Let's see what she had to say about her shops success:
Q: How has your shopped changed since it opened?
A: My shop hasn't actually been open for very long. I think in my profile it says it opened in 2008, but I didn't actually start selling until February of this year. But in less than six months, I've learned a lot about taking better photographs and writing good descriptions, and I've been really happy with the success I've had so far. And it's been really fun!
Q: What is the best business decision you ever made?
A: It's not a big thing, but I bought a new sewing machine a few months ago with my Etsy profits. I love it, and it's made a lot of my work easier and faster. It feels like a new toy and a good investment.
A: I don't feel like I've done anything terrible (thank goodness!) but I do wish I had figured out international shipping sooner. It's not as tricky as I thought, and I feel like I probably missed out on some great international customers by not making that effort when I first started listing.
Q: What advice do you have for new sellers on Etsy?
A: Two things: First, make a Facebook page! It's easy and free, and a great way to connect with customers. Plus, it's an easy way for your friends and family to pass you along to their friends. Mine is www.facebook.com/littlepearlquilts - stop by and say hello! Also, shop on Etsy! I love shopping for supplies and gifts here. I feel like I'm supporting other sellers just like me, and making connections in the process.
Q: Just for fun, what is your favorite shop on Etsy?
A: My favorite shop on Etsy is www.urbanlegend.etsy.com - she makes gorgeous jewelry out of vintage lucite beads. I could happily spend all of my Etsy profits on her necklaces. I also love my husband's shop, www.candyandoysters.etsy.com - with his original prints and paintings.
Great insight into your success. You don't have to tell me twice to shop on Etsy!
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Thanks Jessa! God Bless you.