Handmade Haven erank login

Help with your Etsy Shop – eRank

Following on from my previous post about my Etsy shop I wanted to talk about this fab website that helps all Etsy sellers with their listings.  Etsy’s algorithm is complicated, so they release guidelines in the Etsy Sellers Handbook, which, let’s be honest, most people ignore and go on hearsay 😉 but eRank uses those guidelines to create a variety of tools so we can sort out our SEO.

There’s a free version, but I subscribe to the pro version.  It gives you so many tools so you can help yourself, but I haven’t managed to use at least half of them yet!  I’m currently working my way through the listing audits, which assesses everything from your title right through to tags and pictures.  Other tools I find useful at the minute are the keyword finder and the profit calculator.  You can also track up to 30 of your competitors!  That can get a little distracting and you must always remember to keep your eyes on your own lane 😉. Competition is good but not at the expense of your mental health.

eRank have a Facebook page too which has been useful.  I don’t post much but I do read what others have posted.

If you think you need a bit of help with your Etsy shop I’d highly recommend giving it a look.

Organic Cotton Muslin Makeup Remover Pads, Handmade Haven

You’re never too old to learn!

I find that all creatives struggle with the selling side of things, the marketing of themselves and their goods.  I’m definitely no different.  Businesses cannot run on just the ‘making’ unfortunately (pants I know!) so we have to wear many other hats – accountant, salesman, social media expert, marketing expert, blah, blah 😉 …..Since I joined the membership Indie-Roller group on Facebook, I’ve had to force myself out of my comfort zone so many times, had to force myself to get better at all these things.  Even show myself!  Afterwards I’ve always been so surprised at myself, that I could actually do whatever it was.

This week is no different!  Leona organized accountability groups to keep us on track with the goals that we need to achieve.  We had our first zoom meeting (online with webcams/phones) so we could all meet and tell the group members our goals for the coming month.  We then chat once a week to keep each other going – our own cheerleaders who will kick us up the bum (or help us) if we need it. Yay…it was amazing.

My goal for the month was to set up a newsletter through mail chimp.  It’s been running round in my head for the past month, as I know I needed to get it done.  After the meet up on Monday I was absolutely buzzing, so Tuesday I spent the afternoon sorting it out, learning, testing, sending out test emails, etc, and ItS OnLy BlOoMiNg ReAdY!!

So..if you’d like to sign up to my very first mailing list, you’ll make me very happy (plus you’ll receive a discount code to use in my Etsy shop 😉 )

Rollercoaster Make it Happen membership group

Community – The Rollercoaster : Make It Happen

A few weeks ago I talked about The Indie Rollercoaster group on Facebook, and I mentioned that I’d just joined the membership group run by the lovely Leona Thrift-ola. It’s been such an amazing week, so I thought I’d shout about it here 😁.

Each week we focus on something different, with Leona bringing in a guest to do a live chat. We have workbooks to go through, which makes us think seriously about what we’d like from our business and where we’d like our business to go. We’ve covered things like business plans, our own version of success, finances, copyright, social media, visibility and community. We work on the good bits and the bits that make us feel uncomfortable. This past week we were set a few challenges. We could work through these by writing a post, by making a video or going live in the group if we felt we could. I felt sick thinking about the latter two…I hate anything like that. But…by the end of the week I’d done three videos and I went live for the last challenge! I felt awesome!

I have learnt so much from this group..from the other members too. It’s like having your own cheer leading team, that is made up of knowledgeable, awesome peeps that are happy to share, hold and support each other. Each of us are on a slightly different part of the path, but we can see each other and reach out if we need to.

If you are looking to find some awesome support then I wouldn’t hesitate in joining the main group – The Rollercoaster of Running an Indie Business.  Leona is also opening up the membership group to new members in a few weeks, so if you want to push yourself that bit further (for your and your biz) I would wholeheartedly recommend that too.  Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve done to help my business this year.

Community – Etsy Teams

Handmade Haven Etsy Lincs Etsy teamSome of the members at the July meet up

Anyone that works for themselves knows how lonely it can be. I don’t mind that as I’m a natural introvert, but sometimes you need to be around people that are in a similar position. A new Etsy team opened at the beginning of the year, that was fairly local to me so I joined up. It’s been fab! We meet up once a month, and we’ve just been accepted to have an Etsy Made Local event at the end of the year too, which is absolutely amazing ☺️. If you have a team local to you, do get in touch and join in…you’ll not regret it.

Join EtsyLincs here

Instagram @etsylincs

Blogtacular entry band

Brain-Melting Blogtacular!

Blogtacular 2018 Kat Molesworth Hello

Wow!  My first Blogtacular!  What an absolutely amazing experience.  This was my first ever business conference and what a conference it was.

Handmade Haven at Blogtacular 2018

There was the opening Keynote speech by Tiffany Han then three workshops (I chose SEO, Pinterest then Instagram Stories) and then the closing keynote by Anthony Burrill.  By the end I felt completely exhausted but inspired.  The room was full of awesome business women – and a couple of men – who were all there to learn from and support each other.

 

 

When I got back to the hotel I felt overwhelmed so I  went for a walk round London for a couple of hours, then slept the whole night!  My brain has been whirring since…I’ve got loads of notes, loads more to add to my to-do list, loads of new things to learn, but I’m so looking forward to working through them.  Tuesday was the first day I felt normal again (sorry to anyone who saw me on the Monday on the plummet down!)

Blogtacular 2018, event photos

Blogtacular 2018 © Will Ireland

 

 

Indie Rollercoaster

Indie Rollercoaster Make it Happen

I cannot begin to describe what the Indie Rollercoaster group has done for me over the past few weeks.  Let me back-track slightly – at the beginning of the year I had a part time job along side trying to run my own business.  This job was low paid, very stressful and had very unpredictable working hours.  Not good when trying to run your own business too.  So after discussing it with my Hubby, I left at the end of April.  Welcome to scary world!  Now I have to make sure my business definitely works as there’s bills to pay.

A lovely friend told me about this group on Facebook who are very helpful and friendly.  Oh my gosh!  This is not just a group, but a community of lovely people who are only too happy to share their knowledge and expertise.  And even a virtual hug if it’s needed.  I’ve given myself so much work to do (all good stuff) through the help and advice on here.  I’m taking it to the next level starting from next week as there’s a membership group where I’m going to learn even more stuff!  I’m sure I’ll be right out of my comfort zone, but that’s all to the good.  Bring it on!