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How to Make Money Using Etsy by Timothy Adam

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Chapter 4

Listing Your First Item

Now that you've learned your way around “Your Etsy” and you have your shop looking the way you want it, it's time to list your first item. Listing an item on Etsy does take some time, but once you get the process down, it will get easier and faster each time. Even though you have your banner, avatar, shop announcement, profile, and shop policies all set up, your items are what will really set the tone for your shop.

When you are selling your items on Etsy, good product photography plays a major part in your shop's success. Product photography should be extremely high on your priority list when it comes to running your Etsy business. When you sell at craft and art shows, your customers are able to pick up and handle your items. Without being able to physically handle your items, your pictures are all your clients have to go by, and they need to be the best they can possibly be. Try to keep your photos detailed, clean and simple, clear, and not too dark. It also helps to take photos from different angles instead of just straight on. You can show five photos for each item, so take advantage of each spot and capture your item from every possible angle. After a shopper looks at all five pictures, they should feel like they have picked up the item, looked it over, and are ready to take it to the cash register and buy!

I asked the some of the top Etsy sellers why good product photography is so important and if they could give a few tips. The following ...

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