Mystery shopping is a great way to make extra money without having a “real job,” but you may be looking for more ways to make money from home. Here is one you should consider.
If you enjoy arts and crafts and want to make some extra money from home, you should know about Etsy.com. Etsy is a website where people can sell handmade goods to those who love and appreciate artistic crafts.
What is Etsy?
In 2009, Etsy sold over 1.3 million items for over $180 million dollars in sales. There are more than 400,000 people selling their products on Etsy, making it one of the most active artist communities on the internet.
The people selling on Etsy are real artists and craftspeople, not commercial mass producers. The buyers on Etsy are people who love buying limited edition and one-of-a-kind artistic pieces. Etsy brings them together where they can meet and benefit.
Are you already creating products? Perhaps you make handmade gifts for friends and family members, or maybe you have even had some experience selling your handcrafts at craft shows or other venues. Ideally you should have a whole line of products that go well with one another.
Choose products that you enjoy making. If you have a big success, you may be making a lot of them!
Make your products unique. If you are selling something customers can buy six other places, why should they buy from you?
Also think about pricing. Can you set a price that is competitive but allows you to be fairly compensated for the time and skill you put in to each item, as well as covering the cost of your materials?
Setting up a store on Etsy is easy. Just go to http://etsy.com and follow the instructions.
Tips to Attract Buyers
There are three important parts of each listing: The title, the photo and the description.
The title needs to be descriptive in order to get people to click on your item. Use a title that gives useful information, rather than just a name. “Amelia Earrings” doesn’t say as much as Sterling Silver Crystal Drop Earrings.” Think about what people might search for when they are looking for what you make, and be sure to include those terms in your title and description.
Great photos are a must! Photos not only need to be clear and well-lit, they should include an artistic element. Look at other photos to get ideas for backgrounds, lighting and other ways to feature your works in the most attractive way possible.
Give a lot of detail in the description. Describe the item, how it was made, its size, weight and any other characteristics. Is there an interesting story behind your choice of materials? Share it!
Lots of people are making money from home on Etsy. Why not you? Just create a great product, take good pictures and write interesting descriptions. In fact, all you need to do to start making money on Etsy can be done in a day or two.