I've been thinking recently of starting to sell some things on Etsy. I started my first "real" job about 3 months ago and now that I have (a little) disposable income to spend on supplies, I would like to try & make a little extra money on the side. I'm not looking to make a year's salary by selling on Etsy (though it's a dream of mine to knit for a living, even if it's not realistic).
Anyway, I'm thinking of selling hats, mittens, scarves, small things like that because I can make them really fast and therefore would be able to make lots of them to sell on a regular basis. I probably won't do it for a couple more months when it starts to cool down a bit, though. So I have a couple questions:
Should I wait until I have a lot of things made and list them all at once, or should I just start listing them as they're finished?
Is there anything I could do to really make my product stand out? Like if someone saw a solid-colored wool hat with a lining online would they be willing to pay 10-15 bucks for it, or should I jazz it up a bit?
What's the best way to advertize once I have things listed?
Would people even buy my product, or is it not worth my time? What kinds of things should I be selling in addition to the ones I've already mentioned?
What if I offered up custom-orders? Is this something that's done on Etsy? I wouldn't do anything big, just a hat/mittens/scarf set at the very most, done to the customer's specifications. I think that might give me a little more inspiration than just randomly choosing ideas I have floating around in my head.
I'd really love any advice from people who already sell on Etsy and I'd like to hear what kind of success you've had with it. Really anything you can offer would be extremely helpful. Thanks!