Saturday, 27 June 2020

Setting up a small biz on Etsy

Some of you may know, recently I set up my own Etsy store, called 3 Girls Mummy Designs after my blog 3 Girls Mummy. My shop is all about printable designs that I have created, including prints for weddings, nurseries and more.


If you’re looking to set up your own shop, please use my referral link and we could both benefit from some free listings! 

 

I am so excited to share with you this business venture I have created during lockdown! Therefore as a new business, I would love to share some of the things I discovered along the way, as well as why I picked Etsy. 

 

What is Etsy?

Etsy is a platform similar to eBay but for creative sellers to make, craft and create their own items and sell them on the site. Made up of different categories the site offers jewellery, toys, art, vintage items and plenty of homeware items. Usually buying on Etsy means buying from a small business and also lots of items on the site have been designed or handcrafted by an individual making the item unique.  

Why Etsy?

Etsy is great for sellers who are looking to sell prints so I decided to go with it, although there are lots of other sellers providing different prints, it’s great to be able to be on the site to get my work shown. As a brand new business starting up into the unknown seems a bit scary, however, I am glad I did as I’ve made sales already. 

 



Using mockups 

One of the coolest things I’ve learnt about displaying my designs is to use mockups. Which are essentially images with a blank place to add your own design, you can get them of photo frames, wood, bottles and lots more. By using mockups to display your design on Etsy it stands out and looks more professional to a potential buyer.  

 

What does the future hold for 3 Girls Mummy Designs? 

Creating downloadable items is an ideal way for items to be received quickly and they can be used right away. However, that isn’t to say in the future, venturing out into framing my products isn’t on my mind. Using a company such as Lil Packaging to buy eco-friendly packaging has given me some ideas if I ever did decide to branch out into sending out physical items. 

 

Friday, 5 June 2020

Here Are The Best Home Improvements For A Growing Family

Are you thinking about completing some home improvements this year? If you have a growing family, some changes are going to be more beneficial than others. Here are some options we recommend. 


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New Flooring 


You might want to start by upgrading the flooring in your property, particularly if you are expecting. For instance, rather than sticking to the carpet throughout your home, you could consider switching to hardwood floors. Or, if you want to cut the costs, laminate flooring is a fantastic possibility. The benefit of laminate flooring is that you will be able to get the floors completed even within a tight budget and they are perfect for spills or messes. It means that you don’t have to worry about issues with your home becoming a disaster zone. You might also want to think about coir matting available from companies like Flooring UK for the entranceway to your home. This is ideal because it’s durable and it’s fantastic for absorbing the moisture that can be traipsed in on shoes. 


Built-In Wardrobes 


You could be investing in new furniture for your home and we recommend that you do explore some built-in wardrobe options. The benefit of built-in wardrobes is that they will be fixed to the wall. As such, you won’t have to worry about them falling over or coming loose which can be incredibly dangerous when you have young children who like to explore. 


As well as this, these wardrobes are ideal because they make the most of the space that you have. This means that they will be ideal for keeping levels of clutter under complete control in your property. They even look great too and will be an attractive selling point when it’s time to move to a bigger place. 


Smart Control


You might also want to think about investing in a smart control system. A smart home is going to be perfect for a family because it will make the home and indeed your entire life, a lot easier to manage. It means that you don’t have to worry about issues with constantly changing the temperature of the property or making sure that tech is switched off at night. With a smart control system, everything like this can be handled with the click of a button. You can even control some systems from your smartphone. 


Solar Panels


Finally, you definitely need to think about energy usage when you have a growing family. This could quickly become the thing that puts the most pressure on your finances. If you have more than one child living at home, it’s easy for the costs to suddenly climb through the roof with everything from games consoles to personal laptops pushing them higher. The best way to tackle this issue is to invest in solar panels. These will ensure that you gain the benefits of alternative energy sources and save a lot of money, particularly through the summer months. 


We hope you love these ideas and look forward to using them to improve your own family home. 


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Thursday, 23 April 2020

5 Things To Consider Before Carrying Out Home Improvements


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If you’re thinking of carrying out home improvements and you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to get started as soon as you can or you’re planning ahead for the future, you need to ensure you’re as prepared as you can possibly be when it comes to your home. Luckily, there are lots of ways in which you can ensure exactly that. From setting a budget in advance to finding the best places to buy materials, the more you’re doing in advance the better. With that in mind, here are 5 things to consider before carrying out home improvements:    


What Is Your Overall Budget?


One of the first things you need to consider when it comes to renovating your home is your overall budget, as this will ensure you’re not spending more than you can afford. Although it may take a little longer, the best thing to do is think about each individual aspect of your renovation in order to create the most accurate budget you can. This means thinking about the cost of materials, the cost of any labour you need and the cost of any repairs you may have to carry out. Once you have done that, you will be able to piece everything together for an accurate figure. If you need help when it comes to setting a budget, you can visit this site here. 


Do You Have A Time Frame?


Although you may not have an exact date you would like your home improvements to be finished, you will probably have a rough idea of when you’d like them to be done. Using this rough date, you can work towards getting everything done on time.


Do You Need To Hire Any Help?


Another important thing to consider when it comes to carrying out home improvements is whether or not you need any help. Although you may be able to do a lot of the work yourself, there may be certain things that you need to contact a professional for. From wiring electrics to repaving the front of your house, there are some things you can’t do alone. For tips and tricks when it comes to hiring contractors, you can visit this site here. 


Where Will You Buy Your Materials?


When it comes to buying materials, you need to be sure you’re buying them from affordable and reputable places. Whether you’re looking for admixtures or wallpaper paste, you need to be sure you’re buying high-quality products. 


Do You Have A Contingency Plan In Place?


Finally, you need to be sure you have a contingency plan in place. After all, you never know what could go wrong. 


With lots of things to consider before you start your home improvements, you can be sure you’re doing all that you can to make the process as simple as it can be. Did we miss anything off of the list Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. 

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