Dear Lifehacker, I recently started up an Etsy store selling handmade stickers. I read somewhere I needed to register for an ABN and I did that, in the capacity of a sole proprietorship. My question is -- what next? I didn't realise opening an Etsy store and selling homemade wares is so akin to small business, and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with working out what records I need to keep and how taxes will work. Any advice for side-hustlers in the Etsy space?
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Apologies for the late announcement on these results; they got stuck somewhere behind the couch after an all-night crochet session. But we do have two lucky winners of free passes to the Etsy Success conference in Sydney on June 2.
Craft site Etsy is one of our favourite places for selling online, and many crafty individuals have used the site as the basis for their own business. Etsy is running a one-day seminar on building your Etsy business, Etsy Success, in Sydney on June 2. Tickets are normally $100 each, but we have two to give away to Lifehacker readers.
If you're decluttering, or have been thinking about trying out ebay or etsy to sell your wares online, the Photojojo site has a helpful guide for improving your chances of making a sale by taking a great photo.It's a helpful guide because it gives tricks and tips for using what you have on hand (ie best ways to capture natural light or create a good back drop for a photo of something small like jewellery).This was my favourite tip:
"For small items such as jewelry, you can use more interesting backgrounds. Gemmafactrix uses vintage books and industrial surfaces to show off her jewelry on Etsy, and it works great. Wood, paper, cloth and metal can all add a little something to your images."
Got any tips for how to make your photos stand out on ebay? Share in comments please.