So, you’ve started a hobby and you have hand crafted products you want to sell. You are taking your products to local craft fairs and flea markets. You are selling in local consignment shops, and that’s good, but you’re tired of giving someone between 30% and 40% to sell your product. What’s the next logical step? The next logical step is to sell your product on line.
This is what I have done with my sea glass and sea pottery jewelry. I have followed the steps as outlined above and I am now selling jewelry on etsy. Etsy makes sense for any hand crafter. It makes sense because they have a great interface set up where you can post your products that is easy to follow. It is inexpensive to set up, you pay 20 cents to list an item for four months. Your customers can pay you directly through Etsy or through PayPal. The Etsy payment fee is very reasonable.
I wouldn’t suggest etsy as your only online presence, but it’s an important one. You may want to also consider building a FaceBook page as another route to drive business to your etsy page. Doing all of these steps will help you succeed selling your handcrafted product.