When you start listing your items, remember that good photos are a must! Sunlight is great for a beginner photographer, it makes most items look appealing. And remember to show your buyers how the item will look used, ie-clothing on a person / mannequin, purses filled with items, hair clips in hair, etc.
*Professional tip-Invest in FREE photo editing software Picassa. Very easy to use and it makes photos look incredible!
Secondly, take the time to write an item description. Include measurements, sizes, and materials. You don't want your buyers to have to return an item because they didn't have all the facts about a purchase!
Ok, so I'm biased but graphic design is very important! Branding your image is one of the most important parts of being a business owner. There are lots of talented graphic designers on Etsy (including my shop!) so put some serious thought into buying a banner set if your aren't familiar with computer art.
*Professional Tip-Keep your graphics the same across the board! You should have the same graphics, colors, and fonts on all your social networking sites and profile pics.
Success! So, now you have offically signed up on Etsy, created your shop, uploaded your banner, and listed your items....now comes the hard part-finding some customers! Even though Etsy has a lot of traffic, you may not see any sales for a while. You have to remember that you won't catch any fish without bait. You have to make an effort to get your shop known to buyers and that means marketing and networking! (which is also fun). You should definetly sign up on Twitter, Facebook and one of many Ning social networking sites..I like Indiepublic. If you need help navigating these sites, look no further than my blog for help and advice!