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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 19, 2006 05:22:09 PM
Hey AmyE, I'm so glad you're doing well!  The new slippers you posted up are adorable, and the wording for the descriptions makes for great advertising.  Make sure you spread the word about them!
22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Questions for professional seamstresses on: January 18, 2006 08:24:12 PM
I work in a custom furniture store and do things like draperies and pillows on the side, so I have a set rate for each piece, like a pillow is $18, an extra $6 for fringe, etc.  This works great because most of the projects I do go together in a similar way, so I know how long it'll take me and I've planned out my pricing.  For truly custom things like you're doing, I'd actually recommend the hourly thing.  Give yourself a fair wage, maybe estimate the time it'll take so you can tell the customer something, and then time yourself making the piece.  Kinda like "billing hours" for a lawyer. 
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling a Scarf on: January 18, 2006 08:20:46 PM
I'd time yourself as you make it, keeping in mind what the minimum wage is, and giving yourself what you think is a fair wage per hour for what is essentially skilled labor.  Maybe 1 1/2 times minimum wage?  I dunno, that sounds fair.  Like mintbamboo said, it depends on how fast you work.
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Money Ideas (craft and non-craft) Please Help! on: January 18, 2006 08:16:55 PM
Um, the first thing I have to say is that you're only 15 and school is still the most important thing in your life right now.  The second thing is, do you have to get straight A's because you push yourself, or because your parents expect you to?  If you're the really ambitious type, I'd actually recommend that you stay involved with school, find a craft you really enjoy as stress relief, and wait till summer to get a job.  You'll be working for the next 50 years...why be in such a hurry to start?  If you absolutely must make money, I'd start by trying a few different, simple things like jewelry making, and selling them to your friends at school.  Maybe find a craft fair or two to do over a weekend. 

Just please remember-- you're still young, so try to remember to enjoy your life instead of acting too "grown-up" at this point.  Like I said, you'll be there way sooner than you really want to.  (Trust me, I'm 25 and still often feel like a kid, even though I'm married with a full-time job.)  Best of luck!
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Advice on New Etsy Shop on: January 18, 2006 08:09:11 PM
I'll second the congrats!  I'm really glad to see that you've added more slippers to your shop.  Maybe do some in pinks, purples, and reds as a cozy Valentine's Day gift?
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 17, 2006 06:02:03 PM
I just got an e-mail back from Bust with my link approval. Yay!  I'm not too concerned about linking back to it, though... like everyone is saying, there's really nowhere to do it on Etsy.   Roll Eyes  How many Etsy shops do you think are listed on the Bust links page now?
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Brand-new Etsy Shop! on: January 15, 2006 09:06:09 PM
Thank you.  Grin

You can use any graphics program- the image just needs to be saved as a jpeg, gif, or png, and needs to be sized at 535 pixels wide by 77 high.   I did mine on Adobe Photoshop at work while the boss was off.  (When the cat's away...) 

Now you've piqued my curiosity- what does the fusiform area of the brain control?
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Advice on New Etsy Shop on: January 15, 2006 08:48:37 PM
Your shop looks really good, and you have a cute assortment of items.  I love the mary janes, and the price seems too reasonable for them!  But I do agree that your banner is a little fuzzy.  Huh
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Brand-new Etsy Shop! on: January 15, 2006 08:33:02 PM
Are you working on a banner yet?  What's it going to look like?
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Brand-new Etsy Shop! on: January 15, 2006 08:15:03 PM
Wow, quilling!  That's an uncommon craft, and I think you should capitalize on that.  Without giving away exactly how it's done, I would include a bit more of an explanation of what quilling is, and maybe a bit of history.  It'll help get people intrigued-- I'm sure there's people browsing your shop going, "Quilling?  I wonder what that is."   Huh

Beautiful cards!! The prices seem great too.  And you should add some more Valentine's Day designs.   Wink
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