Interview with Hafsa Taher, Creative Etsy Shopkeeper

Masha’Allah you are an Etsy shopkeeper. Please tell us about your shop.

HafsaCreates is an online store where you can find my handmade cards and gifts. Etsy is a global marketplace, so I’m blessed to work with buyers from Australia to Canada.

 

HafsaCreates CardWhy did you start your crafting with card and what or who inspired you to open your Etsy shop?

My main inspiration to make handmade crafts was my niece, Zarah. When she was three, we worked together creating a Hajj lapbook, Ramadan cards, and painting. Alhamdulillah it grew from there. Now my niece is seven and we still craft together. Her latest project is making bookmarks to raise money for a food bank.

 

You fit your Etsy work in around your full time work. As with work vacations, are there times of the year when you need to close shop?

For the most part, I’m able to manage both Etsy and my full time work, and haven’t had to close my shop yet. But there were times when I was overwhelmed with orders, I had use my vacation hours at work to complete my orders on time.

 

Do you plan to grow your Etsy business?

Over the next year or so, I plan to self host my shop. This means my website – HafsaCreates.com – will host all my products and have a shopping cart functionality for buyers to check out.

I’m also looking into teaching paper crafts locally.

 

What are you favourite and least liked elements of running an Etsy shop?

HafsaCreates Paper ClipsMy favourite would be getting to know buyers from around the world! There was from one Ireland, and another from Singapore and we became friends and now we follow each other on Instagram.

My not-so-favourite elements of running a business would be the self-promotion. I struggle with this because personally self promotion doesn’t sit well with me. I tend to downplay my creation, and yes, I am my worst critic! :)

 

What advice would you give to aspiring Etsy shopkeepers?

They say getting started is half the battle. Though that is true in some ways, staying consistent is the bigger battle. Creating an Etsy shop will take you 30-45 minutes – literally! The challenging part is learning how to take better photos, so the buyers know what they are getting. Writing clear and concise product descriptions that answer buyers questions about the products. Also, there’s a learning curve involved – especially with SEO – so don’t give up. Once you learn it, you’ll be ahead of the game in no time!

 

Young Muslimah Magazine loves to highlight good reads. What book have you read recently that you would you recommend to our readers and why?

My all time favourite book is Companions Of The Prophet (2 Volume Set By Abdul Wahid Hamid). Because it shows you how the sahabas – all blessed – were yet different personalities and each had unique strengths. It reminds me that there is no one particular task or profession that leads you closer to Allah, but in fact, it’s an array of things anyone can do  – whatever your situation may be, we must always strive to be productive and beneficial to the people around us.

 

HafsaCreates MugWhat new projects can readers look forward to from you and where is the best place for readers to find out about them?

I’m working on a number of new projects, but I don’t want to give away too much yet! :)

You can find me at

Facebook: http://facebook.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/

Pinterest: http://Pinterest.com/

Also, you can sign up for my mailing list and receive updates straight to your inbox: http://hafsacreates.

 

Thank you for your time and support to our readers; jazakillahkhayr.

JazakAllah khayr.

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