Etsy Fees and Pricing Palava

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Wow, what a morning I have had. Sorting out pricing is by far one of the most difficult, tedious aspects of running your own business. Throw in Etsy and it’s change in pricing system and my brain is on the verge of exploding!

I’ve spent my last week increasing my prices to adapt to the raise of fees to 5%. But then, due to my own stupidity (and probably because I’ve only just starting selling lots on Etsy and before was left unaware), realised that not only is there a transaction fee that is taken off before you receive the money in your bank, but there is also a payment processing fee. I did not know this (I know, an error on my part, but seriously, it’s not black and white and this processing fee doesn’t appear until your monthly bill shows up in your inbox – there must be others out there who did the same? No? Just me?!).

So, here, to try and help anyone else struggling, I’m going to do my best to show you how it works (please note these are based on UK fees):

Price you charge for Item you are selling + Postage and Package: £180

Original listing fee ($0.20): £0.16 (based on today’s conversion rate)

Transaction fee (5% of total sale price): £9

Payment Processing fee (4% of total sale price) + £0.20: £7.40

Total fees: £0.16 + £9 + £7.40 = £16.56

Well, at least I think that’s right. It’s near enough right, maybe a few pence here and there. Please feel free to correct me, but I am NOT changing my prices again!

Now, I don’t have a problem with businesses charging to use their services, obviously; if it wasn’t for Etsy I wouldn’t have got the orders in the first place. But it’s my customers that I feel for. This adds a lot of money on to the total price. And I’d like to be able to just suck up the cost myself, but I’m already charging the very minimum in order to gain the business in the first place. It’s a catch 22!

But, in good news, items are cheaper on my website www.mrskdesigns.co.uk, because I don’t have fees! So head on over there people!

Happy Etsying and good luck!

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Logo Design for Raphael Bond Ltd

Today I’m sharing a logo from another new business set up.

Logos - Raphael Bond

Raphael Bond Ltd provides business development, property and project management for the education and care sector. The Director Mark is the husband of a very good friend of mine. I always find it more difficult doing design work for people you know – what if they hate it? What if they judge me? What if they regret coming to someone they know rather than going to a super big corporation? I have to see these people on a regular basis!… I know, I know, have more confidence in yourself Helen!

So, this was a tricky one design wise. The business is one of a kind offering a whole range of services, that and Mark is more than likely going to develop the business to reach further sectors; after discussions we decided that imagery and a tagline were’t an option here. The logo just needed to be simple, just words. I find simple hard. I like a logo to say exactly what it is the business offers. But I’m happy with the outcome, and more importantly so is the client. Hurrah. Another job done.

The Mama Journal Logo

Another day, another logo! I told you I had been busy working with new businesses.

Logos - The Mama Journal

This one is for a new blog called The Mama Journal – promoting and championing mamas and the amazing things they do! Obviously something that is very close to my own heart, being a work from home Mum.

Pop over and take a look at the blog themamajournal.com Rupa’s writing is superb!

Indian Logo Design

Wow, it appears to be a busy time of the year for new businesses. This last month I have produced four logos, that’s a lot for my little business.

Today I’d like to share with you this little beauty. I have to admit that I’m a little bit in love with this logo… those colours are amazing!

Logos - Jhumka Jewellery

Aarti is starting her new business Jhumka Jewellery, selling, well yes, Jhumka jewellery. (Who wouldn’t want a pair of those earrings right?) I have worked with Aarti before; producing her wedding stationery, so it was an absolute honour that she came back for a logo design. I wish her every success in her new venture x

Helping A New Business Begin It’s Adventure

 

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping a new business to get off the ground – whether that be through creating an identity with branding and logo design, or producing marketing materials to promote to their future customers.

This project was a special one for me as Nicola Hawtrey Jewellery, is owned by my dear friend Nicky. Her stunning handcrafted jewellery is just beautiful. She needed a logo to reflect the elegant, rustic, earth elements of her designs. We chose to keep it simple with font only, in a beautiful gold tone.

Her work is a real labour of love, pop over to her Instagram page and take a look Nicola Hawtrey Jewellery Instagram Page

Getting on Board with Pinterest

 

I LOVE Pinterest! I really do. I love browsing for ideas for my house, for gifts, for upcycling, but using it for business…wow, that’s a whole new ball game! I started a Pinterest page years ago, but I didn’t really do anything with it business wise. But today I have pinned, pinned, pinned. I’ve created boards galore to showcase my work. Now I just need to work out how it really works. Any suggestions on how to boost sales using Pinterest is very welcome.

If you want to take a gander here you go…Mrs K Designs Pinterest Page

Country Hounds Logo Design

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Country Hounds Logo

Here is the new logo for brand new business Country Hounds.

The clients’ brief was to include a Labrador and the colour teal, and this is the final result. I love the simplicity of the two colours.

Sometimes creating a logo can be hard work, especially for a new business when the client has so many ideas but doesn’t know exactly which direction they want to go in. But Jasminee from Country Hounds was a dream to work with. I wish her every success in her new venture x