Monday, July 28, 2008

Etsy Tutorial: I - Links

I want to share some links that have been really helpful to me as I started out on Etsy, from the very basics to shipping supplies and crafting inspiration. Hope this helps! Comments are always appreciated!

USEFUL AND IMPORTANT LINKS

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/
Etsy backup website (if Etsy goes down) – http://fix.etsy.com/

Accepting payment – PayPal, RevolutionMoneyExchange

Calculating shipping costs - US Postal Service

Pricing your items - page about pricing handmade bags in specific, page about pricing handmade goods, page with general pricing help

Downloadable pricing calculators - http://etsy.ppcalc.com/, http://chris-parry.blogspot.com/2007/12/free-spreadsheet-for-pricing-your-work.html

IRS Tax Guide for Small Business - http://www.irs.gov/publications/p334/index.html
Starting a Business and Keeping Records - http://www.irs.gov/publications/p583/index.html

Shipping supplies – Uline, Royalmailers (good for quantities in the 100s), Sam's Club (good for packages of 25)

OTHER GREAT LINKS

Photo storage and hosting - Flickr
Promoting your site - http://selfpromotion.com/
Crafting inspiration – Craftster
Knitting/crocheting best site ever (free patterns) – Ravelry
Photo help – Strobist blog
The Gimp (similar capabilities to Adobe Photoshop, but freeware) – http://www.gimp.org/

Please please please comment with any more great sites pertinent to anything Etsy/crafting/photo/supplies/business related. We can all benefit from a little shared knowledge!