O.K., it’s not the same as a sports team, but Etsy teams really are great. Why? Two words…support, and community.
When I first joined Etsy I had no idea what I was doing. Sure, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to sign up for a shop, upload a few photos, and post a listing. But getting that listing found, making it look good, figuring out the extra details of navigating Etsy-world…that I needed help with. Where did I turn?
Not only is Etsy a great marketplace, but it has a really fantastic community, too. You can find a team for just about anything you can imagine, and if there isn’t one that fits what you’re look for, you can start your own!
The very first team I joined was Etsian Newbie, created especially for us newbies! I learned a lot from that group. We were all starting up and all had the same questions, so, when we asked them, there was always someone who had just figured out the answer, or, if not, someone who was willing to find it.
My very most favorite team was, and still is, my Etsy Maine Team. Being from Maine, I wanted to connect with other Etsy folks who I might actually have the opportunity to meet in person. We’ve got a great discussion thread where we just chat and get to know each other for real, and then there are other threads where we share resources and information with each other…like where the next craft fair is, or the inside scoop on a new boutique that’s opening up down town and is looking for vendors. We even do a Secret Santa gift swap at Christmas! These folks have become my Etsy family, a place where I can go and vent, or celebrate, or just plain ‘hang out’ with.
We’re also really great about giving each other’s new items lots of “love,” or giving each other the heads up when one of us finds out about a change coming to Etsy, or….you get the picture. Support and community.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Etsy-world is a BIG place, and it can get pretty lonely and discouraging if you’re trying to go it alone. Take the plunge, find a team that fits your needs, and jump in! And don’t just be a bump on a log, or a fly on the wall, participate…join conversations, share your thoughts, encourage another seller who’s struggling. Support your team, and they are sure to support you back!
Go, team, go!