If you enjoyed my previous post, Managing Your Etsy Shop While Traveling, let me tell you about the app that truly makes managing your Etsy shop possible while away from your studio, office, computer, or whatever your workspace may be, the “Sell on Etsy” app.
This past spring, Etsy launched the app in an effort to make managing your shop easier, whether you are traveling or simply trying to sneak in a few minutes of shop maintenance on your lunch break at your day job. The audio alerts are a big help. The “cha-ching” of a cash register alerts me of a new sale. A trill, different than that of a text message or calendar alarm, let’s me know that a customer has reached out to me.
In my opinion, the most helpful feature included in the Sell on Etsy app, is what Etsy calls “Saved Snippets.” Saved Snippets have been available on the full web site as a prototype for quite a while now, and while I loved their introduction on the site, they are a godsend for anyone who hates typing on a touchscreen. And, honestly, doesn’t everyone? With the press of a button, I can paste a pre-written, well-crafted answer to a common question. In my case, I have several snippets saved for when I email a proof for a customer’s approval, acknowledge their approval of said proof and provide a printing and shipping timeline, etc. You can take advantage of the Saved Snippets prototype and save yourself a ton of typing and retyping by joining the team prototype. And, of course, if you don’t already have it, get the Sell on Etsy app here for iPhone and here for Android.
This past month, Etsy introduced a Sell on Etsy credit card reader, essentially linking your online shop to your in-person craft show. I have used PayPal Here in the past, and currently happily use the Square Reader. From what I have read, the biggest pro to using the Etsy Reader is better inventory management. For shops who sell one of a kind (or limited edition) goods, I can see this as a big plus. No more over selling your stock. Another potential pro for using the Etsy Reader is boosting statistics: Etsy shop sales and customer feedback. This may be a very important feature to newer sellers who do not have many online sales or customers leaving feedback. I did request the Sell on Etsy Reader, just so I have it, but am not sure when exactly I will try it.
Do you use the Sell on Etsy app? Will you start using the Sell on Etsy credit card Reader?Jessica Schaefer is a graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in graphic design. She rekindled her love for design by creating, printing, and binding her wedding save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. She is a member of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where she continues to study paper making and printmaking. Jessica started her Etsy business with designs from her own wedding before expanding to new ideas. This year her business, theBird+theBeard, also began selling cards in independent shops in several states. When not working on new ideas for theBird+theBeard, she enjoys camping and spending time with her husband and stepson. You can review her work at thebirdandthebeard.com.