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That would be really amazing.
I contacted Facebook support as per your suggestion, after a long drawn out conversation, I ended up with 'how to' guides.
Not exactly the result I was after.

Let me know what services you offer and I will gladly look, I can't promise I can invest though, as you've read my story, money is sparse atm.

Thanks!

I only want to help you gain some traction, so consider it a favor, not a service. PM me some screenshots of the problem along with a brief explanation and we'll try to figure it out remotely if possible.
 

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I only want to help you gain some traction, so consider it a favor, not a service. PM me some screenshots of the problem along with a brief explanation and we'll try to figure it out remotely if possible.
Will get onto this tonight. this is amazing thank you
 

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Awesome progress! I have just launched my own e-com brand in the UK and I have to ask, how do you go about international shipping? Assuming you package everything and send it off yourself, small parcel prices to the US are pretty pricey.
 

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A very very inspiring story! The comments made by the Government towards your industry is disgusting, and the posters/ads were incredibly patronizing.

By the way, how did you pick up a laser cutter for so cheap?
 

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Awesome progress! I have just launched my own e-com brand in the UK and I have to ask, how do you go about international shipping? Assuming you package everything and send it off yourself, small parcel prices to the US are pretty pricey.

Hey, I just looked at what everyone else was charging.
I very occasionally take a loss of a couple of quid but Im happy with that as international orders tend to be over £30.

Ive got 3 international shipping profiles.

Ive screenshot them and added below.

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Forgot to add you need to grab some International Customs labels for free from the Post Office and use them to stick on the front of parcels for orders sent to anywhere other than Europe.
 

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A very very inspiring story! The comments made by the Government towards your industry is disgusting, and the posters/ads were incredibly patronizing.

By the way, how did you pick up a laser cutter for so cheap?
Erm... don't know google? lol
Its not high end, its not a large bed - its an A4 sized bed, we don't need a large one. Maybe thats why ?
 

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Another update for you all.
We are currently Week 8 since launch.

I've still not linked Facebook to Shopify, but to be honest, Ive not had time to look, it is busy and not ending, wahoooo.

Heres the latest stats.

ETSY STORE
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I've also added where the traffic came from - this is total since opening, it seems the Etsy app itself is working alone as I don't send any Instagram traffic there since opening my shopify store.

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I put 1$ per day on ads a couple of times and didn't really 'feel' the payment so used it for a little while, but currently don't have any ads on either platforms at the moment.

SHOPIFY STORE.

For a brand new store, according to shopify, its in the top 28% of well performing new stores, which a good , I guess!

Heres the latest figures.

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We have hit the international stage, and posted a good few places now, it also looks like we are getting found from direct search despite not concentrating fully on any SEO as yet.
Ive added Google My Business and verified and also added SEO to 50% of my images.

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I've soon realised my workload is absolutely mental - the kids were also off school for 2 weeks and go back to school tomorrow, however our government in the UK have decided to put our country on FULL lockdown for a month so I'm expecting more busy times as everyone heads to e-commerce to shop for Christmas.
We haven't even had time for new product development, we are definitely doing this , this week because the couple of Christmas items that were easily transferable to produce have sold in immediately so we've got to put the hours in. Not like I'm not anyway ...

Things are going great, I'm very proud of myself and looking forward to carrying on.

Thank you for all your support.

Forgot to add my latest Instagram stats...

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Very cool!

Now that you are building a list of customers... is there anything else you can sell them?
I don't even have the capacity to think about email marketing.
I know I need to do, but the mounds of orders means Im doing social media and packing orders.
I expect to get round to this in the next few weeks for a big Xmas last Time launch.
 

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Congrats on thriving during these tumultuous times, excited to continue watching your journey!

Have you put any more thought into launching on Facebook? Could be useful during this lockdown period and Christmas.
 

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Hey, I just looked at what everyone else was charging.
I very occasionally take a loss of a couple of quid but Im happy with that as international orders tend to be over £30.

Ive got 3 international shipping profiles.

Ive screenshot them and added below.

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Forgot to add you need to grab some International Customs labels for free from the Post Office and use them to stick on the front of parcels for orders sent to anywhere other than Europe.
Thanks for that.
 

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Hey @Jemmalee
I love your story thus far; you're a great example of never giving up.
I've worked in the print & design sector for several years now; I've been looking at adding an acrylic cutter to the business. Which model have you been using and how are you finding it? What's the maintenance / consumable cost like?
 

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Congrats on thriving during these tumultuous times, excited to continue watching your journey!

Have you put any more thought into launching on Facebook? Could be useful during this lockdown period and Christmas.

Its time, theres not enough of it at the moment. I spend all afternoon packing orders,
all morning sorting orders, running Instagram etc,

Its definitely on the cards as and when I can get to it.
 

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Hey @Jemmalee
I love your story thus far; you're a great example of never giving up.
I've worked in the print & design sector for several years now; I've been looking at adding an acrylic cutter to the business. Which model have you been using and how are you finding it? What's the maintenance / consumable cost like?

Hi

Thanks
Its a K40 Laser Cutter.
Its a basic model.
If you can invest Id recommend a HPC.
We now have 2 of the above due to demand, but as we grow, so will the quality of the equipment.

Running it, apart from something to keep the water cool (distilled water), not much!
 

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Continued engagement and now have a friendly bunch of people whom I chat with regularly and are regular customers.

The negative bit - Ive attracted the likes of the big boy companies, where it appears I have rustled feathers.
Snarky hidden captions and hashtags aimed at me, my little new brand in the UK against these huge companies that have been going for some years and are very well established,

The word on the street - Im tipping the edge of the industry, and they don't like it!
Consistent customer service, consistent and new content and product releases and the quickest turnaround many have know.
Seems to work.

Etsy
Etsy seems to attract most of my international custom, which a great.
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Shopify
Im in the top 13% of stores that opened at the same time. Im happy with that!

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All in all, its been a manic couple of weeks, I feel drained but can see the light at the of tunnel and its pretty damn amazing.

 

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@Jemmalee - Awesome work! Any tips on growing Instagram followers? I have no idea what to post. I actually hired someone to help do my social media, because I’m so bad at it.
 

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@Jemmalee - Awesome work! Any tips on growing Instagram followers? I have no idea what to post. I actually hired someone to help do my social media, because I’m so bad at it.
Sorry for delay Ive been busy as anything - lead up to Xmas etc..

I went all on Insta. Not used any other platform - well I have Facebook and Pinterest but they are just resharing Instagram or Etsy content.

I literally spend all day and night on it.
I reply to DM's within an hour.I reply to every single comment.
I go and engage on other peoples profiles. I have conversations on DM's.
Upload some pics.
Thats literally it!
They typical stuff.
I think I just got my target market right this time as I have tried to grow profiles before and not managed very well, but it was half hearted and this time it was like ride or die.
So at a guess - about 2-3 hours of my day (split into odd minutes etc) is spent on Instagram.
Effectively thats what they want - you to use their platform over others.
 

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