How I Started In the Etsy Business

 

During our weekly coffee dates, my friends and I were looking for ideas for my sister-in-law’s upcoming bachelorette party. Chelsea, who was in charge of the bachelorette weekend, found a couple of decorations that she fell in love with and was ready to purchase until I said “wait! I can make that!” Chelsea questioned my abilities and asked if I could start it right away, in which I responded “so if it doesn’t look good, you can purchase the ones online?” We laughed but knew that was exactly what she was thinking.

What my friends did not know was that I have this creative mind but never was able to show my capabilities. I always volunteered to help create decorations for parties we threw but no one took me up on my offer. Maybe it was because they knew how much I worked so bringing a dish was easier on me. However, I felt I should have been involved in the decorating because I could have made the exact decorations they purchased. I would have saved my friends a lot time and money!

Chelsea, with doubt, was the first to take me up on my offer to help make decorations for my sister in law’s bachelorette party. After we left the coffee shop, I went straight to the craft store to pick out supplies for the banner I was going to make. I rushed home and went straight to work. I traced out each letter on to card stock paper and cut each letter out by hand. I hole punched each letter at the top and hung them on a string. The process took two hours and my hands were sore from all the cutting. I was excited for the end result and sent a picture to Chelsea for approval. She loved it and began sending me pictures of other decorations she wanted for the party.

One day, Chelsea and I were chatting about life and money. I expressed to her my concerns of being a new stay at home mom and the guilt of not providing financially for our family. She suggested that I open my own Etsy shop and sell my banners. I quickly shot the idea down. A couple of hours worth of work, soreness from the long use of scissors, cost of supplies, none of it was worth the price that the banners were selling for on Etsy.

I saw an ad on my community Facebook page for a Cricut machine. I had no idea what this machine was used for, but it looked craft related which instantly grab my attention. Through research I figured out it was a machine to cut materials into any shape I wanted out of many types of material. I wish I had this machine when I was making decorations for my sister’s bachelorette party! I had to have it for making decorations in the future. To my luck, Joann’s had the newest model of the Cricut machine on sale and I became a proud owner of the amazing Cricut machine.

I thought it was best to start with the banner I created by hand for my sister in law’s bachelorette weekend.  I knew the exact look and measurements I wanted so it would be an easy starter project. It took me 30 minutes to design, cut, and hang on a string. It was so easy and much faster than cutting all out by hand. I then remember Chelsea’s suggestion of opening an Etsy shop so I decided to open one so I could create more banners for quick, easy money.

I opened an Etsy account and within two days I got my first sale. I am currently selling two to three banners a week. Although it is not enough to support a family, it is enough to support my retail therapy. Thank you Chelsea for your support and encouraging me to open my Etsy shop.

 

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