Useful Info for Team Members

On this page we have put together a list of some of the things our members most commonly ask about.

Have you joined the Team?

 

Are you an official member?

 

Have you signed up to the newsletter?

 

Application Forms:

 

Public Liability Insurance

To take part in markets or sell in shops you will be required to have public liability insurance for your business. This website explains the purpose of the insurance and provides some helpful links to places to purchase craft insurance

craftacreativebusiness.co.uk

Registering your Business & Tax

If you have set up a business and intend to make a profit from your business you will need to register as self-employed and fill in a self assessment. You will need to keep a record of all your money coming in and all of your money coming out, including all receipts. We recommend setting up a separate bank account for your business instead of using your personal bank account (an additional account can be set up in your own name but there are also paid business accounts available moneysavingexpert.com/banking/small-business )

gov.uk/log-in-file-self-assessment-tax-return

Local Markets:

Oxford Etsy Castle Market, Oxford

Gloucester Green Market, Oxford

North Parade Market, Oxford

Bitten Street Market, Oxford

Oxfordshire Makers Market, Witney

Abingdon Local Excellence Market, Abingdon

Shops to Stock in:

Oxford Etsy Pop Up Shop, Didcot

Shop at the OFS, Oxford

 

Other Sites to sell on

Amazon UK & Europe, Amazon USA, Amazon Handmade UK, Amazon Handmade USA

Dawanda

Folksy

Ebay

Depop

Not on the High Street

Wolf & Badger

ASOS Marketplace (fashion & accessoies)

 

Ideas for Market displays

Displaying your items is an important part to getting sales. We have put together a Pinterest board of some of our favorite market displays to help give you inspiration. We think one of the most important things to follow is adding height and different levels to your table. Clean and minimal/simple displays work well so that you can focus on the products on sale. Decorative items such a flowers & plants can enhance the look of your stall along with props that re in keeping with your theme/style. Make sure you have strong branding across your stall with banners & packaging so that you are memorable, business cards for people to take away with them are a must!

pinterest.com/oxfordetsy/craft-display-goals/

Meet Other Sellers

We strongly encourage our members to make contact with other sellers & team members in their area. Having your own business and working from home can be quite isolating at times. We have benefited hugely from organising get togethers with the members in our town and arranging evening meals, daytime coffee catch ups, making sessions, skill sharing sessions. It helps keep you motivated and inspired as well as getting advice and tips from others doing exactly what you are doing. Ask in our Facebook group who lives near by and have a mini meet up!

Increasing your Etsy Sales

Unfortunately there is no magic answer to this, its a combinations of lots of different things that will increase sales. Christina Made It (our Oxford Etsy Team Captain) offers workshops throughout the year for beginners and intermediate sellers to help answers some of the question you have about growing your business. This is a breakdown of what is covered in the sessions, you can send Christina a message to find out when the next one will be running: christinamadeit.com/blog

Becka Griffin from the Merseyside Etsy Team runs online critiques & downloadable guides to help find out where you can improve and what changes may need to be made. The guides are available from her Etsy shop here: etsy.com/uk/shop/makeandflourish

Support your Team members

We are all part of a team and that means we support each other. You will find in the group that some sellers may have a similar business to yourself. Work together rather than compete with each other, you will be much more successful if you help one another. Please take the time to click on all of your fellow team members Etsy shops and favourite them. If each member did this, that's 250 favourites which will help a shop hugely. From their shop you can also follow their social media accounts and I'm sure they will return the favour!