The Ultimate Newbie Guide - Last minute tax edition 2008!

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This is the last minute tax guide edition. This edition also features the always helpful Loosewirestudio's help guide – an invaluable resource! You can find that directly under the Newbie Help section of the Guide. I went through some of the links and got rid of a few that either did not apply anymore due to changes at Etsy. There are other additions and subtractions to the guide so please look it through. A lot has changed since the Guide debuted last year!

As always, we want this to stay in the forefront to offer as much help as it possibly can - so bump this up whenever you see it slipping. Thanks, and welcome newbies!!!!

Please note due to the length of the guide I have been forced to split it into 3 different posts in this one thread.



--- FIREFOX --- You can search for keywords in this guide by pressing Ctrl+F and typing the keyword in at the bottom of the browser You can have it highlight the word you're searching for. Then press the enter key to see every instance of the keyword used in the guide :)

---INTERNET EXPLORER and SAFARI --- Same as above, however the box will be a pop up, floating box on the page.

--- APPLE --- Use Apple+F for the same results.

°`°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º° TABLE OF CONTENTS °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°`°

You can use the above menthod to search for the topics below without scrolling - Just follow the instructions above and copy and paste one of the topics below into the "find" box and it will highlight the topic for easy access.

►!!!!SPECIAL SECTION!!!! - In this installment of the Guide - TAX TIME! It's right below the 4 most important things, since well, they're so important ;)

►4 Most important things ►Trading

►Newbie help ►Feedback

►Setting up shop ►Convos

►Profile Help ►Spell Check?

►Photo Help ►Forum Questions

►Selling ►Helpful Forum Threads for reference

►Selling tips and tricks ►Hearts

►Participate in sales via the forum! ►Treasury

►Promote your shop and Etsy! ►Showcases

►Street Teams ►Alchemy

►Featured Seller ►Time Machine

►Packaging your items for shipment ►Copyrights

►General Shipping ►What is....?

►Shipping Internationally ►Etsy Chat

►Paypal ►Troubleshooting

►Paying Etsy Bill ►Technical

►Buying ►Other

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Posted at 3:57pm Mar 5, 2008 EST


---> Continued from first post <---

►Below are 5 of the most important things you will find in this guide!!! Please check them out before going anywhere else!!! You won't regret it.

Etsy Wiki -

Etsy Do's and Don'ts -

Etsy FAQ -

The Storque - Etsy run web zine chock full of tips and news by Etsy admin and Etsy users. -

**Please remember vintage (items over 15 years old) and supplies (both commercial and handmade) are welcome on Etsy.**



Tax Guide -- U.S. (IRS) (Brought to you by JJMFinance) -

Individual States Sales tax info (all 50 states) -

Ask an Accountant... (provided by JJMFinance) -

Keeping track of your inventory and profits - Etsy Seller Inventory Worksheet -

Ask an accountant. . .(Special advice thread from certified CPA and Etsy member EtsyFinance) -

Should I FILE this Year? -

Where to claim Etsy fees on taxes? -

Writing materials off taxes -

Business Tax -

What do you need for taxes? -

What to bring to the CPA? -

Self-Employed Americans - You will owe 15% for Social Security at tax time -


►Newbie help -

***LooseWireStudio shares her cheat sheet for Forum Helping*** -

An OUTLINE TO SELF-CRITIQUE YOUR SHOP (brought to you by Egilpatr) -

HOW TO: guide to Surviving Etsy (created by CagedBirdSings) -

*Unofficial Etsy Mentors - Updated 9/2007 by tashamck -

Unofficial Etsy Mentor List - free help for Newbies! -

Newbie tips compiled by CavanaghCraft - great for starting out -

Newbies. Here's why you're not selling yet (created by scarlettcat) -

The Newbie's Guide To Etsy Chat (created by Duet) -

What does Etsy stand for??? Read at your own risk hehe -

Ultimate Craft Guide by LittleLovables -

Etsy sourcebook of suppliers compiled by SixthandElm -

Best kept supply secrets compiled by EtsyLabs and conrtibuted by the community -


►Setting up shop -

How to make a banner without a fancy program -

How do I upload a banner? (banner help) -

Why is my banner blurry?

I want to open 2 shops, can I put them both on the same credit card? - Yes :)

Can a username be changed? - No, not without opening a completely new shop.


►Profile Help -

How do I set my location on the Geolocator? -

Can I change my avatar? -


►Photo Help

How to save images for web in photoshop tutorial (by jellibat) -

How to improve your photos (from Etsy admin. HeyMichelle) -

How-to: Fixing photos that are too dark (from Etsy admin. HeyMichelle) -

Taking good close-up pics - and

How to save images for web in photoshop tutorial (by jellibat) -

Eliminating backgrounds through GIMP photo program -

Do you need Help with anything Photo -Digital related -

How to Watermark Your Images -


►Selling -

Advice on pricing, packaging & MORE! - from admin. Stellaloella -

Saving a listing to post later, a tutorial. (Created by littleputbooks) -

How long before I make a sale? -

How do I tell if I have been paid? -

How long do I wait for payment? - "Most buyers will pay right away, especially if paying via PayPal. There is a 3-day grace period for submitting payment by other payment methods (money order, check, etc). The buyer notifying the seller that the "check is in the mail" (so to speak) within the 3 days is sufficient." - (Etsy Do's and Don'ts)

Can someone do a partial paypal payment? -

How do i add a different form of credit card payment besides paypal? -

How do I change the prices of my items for sale? -

Can I change the payment method for just one listing? -

How do I renew an item in my shop? -

How do I reserve something for someone in particular? -

"Illegal characters"? -

How do I indicate I am going on vacation? -

What is the secondary shipping cost? -

How do I find out how many people have viewed my shop? - This function no longer exists. Some have brought it up in the ideas section to bring it back - perhaps you'd like to add your name to it, Admin. considers all suggestions.

How do I cancel a sale? -

How do I add my items to sections in my shop? -

Should I email previous buyers with sales and specials? -

Custom orders - to make or not to make? -

Thoughts on accepting personal checks -

What is a Certified Cheque? -

Is it possible to search for the sale price of an item? - No. Due to buyer privacy concerns sale prices of items have been hidden.


►Selling tips and tricks -

Shop makeover series from the Storque -

Tips for brand new sellers (brought to you by Analiese) -

Biblical Business Principals For Your Etsy Shop (from JJMFinance) -

Tips on HOW TO HIT 100 SALES! (brought to you by blissbyheather) -

Tips for sellers from a buyers perspective -

I'm doing everything I can and still, little to no sales - what to do? -

How artists and crafters can make more money -

Thank your customers for their purchase! -

Advertising Ideas! Brought to you by cocoapod -

More ways to advertise your shop -

Personal safety tips for online sellers from kateblack -

Online Safety When you purchase a Domain Name -

Tips for selling your work wholesale (compiled by littleputbooks) -


►Participate in sales via the forum!

Revised FAQ about the Saturday Night Specials (SNS) Promotions thread by willowglass -

Q: What's the deal with Friday Happy Hour™? by kateblack -


►Promote your shop and Etsy!

Promote on Myspace -

Promote on Flickr -

Promote on Etsylove -

Promote on Facebook! -

Promote on Craftzooka (created by enchantedwhimsies) -

Promote on Indiepublic! -

Promote Etsy with banners! -

See what people are searching for to get to your shop (helps with advertising and marketting) -

Is it ok to contact people who heart me about sales? NO! It's considered spam.


►Street Teams -

What is a Street Team? -

A complete list of Street Teams -


►Featured Seller -


►Packaging your items for shipment -

Packaging tips -

How to package Bath and Body products -

How to package artwork - and


►General Shipping -

Scanning and Shipping Made Easy - A tuturial complete with screenshots and step by step process by ThePaintedTiger -

Suggestions for low cost packages/shipping -

Shipping rates chart for new USPS rates (as of 5/14/07) -

Post office tips -

Scales for shipping - what kind and where to get them -

Shipping with Paypal - label question -


►Shipping internationally -

*Setting up International Shipping in 5.3 steps (for US Sellers) -

Reasons to ship internationally -

International Shipping Advice - Feel Free to add to it! -

How Do You Ship to Other Countries? -

International shipping preferences -

International shipping tips -

Have CUSTOMS / DOUANE / ZOLL questions? Read here! -


►Paypal -

How you can pay with Credit card through paypal. (with screen shots and step by step info) compiled by NatureAutumn -

How do I create an invoice (revised or regular) through paypal? - and

How much does paypal charge in fees? -

Paypal -- e-checks -

Paypal customer service phone number - For general PayPal account inquiries, please call toll-free at:


►Paying Etsy Bill -

How do I pay my fees on Etsy? -

Can I pay my Etsy bill with Paypal? - Not at this time - unless you have a Paypal debit card.


Posted at 3:57pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

---> Continued from second post <---

►Buying -

A tuturial of the checkout process (compiled by kinchi with screenshots by Starry Designs) -

How you can pay with Credit card through paypal. (with screen shots and step by step info) compiled by NatureAutumn -

Ring sizer! Figure out your ring size -

Can you purchase from Etsy if you are not a member? No. But it is free and easy to sign up :) -

What do I do if I accidently hit the "buy now" button? -

How long is too long to wait for an item to arrive? -

Item reeks of smoke - what to do? -

How do I leave feedback? -


►Trading -

The Etsy trading list -

The trading list by category -


►Feedback -

How do I leave feedback? -

When should I leave feedback? -

What is the "Kiss and Makeup" feature? -

Who initiates a "kiss & makeup"? -


►Convos -

How do I report a spam convo? -

Can I promote my shop to others via convo's? NO! -


►Spell Check? -


►Forum questions -

On Forum rules and consequences - by Stellaloella (admin.) -

What is "bumping"? -

How do I add a link for an item in my shop in a post? -

Who closes a thread and why? -

"What to do before lockdown" thoughts from admin on out of control forum threads -

who do we direct our thread closure requests too? -

How do I flag a thread? -

Please put "I'm looking for" & "Show me your" in Promos -

How do I find what topics I've posted in? - Go to main forums page, top right hand side just above chat rooms "View topics you've posted in".


►Helpful Forum Threads for reference -

The IRS wants Etsy to collect Social Security Numbers from shop owners? -

Looking unprofessional and professional -

Feedback on a home color/photo printer -


►Hearts -

Is it ok to email people who heart you or one of your items? - No. It is considered spam -

All of my hearts are gone! Where did they go??? -

Why would someone heart me anonymously? -

Can you "unheart" an item or seller? -

Can I see if someone just hearts my item and not me? Yes - click an item and then click "see who hearts this item" in the lower right hand corner of the right column.


►Treasury -

What is the Etsy Treasury? - and

How do I know if im featured in a treasury? -

For people who want a treasury (by sadielouwho)

How do I add items to a treasury? -

What is the purpose of the alternate list in the treasury? -

How long does a treasury last? -

How can I get Treasury page into my blog? -

Trying to add comment to treasury list and there is no enter button. -

Why is it considered spam if I contact a seller I've featured in a treasury? -

How to put your treasury onto a blog -


►Showcases -

How do I know the next date for showcase to be available? - Check here -


►Alchemy -

What is alchemy and why was it closed? -


►Time Machine -

How does time machine work? -


►Copyrights -

Copyright/Trademark Information -

Basic copyright info for Etsiers (compiled by Quirke) -

Hello Kitty items banned -

Free Stock Images Site -


►What is....?

What is an RSS Feed? -

What is "Etsy mini"? - and is it flash or java? -

What is "PIF"? -

What is an ACEO? -

What are "T.O.U"? -

What is "BNR"? -

What is a locked thread? (Now a closed thread) -

What is a street team? -


►Etsy Chat -

Chat room 101 -

Etsy Chat Room Available On IRC? -

Why am I taken to a random shop upon leaving Etsy chat? -


►Troubleshooting -

**Remember to check the "bugs" forum for updates on site issues by admin. such as RevolvingDork -

Picture will not load -

Why do the photos look different here than on Photoshop? -

Not receiving email notifications? -


►Technical -

How do I update my flash player? - - there is a download with instructions there.

How do I take a screen shot? -

Firefox or Safari? (Regarding browsers - Jared from admin. chimes in) -


►Other -

How do I know if my convo abilities have been muted? -

What happens after you report a transaction? -

Business cards? -

Why do items that were just posted have so many hits already??? -

How do I get my items on the top of the front page? -

Currency converter calculator! -

How do I close a shop? -


Good luck with those taxes all!

Posted at 3:57pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

Thank you for the info!

Posted at 3:59pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

Wanted to thank JJMFinance, Egilpatr, LittleLovables and Loosewirestudio for their invaluable contributions.

If you have anything or see something useful in the fora that you think should be included in the guide please feel free to post here :)

Posted at 4:02pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

That's alot of info. Wish some one would read it all to me while I work! lol

Posted at 4:08pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

holy cow! that is a lot of reading material. thanks :)

Posted at 4:18pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

klmjewelry says


Posted at 4:19pm Mar 5, 2008 EST

Remember, you can search through it. If you have a basic search term like say, vacation, hearts, tax, etc you can search the page for it to bring you to like threads. How to search is in the first post :)

Posted at 4:21pm Mar 5, 2008 EST