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  • Katie Flynn

My Impressions From One Week On List Perfectly's Pro Plan


This post contains affiliate codes! I do receive a small commission if you choose to use my code! :)

If you've followed my blog at all, you already know that my number one tool that I use for my business is List Perfectly. Just in case you're not familiar, List Perfectly is an AMAZING

eCommerce solution for crossposting, relisting, inventory management and so much more. They're the only service to offer completely unlimited crossposting to over 10 different platforms and using them has made my life so much easier.


If you're interested in giving LP a try, use my code: THEHIPPYEDIT for 30% off your first month! This code works for any plan, but I highly recommend trying out the Pro to start!


I started my List Perfectly journey with the Business Plan, their middle-tier plan. I wanted access to bulk cross-posting and their CSV downloads but wasn't ready to pay for the Pro Plan at $69/month. It worked for a while but I quickly realized that I was missing out on a lot of time-saving features that come with the Pro Plan.

Still, it took me a while to feel ready to upgrade to the Pro Plan because of that price tag. I wasn't confident enough in my business yet to spend that kind of money, but after they released their new Pro Description Builder and Global Description Footers, I decided it was worth it to at least try!


The Biggest Pull


So let's talk about this Pro Description Builder. If you're looking for help optimizing your listings, this is it. This is the tool that will build your descriptions to be fully optimized for search engines and consumer's eyes. I mean they even used eye-tracking study results to help them craft this!


All you have to do is fill out their fields with whatever information you have about that listing, and List Perfectly will do all the formatting! If you want to see what your description will be before listing it,

head down to the Customizations section and check out the Description Preview. I find I usually have to hit "Enter" after filling out the form before it will show up in the preview!


There's even an option to have an optimized title and keywords suggested to you with the Pro Plan. I personally don't use these features because I like choosing my own keywords and titles, but it's there if you want to save even more time!


Optimizing your listings is so important if you want to be really successful selling, but it can also be incredibly tedious. I love that the Pro Description Builder does all that irritating formatting for me because I can spend more time and energy on writing creative descriptions!


What Are "Global Description Footers"??

Only the coolest feature of the LP Pro Plan! If you couldn't tell, I LOVE the Global Description Footers. I think they're one of the most unique, yet useful, features that LP offers, and they've come in handy so much for me.


You enable these Description Footers by heading over to your account settings. Then, you can add a unique footer for each of the platforms that you list on! I love this because each platform has different rules about the language that can be included in your listings. Some platforms have Direct Messaging, while others only have a comment section. Basically, every platform is different, and catering to all of them in one universal description footer can be a challenge.


By using these footers, you can ensure information like shop policies and marketplace-specific information gets added to the end of each listing. For example, I like adding info about my eco-friendly packaging to each listing, but I have to keep it much shorter on Poshmark because that platform allows fewer characters for the description than any other platform.


On Depop, I encourage buyers to DM me to create bundles or for discounts, but that's not something I want to be pushed on Mercari. The Description Footers let me customize for every platform and save me so much time. I used to have to edit each footer by hand depending on the platform I was cross-posting to and it took FOREVER. Now it's taken care of automatically!


But Is It Really Worth It?

YES!! I've only used the Pro Plan for one week, but I can confidently say that it's worth every single penny. I'm so excited about the potential this has to help me grow my business. I was already in love with LP and can't imagine running The Hippy Edit without it. There's a ton of other game-changing features that I didn't even mention such as, the most information gets crossposted on this plan, and you of course have access to their sales analytics and downloadable CSVs, both of which make taxes a breeze!


I'm also super excited to see where they're taking the Pro Plan in the future!

I've heard rumors about a new feature to give limited access to employees or virtual assistants, something I'm beyond pumped to see roll out eventually.

As someone that's looking to bring on help in the somewhat near(ish) future, this was another huge pull for me to upgrade now!


When I started with List Perfectly, I never imagined I'd be the type to write blog article after article raving about how much I love this company, but it's a service that has COMPLETELY changed my business for the better and I can't keep that all to myself! They've created an incredibly supportive community and their customer service is top-notch. Join their Facebook Group if you want to learn more about the amazing LP Family https://www.facebook.com/groups/listperfectly/!


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  • Katie Flynn

Finding A Voice Through Your Business


Recently, I attended a virtual Posh & List host by @bellanblue_jen, @lilian.barillas, and @mkaaykaay. It was a great event with lots of awesome speakers, but the person that really got me thinking about my business in a new way was The Cursing Ballerina (@cursingballerina on IG).


She talked about finding authenticity in your branding and business. The clothes you sell need to represent who you are! She said to ask yourself, do the items you sell represent your brand? Do they make sense together? The majority of your marketing and branding comes directly from what you sell. If your items aren't cohesive, it'll be much harder to market your business!


That was a hard lesson for me to learn at the beginning of my reselling journey. I spent a lot of time when I first started only buying brands that other resellers told me sold well for them. I picked up a lot of items that I would never consider wearing just because they were a brand I'd heard another reseller mention and left behind plenty of adorable pieces that I wish I go back in time for.


I never bothered to pay attention to what those resellers were actually selling these items for or where they were sourcing from either. I didn't even pay attention to styles! I'd see a certain brand on the tag and would just grab without looking up comps or doing any serious research. I figured the more brands I had the better, right?


Wrong. I ended up with a list of inventory that was impossible to market (like this Nike top, Armani Collezioni blouse, and Lauren by Ralph Lauren sweater). I was attracting a million different types of customers which made it so much harder to find ones that really wanted to come back to my store over and over. If I had a more cohesive closet, I'd attract a certain type of cliental and they would be more willing to return because of the consistency of my listings! It's important to have variety, but quality over quantity definitely applies here!


So how do you fix this if you have this problem? Well, I've decided to make a big list of all the items that I just don't believe represent The Hippy Edit. The plan is to drop the prices drastically to see if I can make back some of the money I invested in them, and then anything that doesn't sell in 30 days is going back to Goodwill. I'm looking forward to having space to fill with pieces I'm actually excited to list!

Part of why I've decided to do this is because I've recently expanded to selling on Depop! It's a platform that I'm having a lot of fun with and the sellers on there are inspiring me to step up my game when it comes to what I source. It's also encouraging me to hone in on my voice in my business by pushing me to engage with the community in new ways! Depop is quickly becoming one of my favorite platforms to sell on!


So going forward I'll only be sourcing pieces for you all that I really, truly love and am excited about. That means lots more vintage and quirky pieces will be coming your way very soon! Be sure to follow me over on IG @thehippyedit and @thevintagehippyedit for sneak peaks into the latest listings!

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  • Katie Flynn

Updated Eco-Friendly Packaging!

I love getting creative with my packaging. It's one of my favorite ways to show my customers that I appreciate every single one of their purchases! Every order gets treated the same, no matter the size. Check me out on TikTok to see exactly how I package my orders!


Step 1: Flap & Seal Bags


Every piece of clothing gets put in one of these flap & seal bags from EcoEnclose as soon as they've been photographed and processed. They're made from 100% recycled materials and can be recycled again after they're used! I love them because they protect my inventory from pet hair and dust while being stored and the elements during shipment.


Step 2: Tissue Paper Sealed With A Logo Sticker

I also get my tissue paper from EcoEnclose. It's super affordable and is, of course, made from 100% recycled materials, recyclable, and biodegradable! Most people don't realize it, but the tissue paper you can get at Walmart or other stores isn't recyclable because of a coating put on it. Luckily, EcoEnclose has plenty of options, including some adorable designs!


I create my logo stickers by using my custom logo stamp and blank kraft stickers! I got my stamp from DesignOD on Etsy. It was a really simple a fast proess. All I had to do was pick the size, send them my images and they did the rest! They sent me proofs before creating the stamps and their customer service was so great. After I approved the proofs, they had them made and shipped that same day! My kraft stickers are the only part of my packaging that isn't currently recyclable because of the adhesive on the back, but I'm doing lots of research into some awesome sustainable stickers for the near future!


Step 3: Thank You Cards, We Care Cards & Fun Stickers


I designed my thank you cards in Canva, a service I no longer recommend due to terrible customer service. I've switched over to Adobe Spark and am in the process of redesigning my cards with them! I include a thank you card and a We Care Card from EcoEnclose with every order!

Each order also gets two free stickers! Currently, I buy the stickers from Amazon but I'd love to find a small business to buy wholesale from. I'd love to find some that have to do with mental health, body positivity, being outdoors, plants, or anything else you may have that you believe fits my brand! Email me at thehippyedit@gmail.com if you're interested in working with me!


Step 4: Mailers & Shipping Labels

My shipping labels and mailers both come from EcoEnclose. I use their paper apparel mailers currently, which I absolutely love, but I'm in the process of switching over to their new EcoX Mailers. I'm making the switch because unfortunately, the apparel mailers are not waterproof, but the EcoX Mailers are! They also come in a larger variety of sizes and are a little more flexible than the paper apparel mailers, which makes it easier to package with them. I'm really liking them so far and I'm excited to get more sizes soon!


I use EcoEnclose's Direct Thermal Labels with my Rollo Printer. This is hands down one of my favorite investments I've made for my business. It saves me so much time and money by cutting down on printer ink and tape. The Rollo Printed is a thermal printer, so it doesn't require any ink! It's also one of the few that's compatible with almost any kind of label, unlike other printers that require to use the labels made by the same brand. I've seen other small businesses use their label printers to make all kinds of fun stickers to use with their packaging! The Possibilities are endless!

I also use the shipping labels to seal my orders. I cut them into strips and use another stamp to decorate them! I have a couple of other stamps that I use to add a special touch to each package also. This is yet another reason I prefer kraft mailers to poly mailers, you can write and stamp all over them! As I mentioned before, I invested in a custom logo stamp from DesignOD on Etsy, but I also ordered one that says "Please Recycle Me"! They both came out exactly as I hoped. I honestly can't wait to order more from them in the future (I just need to think of some ideas!)





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