For those of you that frequent chat on Etsy you may have seen that smiling face that is Chromasmears avatar. Which really does reflect her personality very well! Behind that smiling face is a pretty awesome shop! She is a very talented graphic designer, but what I like most is she can handle all my needs in one stop shopping. By this I mean that she can design my labels, business cards etc and also print them out for me!! What a time saver and a headache reducer!! Before I was going to two different shops, and one could do anything with out the other! It was all very time consuming!
So if you need magnets, business cards, banners etc I suggest you give Chroma's shop a peep! You will like what you see and she is AWESOME to work with!
For all of you curious cats I did a little recon on Chromie!
Tell us a little about yourself.
When I'm not working in Etsy orders or chatting with my friends on the puter I'm working graveyards as a support worker with adults who have extra needs.Sometimes I don't sleep much because of my double life, some people think I don't sleep at all, they aren't far from wrong, I hear the word Vampire a lot.
How did you get started on Etsy?
Originally I had a different store 2 years ago, but I was not a great start. I sold jewellery and I found out quickly not only was I not very good at making it, I didn't enjoy it that much either. I turned that store over to my mom and opened this store for my artwork.Chromasmear developed from paintings to what you see now. A friend helped me come up with the name, and I think the word Chroma ( color ) suits me well. I love color to use it heavily in anything I create to give impact, more so then just the images or patterns that you might see.
What advice would you give new peeps trying to venture into opening a online store?
Don't assume just because you make a wonderful project it will sell out over night. It takes time to get noticed and time for the sales to start rolling in too.Do not rely on Etsy traffic to bring in the sales. Get out there with your product and sell to other places. Buy ad spaces off Etsy, and do not forget about local opportunities to advertise too. Get creative with your advertising too. Business cards are good, but people tend to throw those away. Use items that have use outside of your product so people who do not know you will keep them around. Magnets that offer information that people use for daily living is always good. Bookmarks, a mini calender, etc, might cost you a bit more up front but in the long run it could end up making a bigger difference in your sales. Opening a business is not easy, and some people have to wait a long time for things to kick off for them. I waited about a year for my sales to start happening and I still do not get a sale a day which was my goal when I first started selling here.
What are some of your favorite websites or other online stores?
Here's where every person I know holds their breath to see if they are one of the ones I mention right ? LOL OK that's not fair so I am going to say that I buy from those I really like, so if you want to see who I shop from go look at my feedback.There are others that I wish I could shop from but the shipping is too high because of where I live. Shipping to Canada can be painful.I do want to make special note that if you own a shop that donates to animal charities, I do tend to look at those shops a lot because I have a huge soft spot in my heart for animals.Aside from Etsy shops I also like surfing the web at random to discover new things. Sometimes that's how I find my inspiration for a design. I don't mean I copy something just that I see an idea I like and I adapt it to suit my style and color preferences. Sometimes a piece is made up of several ideas all blended together.
GO NOW and take a trip to Chromasmears store, you won't be dissapointed and your shop well it will look great!!!
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