I want to make my craft business my full time job, that would be my dream - I simply love making things and being creative - I’d be going mad in my house if I didnt have an outlet for my creativity! The response from buyers/family/friends when they love something I’ve made boosts me. Unfortunately, this is just not viable at the moment - but in the future, who knows?
One thing I struggle with at the moment is having a jumble of a shop! I have over 300 items and if I’m honest, I need to split my shop as my collection is not cohesive.
I also think having 300+ items is a major disadvantage when it comes to getting highlighted on the front page, I doubt I’ll ever be selected because I have different themes and photograph techniques! Certain items have to be photographed a different way, some items were photographed at different times and it just doesn’t scream cohesion. The task of unpacking and rephotographing and then updating over 300 items is just way too daunting. My own fault of course!
The solution I know would be to split my shop but as I’ve purchased a plus account, having to buy another plus account to separate my collection is just not viable at the moment.
I would love an easier way to organise items in my shop. Currently, in shopkeeping, having to drag items from the very bottom of the page to the top is very time consuming and puts me off even attempting to organise my shop. I would love some sort of grid so that you could organise how items are shown on your front page or a grid so that you could organise items within each collection. Being able to choose and set the photo for collections would also be fantastic. I know currently, you can by dragging the item to the top of your collection however again, very time consuming when you have so many items.
Although I chat about Folksy all the time (seriously obsessed lol) I am often met with confusion or comments like, “You should try this website instead.” etc. because no one I’ve met so far has ever heard of it. Traffic to Folksy is a big issue - I have recently seen adverts on TV for Etsy and Not On the High Street, who knows if they actually boosted traffic to these websites but their names are out there.
I know lots of my friends use their phones to buy gifts so a buying app would be vital I feel. To be found on the Google Play store (or even recommended as a ‘‘similar app to this…’’) can only be of benefit to Folksy!
Personally, I love Folksy. I purposely choose it and I continue to support it because it’s British focussed, I find it easier to navigate than other comparisons and there’s no surprises when I buy something when it comes to postage! I also appreciate Folksy being on the forums and allowing us to vote for new features. It doesn’t feel like a big corporation who forgets about me, the little guy. I would just love an easier way to separate and organise my shop!