In this interview, I talked with Leah, owner of Leah Kathryn Jewelry.
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Tell us a little about your shop and who you are.
Leah Kathryn Jewelry is the name of my business, and I’m the Leah in the business name!
I sell hand-stamped jewelry, personalized cremation and memorial jewelry, ornaments, and keychains, plus downloadable sympathy cards.
How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I’ve had my Etsy shop since 2015.
What’s the hardest part about selling online?
It’s definitely driving traffic to your site.
What’s your daily routine like?
The first thing I do is look over my orders, and sort them by type, tools needed, etc, so that I can work as efficiently as possible.
I like to do the bulk of my hand stamping and detail work in the morning, before my eyes tire, so I work on the personalized parts, first thing.
The rest of the day I am assembling, packaging, returning messages, and working on listings.
If time and energy permit, I will prep metals and other parts of my designs, for the next day.
If things are slow, I take advantage of it by making ahead the parts and pieces that are not personalized.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start selling online?
Go for it, but know what you are getting into.
Selling online is a business, and you will be responsible for taxes, reporting your income, obtaining any licenses or trade names that your state requires, and following rules around trademarks and intellectual property.
Make sure these things are in place before you get going!
Anything else you’d like to add?
If you want to be successful, you can’t treat your business as a hobby.
There will be lots of people who will do that for you, don’t be one of them!
You can find Leah’s jewelry on her website and in her Etsy shop:
On Etsy: www.leahkathrynjewelry.com
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