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Pros and Cons to opening an Etsy shop

I'm looking at opening an etsy store to sell handmade clothing for children. Simple clothing and reasonable prices. What are the pros and cons?

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Hi Kasey,
You should read the seller's handbook
www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/the-seller-handbook-archive/

to see if this is the kind of business you want to run. You will get a million opinions on pros and cons here, many of them contradicting each other - only you can decide if this is something you want to tackle.
read the forum threads.
Be very careful that you understand fully what is involved and what you are getting yourself into, time wise, work wise and change wise.

Today was not the best day to ask that question. Come back in a couple of weeks when everyone feels better about the latest change.
Pros are definitely that you are in control of everything - from time management, pricing, interaction with customers, etc. Etsy creates an amazing platform and tool that is definitely helpful when it comes to navigating the process, along with a strong Etsy community happy to give suggestions.

Cons would be that it was a lot more expensive than I imagined going into it - Not only financially but it is a time commitment as well. Between managing orders and social media, you really have to love what you do - And I am luck that I do.

I think another con would be breaking into the children clothing market - It is densely populated, so you would definitely need to look into listing a lot of items and always work on your SEO!

Hope this was helpful and best of luck :)
Hi Kasey,

I had considered adding toddler outfits to my shop, but for now have backed off. Be sure to read up on the laws pertaining to clothing and bedding for children under age 12.
They can be daunting. There are other sellers on Etsy with children's clothing, and some sellers are doing quite well. I have no idea if they are following legal guidelines.

Lois

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