I had a ‘moment’ last year where I realized that I needed to admit to myself that Ms. Veronicas is actually my business and I need to treat it as such. And thus, I started looking up small business resources. Some I’ve found quite helpful, even if it’s just for sharing tid-bits.
You may thing because you ‘just’ have a little shop on Etsy or your ‘just’ getting started that there isn’t information for you here – but don’t knock it ’till you try it. One of my favorite features is their best of the week email with the top 10 most popular articles for that week. I always find great tid-bits and some good business practices there like the article “5 Ways to Turn Your Website into a Sales Machine.” Even Pinterest is a trending topic there this week.
Project Eve: This super new website is being built as a conversation hub for female entrepreneurs. They just passed their first 1000 members. They have a really cool ‘Help Out an Eve’ feature where you can ask a business question and it get’s emailed to all the Eve’s and those with that expertise can render advice. They also recently launched a Triberr group. You can become a founding member of this group by clicking on the icon below.
According to founders Meridith and Kim, “Project Eve is a social media platform that encourages female entrepreneurs and business owners to communicate, collaborate and share actionable solutions minus the sharp elbows.” Well said ladies. Want in? Click on the icon above to join and be supported by people who understand what it means to be a woman in business. Plus, you get a profile with links to your website/facebook/etc.
Tophatter: Most of you may have already read about my Tophatter adventures. At first I thought, “I really don’t need something else on my plate…another marketplace…blah, blah, blah…” but it is so NOT just another marketplace. While depending on your ‘firewall’, you may have issues connecting (like I did at work), but during that time I just used my iPad and it worked fine there. However, now it’s not an issue. Hooked? You could say so.
While it’s not totally handmade, there are lots. There’s also lots of supplies and the buyers, sellers, and staff and pretty helpful. You’ve got to see for yourself. The site is well designed and has a nice aesthetic. Each ‘auction room’ is different; you’ll seem some auction happen in the garden.
One benefit that I’ve definitely seen is more exposure. My Etsy shop is getting lots more views. And while a couple of months before Tophatter have been super slow, since Tophatter, I’ve gotten a few sales on Etsy and on my website (along with the items I’ve sold on Tophatter. I would recommend you give Tophatter at try even if it’s just for the exposure. Plus their staff is easy to reach and willing to helpful. You may not need an invitation to join, but just message me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do.
I hope you enjoyed this list and found some good info in it to help you in your business. Already working on the next resource list – online white boards and sharing. Until next time.