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I can’t get enough of super tiny leather keychains. When I have extra time (which is rare) I click out shapes and make lovable little keychains.

Here is there newest one:

 

The perfect AFFORDABLE personalized genuine leather gift. CLICK HERE to view it on my website.

This lil’ love measures only 1.25″ and is thick cut from huge 8/9 oz hides, this tiny key chain will last GENERATIONS. Super lightweight to not weigh down your keys. Split ring hole is reinforced with a matching silver grommet.

The Customer-Funded Business: Start, Finance, or Grow Your Company with Your Customers’ Cash

I was so absolutely excited about this book that I consumed it faster than most books I acquire. However, it left me feeling severely disappointed. Sure, many of the examples given in this book started out solely customer funded. But ALL examples ended up acquiring investors and or funds from other sources.

The synopsis reads :”Who needs investors?” Apparently, everyone in this book did.

The author also completely dismisses bootstrapping. Which in itself was questionable.

Sadly, I gained very little from this book.

As a business owner who does not intend on ever seeking investors or using debt as a way to grow my business, I could have skipped this book. I wish I would have.

 

Also: I listen to books daily on Audible. This book repeated a few names hundreds of times (example: Vente Privee and GUNTA (sp?). The names were repeated so many times that at one point I ended up screaming and skipping a chapter ahead. I hope I never have to hear these names again. Gah!

 

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For January 2016 I set a goal to target Instagram accounts with high amounts of followers for paid advertising and gave myself a $200 budget.

I personally have 13.7k Instagram followers (@aminabaker.exsect) and have always had great success with sales when posting items on my Instagram account. Why not target a much larger audience that just my personal followers?

I contacted Instagram accounts created and managed by private persons who curate handmade items. They offer to feature your item/shop/story for a fee. Usually $15-30 a feature. The fee guarantees the featured spot vs. wishful tagging and crossing my fingers for a feature (no time for that anyway).

I targeted 7 different accounts that collectively have 1,000,000 followers. I have features that ran or are scheduled to run on all of the following: @etsyusa @hellolovehandmade @handmadeloves @etsyfavorites,@etsyhunter & @etsyelite

My features are scheduled all throughout January-July 2016

I absolutely understand that ‘pay to play’ isn’t for everyone. However, I find it to be very interesting.

 

FEATURE REVIEWS:

Instagram @etsyusa : 106k followers – $31.50 a feature – 875 hearts on my feature

My Jan 30th @etsyelite feature was a success! I landed a huge wedding order of 100+ luggage tags plus a few other little sales here and there came directly from the feature.

Despite have a lower number of followers, @etsyusa has more interaction with their followers. I do recommend @etsyusa.

 

Instagram @handmadeloves : 125k followers – $25 a feature – 774 hearts on my feature

Ive seen no real ROI with my Feb 10th @handmadeloves feature. While I did have $427 in sales that day and 1007 views, there was no real difference in my stats from previous days this month.

There was an odd filter placed over my photo. Which is fine, but it looks a bit off.

ALSO, my @handmadeloves feature was scheduled for Feb 9th but was not posted. I had to email them the following day to inquire about why the feature was not posted. They then posted it that day.

For this reason, I would not recommend @handmadeloves

 

Instagram @etsyfavorites : 161k followers – $30 a feature – 1,156 hearts on my feature

I had a small uptick in direct views on the day of this feature. The featured item sold 3 times on the day it was featured. This accounts posts very often, sometimes up to 6 times a day. Your feature gets buried VERY quickly. Thus limiting the exposure.

 

 

Instagram @etsyhunter : 169k followers – $23 a feature – 1,460 hearts on my feature

I saw a HUGE uptick in direct traffic from this Feb. 15th feature. In fact, the most direct traffic views I’ve had in the past 30 days came on the day of this feature.

I also gained the greatest amount of new Instagram followers from the @etsyhunter feature (over 100) and the featured item sold 4 times on the day it was featured on @etsyhunter. This account posts 2-3 updates a day giving you far greater exposure.

I recommended @etsyhunter over all of the rest. I would personally use @etsyhunter again

 

My next feature is scheduled for March 14th on @hellolovehandmade

 

And so the adventure begins… indeed.

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My husband and I are so very excited to announce the arrival of our first child in September 2014! However, this changes many things for me and Exsect Leather Company. As I am a one woman show, many items will be discontinued or deactivated for the first few years of my beloved baby’s life. Many larger and time consuming items now have a much longer wait time or will no longer be offered. Current turn around for every item I make is below. Thank you so much for your patronage and I wish you all the very best!

Hearts! Amina Munster-Baker

View all items available on http://exsect.etsy.com + http://exsect.com

 

***RUSH PROCESSING is available for the items below! Guaranteed to ship in 1-2 business days, must check out with RUSH PROCESSING listing:
~ Luggage Tags
~ Cord Organizers
~ Leather Valet Trays

Current production times for items with standard processing:

3-5 business days to ship:
~ Cord Organizers with Standard Processing
~ Women’s No Beard No Chance and Death before Decaf shirts

1-2 weeks to ship:
~ Luggage Tags with Standard Processing
~ Valet Trays with Standard Processing
~ Passport Holders
~ Standard Camera Straps, Skinny Neon Camera Straps & Camera Wrist Straps
~ Ombré Chevron Camera Strap
~ Natural, Coffee, Caramel, Solid Black and Sunburst style belts
~ Keychains and Key Fobs
~ Ombré Chevron Stacking Bracelets
~ Yellow Deerskin Bikini Tops
~ Leather Journals

6-8 weeks to ship:
~ Belts with American Flag Painted Letters
~ Dog Harnesses
~ Texas and Confederate Flag Bikini Tops
~ T-Shirt Alterations
~ Furry Boot Covers

At this time I am not offering :

Belts with painted letters other than Sunburst style and American Flag
Belts with Custom Hand Tooled Fonts
Dog Collars
Dog Leashes
Kidney Belts
Wallets
Shears Cases
Firemens Radio Straps

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Owl luggage tag. Traveler information can be written on the back with silver or gold sharpie! Great gift for any freebird you know!

Discounts for multiple tags. Great for holiday gifts, family travel vacations, wedding gifts etc.

1.75″ X 3.5″ genuine leather luggage tags. Superior suede lacet tie. Sturdy, durable and personalized.

Two leather finishes available : Caramel (pictured with tan lacet tie) and wine stained. Special hand mixed dye sets into embossing to create a dark impression. All finishes give an antiqued look.

 

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Rooster luggage tag. Traveler information can be written on the back with silver or gold sharpie! Great gift for any freebird you know!

Discounts for multiple tags. Great for holiday gifts, family travel vacations, wedding gifts etc.

1.75″ X 3.5″ genuine leather luggage tags. Superior suede lacet tie. Sturdy, durable and personalized.

Two leather finishes available : Caramel (pictured with black lacet tie) and wine stained (pictured with tan lacet tie). Special hand mixed dye sets into embossing to create a dark impression. All finishes give an antiqued look.

 

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Hand crafted with only the most durable 8 to 9 oz 100% natural cowhide leather. 20″ lens strap hangs tightly or loosely from large fashionable grommets. All hardware is heavy duty military grade. Screw posts are tightly secured. Confidently carry around up to 100 lbs. of equipment (excessive, I know). Durable swivel hooks make for fast detachment. Hold up to 4 (four) lens cases.

Other manufacturers charge $175 to $195 for an inferior product assembled with shoddy supplies. My goal is to make this event photographers necessity affordable.

Caramel leather is pictured. Gold or silver hardware available.

Great for wedding photographers.

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Gorgeous leather camera wrist strap!

Introducing Exsect Leather Co. Simple Line! Quality leather goods at lower prices!

Many leather stains available! Your choice.

Customize with up to 5 characters (letters and/or symbols)

Special hand mixed dye sets into embossing to create a dark impression. All finishes give an antiqued look.

The leather strap measures:
3/4″ wide
7″ long from end to folded end, not including clip and ring
The clip and ring set measure 2′ long on each side for a total strap length of 9″

Some style cameras will need both the clip and ring, some will only need the clip. All wrist straps come with both attachments.

This camera strap is design for easy attachment and easy detachment. No more fussing with the terrible slider traps that ship standard with most cameras! As a professional photographer, quick change out is a must! The standard straps are simply unacceptable.

 

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Leather camera strap! Personalized with any name, company or phrase!

Many leather stains available! Your choice.

Customize with up to 15 characters (letters and/or symbols)

The leather strap measures:
1 1/4″ wide
34″ long

The clip and ring set measure 2′ long on each side for a total strap length of 38″. Some style cameras will need both the clip and ring, some will only need the clip. All camera straps come with both attachments.

This camera strap is design for easy attachment and easy detachment. No more fussing with the terrible slider traps that ship standard with most cameras! As a professional photographer, quick change out is a must! The standard straps are simply unacceptable.

 

 

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Skinny neon leather camera strap! Super excited to introduce this new line of camera straps.

Tired of big bulky manly camera straps? You are in luck! The new skinny neon line is here! Camera straps are genuine leather and STRONGER than those cheap ugly straps that come with your camera.

More images to come soon!

Many leather colors available! Your choice of neon purple (pictured), neon pink, neon orange, neon yellow, neon green or neon blue.

The leather strap measures:
5/8″ wide
34″ long

The clip and ring set measure 2′ long on each side for a total strap length of 38″. Some style cameras will need both the clip and ring, some will only need the clip. All camera straps come with both attachments.

This camera strap is design for easy attachment and easy detachment. No more fussing with the terrible slider traps that ship standard with most cameras! As a professional photographer, quick change out is a must! The standard straps are simply unacceptable.

 

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