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profitpanda
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How did you make your first sale?

Browsing through the members list of our team and looking at all your lovely shops, I started noticing we are a very diverse group of shop owners. Some of us have been on Etsy for years, others are just starting off and have yet to make their first sale.

Experienced sellers, let's share our stories on making that first sale with new shop owners. We all know it's that one magical moment, just that one sale, we're all eagerly waiting for when just starting out on Etsy.

So let's share!

It doesn't matter whether you only had a couple of sales or hundreds: please share your 'first sale' experience so new shop owners can be inspired.

Here are some questions that could help share your story with us.

- What things did you try to make that first sale? Share your hustle!
- What effort do you think ultimately triggered it?
- How much time passed between opening your shop and making that sale?
- What lessons did you learn from making that first sale?
- If you could do it all over, what would you do differently?
- What is your best piece of advice for new shop owners?
- What do you think is the best path to follow in order to get that first sale?

I can't wait to hear about it!

- Deb
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I just opened on New Year's Day! No sales, yet...but I'm playing the teams, posting on social media, and spreading the word as best I can. Wish me luck for my first sale (hopefully very soon)! ;)
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

Best of luck to you Eliza. Keep at it. It took me a couple weeks before my first sale but then they started to slowly trickle in. You'll get excited and addicted to the "cha-ching" sound.
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

It's the same for me... Not sure I am doing something wrong? I'd really like for someone to check out my store and products then message me with feedback... preferably honest ;)

 

Anyway, I have not sold anything yet :(

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Re: How did you make your first sale?

@KaraCreatesCrafts It took me a few months to get a sale on Etsy, so don't give up! I just had a look at your shop and I think your struggling due to the size of your shop. I found great success in using digital downloads as a way to get my sales up and start appearing higher up in searches. Maybe try adding a few more options of digital downloads - they really are a numbers game :)

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Re: How did you make your first sale?

Aw! Thanks for the support and encouragement, Tim and Shelly!
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UnicornBirthday
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I started my shop last year and was only able to sell one item---to a relative!  :D Can anyone here give me feedback on my store? I don't mind honesty---it's all business after all :) Thanks!

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Raesofsun
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It took me over 9 months to get my first sale. The first year was a dud... I sold 2 things. At the end of 12 months I re-evaluated my shop. I changed my product, improved my pictures and social media like crazy. But the single best thing I did was joined as many Pinterest Groups as possible. I got real views. My advice... don't "hope" for a sale... make that sale. And yes... loving that Cha-ching sound (just discovered that in December) Ha HA
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I second Pinterest as a great way to get seen. I had a pretty tricky first year too - but the ball started rolling after I did some markets. Although the sales weren't great on the market days themselves handing out business cards to loads of different types of people did result in online sales further down the line.

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I joined Etsy in 2011. My first sale was a popular Christmas Tree pin that was priced very low because of a discolored clear rhinestone. I've been selling vintage jewelry and collectibles ever since and last year was my best ever! I changed the name of my shop and improved my photos during the year. I enjoy selling and buying on Etsy and have even made a few online friends.
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ToysBabyTeether
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

my first sale was just recently and I'm so happy. the order came from USA. Ordered a teether made of wood with the name Alexander

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Re: How did you make your first sale?

My store is 8 months old. The first sale was in 4 months. So far only 7 sales. I'm working on improving photos, searching for keywords.

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MyloSocks
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I opened my shop in November 2018. My first sales were from family and friends through FaceBook, since then my sales have dropped off. Hoping to learn from the veterans how to get noticed through the Etsy search options.

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Re: How did you make your first sale?

Annoyingly I find sales to grow and decrease exponentially. The fact that Etsy SEO bases how high up a search you come on how many sales have been made on a listing mean it is very hard to get your listing onto the top page of a search.  I would also love any advice from veterans as to how to claw back those sales once they have dropped off.

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Opened shop Sept 2018 and first sales were from friends.  2 weeks ago I had my 1st "official" sale from a directed promotion listing and after tweaking my SEO. 

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GeminaeCo
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

This is actually my second etsy shop. My first sale on it was quite some time ago when I was still figuring out what I wanted to do. I think I just got lucky & from there the same buyer came back to buy 3 more things from me.

I didn't really see more sales until I decided to get serious building a brand which I did after I took a training that went into the psychology behind sales.

People are more likely to trust you if your shop looks pro. That's just a fact. First impressions are everything. I learned all this from a mentor I follow. She's a genius at branding & marketing.

Right now my shop is on hiatus as I work on my next collection. I'm actually taking my designs in a different direction.

If I could give one piece of advice it would be to find a business coach to follow. You don't ecessarily have to pay for one until you're ready to go to the next level. A lot of them give tons of useful tips for free.

My business coach is amazing. You can check out the free training I took here:  https://bit.ly/2EhHz5d

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Re: How did you make your first sale?

Wow, do you have any tips?

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BooandJerry
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I started back in 2017 creating jewellery and hardly ever made a single sale so before Christmas I decided to revamp my entire store, I researched and started to create hand poured scented soy candles. Plugged them all over pinterest, instagram and facebook and within the first hour of opening I had three sales.  Currently loving it and looking to expand even further this year :)

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GeminaeCo
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

Cheers for doing the work BooandJerry!

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My first customer was a friend of a friend! She left me the best review as well πŸ’™ now we became friends too :)

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SSABERShop
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I opened my shop a month ago and I have not sold anything yet but I am proud of myself having my own shop

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GeminaeCo
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

You'll get there!

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IthildielArt
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

My first sale was a friend, who wanted to support me when I got started! :) Not that many sales to speak of, though...but friends have helped a lot, I have to say! :D

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Re: How did you make your first sale?

I just made my first sale about 2 weeks ago. I am not exactly sure how I got the sale, I live in Arkansas and the bow I sold was sent to Miami Florida. I was excited and rushed it out . She came back maybe 2 days ago and left me a 5 star review!! I have been gradually trying to improve, add more product, more pictures and better pictures. I link my Etsy page on my Facebook page and Instagram page.

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GeminaeCo
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Re: How did you make your first sale?

That's awesome! I wish more people left reviews at all, especially 5 star ones. You're off to a good start. :)

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