If you're like most Etsy sellers, you just nodded your head.
You type an Etsy-related question into Google, and many of the search results you find are either outdated, written by a person who no longer sells on Etsy, or written by someone who appears never to have sold on Etsy in the first place!
Even on Etsy itself it can be difficult to locate answers since there are three different places to search for them, and you may not know which one to choose. And when you do find what you're looking for, there's just a whole lot of text and rarely any guiding images or examples.
1. Contains a comprehensive, fully searchable, multimedia resource all about selling on Etsy
2. Is updated frequently to reflect changes to the platform and best practices
3. Includes twice-monthly office hours where you can bring your questions and get individual guidance and feedback about any aspect of selling on Etsy
4. Includes community features such as a forum and book club which are designed to help you connect & grow with others on the same journey
5. Is run by an Etsy seller with 8 years experience and nearly 20,000 sales who sells both physical and digital products and has a thorough understanding of each, and who has encountered nearly every situation you can imagine!
I love pairing my experience and success on Etsy with my practical, step-by-step, accuracy-first teaching style to help fellow Etsy sellers use the platform well, navigate the issues they face, and grow their shops.
I can remember limping along in the early days of selling on Etsy and feeling rather on my own to figure things out and get support. It didn't take me long to realize how different it can be than selling in person or other places online.
After 8 years selling and 5 years teaching, I've finally created exactly what I wish I'd had all along. Perhaps you've wished for it, too?
"I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn from Melissa. Looking at my listings with her, and hearing her advice about my tags, titles, and descriptions was particularly awesome. I've read tons of articles on SEO but she was so knowledgeable, and to have her talk to me about my listings specifically, rather than just attempting to apply the generalized advice I found in articles online, was massively helpful."
"Since finishing your Etsy Essentials course (actually even before I finished), sales in my shop started really taking off! I have sold more each month (including three $172 wall sculptures!) and just finished a custom commission piece for over four figures! My largest sale to date! Amazing!! I just can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful advice and support you give!"
"Melissa is truly an expert on running a successful handmade business, which is reflected through her own Etsy shop. More importantly, I was drawn to her passion to help others succeed. During our coaching call, Melissa was not only able to answer all my questions based on her experience and research, she also helped me identify actionable steps to take my business to the next level."
"Wow! Melissa really knows her stuff. It's clear that she knows how to help Etsy shop owners because she is one herself and has learned the ropes by doing. Melissa provided me with so much helpful information and clear, actionable steps to improve my shop. I'm having fun implementing her suggestions! In addition to increased traffic, I've also noticed more confidence in putting my shop out to the world. "
"Meeting with Melissa was such a joy! She is incredibly knowledgeable about all of the intricacies of Etsy, as well as Google SEO. She speaks clearly and plainly, as one who is well-versed in this subject matter, yet she is so easy to understand. Her suggestions are specific and direct - making it easy for me to follow through and complete each assignment. She is inspiring and encouraging, giving me the push and boost I needed to stop dragging my feet and actually get busy selling. My time with Melissa was worth its weight in gold, and I'll continue to be picking her brain and following her suggestions for years to come!"
This foundational resource covers everything from what's allowed (and not allowed) on Etsy to search relevancy, from listing orders all the way to shipping. It includes where to find/change/do things in your shop as well as discussion about customer service and tutorials on third-party tools, just to name a few topics.
Etsy news and updates are posted here so that you know ASAP, even before changes are made to the ETSYclopedia.
This is where you have the opportunity to connect with other Etsy sellers and ask questions, share wins and frustrations, and cheer each other on. I am highly active in the community as well.
The librarian is in! Live office hours take place here.
Office hours don't disappear after they happen! You can find the recordings for all past sessions here.
In-depth video training on a variety of topics will be added here as it occurs.
In the Library of Etsy Book Club, we read through and discuss one business-related book per month. It's completely optional, of course, but a great way to learn beyond Etsy and stay accountable.
The opportunity to enroll at the founding member rate will be available through June 14. When I open membership back up in the fall, the price will be higher.
I guarantee the membership price will never be lower than what I am offering my founding members.
By enrolling before the cart closes at 9:00 PM PDT on June 14, you are locking in the founding member monthly rate for as long as your Library of Etsy subscription is active!
So no matter how much the monthly subscription rate increases as more content is added or new features are introduced, you will continue to pay $19/month as long as there has been no break in your membership.
What you might wonder about becoming a Library of Etsy member
There is a lot of information that can be found for free if you have the time, patience, and sleuthing skills to hunt it down... and if you don't care that it's all over the place. With the ETSYclopedia, the information is right at your fingertips, searchable, and easy to locate. You can find your answer and get on with your business.
Plus, the Library of Etsy is about so much more than information! It's also about community with other sellers and support and training from me.
It's enough to drive a seller crazy, huh?
The format inside The Library of Etsy is set up so that news and changes are announced right away in a very organized format. Then updates to The ETSYclopedia follow in a timely manner. So you will know about changes ASAP and can rest assured your main resource will be updated soon as well.
A lot! Not only will I be conducting office hours with you twice a month for at least an hour, I will be leading our book club and I'll be in the community regularly. I am confident you will develop relationships with other members and look to each other for support as well, but you will find that I am highly involved in answering questions and pointing you in the right direction.
(The main reason I chose a membership format is so that I could walk alongside you!)
Yes, I will add to the ETSYclopedia and continue to make it an even more fantastic resource. That's another benefit of getting in early: As the content grows, the value you're getting grows as well because your membership price will not increase.
While I can't predict the future, I have absolutely no intention of leaving Etsy. Even if I were to open a shop elsewhere, I would continue to run my Etsy shop.
And if some unforeseen circumstance ever required me to leave Etsy, I would close The Library of Etsy, stop everyone's recurring payment, and refund the remainder of any annual memberships. I committed a long time ago to not continue teaching about Etsy if I'm not actively selling on Etsy and staying current with everything it involves.
You are free to cancel your membership at any time. Just keep in mind that your founding member price is locked in only for as long as you have no break in membership. If you decide to rejoin later during an open membership period, you will pay the monthly or annual fee in place at that time.
Monthly subscription cancellation policy:
If cancellation occurs in the middle of a membership month, access to The Library of Etsy will be revoked at the end of that paid month, and the next month's membership fee will not be charged.
There are no refunds for partial months.
Annual subscription cancellation policy:
Annual subscription refunds will be issued as follows: