So You Want To Start An Etsy Shop?

April 26, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

This creative business owner has all the inspiration you need.

 

Starting an Etsy shop - Stacie Gonzalez

 

Cricut loves creative people, and Cricut loves small businesses. And when small business owners use their Cricuts on creative projects? Well, that’s just a perfect storm!

This week, we’re shining our User Spotlight on Stacie Gonzalez, owner of the Etsy shop Rose Crown Co., which is filled with fun-loving, giftable graphic tees, drinkware and accessories. So sit back, relax and keep reading to learn more about Stacie and her charming, whimsical and sometimes downright inspiring projects. 

Stacie, we love what we see in Rose Crown Co. Tell us more about it.

Thank you! I strive to make items that will prompt happiness or motivate you to conquer the day every time you look at them. Whether you’re gifting your best friend, mother, a soon-to-be bride or treating yourself, there are many fun creations in the shop that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. 

 

We couldn’t agree more. Here are some favorites...

 

Starting an Etsy shop - Mugs

How have you used your Cricut to grow your business?

 So far I mainly use my Cricut for cutting the vinyl decals of my designs. I would like to start using it to add personalized cards to extend my warm wishes to every bride that lets Rose Crown Co. be a part of their celebration and start of their new chapter.

 

Here are some of Stacie’s wedding projects...

 

Hats - starting an Etsy shop
Bags- starting an Etsy shop
Mug- starting an Etsy shop

How long have you been a Cricut fan?

I purchased my Cricut machine in June of 2016; it was sort of my “treat yo’ self” item after graduating with my BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida in May. Little did I know when I bought it that I would start my own business just a month later! In July of 2016, Rose Crown Co. was open.

 

Bags- starting an Etsy shop

What are your favorite aspects of the Cricut?

How can I pick just one? That’s like trying to choose the best ice cream when you have at least three or four favorites, so you pick the one that sounds the best in that moment! I use the cutting feature the most, but I love all the different options and endless crafting possibilities. I am still shocked by how much the Cricut machine can do, and yet I still have so much to learn. I love that I’m able to create my own designs and upload the images into my Cricut Design Space with no fuss at all. I feel like every month I see new projects, and I’m blown away!

 

Bags- starting an Etsy shop

Do you have any creative tips for other business owners like yourself?

 Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and just have fun crafting your heart out! If you are using your Cricut for a business, then I advise you to designate time for yourself because, after all, you are a creative and you need that time to feed your soul. I try to always make sure to have a few hours a week to enjoy creative time to work on projects for my home, to make items for personal wear or for gifting to family and friends.  

 

Mug- starting an Etsy shop

Great advice, Stacie. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and projects with us.

Love Stacie’s projects? (And who wouldn’t?) Her shop is just a click away: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rosecrownco

And if you're a business owner who uses Cricut as a tool, let us know by filling out this form! You might get a chance to share your story and we love hearing from you. #CricutMade

 

6 thoughts on “So You Want To Start An Etsy Shop?

  1. I was wondering about the type of vinyl used on the glasses and mugs and what type of cleaning care is needed? Are they hand washable only or can they go into the dishwasher?

    • If you use outdoor vinyl, they can go into the top rack of many dishwashers. It depends on how hot yours gets, though. To be safe, plan on handwashing these for best results.

  2. I am new to owning my Cricut Maker. I would love to start selling things, but I’m really concerned about licensing and making sure I’m in compliance with the laws for images and fonts. How do I know what I can use to sell and what I cannot?

    • As far as Cricut goes, you can read about our Angel Policy, noting especially that it does not extend to licensed things like Disney. For licensed images and fonts, you would need to check with each individual company to see their rules about it.

  3. Can I really get going with a business and actually make a living selling products I make? I’m love crafting and will be getting a cricut explore air 2 next week….

    • Yes, it is possible. One thing I would suggest is doing all of the research you can on the business side of it all. You can find a lot of articles on Pinterest, for example. Make sure you are pricing to cover your costs and still make a profit. Good luck!

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