What is your Etsy Shop’s name, and what do you sell?
Our Etsy shop’s name is Create The Cut and we sell digital graphics and clip art.

How long have you been on Etsy?
We opened the shop in February 2013.

What is your favorite thing about selling on Etsy?
Etsy is a fantastic marketplace for selling as it has such a lovely talented community of makers and entrepreneurs. What has been amazing is that Etsy has been the source of all our customers. If we had just opened a shop online selling clip art it would be extremely difficult to attract a wide range of buyers. We get new customers almost daily which still amazes us.

If you could go back in time to the day you opened your shop, what would you tell yourself?
I have really enjoyed seeing this little hobby turn into a business as each step was very exciting and unknown so I think I would keep things just the way they were.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since opening your shop?
Being able to create artwork for others to enjoy is so fulfilling and now being able to do it along with my husband is something I never thought would be possible.

What is one thing you would tell a new entrepreneur who is thinking about using Etsy as their online shop?
Don’t compare yourself to others. It can take a while for you to get your first sale and usually a lot longer before you start to get daily sales, I was always overwhelmed by the amount of sales other shops had but it shouldn’t stop you from starting. Be proud of your Etsy corner, keep working on making it look better and better, never stop learning and treat it with love, others will notice!

What are your three favorite business tools outside of Etsy?
We love to make use of Mailchimp to create a monthly newsletter. Also Instagram and Facebook are our main ways of connecting with our audience.

Tell us about you:
The whole process of selling online started in 2009. I had always had a desire to turn something that was made with my hands into a business. I opened up an Etsy shop in 2009 selling wedding guest books that were all handmade. I loved the process of creating but I began to hate processing orders, posting and packaging and all my customers seemed to order the same design so I had to keep making it over and over again. I eventually realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do so I just let that shop fizzle out, however my passion for creating and running a business never faded.

During that time I really liked the idea of selling digital products and I wanted to start creating wedding products that you were able to print and cut out. I did a lot of research and in February 2013 I simply just opened up a new shop under the name Create the Cut and listed some very basic products. In time I started looking around for artwork to put on my designs but struggled to find something that I liked or that didn’t have strict terms of use. I was looking for something pretty and something floral. At that time watercolour clip art was pretty much non existent with only a few shops doing it and so I decided to try my hand at creating some artwork. After a lot of practising and getting started with Photoshop I transformed my very amateur design into a digital format and my first clip art set was born. I played around with lots of ideas and decided to start listing clip art in my shop. To my surprise it started selling.

I would never have imagined this venture would turn into a successful business but if you work hard and stay passionate it is possible to make it work. To keep up to date with what we are up to feel free to sign up to our newsletter here.


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