I've tried a website before but woithout throwing loads of cash at it promotion and reach are impossible, i'm going to keep looking for the ideal internet window.... cheersI also want to sell the odd item I have made, without the hassle of setting up a big site. There are many options when it comes to ecommerce solutions, many are overkill for the occasional bowl for sale, Shopify and other "full"ecommerce solutions often have a monthly fee, which will most likely be more than my total sales!
I am planning to create a simple website from free templates, and then use the paypal buttons:
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They can be attached to any website and make it very easy for people to pay securely with paypal or major credit cards. No monthly fee, only a percentage of the sale price on purchase. There is no "add to basket" though for more than one item.
I have tried selling things on Etsy, and did not get any interest. However it is alot easier to setup, no techincal knowledge needed.
Hi, I'm no longer on Facebook, done my time there.... I quite like the rabbit hole of Pinterest thoughHave you considered facebook? I have to say I'm not a huge fan of fb but it does have its uses. For example, you can set up a page to showcase your turnings, encourage existing friends to show their support by liking and sharing said page. Something I shared was seen by over a quarter of a million people within the first day. It has been shared several thousand times since and last I looked it had been viewed by over 400,000 people. You could either offer occasional pieces straight from your page or use facebook's Marketplace to list it and share it on either person fb page or your business/hobby page.
I had my own website for a number of years but after a while the cost and time involved in keeping it fresh and up to date wasn't justified in terms of either the returns from it or even the number of visits to it which was dwarfed by the hits on my facebook page.
Great advice Ollie, thanks, I am on Instagram and was there before Facecrack rudely hijacked it.... I think WIX looks quite nice and clean to work with so I'll investigate....the photo thing yes...! A real pain getting the perfect pik every time... A whole new learning curve !I have been thinking about doing a website myself as people often ask me if I have one or are you on instagram/ facebook ? which I am not.
Something about facebook and instagram just unsettles me for some reason.
What has stopped me from doing a website is that I don`t want to do it badly as it is the face of the business as it were. I want it to look good but be simple to operate.
I share your Etsy concern, I think there is two different Etsy markets, a lot of poorly/quickly made bits of scaffold board sold cheap and some very nice work sold at the right price, it is important not to get stuck in the former market. I don`t mean to sound like a snob or whatever, but it is impossible to compete with hobby makers selling the odd thing or stuff made in 3rd world countries and still make a living.
I have been looking at stuff like squarespace and similar where they use a sort of template system you can start with and they do store functions too.
This might help
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My other issue is having good photographs of my work but that is a whole topic in itself.
Thanks Akirk for the info, i'm boycottoting squarespace at the moment so that's that.... I think it's just the massive sea of competition of Etsy that puts me off a little but I like the high volume of traffic offered by the platform so i'm still on the fence.... my quest goes on...............paypal can work with free cart software, or indeed commercial options...
of the various cloud offerings, wix is horrendous at a technical level, squarespace is one of the better ones...
when we talk to clients, we do quite a bit of thinking about cost benefits of doing a website etc. (I run a web company), either the cost is your time, or money... the flip side is increased income or increased exposure, or even simply the pleasure of having your work displayed online... if none of those happen, then you have maybe wasted your time / money... and knowing which you want as a result will help you understand the best solution...
etsy / etc. work well as focused marketplaces, providing your audience directly to you and avoiding any need to market etc. but the bigger the get the more they revert to being the same issues as you have a larger crowd against which you have to stand out... ultimately they key to making money will always be in how you build audience...
This static website idea sounds like a good way, for me at least.Any site someone can sign in to is constantly probed for breaking in and using as spam relay: So don't let them, get a 'static' website, no database and CMS to keep updating. So look for maybe a Bootstrap-based 'one page template': Ones I've made in 2015 still look fresh.