Are you ready to be your own boss? Have you been dying to learn how to start an online craft business but have been putting it off, procrastinating because you think it’s a huge job?
It’s pretty easy when you know how. Which is why I’m here to hold your hand and help you live the dream of working in your pj’s all dang day. We can drink coffee and hang out in our pj’s together. Productive PJ days are entirely possible!
Start an Online Craft Business Today + Free Store Planner
- Think of a Name
- Check it’s not taken using resources shared below
- Download the planner (below)
- Sign Up For Your Free Shopify Trial
- Use Your Planner for products, promos etc for the year
- Add Pages to your store using resources below
The First Thing To Do When You Start An Online Craft Business:
Think Of A Name. Seriously, if you don’t have one lined up, then you should grab a piece of paper and do a brain dump. If you don’t know how to do that, don’t worry… it’s simple.
Write down the crafts you want to sell, some keywords associated to said crafts, then do a simple word association exercise.
Everything that you can think of.
Next, When You Start A Craft Business, you need a domain
Purchase a domain, I highly recommend A2 Hosting for this. It’s the company that I use and you can get 60% discount by using my link.
They have a phenomenal support team, and yes, they’ve held my hand on many occasion, so I know firsthand. Also, the prices are insanely affordable.
Download Your Free Shopify Success Planner:
To Start A Craft Business With Products? You need a store
Shopify is easy to use and affordable. Click here to claim that 14-day free trial. They’re an incredibly simple and secure platform to use.
If you already have an Etsy shop, you can import your items quickly and easily into your new Shopify store.
Now is an insanely exciting time to register and launch your Shopify store, because Shopify will be launching their Build a BIGGER Business Competition very soon.
Step 5; Opening The Shop and Setting up:
All you need to do first is enter your e-mail address to start your free trial.
Set up your payment methods:
Your payment method is how you will get paid. Go to Payment Methods by going to Shopify Admin Dashboard>Settings>Payments.
You’ll see a few different options including Paypal, Shopify Payments, Amazon Payments, etc. Paypal is probably the most popular method of payment but choose whichever you prefer.
For Paypal, you input your PayPal email address to activate.
For Shopify payments, you’ll go through a short questionnaire to get set up with their payment service.
In the Shipping Methods section, you’ll set your shipping rates for Local and International shipping. This section won’t take long at all.
Shopify staff has tested the themes in the Shopify store, and they only accept the very best of the best from theme developers.
I’m telling you this because there are a lot of themes floating around the interwebs and to get the best quality for your store, go with the ones chosen by Shopify.
There are both free and paid themes available.
To get to the theme store, go to Shopify Admin Dashboard>Online Store>Themes>Visit Theme Store (in the upper right-hand corner).
There are a lot of really nice themes in the Shopify store, and really, it’s a matter of preference.
As with any online store, there are a few essential pages that you need to add before you will look like a legit online shop.
These pages would be;
- An about me page/Our Story kind of thing
- Shop Policies/Shipping Policies/Refund Policies
- Contact Us
- Customer Reviews (If you have any from Etsy)
To add a page, visit Shopify Admin Dashboard>Online Store>Pages
Now the fun part!
Add your products
Head over to the Products section to add your store products.
That’s it! If your product belongs to a category, go to Collections to set up.
For example, if you are selling Kawaii Stationery and are categorising the stationery according to type, some Collection names might be Pens and Pencils, Journals and Notebooks, Planners, etc.
The Collection name will be visible when you’re adding listings so you can add products to the appropriate collection.
And that is it. Seriously. It’s not actually as scary or big as it seems.
One of my favourite online stores that uses Shopify is Fox And Star, my favourite Washi Tape and Stationery Emporium!
Now you know how to start an online craft business, what will you be selling? What will you be called? Are you excited?!