Do you need help increase your social media followers? Do you need tips and feedback from your fellow artists for the project you’re currently working on?
For a shop owner this is an important step towards success on the handmade industry. There are many groups online that you can to join to that are more related to your niche.
You only have to go to Facebook > type your niche (e.g glass making) on the search bar > click Groups on the tabs above, and then it will give you a numerous list of groups.
Make sure that you read the rules before joining as some of them need specific requirements in order to be approved.
Here are some basic groups to start with:
- It’s Better Handmade Group
- Handmade and Bespoke Gift Directory
- *** (Handmade Sharing) ***
- Handmade Craft Network UK
- Etsy..everything wonderful in life
- Etsy treasury, items and sharing
- HandMade Craft Seller & Buyer
- Jewelry for Sale
- Handmade Jewelry Makers
- Etsy and Artfire united
- Etsy deals and promos
- Etsy–Buy Handmade!
- Etsy Fashion
- Chit chat and craft
- Handmade ~ Homemade ~ Crafts
- Craft, craft and networking
- Addicted to Etsy
- Craft, chat, buy and sell
- Craft Living
- Craft Declutter Group
- Crafting in France Together
- The Craft Dome
- Deaf Amazing Crafts
- Craft Hoarders
- Handmade & Crafts for Sale UK
- Craft Connection
- Don’t just Pin It, CRAFT IT!!!
- Colour Therapy, Crafts & Crystals
- Controversial Crafts
- Cape Town Sugar Craft
So now that you’re approved by these Facebook groups, what’s next? Again, read the rules and follow them.
Some of these groups have “networking days” where you are allowed to post your Facebook page to get free likes, but in return, you may also have to “like” the other pages on the post thread as well. Sometimes they require a “like” back, sometimes they don’t.
The best part is, they allow you to post the projects you’re currently working on. From doing so, you will be able to get honest feedback and tips from your fellow artists. You can also get a lot of inspiration from the other works of members.
The benefits of joining groups include:
- Endless source of new tips and trick to get noticed and make sales
- Feel part of the arts and crafts community
- Share new listings and get visitors to your shop
- Request and received feedback and advice on your listings and shop setup
- Connect with other Etsians on your social media
- Share links to your other places online – such as pinterest, stumble and blog posts.
- Connect with Etsians in your local area
- Keep up to date with what’s going on within the Etsy community
- Market your Etsy shop and help promote other artists and crafters.
As you can see there are still a lot of Facebook groups you can join to that were not included in the list above.
Feel free to search more groups, join, and socialize. And then see the difference it will make on your handmade business. Good luck!