… Selling on Etsy changed my lifestyle so much. I spend half the day in front of the computer now. I have a very clear idea about selling online. I have not gotten very far in my vintage shop, but truly love it and want to go on. I take a few steps at a time and am grateful. I work as hard as I can. I try to meet deadlines and keep customers happy.
… Selling on Etsy has drastically changed our lives. We have never worked so hard and been so emotionally invested in what we do. Despite all of the stress and anxiety, we have also never felt so proud and encouraged. Our kids see us building a business from the ground up, and are learning what it takes to be a successful business owner right along with us.
… I ship all over the world, I don’t ship for free because my product is not that expensive, luckily my customers don’t have a problem with that. How long it takes for something to arrive depends on the country I’m sending it to. What’s special about my shop is that I make all my miniatures in different sizes, so that everyone can find something for their dollhouse.
… I personally define a business that is doing well money-wise as successful, The reason I say this if you haven’t got the money to keep the business going you won’t be around for long. Also, one that can adapt to the times, we were such a different company 5 years ago compared to what we are today. We have been able to change with the environment.
… Being an entrepreneur is a big chance to spread the word about our business to as many people as possible, all around the world. For us, it is a very exciting journey! The hardest thing is to find a balance between business and family.
… We only ship in North America for the moment. We include the price of shipping in the final price. Shipping is obviously our biggest cost that’s why we always try to make our product flat pack because we believe that it makes sense to be able to move wherever with a Knot product without having it take too much space. It helps us and it helps the clients when they move when they want to change their place in their house.
… Yes, it is nerve-racking as you worry about turnover. It is a competitive market. You have to be constantly thinking of new products and innovations. And keeping an eye on competitors and pricing models. Costs of raw materials fluctuate, and when working with tight margins, this can make the difference between profit or loss.
… We are very active on Pinterest and Facebook. It’s a great way to reach customers, share ideas, and promote your products. Social networks are today a very powerful tool in any business. I think in today’s world the one who doesn’t take advantage of the opportunities that social media provides lags far behind the competition.
… I’m not actually worried about competitors because my products are guaranteed by quality and price but it has an impact on my shop that lots of rug shops on Etsy and they sell bed products for a cheaper price. I always choose good quality products and it costs so I price products in accordance with this method.
… A question before the start was, are their customers who need the product we offer. But as we started it as a hobby, there was no risk in starting it. And when it turned into a full-time job, it was easy to handle problems. But the situation this year is very hard. The problem is not Etsy or the customers, the problem is the post-service because they reduce a lot of delivery possibilities.