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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Tiny Hands Jewelry on: May 23, 2008 07:40:22 PM
i personally love your site,
the design and the products, very cute!

the links on the top are very light/bright though,
but i think that's just on my screen Smiley

by the way, do you link exchange? Smiley

Thank you! I'm very glad you like it Smiley
I could change the links a bit so it's darker.

I haven't considered link exchanging yet, but I suppose I really should! Are you interested?
32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Tiny Hands Jewelry on: May 21, 2008 07:08:20 PM
Please check it out! It's been running on its own domain for a little more than a week already. I just got my first sale today (from the domain)! I use Mal's E Cart.

I designed and coded the site myself, it's powered by Wordpress. Was a lot of pain getting the site up! But I'm glad it's finally working right.


What do you think?
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How to get the word out about your crafts? on: May 04, 2008 12:29:40 AM
It shouldn't be a problem if you're Canadian and want to set up an Etsy account with a debit card Smiley

Do you have a Paypal account? you should get one if you don't. I've seen that Paypal has their own debit card now, but I'm not too well-versed with that. What I did (I'm Malaysian) was sign up for a debit card myself. I already had a paypal account with my dad's credit card, so when I got my debit card I used that instead to fund my paypal account.

Most banks have (if not, then they are coming up with them) debit cards that you can sign up for. And unlike credit cards, there usually isn't an age requirement. If there is, it's usually a few years less than for credit cards, so that even teenagers can apply for them. Plus, you don't need any sort of minimum monthly pay or whatsit that you'd usually need before you can apply for a credit card.

So I say you should check with the bank where you have your account, OR set up another account at a bank that have debit cards, and have that account be your SALES only account. Since some people don't like the idea of merging your personal account with your sales account. Cheesy
34  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How to get the word out about your crafts? on: May 03, 2008 08:12:19 PM
First off, I believe you'll need a gallery to showcase the items you have for sale. I assume that's your blogspot page!

Since you're just starting out, you probably don't want to do anything that's going to come up to a lot of money, so you can advertise for free in Livejournal communities. There are literally hundreds of buy/sell/trade and craft communities that allow you to do that - and you already have your market there too!

Also, if you have a Facebook or Myspace or some other social networking site, you could set up a group (in Facebook) for your jewelry and invite people that you think would be interested to it. If you don't want to do that,  I guess you could leave people testimonials or messages, telling them about your new store.

You could also send an email announcing the opening of your shop (online?) to your MSN friends' list or something.

I guess that when you've decided you want to take a step further, you should consider getting business cards printed, maybe some stickers too! I've found some people at Etsy provide services like that, but maybe you can find some offline print stores that can get it done for you at a lower price.

However, you can still use Etsy with a DEBIT card Smiley I think signing up for one of those is easier Wink

Hope this helps!
35  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Paypal + Processing Credit Card Payments? on: May 01, 2008 08:11:51 PM
I accept CC for another one of my businesses(non crafts) I have a merchant account set up with a bank and they process my transactions and deposit it directly into my checking account.Most banks have a merchant account for businesses.You could check with the bank that you are already using for your usual banking..

Thanks for the suggestion! I would do that, but unfortunately, almost everything Malaysian is pretty rigid. The banks I know don't have a service like this, or when they do, they charge pretty high fees >.<

Thanks for your input though, girls!
36  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Paypal + Processing Credit Card Payments? on: April 28, 2008 10:33:05 PM
Okay so I'm reaaaallly lost about processing credit card payments.

I've just set up Mal's E-Commerce.
Payment methods I'm accepting are Cash On Delivery, Direct Deposit and Paypal.

I would want to accept credit cards as well, for people who DON'T have a Paypal account.

Paypal have got quite a number of solutions for this, but it confuses the hell out of me! I've noted that this Paypal Pro Link thing works, but you have to pay USD30/month? >.<
Sorry but I'd like to not have to dish out any money for this (except for transaction fees) if I can.

Can anyone please help clarify this? If I can use Paypal to accept credit cards, what do I need to do so that the option is put into Mal's E's checkout page?
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Advertising your Etsy shop! on: January 05, 2008 01:43:15 AM
That is awesome! Thank you very much for posting the Facebook application. A group and I were discussing the other day about how there should be an Etsy app on Facebook, and now there is one for us to use!
38  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: My Witch Kitchen Jars Now With Tutorial & Lots of Pics! on: October 13, 2007 08:03:53 PM
This is awesome! I was just looking for paper tea-staining tutorial and found this. Thanks!
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Japanese notebook cover..thing...and Hello Kitty! on: February 26, 2007 03:34:39 AM
GAAAAAAAAAH I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEE your notebook pouch!! It's wonderful! Yes yes! I agree! Tutorial time Cheesy
40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sleeve and pouch for your computer on: February 26, 2007 03:32:16 AM
That's simply beautiful! I love the felt flowers and how you put them together.
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