If you’re thinking of starting an Etsy business, then you must read this blog post until the end. I am going to be sharing five things that one tells you about starting an Etsy business.
Let’s go ahead and dive right into the five tips.
5 Things No One Tells You
Tip #1 The most successful entrepreneurs don’t do it alone
As you start your Etsy business – you’ll start seeing how much works it takes to create, manage, and grow it. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to understand your strength and weaknesses and seek help when needed. By getting help and delegating some of the duties that are taking you away from the creation process, this additional help will elevate your business.
It will free up more time not only to devote to your products but also so you can spend time with your loved ones. You’re going to work more when it comes to running your own business instead of working a 9-5. We chose to become entrepreneurs to have the freedom to make more money and have more time with our loved ones.
So setting boundaries for yourself as a business owner is essential.
Tip #2 Time Discipline Is More Crucial Than Ever
When you’re in business for yourself is important to discipline your time. You need to set a basic schedule, or framework, of what needs to be completed within a specific period of time. You should be hard on yourself by not letting yourself procrastinate or do anything.
And developing self-discipline can help you have more leisure time, which enables you to improve your work and life balance long-term.
Ultimately, self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, even if you don’t feel like doing it. Without self-discipline, it will be tough to keep up with the many tasks of growing a business online.
Ask yourself the following questions:
How are you keeping track of your time?
When your time is upon an individual task, are you stopping?
Are you easily distracted?
Do you find yourself wasting time online?
These are things you have to be aware of that will help you become more productive and not feel overwhelmed if managed correctly.
The last thing you want is to start a new Etsy business, and a month into it, start feeling like giving up, or it’s too much to handle.
Often, Etsy sellers feel this way because they have no structure or systems in place.
Tip #3 It might happen to you – someone might steal photos, listing descriptions, or ideas
When you sell online, you put yourself at risk of others copying or stealing from you, and it happens in all types of businesses, not just Etsy.
The sooner you realize that it can happen and you learn the steps needed to protect yourself, whether that’s using a DMCA takedown notice or protecting your business ideas through patents, trademarks, or copyright – the faster you’ll start.
I believe knowledge is power, and the more you educate yourself, the more prepared you’ll be at handling this issue if you ever encounter it.
Tip #4 Fast Track Your Business Growth By Investing In Your Etsy Business
There are tons of free resources that you can start using to grow your Etsy business. One of them is my Etsy YouTube channel that currently has over 700+ videos. The issue with free resources can lead you down a rabbit hole with so much information, leaving you overwhelmed before you even get a chance to start.
If you’re looking to accelerate the growth of your Etsy business a lot quicker is important to understand that you’ll have some additional expenses. That could be investing in my Etsy Mastery Course, in which you will learn the EXACT steps needed to be taken to start, manage and scale your Etsy shop to a full-time income. Maybe you need to sign up for a keyword tool such as eRank or Marmalade or buy coaching to help guide you in the right direction.
If you try to figure everything out on your own, it might cause years of your business to stagnate—fast-track your results by investing in yourself.
Tip #5 Don’t expect family and friends to understand or show support for your small business
At times, you’ll feel like your family and friends either don’t understand what you do or don’t support you. Often, after you tell them what you do online, they still don’t really know what you do online all day.
We often expect those closest to us to be our biggest supporters in anything we do. If you’re lucky enough to have that – that’s wonderful.
But for many of us, that isn’t the case, and that’s okay.
The sooner you know this might be something you face – you’ll be able to handle the situation a lot better.
I’ve been an entrepreneur for a while now, and I can say that one of the most significant shifts came when I decided to surround myself with people who were where I wanted to be.
It’s so important not only in your business but also outside of it because you get energy from other sources besides yourself.
There are apps like meetup.com or Facebook groups that you can join and meet other crafters or Etsy sellers that provide a sense of community of people who share the same interest and understand exactly what you’re going through.
Don’t start this journey by yourself – it’s not easy, and meeting like-minded people can help you stray on track and often feel sane.
There you have it – 5 things that no one tells you about starting an Etsy business. What are some reservations or concerns you have? Let me know the in the comments below!
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Rooting for you!
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