If you sell handcrafted or vintage wares online, there is a good chance you got your start on Etsy. For a long time Etsy was synonymous with handcrafting online. Now, though, more and more Etsy sellers are starting to branch out and look into other alternatives. One of those alternatives is Shopify. If you are thinking of switching from Etsy to Shopify however, you will want to know how the two measure up.
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As you can see, both Etsy and Shopify have their advantages and disadvantages, but overall, Shopify is the system which will provide you with the most by far in terms of flexibility and customization. With superior customer service and far more versatility in terms of payments, it is clearly the superior site that will allow you to further build your own brand without being held at the mercy of Etsy and the rules that apply now or may happen down the road. A real business should have their own domain name and own online business address. Its like comparing an actual store location to a kiosk within a mall of multiple stores.
Really, the main drawback is money. If you are on a really tight budget, you may have to begin on Etsy. But if you are doing well enough with your business that you can justify the monthly fee to open a Shopify store, doing so makes a lot of sense. You will be finally be able to personalize your store to your heart’s content and take your business to the next level. And remember, if you need any help getting started, you can get in touch with a Shopify expert who will make the transition easy and seamless!
Lastly, Shopify and Etsy work hand in hand. There is nothing stopping you from selling on both to get the best of both worlds. Start with both and the extra customers from Etsy will eventually build your brand and long term customer base to your Shopify store. I am a strong supporter in taking every avenue you can to build your business! Etsy's marketplace is a great way to get your products found as with Shopify you need to spend more time and money on marketing but long term, you will have your own business so why not do both?!