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Holiday Tips and Advice to Etsy Sellers and Makers from a Top Seller | How to prepare for your best Holiday season

It's July 2017 and even though we are sitting in 90 degree sunny days, it marks the official start of the handmade holiday season, at least for makers and Etsy shop owners. This year will mark my 10th Etsy Christmas season at Sunbasilgarden Soap. And as I prepare for Christmas 2017, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with fellow makers my top 10 tips on how to prepare for your best Holiday season ahead. These tips are rather basic but have served me well over the years and with fingers crossed and a lot of old fashioned hard work, I am looking to cross into 30,000 Etsy sales this season. Hope you find something helpful in these...

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Customized business logo inside a bar of soap

We now offer customized options on our Say it Soap line. Shop our handmade personalized soaps. You can share your business logo and website in a unique and memorable way with potential customers. Check out one of our favorite stockists adorable rustic truck logo we put inside a bar of glycerin soap. Isn't that little truck adorable? We will label the back of each bar of soap with your website, business address and phone number. Maisy's Market makes beautiful heirloom furniture and these little soap calling cards are just a little something extra they pass out with special orders. Contact us here to discuss your business needs. Here are a few other favorites we recently made up for other businesses...

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Treat Mom to some Me Time with our Mothers Day Soap and Bath Bomb SALE

Don't forget to treat all the Moms in your life this May 14th! We have an entire line up of natural soaps, bath bombs and lotions made exclusively with Mom in mind. Be sure take advantage of our week long Mother's Day sale and enjoy 25% off all orders. Must use coupon code "TREATMOM" at checkout. Expires 5-5.  We are happy to ship directly to Mom's front door. Just include her address at shipping and a little note from you to her in the comments. And we will gift wrap and take care of the rest. Some of our personal new favorites are our Rosebud Lips and Lemon Lavender bath bombs. Draw a tub, pour a glass of wine and...

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A handmade soap maker dream come true

           Like most makers, it is our hobby that leads us to our business in the first place. I started making soap 8 years ago simply as a way to be creative while staying home raising my babies. Soap making was that little bit of me time I could fit in between feedings, playing and cleaning. Not to mention everyone in my house is male, including the cats, so I tend to fancy some girl time and play with glitter and rainbows. An online business allowed me to work from home, focus first on my family. and grow Sunbasilgarden.etsy to a full time job closing in on 25,000 Etsy sales. I also extended our line to wholesale and branched out on my own website. PS. Thank you for visiting...

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You are worth more than Facebook Likes, Instagram followers and Ad Converstions

Makers of handmade. Has this become your new normal? It goes something like this... I need to check my Facebook ad converstions, what's my click per ad ration, where is my pixel and what the heck is a pixel anyways, are my listings coming up in Etsy searches, "gift for her", "gift for him", "gift for mom", "gift for them" why did I just loose Instagram followers, did I answer that comment, are they seeing this on Pinterest, are my Pins buyable?, did I hashtag that?, did I over hashtag.... Okay makers... It's time to chill out! Just a bit. All these social media messages are weighing too heavily in my mind and I needed to remind myself as makers and buyers...

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