Have you ever heard the phrase "don't put all of your eggs in one basket?" This means don't put all of your focus on one thing. By putting all of your focus into one thing, you could lose everything all at once.
If you run a shop on Etsy, I highly recommend having a backup plan in case something happens to your shop. I have horror stories about shop owners having their shops deactivated by Etsy without warning.
When running a business on Etsy, always keep in mind that you do not actually own your shop. Etsy owns your shop, and at the end of the day, they have the right to do what they please with it.
While the chances of having your shop deactivated are small, there is always the possibility that it could happen. I believe that it's better to be safe than sorry.
Having a Backup Plan
The first step I recommend taking is to create a blog of your own on WordPress, and set up your shop there. When you do this, you own your shop, and no one can take that away from you. I use the WooCommerce plugin to sell my products. This plugin is free to use, and I highly recommend it.
The potential of losing your shop should not be the only incentive to have a backup plan. At one point, my sales on Etsy began to decline. Having my own website allowed me to continue making money when I wasn't making very many sales on Etsy. Since setting up my website, it has actually become the main source of income for my business, and I no longer focus my time on my Etsy shop anymore.
Save Your Reviews
Saving your reviews should be a part of your Etsy backup plan. If by chance you ever lose your Etsy shop or decide to move on from Etsy, you can use your reviews as testimonials on your blog.
I'm not aware of a way to download your reviews. I just copy and paste them into a Word document.
Backup Your Shop
If your Etsy shop is closed, there is no way to get any of the data from your shop. I recommended backing up your shop at least once a month so that you always have an up to date backup of your shop.
To download your listings and sales history, do the following:
- Click Your Shop > Shop Settings > Options.
- Click on the "Download Data" tab.
- To download your listings click on the "Download CSV" button underneath "Currently for Sale Listings."
- To download your order history, click on the "Download CSV" button underneath "Orders."
What steps have you taken to make sure your business is protected?