My story is somewhat similar to Jennys.
I work full time out of my studio. My preference would be to sell online
only as it suits my lifestyle however putting all my eggs in one basket
makes me nervous, so I wholesale, keep work with galleries, do a couple 2
maybe 3 craft shows a year and occasionally teach or do community art to
keep me in the loop but yes I do make a good amount from my Etsy account
more before they became a traded stock but still worth the effort,
currently 80%+ comes from my Etsy account.
As for hours, its all over the place. Some weeks I might slack and work on
the house or garden and other weeks I might work 80 hours depending on the
work load. I would say that in general I spend 40 a week mostly in the
studio. When its slow I try to take time to take new photos, make
listings, and build stock parts. My Etsy account is stocked with about 200
pieces of which most are stock photos of reproducible work that I would
hope people would describe as well made classics. I do occasionally post
one of a kinds and limited editions which take time to sell but they do.
I have sold work from $20 to $3000 on Etsy, however I would say my best
selling price point is $100 for Etsy and in the galleries. I think the
hardest part of sales in any environment is figuring out the right price.
I see a lot of people on Etsy selling their work at wholesale prices and
transitioning to retail pricing seems to be where a lot of the problem
Things I like about Etsy include that they make it easy to set up your shop
and don’t charge a monthly fee to maintain your shop. They come with a
built in audience, reduced shipping rates and other stuff like analytics
that I like.
Things that I don"t like about Etsy include a lot of shops reselling items
found on Alibaba as handmade, sometimes I have a hard time looking at the
shops with poorly made and supper hipster items in it, also I feel like
becoming a publicly traded company hurt them and their artists.
One more thing I like about Etsy is that they don’t judge your work… It
goes to one of the items I didn’t like above, but if you enjoy making
multiple lines of work or are transitioning between ideas Etys lets you
show it all and test it out. Lots of places seem to really not like it
when your body of work is to different from itself, Etsy doesn’t care you
can show it all. I do like that.
If you have specific questions that I didn’t answer just let me know.
Best of luck,