Are you looking for public policy at all levels of government that make it easier to start and grow creative businesses?
Etsy Advocacy site is the place where you can learn about their ongoing advocacy efforts – and get involved in issue campaigns.
The site includes the latest advocacy news from Etsy, information about theirr past campaigns (including the fight for Net Neutrality), and research and policy papers that drive their policy recommendations.
You can also create your own activist profile on the site.
Their awesome campaigns include:
1. Tax and Regulatory Compliance
Microbusinesses often struggle to learn about the complex tax and regulatory systems that govern their businesses. Policymakers should make it easy for a businessofone to comply with their tax and regulatory obligations.
2. International Shipping
Trade laws have not kept pace with the growth of ecommerce and the opportunities it creates for microbusinesses, which often export goods from day one. Policymakers should reduce the barriers creative entrepreneurs face when shipping goods across borders.
3. Micro-Business Growth and Development
Most government programs to support small businesses focus on businesses of ten, fifty, even two hundred people. See how policymakers can expand their focus to encourage self-employment and microentrepreneurship as well.
4. Economic Security for the Self-Employed
Microentrepreneurs must manage income volatility without the benefits of social insurance, and often struggle to find health insurance, save for retirement, or take time off to care for new children or aging family members.
5. Net Neutrality
The Internet has democratized access to entrepreneurship for millions, allowing micro-businesses to access a global market of customers and compete with much bigger brands. Governments should continue to protect and preserve a free and open Internet and the opportunities it provides.
6. Online Platforms and Ecommerce
Sometimes governments consider laws that don’t target Etsy sellers directly, but would help or hinder Etsy’s ability to grow or provide services to our community.
Governments can help reduce those barriers, but we need to educate them about our unique experiences and needs.
By coming together and advocating for ourselves, we can make the Etsy Economy a reality, enabling creative entrepreneurs around the world to thrive.