How to Sell Your Crafts Online when you’re on Vacation

by PaperbackWriter

A Shop Shut Sign

Tomorrow, my vacation starts and like many other people who sell online there are a number of things I need to do before I pack my suitcase.

If you’ve been selling for awhile on Etsy, you probably know about Vacation mode. If not, you can find it by logging into your Etsy account and clicking on Shop Settings and then Options.

Etsy Shop Settings

Now click on Vacation Mode as shown below.

Etsy Vacaction Mode

You can see an example of the type of message you can leave for potential customers above.

Something which I would make sure you include, at the very minimum, is an assurance for your existing customers that their orders have shipped.
This will save them from worrying and writing to you when you may not be in a position to reply. Which could cause them even more concern!

It’s also a good idea to let people know when your returning because you want to stay on their radar. If I find a closed Etsy shop with no notice I may assume their shut for business and move on to one of their competitors. If I know their back in a week or so and I love their creations, I might make a mental note to return later.
Put yourself in your customers mind and reassure and inform them at every available opportunity.

There are some excellent tools like Buffer App which will allow you to queue your Tweets and posts to Facebook. Buffer is a great all-round app, but can be especially helpful in the instance of a Vacation. Because not only can you use Buffer App to keep your market informed while you’re away, you could also make sure you line up a message to post to Twitter and Facebook telling people you’re coming back in a day or so. This is a great way to get yourself back on people’s minds and remind them that your open for business once again.


Image courtesy of khawkins04 on Flickr.com

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