlap and Lace copy 2Burlap and lace is a trend that is making it’s way through wedding season this Fall. It gives off that rustic vibe that so many brides hope for.

Here is a collection of some of our favorite burlap and lace products that you can buy and make yourself!

1. Personalized Ring Bearer Pillow, My Montana Homestead, $12
2. Burlap and Twine Wine Bottles, Rustic Wedding Chic, DIY
3. Burlap and Lace Wedding Programs, Anna Lou Avenue, $2.65+
4. Burlap Wedding Cake, The I Do Moment, DIY
5. Burlap and Lace Aisle Bows, The Lovely Find, DIY
6. Tan and Black Laced Burlap Bouquets, Gypsy Farm Girl, $85

What do you think of the burlap and lace trend popping up on the wedding map? Do you like it? Are you using burlap and lace in your own wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

Trend Tuesday: Mint

Trend Tuesday_ Mint copySo, I think that you all know how much I love mint by now! There is a reason I painted my office this awesome color, it just makes me so happy! if it’s mint… I have to have it.

Here is a collection of yummy mint awesomeness!

01. Mint Paged Journal My love for paper and mint wrapped up into one glorious product! This is definitely on my wish list. People, take note. Jackdaw Bindery, $31.47+

02. DIY Mint Desk Makeover Want to get your hands dirty? Try out this DIY Mint Desk Makeover! It is definitely one that  I am contemplating taking on myself. What do you think? Mint office, mint wills… too much?! Nah… 😉 The 36th Avenue

03. Mint KitchenAid Mixer In my opinion, KitchenAid has some of the best appliances for the kitchen. Not only do they work extremely well, they come in an assortment of bright and fun colors (including mint)! A KitchenAid mixer was my #1 most wanted thing on my wedding registry, but unfortunately we didn’t get one. I am saving up for one of these babies the hard way. 🙂

KitchenAid, $350+

04. Mint Pencils This girl’s shop is hilarious! I mean seriously, I must have these. Going in my shopping cart right now! JulieAnnArt, $5

05. Mint Heart Stickers So pretty and oh-so-cute! Great for DIY projects, sealing envelopes, or for putting that special touch on stationary. The Petite Package, $5

06. Mint Backpack This mint backpack is adorable! If I were still in school, I would totally have this on the top of my back to school shopping list!! By Goods, $24.99

What do you think of this week’s trend? Do you love mint? What are some of your favorite color trends? Let us know in the comments below!

Trend Tuesday: Chalkboard

Trend Tuesday_ ChalkboardThe chalkboard theme has become a pretty huge trend in the wedding community as of late. Something about it makes everything seem a bit more rustic and DIY. We are pretty obsessed as well!

Thinking about incorporating some chalkboard items into your wedding? We’ve created a collection of cute personalized items, all of which are affordable and can be found on Etsy!

1. Chalkboard Table Numbers

What’s not to love about these table numbers? A table decoration plus a good bottle of wine? We’ll take it!
Design Circus, $24.95+

2. Instagram Chalkboard Wedding Sign
Instagram is a great way to get your guests involved in helping you capture your big day! Display this at your wedding and watch your hashtag your grow! #ohsnap
The Petite Package, $15+

3. Chalkboard Hershey Kiss Stickers
Give your guests something sweet to remember you by with these super cute chalkboard hershey kiss stickers!
The Petite Package, $15+

4. Chalkboard Wedding Invitations and More
Wedding invitations are such a fun part of wedding planning. There is nothing better than giving your guest a little preview of what your wedding will look like. If chalkboard is your theme, then these invitations are a for sure way to let your guests know what is in store for your big day!
Inviting Moments, $1.60+

5. Chalkboard Wedding Cake Topper
This handmade wedding cake topper will surely put that special touch on your gorgeous wedding cake! Plus, we are loving the banner design – totally on trend.
The Paper Walrus, $22.99+

What do you think of our favorites this week? Will you be using any chalkboard items in your own wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

My First Vlog: How I Started My Business & What’s New

Hey y’allll, I made my first ever vlog!

Just thought I’d make a little video to introduce myself so you could to get to know the face behind The Petite Package. I also talk about how I started my business and what’s been new recently.

If you have any feedback or suggestions on what to post next, please comment! I’d love to make videos on stuff you’d actually be interested in.

Happy Saturday!

-Monica

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They’re Finally Here! Check Out Our NEW Stamp Collection!

Hey guys! We’ve been working hard on designing a new line of stamps, and they’re finally here! I’m excited to show you the new pretties that will be making a home in the shop.

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Thank You Kindly Stamp

Thank You Kindly

I actually had this stamp in mind for my own packaging. I designed it to use on all of the packages that are shipped out to my customers. I posted a pic on Instagram, and got some great feedback as well as couple of requests for it, so here it is for you all to enjoy!

 PrettyPleaseDoNotBend1Pretty Please Handle With Care & Do Not Bend

This is the second shipping stamp I designed for the collection. I also use this one on my own flat mailers, because the last thing anyone wants is for their package to get bent in the mail and arrive damaged! Plus, it’s a bit more polite than a traditional DO NOT BEND! stamp 🙂

Made With LoveMade With Love Heart & Arrow

For all of the makers, crafters, gifters, & do-it-yourself-ers!

WeddingArrowWedding Arrow Monogram

Of course we had to add another wedding stamp to our existing collection, and this one is my favorite by far! There is nothing more on trend right now than this crossing arrow design, featuring your initials, monogram, and wedding date. Perfect for save the dates and invitations!

WhyThankYouWhy Thank You!

Everyone needs a plethora of thank you stamps in their stamp drawer. (I have tons!) This is a super fun modern stamp designed by our graphic designer, Allie.

Heart StampsMini Hearts

Plain & simple. Itty bitty. Super cute. Available in solid or outline.

arrowTribal Arrow

Probably my favorite motif right now. Tribal arrows are everywhere and you can use this stamp for anything. I can’t wait to cover some brown kraft wrapping paper in gold arrows this holiday season!

fleurdelisFleur de Lis

A traditional Louisiana motif. Special to me because I married my husband in New Orleans.

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A hand-drawn stamp by our very own Allie. How adorable! Perfect for stamping on snail mail to your BFF, decorating gifts, and of course Valentines Day!

And there you have it! You’ve gotten to know every single one of our new stamps individually. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Each of these stamps are available to purchase in our Etsy shop:

thepetitepackage.etsy.com

You can also click on the title of the stamp, which will take you to the link directly.

Happy Stamping!

-Monica

2015 Trend: Gold Glitter

There are 3 trends that we are head over heels in love with right now–
Mint, floral, and GOLD GLITTER!

We were a little bit too excited about putting together this list of some of our favorite gold glitter wedding items on Etsy!

1. Gold Glitter Sparkler Stickers, The Petite Package (that’s us!), $12.50+

2. Gold and Pink Glitter Confetti, Signsational Sayings, $5.50

3. Glitter Table Numbers, ZCreateDesign, $260,

4. Glitter Cupcake Toppers, Paper Trail by Laura B, $23

5. Glitter Placecards, Rachel Carl, $2.25

What do you think of the gold glitter trend? Love it or hate it?

Are you using it in any part of your wedding?

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Oh, and not to toot our own horns or anything, but we have put together a BALLIN’ board on Pinterest for the Gold & Glitter trend! You can check it out here.
Be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

XOXO
Monica & Allie

What’s New in the Shop

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working relentlessly
on adding new sticker designs to the shop.

Here are some of our favorites:

Gold Glitter Hershey KissesGold Glitter Chevron Stickers
These are sure to add a little sparkle to your big day! We offer them in an array of sizes to add glitz to any kind of favor you might use. $15+

Rustic Wreath StickersPersonalized Wreath Stickers
If a rustic theme is what you are going for, these are perfect for you! Not only do they offer the customization of your initials and date, but you can change out the type of wreath around the border of the sticker, as well! $12.50+

Nautical Wedding StickersCustom Nautical Wedding Stickers
Ahoy, Matey! These super cute nautical stickers are sure to throw your guest overboard into a sea of love and happiness. $12.50+

Floral Hershey Kisses SetVintage Floral Hershey Kisses Set
Vintage floral is super trendy at the moment. What better way to show off your love for chocolate than with a cute floral sticker attached to it!? $27+

What do you think of our favorite new items?
To see all of our new designs, visit our shop!

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XOXO

The Petite Package

2015 Wedding Trend: Vintage Floral

2015 Wedding Trend Vintage FloralVintage floral patterns are no longer just for your Grandma’s wallpaper. In fact, it is making a big comeback this year & we are seeing it all over the wedding industry!

Here are some of our top picks featuring items from Etsy sellers:

1. Vintage Floral Heart Stickers, The Petite Package (that’s us!), $10+

2. Vintage Floral Wedding Box, SweetCastlePartyDIY, $29.95+

3. Vintage Floral Wedding Clutches, MamaBleu Designs, $168+,

4. Vintage Floral Invitations, Behold Designz, $3.80+

5. Vintage Floral Table Numbers, GetHappyDesign, $1.45+

What do you think of the vintage floral trend? Love it or hate it?

Are you using it in any part of your wedding?

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– Collection curated by Allie, The Petite Package.

‘Busy’: A 4-Letter Word

BUSY: A 4 LETTER WORD. HOW TO STAY PRODUCTIVE IN A BUSY WORLD

It’s amazing how much your outlook, inspiration, and productivity can change by a single conversation or by reading a book. Sometimes it’s the littlest things that have the greatest impact. This has happened to me over the past couple of weeks, and I’d like to share with you my recent epiphany.

 

About a month ago, I started to believe that I “needed” to hire someone to help with my Etsy store, because I was just too “busy” to get it all done myself. “Busy”. Such a common term, and I cringe at the term now. We’re all guilty of using it. It’s so easy to fall back on the reason, “I’d like to do that, but I’m just so busy.” It’s just an excuse in the form of a word, but here I was, guilty as charged. So, I convinced myself that my solution was to hire someone. That would solve all of my “busy-ness” problems. But when I started thinking about what actions I needed to take in order to actually move towards the direction of hiring an employee, I put it off. I was drowning under a pile of other ‘priorities’ that were competing for my attention. Yes, I was spending 8-10 hours a day in my office, but when I actually made a conscious effort to start logging how I was spending my time, I realized that half of it was checking facebook notifications, emails, responding to text messages and phone calls, reading other successful businesses’ blogs, brainstorming of all of the tasks I wanted to get done, scheduling lunch dates with friends, watching Netflix, cooking, working out. Since I had a flexible schedule, I would overbook my days with commitments under the assumption that I could fit it in and ‘work late’. My automatic response to everything was yes. I had a million ideas and self-diagnosed myself as having “too many interests”, since I wanted to do it all, really well. My phone would ring, and I would answer. My email would ping, and I would check it. A thought would come to mind, and I would act on it. I was constantly in a state of reaction, which meant that anything that I was trying to get done for work would be interrupted and not completed beginning to end as intended. And then when the last 2 hours of the day rolled around from 10pm-midnight, I would get into crunch mode and bust out all of the orders that HAD to be done to ship out the next day. You know those people who have weeks to finish a task, and procrastinate to the night before, and BAM! They get it done? Yup, that was me.

On one of those ‘busy’ days, I went into my gym and ended up sitting down with the owner, Luka, for a chat. It started off as a conversation about a workout, but it led into talking about business, and I started to tell him about my Etsy store.  I told him about how I needed to hire someone, but I just didn’t know how. Then he asked me the pivotal question, “How are you spending your time?” What do you mean? I thought. I responded, “Well, I’m just so busy! I always have outstanding orders, and I barely even have time to think about HOW to hire someone. It feels like my mind is going a million miles a minute, all the time.” I proceeded to tell him my vision for my business, my financial goals, and that I wanted to have it all accomplished by the time I was 30. He looked at me and said, “You could accomplish all of that by next year.” I looked at him blankly. I would be lying if I said I didn’t think he was crazy. ‘Yeah,’ I thought… ‘Okay…’ But I looked at him, and I thought about his business, his story, and all that he had accomplished at such a young age. Here is someone who is constantly walking around with books in his hand, who is available to others while still remaining productive and scheduled throughout his day, who has created his own “success” (which could be defined by most people’s standards), and seemed to have it all figured out. So I thought, ‘Well, obviously this is someone who has proven to know what he’s talking about. Not just by words, but by actions.’

'Busy': The 4-Letter Word. How To Be Productive In A Busy World.

I went home with our conversation playing over in my mind, and decided to download one of the books that I saw lying around in his office, The Productivity Ninja by Graham Alcott. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, now with the added task of figuring out how to get my life in order, on top of everything else that I had going on. Mind you, I haven’t actually taken the time to sit down and read a book in over a year. I USED to love reading. Remember those times before we were adults and life happened? Where you actually had time to do what you loved and the world wasn’t spinning around you at a rapid pace? Yeah, that Monica loved to read. I couldn’t put the damn book down. Here it was, on a page in a book, my life described to a T. The book describes today’s life: A world where we are constantly reacting to inputs at a rapid pace, where our attention is bouncing around from one task to the next, casually committing to plans in the future because we don’t have a reason to say no, trying to accomplish as much as possible while pleasing as many people as possible, not being able to relax because you’re worrying that there is something else you should be doing, but most of all, living a life of mediocrity because we don’t take the time we need to tap into our true potential and cultivate greatness. If you never take the time to practice a skill, you never become great. You may have learned to play an instrument you were younger,  so you know how to play – but if you do not practice on a consistent basis, there is no way you will become a concert pianist. Same goes with creating a great life – if you do not practice productive habits that allow time for you to work on your goals, you will never reach them! You may tinker along and get by ‘keeping busy’ and accomplish a goal that society deems ‘a success’, but is that really the goal that you dreamed for yourself? Is that what you imagined for your life as a kid, young adult, or even now? On your death bed, when people are reminiscing about your life, how do you want people to remember you? Whatever that dream or goal is, it is not impossible. Life is not ‘too busy’, there are just many opportunities to distract you. Your choice in how to respond to those distractions is the key, not that the actual presence of the distraction. Successful people are not touched by good luck. It’s all about rearranging your mindset, making trade-offs, choosing to make decisions so others won’t make them for you, taking control of your actions and attention, all things that may be against society’s norm. In order to be extraordinary, you cannot be normal. The book had an action plan laid out clear as day – everything that I needed to implement right away in order to start living a more productive, less ‘busy’ life.

 

In a matter of 24 hours, I felt an overwhelming sense of clarity. The constant worries and reminders that buzzed around in my head were silenced, rooted by the simple task of writing them down. Today, my inbox at zero (from 10,000 previously) with all of the important ones filed appropriately in their folders. I no longer use the excuse of ‘needing’ to hire someone, but instead have organized my days with structure. I have time to read, take on new work projects (like getting this website up and running), and write (Exhibit A: this blog post!). My scribbles on note-pads and random thoughts are now functionally organized in one place with structure and priority. I know what I need and what to get accomplished each day, and when I finish those tasks, I can relax with clarity instead of worrying that there’s something else I should be doing. I have daily, weekly, and yearly goals set in place and projects with actions to accomplish them. I no longer react, but plan. If a distraction presents itself, I jot down the thought  to come back to it later. I choose which plans I commit to, instead of casually agreeing and setting my work back as a result. My days have been transformed from being ‘busy’ to productive. The choice to evaluate and question the decisions I was making was the best thing I could have done.

I highly recommend you read the book, but if you simply can’t wait to know what’s in store, here are some of my key take-aways:

1. Start writing stuff down. If you’re going to start doing one thing today, start writing down every single thought that pops into your head. If you’re working on something, and you remember you have to call someone back, re-order your contacts, or pick up a prescription – write it down and come back to it later. Nothing is more productive than completing something start to finish without interruption. This will also eliminate those nags once your pen hits the paper, bringing a quiet peace to your mind.

2. Don’t say yes for the sake of saying yes. This is one of the most common challenges we are faced with every day. We are constantly invited to social events, dinners, meetings, and various other outings. Before saying yes, ask yourself if this is the best use of your time in relationship to your goals. Perhaps you are ‘free’ on Friday night, but you could also spend that time checking off a big to-do on your list. Of course, we all need time to kindle friendships and unwind. But you don’t have to say yes every single time.

3. Make a daily checklist and stick to a schedule. Know what you want to accomplish ahead of time, whether it’s preparing a to-do list the night before or in the morning over a cup of coffee. Note when your attention is at it’s peak and work on the most complicated tasks then. It will feel so good at the end of the day when you have everything checked off your list. You will have given yourself permission to relax, instead of worrying what else needs to be done.

Now go out and go free those thoughts in a journal so you can stop being busy and start being productive!

-Monica

Intro To Selling On Etsy

Intro To Selling on Etsy

Hello, lovely darlings.

Well, I’ve had a couple of friends ask me about how to start-up on Etsy. It made me think back to when I first had a dream about selling handmade stuff, and how exciting, but daunting it was at the same time. I still think it is mind-blowing and so cool that there is a platform for creative people to turn their hobbies into ca$h money. I mean seriously, what is better than that?! But it comes with a lot of hard work, research, and hours wanting to rip your hair out by the follicle. Just keepin’ it real….

There’s gotta be like millions of tutorials and how-to articles that you can google about this subject, but I thought I would put in my 2 cents about what I’ve learned in the past few years, what’s worked, and what didn’t.

#1: What is your ultimate goal?

I ask you this so you can really ponder and answer truthfully. Are you that person that has endless amounts of free time to spend making elaborate projects for those who go “ooohhh” and “ahhhh” every time you post a picture on Instagram? Do you find joy in the process of creation, and think, eh, why not make a few extra bucks making something you love? You’re making it anyway! You are looking for a way to get rid of the abundance of crafty things you have made over the years, and continue to make, for fun.

OR,

Are you looking for a way to make a consistent source of income as efficiently and effectively as possible, with the perk of having a creative outlet sprinkled on top? Do you love being crafty, but are interested in leaving your day job someday and still need to support a family while doing it?

If your answer was the first response, great! Selling your creations on Etsy, or to your friends on the side is a great way to make some side cash. Just be careful, Etsy shops with only a few listed items are generally not very successful. If you are just directing your friends & family to purchase your items, that’s fine. Beware, Etsy does charge a listing fee, and a sold item fee. You may be better off just asking for cash. If you are trying to market to the masses, and internationally,prepare to amp up your production, and spend some time learning about online traffic if you really want to turn your hobby into a side income.

If your answer is the second response, I have good and not-so-shiny news for you. The good is you are smart! Yay! You have an entrepreneurial drive, and are dedicated to doing what it takes to be successful.The not-so-shiny news is that this option also comes with some sacrifice. What? Huh? Keep reading…

#2 Find a niche.

So, you want to make money. Great!

Your next step, without going to Joann’s and Michaels and spending your entire paycheck buying supplies to make candle holders is to brainstorm. You may be really damn good making those candleholders, and they also may be the prettiest, chicest candle holders anyone has ever seen, but is that really a niche that is in high-demand and profitable?

I will give you an example (I like examples – and this one is actually my own).

Let’s say you work a normal 40 hour a week job. On the weekends you love to knit. In fact, you love it so much that your entire house is full of yarn and thread to make fingerless gloves (guilty). You get so excited about every project you finish, you of course have to post an Instagram pic for the world to see. They are so cool that all of your friends and family are commenting, “Wow! So awesome, I would totally pay you to make some for me!” You wear your gloves to work, and your coworkers want a pair, too. You think, hey why not? You love knitting, so you might as well make some extra money pleasing your friends at the same time. So you charge $40/pair of gloves. Pretty reasonable, considering you are making them by hand, even though they could easily pick up a pair at Target for $18. So you get to work. The first pair takes you 8 hours to make (because they are the fancy, intricate ones everyone likes, not the basic chunky knits). After the first pair, you need a break. You put on some Grey’s Anatomy. Eh, you’re tired. One pair down. Nine to go. Soon you find your weekends piling up with allllll of this knitting for everyone who has paid you to make these gloves. At one pair a day, you are making a measly $5.00/hour ($40/8 hours = $5.00 + cost of materials = less than $5/hour) with no spare time on your hands. Plus, you have now sacrificed your glorious two free weekend days, plus you are beginning to lose your sanity!!! Your days have turned into the following: Work at the day job, come home, knit a little, eat dinner, go to bed. On the weekends you gotta catch up, so you knit knit knit – and go to bed. Happy hour after work? Can’t, gotta knit. Date night? Can’t, gotta knit. Wine tasting on Sunday? Awww man…. I REALLY need a glass of wine. But I can’t, gotta knit.

Don’t be that person.

Your life is valuable. So is your free time. Try to stop thinking in terms of what you love, and what is fun for you, and instead direct your attention to what sells, and what items are profitable.

A good way of figuring out whether or not an item will be profitable is calculating the amount of  time it will take you to make that item, and subtracting the cost of supplies to make it. 

So, let’s say you want to sell screen-printed T-shirts. It takes you 30 minutes to make one t-shirt, and the cost of supplies to make just one (because you buy the supplies in bulk) is roughly $5.00. Let’s say you’ve decided that it’s only worth selling if you are making $15/hour. A good way to figure out how much to charge is to mark up either the price for your time, or adding more onto the cost for supplies, or both.

We already know you’ve spent $5 on supplies. $30-5 = $25 gross profit. Then subtract whatever you are paying yourself for labor ($15/hour = $7.50/30 minutes to make the t-shirt). That is $17.50 gross profit to reinvest in your business, after you’ve paid yourself the $7.50 for 30 minutes worth of work. Not bad. You are still making your goal of $15/hr plus extra. And your price point isn’t bad either. Your customer (probably) won’t mind paying $30 for a custom-made T-shirt.

So that’s not exactly the most scientific formula, but I like to think in more overall terms.

When you are brainstorming, ask yourself the following:

How long will it take me to make this item?

How much are the costs of supplies to make this item?

Can I get a bulk discount if I order a large quantity of supplies?

How much will people pay for this item?

Can I make multiples of the same item at once, to be more efficient? (Think factory line) Or are they custom-made and personalized to order? (Pre-making items can keep you prepared and takes less time; Making each time to order is going to take you more time.)

Does my item appeal to a mass market? Or is the customer more specific? (Finding something with a large audience = buko bucks vs appealing to a smaller one… well, you get it.)

#3 Don’t Get Ahead Of Yourself

I totally get it. You have an idea, and you go off running for the hills, and soon your brain starts to fill with a million things you want to do, and need to get done. Start with baby steps. Stop wasting your time clicking on the home page of Etsy and reading all of the amazing descriptions and photographs and wondering how the heck to even use Photoshop. Those shops are great for inspiration, but wondering what color scheme to use for your shop banner isn’t a really effective use of time when you should be researching different suppliers for the best deals, or heck – what you’re even going to sell!

You will get there eventually.

If it helps, write out your ideas. If you can’t stay away from all of the tangents, create a ‘random thoughts’ page or folder on your browser to reference back to those links when you need them. But for now, find an item. And once you find that item, stick to it and diversify it. You want your shop to have 50+ items within the same theme, whether it varies by color choices, design choices, add-on items, related items, etc. If you’re going to sell coffee cups, consider tea cups, coasters, coffee cozies, etc.

To Re-Cap…

Selling on Etsy can be a great place for you to make money, as long as you approach it smartly. You may have to sacrifice the idea of spending all of your time doing what you love, in exchange for higher profits. Don’t worry, if you choose this approach you should have extra time eventually to continue to indulge in what you love! That is the whole point after all 🙂 Opening an Etsy shop takes a lot of hard work and preparation. Think about your plan and strategy before you register and start listing items. Put as much research and dedication into your Etsy shop as you do in other areas of your life. Yes, this can be fun, but it is not only for fun. This is your business, your reputation, and your brand.

What else would you like to read about?

Welp, hopefully I didn’t scare you off. I’m no entrepreneurial expert or anything, just putting my two cents into the conversation. You can give me the finger if you want and do your own thing. I would love your feedback in regards to whether you found this information useful, and what else you would be interested in reading about here on my blog.

Some ideas for future Etsy-related posts:

How-To Take Quality Photographs & Use Photoshop for Etsy Listings

Shipping 101

How-To Write Professional Listing Descriptions & Shipping/Policy Guidelines

Separating Your Business & Personal Finances

Re-selling 101: How To Buy Cheap, And Sell High

 

Anywho… Thanks for reading! Stay posted as I think I’m now addicted to blogging, and more will be coming soon! 🙂

– Monica

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