To Etsy…or not to Etsy, is the only question in my head today. I am obsessed, so I thought I would throw it out to you, and hopefully I get some feed back. I come from an entire family of free thinkers, artists, politicians, and entrepreneurs, so the question really isn’t if I should take a risk. My entire family would encourage me to live my life to the fullest, and follow my heart, and live my dreams, which I cherish, and I do every day. But right now I am at a very large cross road.
Let me explain my Etsy situation…
I studied commercial photography, specializing in food photography from Ohio University, with a minor in fine art. When I lived in Chicago I opened my own photography studio, and I was in heaven. Life changed, and I moved to Ohio to open an amazing vegan bakery with my best friend, and it is a mad success. But today, I crave deep in my bones to be the photographer again, I don’t know if it is because I just turned 30 or not, all I can say is I feel it. So I thought maybe I could dabble in the Etsy world. Multi task the bakery and the photography, it has been done before…right?
I talked to my friend who had a shop on etsy, selling hand knit cowls, and she gave me some good advice. She said that it was a lot of work marketing, the Etsy market is not what it was 5 years ago, it is very saturated now. She also mentioned that with photography, you need to be more creative, than just put an image up. Which I agree, and she gave me some great ideas on products that would sell. Such as coasters, like to one you see above.
I have many many many images that would be marketable in many different cities all over the country, so I believe I could reach far. I also have many different ideas such as the coasters, cards, and many different items.
I have a mixed bag of friends, and I know my artist friends would say, “jump in”, and I know my commercial advertising photography friends would most likely say “work on editorial marketing”. I know that shouldn’t sway my opinion, but I guess I just need more feedback.
So I suppose the question to all of you is, have you ever worked with Etsy? Are you a photographer on Etsy? Is it worth my time, and would you buy a product from my shop?
Thanks in advance!