Friday, 18 March 2016

UK Captains Summit 2016

Last weekend, me and Becka, headed down to Cambridge for the Etsy UK Captains Summit 2016. 
The summit was a two day event with a focus on maximising Etsy teams offline activities. 

Much to everyones delight, this years summit was themed around the Great British Bake Off. Over the course of the weekend we undertook Etsy's version of the signature, technical and showstopper challenges. 
These challenges were an opportunity to generate and discuss ideas for future events for the team. 

These challenges were done in groups made up of Captains and Leaders from Etsy teams from across the country. 
It was really interesting and thought provoking, discussing ideas with members of other Teams. 

Through listening to their experiences, and sharing ours, we have left the summit with notebooks filled with ideas and of possible events to run this year. 

We were also lucky enough to experience a little taste of Cambridge while we were there. 
On the Saturday evening all the Captains, Leaders and also Etsy staff attended dinner at Magdalene College. It all felt very hogwarts-esque as we dined in candle light!

Becka and I both left the summit feeling motivated, and excited about the future of our team - from meet ups, to workshops and some other surprises!

We can't wait to share some of the exciting new ideas with you all soon!

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Etsy To Me

To me, Etsy means a whole lot more than just a source of income. 

Etsy means opportunity….

Since selling on Etsy, I have been provided with so many opportunities to develop my shop, and also my skills and experience. 

Not long after I opened my shop, I was getting a lot of inquiries about weddings and parties. This is not what I intended when I opened my shop, but it opened up a whole new market and opportunity for me!

From being approached for magazine and blog features, to the opportunity to manage this blog for the Etsy Merseyside team; selling on Etsy has opened so many doors of opportunity, and I'm excited to see what comes next!

Etsy means community…. 

Being a member, and now a team leader, of the Merseyside Etsy team has helped me discover a whole community of likeminded Etsy sellers. 

Before selling on Etsy, I didn't realise the amount of talented makers in throwing distance from me. 

Now within the Merseyside Etsy Team, there is a great community of sellers always happy to help and discuss everything Etsy!

Etsy means unique gifts…

I may be selling on Etsy, but I do a fair share of buying on there too. 
Shopping on Etsy has meant I have been able to buy my friends and family unique and personalised gifts that you just can't find anywhere else (and support other small businesses at the same time!!)

Get involved and use the hashtag, EtsyToMe on social media and share what Etsy means to you! 

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