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Instagram ads are somewhat hard to figure out. I consider myself to be able to understand most concepts. But when reading the entire Instagram Advertising website it was still quite confusing as to where to start.

So I hired Kit. Kit is my virtual marketing assistant. And is now my #1 amigo when it comes to advertising on Instagram and Facebook. Kit works with my Shopify, Etsy, Big Cartel, Instagram, Facebook and more!

It is amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Simply connect your phone to Kit and sent text messages to set up ads, market your products, post to Facebook, update your business Facebook page, run business reports and run advertisement reports. Initiate contact with Kit by texting “Hi” and have your task complete in under a minute.

The best part: monthly subscriptions to Kit start at $10. I opted for the $25 Kit Pro plan.

Highly recommended. I have chosen wisely and I am down with Kit. My homie, my beastie, my favorite (and only) employee, Kit is my savior. My lighthouse in the dark.

Don’t ever leave me. I love you.

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I found Kit while listening to the Unofficial Shopify Podcast.

In the Dec. 1st 2015 episode linked above, Michael Perry, CEO of Kit, explains advertising on Facebook and Instagram, the benefits and the wonders of carousel ads on both platforms.

Dig it.

 

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If you sell on the Etsy marketplace and become even marginally successful, it is a given that you will encounter copycats. Design thieves. Unimaginative pathetic morons. Whatever you like to call them.

A few months back I came across a seller that offers leather luggage tags. Every single design was copied from an established Etsy seller. They copied six of my designs.

When I asked them to remove the listings they replied “but i want to said is design myself” (seller is located in China).

No. You did not design it yourself. Copying my exact listing titles is a dead giveaway that you copied the design directly from me.

They quickly removed the listing in the sample image below and the other matching tags that said “Wild & Free” not “Free & Wild”

And I am not against other sellers making leather luggage tags. Not by any means. Hell, I even sell blank leather luggage tags in bulk so others can use my exact supplies to create their own designs.

But blatantly ripping off other sellers designs if just ridiculous.

Enjoy this treat (my design is on the bottom):

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In the leather industry, maintaining wholesale accounts with your suppliers is an absolute must. With just a little research, you can easily save 30-70% off of MSRP by simply submitting your business articles to your suppliers.

As all leather purchasers know, Tandy Leather publishes their retail prices and wholesale prices on their website. You do not need paid memberships to take advantage of the lowest offered prices. You simply need to set up an account with them. Be sure that this account is also tax exempt as the supplies you are purchasing are for resale.

Weaver Leather, Zack White Leather and Springfield Leather (just to name very few) all have wholesale sections on their websites. These sections are hidden from the public. Simply contact these suppliers to set up your account and get your mind blown with SAVING$!

All of these companies will require your tax IDs to set up your account.

While requirements vary from state to state, here is a list from wikiHow of things that may be necessary for you to have before beginning to buy and sell products:

• Local Business License: Typically, the city or county where you are operating your business will require that you have a local business license. Just call or visit your city hall to find out what the requirement is in your jurisdiction.
• Sales Tax License: If you live in a state that collects sales tax, you will most likely need this license. Having it will allow you to legally charge sales tax to customers purchasing your items. By calling your State Franchise Tax Board you can find out how to get this license.
• Federal License: This license really only applies to a very small portion of businesses that are selling products or services that are highly regulated by government agencies (i.e., if you are selling firearms or offering investment advice). If you think your business falls into that category, you can call your state government offices for more information. However, if your business is required to have this type of license, it may be best to hire an attorney to make sure you are complying with every law and have all the necessary licenses, permits and documentation.
• Seller’s Permit (also referred to as a reseller’s permit or sales tax permit): This permit is typically required for businesses that are purchasing wholesale products for resale. Usually your State Franchise Tax Board is the agency that grants this permit.

You can also set up payment terms and arrange credit with your suppliers, so make sure to ask them what kind of options they can offer you.

While most of my vendors do offer credit accounts, I NEVER suggest opening lines of credit for your business.

Running your small business entirely DEBT FREE is most beneficial.

 

Texas state leather wedding favors in antique brown sunburst leather finish by Exsect Inc.

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Exsect Inc. is a single maker operated leather company with over 4,300 sales on Etsy. Featuring specialty designs, exclusive leather finishes, reclaimed leather creations and industry standard deviations.

Exsect Inc. is not your grandfather’s hobby shop.

Etsy: http://exsect.etsy.com
Website: http://exsect.com
Instagram: @aminabaker.exsect
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