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Composing Item Titles on Etsy

An item title on Etsy acts a lot like a good headline. It’s designed to grab a buyer’s attention and entice the buyer to read more about you and your item. Not surprisingly, then, many headline-writing [more…]

Marketing Your Etsy Business

Etsy recognizes the importance of marketing your business — which is why it offers several built-in promotional tools, such as widgets and coupon codes. Marketing on Etsy is easy when you take advantage [more…]

Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re looking to channel your passion for crafting and artful creation into a business, consider selling your work on Etsy. Countless crafters have ditched their day jobs to start their own Etsy craft [more…]

10 Tips for Saving Money and Time as an Etsy Shop Owner

Time is money. It's a cliché because it's true — especially when you run your own business. Here you find ten great tips for saving money and time as you run your own Etsy shop. [more…]

Create and Upload a Banner to Your Etsy Shop

A great way to personalize your Etsy shop is to add a shop banner — a graphic that runs across the top of the page. Your banner, which you can change whenever the fancy strikes you, should incorporate [more…]

How to Offer Custom Items in Your Etsy Store

As an Etsy seller, you can accept requests for custom orders. To let buyers know that you're open to their ideas, you can add a Request Custom Item link to your shop's main page. When a buyer clicks this [more…]

How to Collect Sales Tax on Etsy Sales

You need to collect sales tax at least some of the time on your Etsy sales (unless you live in Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, or Oregon — five states that don't impose a statewide sales tax) [more…]

5 Ways to Be Inspired by the Etsy Blog

The Etsy Blog isn't just a great place to hone your crafting skills. It's also an excellent source for inspiration and general lifestyle tips, from cooking to decorating and more. Here are just a few [more…]

How to Use Etsy's Home Page

Etsy’s home page is the page that appears when you type into your web browser. You can also access the home page from anywhere on the Etsy site by clicking the Etsy logo in the upper-left [more…]

Navigating Etsy from the Header Bar

To help you easily and quickly access the tools you need, every Etsy page, including the home page, contains a header bar with several links. As with the links along the top of the page, the appearance [more…]

The Different Ways to Shop on Etsy

At last count, Etsy featured roughly 850,000 shops. Don't worry, though: The items in these shops are displayed in browse pages, which are organized by broad themes — nine, to be exact, plus a few extra [more…]

How to Stay Safe on Etsy

No doubt about it, one of the highlights of Etsy is its thriving community of interesting, arty folk. But you may still find an occasional bad apple on the site. Take a few key steps to ensure your safety [more…]

How to Register on Etsy

Anyone can browse Etsy to see what goodies are for sale. But if you’re in the market to buy, or if you eventually want to open your own shop, you need to create an account with the site by becoming a registered [more…]

How to Set Your Etsy Account Options

Etsy groups several account-related settings in one area in Your Account. These include options related to purchases, feedback, your public Etsy profile, settings, Etsy apps, prototypes, and cases. For [more…]

How to Use Your Etsy Shop Settings

Your Shop on Etsy, which you access by clicking the Your Shop link along the top of every Etsy page, allows you to manage item listings, handle orders, view your shop and customer service stats, view and [more…]

How to Change Your Etsy Privacy Settings

By default, anyone who visits your Etsy page can view your favorites. However, you may prefer to keep this information private. Maybe you use Etsy to buy gifts for others, and you don’t want them to be [more…]

How to Access Etsy’s Site Policies

Before registering with and using Etsy, take a moment to review the site’s Terms of Use. To access the Terms of Use after you’ve already registered and are ready to get started, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Change Your Etsy Password

When you set up your Etsy account, you’re prompted to select a password to prevent others from accessing your account. Unfortunately, many people opt for decidedly lame passwords — their birthdays, their [more…]

How to Report Problems to Etsy

Suppose you run across a problem while using Etsy. For example, perhaps you’ve stumbled across an item that shouldn’t be sold on the site (in other words, it isn’t handmade, vintage, or a craft supply) [more…]

How to Search for an Item on Etsy

If you’ve landed on Etsy with the idea of finding a specific item or certain items that relate to a particular theme — say, aardvarks — you’ll be grateful for the site’s robust Search tool. With the Search [more…]

How to Buy Something on Etsy

As you browse or search the gazillion items available for sale on Etsy, you’re bound to find a thing or two (or 7,968) that you simply can’t live without. Fortunately, Etsy makes buying a breeze. All you [more…]

How to Pay for Your Etsy Purchase

What happens on Etsy after you add an item to your card and check out depends on which payment option you choose — credit card or gift card, PayPal, check, or money order. [more…]

How to Leave Feedback after an Etsy Purchase

After you receive your item, take a moment to leave feedback about the transaction on Etsy. When you leave feedback about a sale, you indicate whether the experience was positive, negative, or neutral. [more…]

What Can You Sell on Etsy?

In a nutshell, you can sell three types of items on Etsy. It’s a good idea to check out these categories to see where your items fit (or if they fit) into the world of Etsy. [more…]

Etsy’s Do’s and Don’ts

Every Etsy member must make it a point to peruse the site’s DOs & DON’Ts. This page spells out everything you need to do to avoid committing a potentially embarrassing gaffe on the site. To view this page [more…]