Friday, August 3, 2018

When a Home Remodel Becomes a Life Remodel



It was January 2017. We thought it would be the year to finally dive in to a long awaited home remodel. The timing seemed right and we were certain enough about it that we drew up plans, purchased appliances and contacted sub-contractors.

Then, what started out as a home remodel suddenly turned into a life remodel and all construction plans were put on hold.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How to Critique Your Etsy Shop - Does It Need a Fixer Upper?

How to Critique Your Etsy Shop - Does It Need a Fixer Upper | MamaBleu.com

Just like our home needs a Fixer Upper from time to time, so does our Etsy shop.

When Chip and Joanna Gaines take their clients to 2-3 houses to choose from for their Fixer Upper purchase, there are a handful of things they consider and concentrate their efforts on when redesigning a home for them.
  • Curb Appeal 
  • Focal Point 
  • Style 
  • Open Spaces 
  • Color
  • Organized 
  • Budget 
So how can we take these concepts into your Etsy shop and transform your space into a place where your customers will enjoy their shopping experience, want to stay for a long time and come back again and again?

Grab some paper and a pen to make some notes and let's consider each of these ideas.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

7 Strategies for Building a Newsletter Mailing List for Your Etsy Business

7 Strategies for Building a Newsletter Mailing List for Your Etsy Business | MamaBleu.com



Let me start out by saying that Etsy has strict rules about emailing newsletters to customers without their permission. But, there are strategies you can use for building a newsletter mailing list that are integrated into offering great customer service and that work within the Etsy guidelines.

An email newsletter list is a powerful sales tool that is often overlooked by small business owners, especially Etsy shop owners. Personally, for the first couple of year of my Etsy business, I never considered it to be an option for me because the subject was too confusing and seemingly unimportant. 

Today, I’ll be sharing what I've learned, some of the tools I use and several techniques that have given me results. 

Curious? Then let’s get started.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Significant Advantages of Selling on Etsy



Although there are many E-commerce websites on the internet that allow handmade business owners to sell their items, there are several advantages to selling on Etsy.

They are the forerunner of online Marketplaces for Crafters and they have a trust value and long history with buyers and sellers. For handmade business owners, there are several advantages to opening an Etsy shop and being part of the sellers community there that you may not be aware of.

Let's explore 5 of those benefits today and get a broader look at how Etsy can help you grow your business inside and outside the virtual walls of their website.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

5 Steps to a Successful Start on Etsy

5 Steps to a Successful Start on Etsy | MamaBleu.com


Etsy is widely known around the world as an ecommerce site for purchasing handmade items. 

As a Maker/Crafter, the thought of setting up your own Etsy shop can be somewhat daunting and you may be pessimistic about getting a successful start and sustaining consistent sales. 

Today I will be walking you through the setup process, giving you suggestions that will help you get found in the crowd and pointing out some little know secrets that I’ve discovered during my 8 year history as an Etsy shop owner.

NAVIGATING THE OPTIONS FOR SETTING UP YOUR SHOP 


Looking at the following check list of things to decide upon and putting them into place is like looking at a big blank page and wondering what to draw or write first. Remember that this is just a starting point and it’s completely okay to change things as you grow your business. Everyone starts their journey with the first step so let’s get started!