Are you looking for public policy at all levels of government that make it easier to start and grow creative businesses?

6 Reasons Why You Should Join The New Etsy AdvocacyEtsy 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.

Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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