Do you have a successful Etsy shop? If so, are you wondering if you should also have your own website and sell your products through your site, in addition to having an Etsy shop? After all, setting up a separate site takes time and money, especially if you have to hire someone else to design it for you. And, more importantly, Etsy can take your shop down any time for any reason (unfortunately, this has happened to too many entrepreneurs and designers that I've worked with).
In this week's “Ask Andreea” video, I tackle this question from Jess, a jewelry designer on Etsy. She wants to know if she should also have her own website in addition to her Etsy shop.
Watch the video below to get my take on it. After you watch the video, I'd love to know your take on it. Do you agree? Disagree?
As you can see from the video, I strongly believe that you NEED to start your own online store in addition to your Etsy shop. It's always a good idea to have a “home base” – this is where you'll be sending most of your traffic to, especially if your store gets mentioned on influential blogs or in print magazines. Shopify and Big Commerce are a great way to get started – they allow you to set up your online store in minutes and you can even integrate it with your existing Etsy store.
Do you have an Etsy shop and your own website? If so, leave a comment below and let me know how having your own site has impacted your Etsy shop.