This is a quick chat with Angie, owner of A Harris Photography on Etsy.
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Tell us a little about your shop and who you are.
My name is Angie Harris and my Etsy shop name is A Harris Photography.
I sell prints of my landscape photography, which include framed, canvas, prints on metal, notebooks and cards, as well as some original art that I make.
How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I have been on Etsy since 2007, but didn’t start selling until 2018.
What’s the hardest part about selling online?
My own doubts.
I knew that I had an interest in starting my own business after I got out of college, however, I held myself back because I had doubts about if I could do it successfully, and I just didn’t really know where to start or how to go about it.
What’s your daily routine like?
I work on anything that I need to do in my shop or on my website in the morning, including packaging up and sending out orders.
I also have my photography in some local shops and office spaces, so sometimes I restock my work at these places, if needed.
I will also plan and/or go on photo trips.
Sometimes I stay close to home and sometimes I will plan trips for places further away.
I usually try to take my camera with me when we go on family trips or vacations, because I can usually find some photo opportunities then as well.
I just tend to take photos all the time, wherever I go!
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start selling online?
I would say that it takes a lot more time and commitment than most people think.
When I first attempted selling on Etsy, I mistakenly thought it would be really easy, just put some listings up and the buyers will come!
I had to really get serious about learning how to market myself, and about SEO.
There’s so much information out there now, I wish that I had known half of it when I first started selling.
I would also say, don’t give up too soon, because I did that a lot when I first started, and don’t be afraid to try something new if what you’re doing currently isn’t working for your business.
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