What makes the Guild Different
Your very own Store
Let’s face it, tech is hard, not to mention pricey! Well we take care of that, including SEO optimisation, leaving you to get on with what you do best.
We don’t take any commission on your sale. Obviously, EVERY online payment gateway takes a processing fee, but after this the sale is all yours, HAPPY DANCE!
Forget Listing Fee’s
The main focus of the Guild is to help your small business to succeed and not be afraid to grow! No one should be struggling to pay quarterly listing fee’s, even if they’re having an off month!
No annoying Algorithms
Running your business should be your main focus. We won’t have you chasing after random algorithms, that can make your business vanish into the abyss quicker than you can say “bugger!”
The Silk Purse Guild SECRET Sauce
Are you having difficulty with marketing? You know your product is great, but it’s not reaching the right people? If you’re interested in running giveaways, building an email list of devoted customers, and strengthening the foundation of your small business, then you are in the right place.
ALL Guild members have access to an amazing in house marketing program called “The Secret Sauce” which can skyrocket your reach and engagement on the Socials.
To help with sales we include 2 “Coupon Canons” a year too! – worth £160!
Are you a Handmade business owner based in the UK? If you are, and you have a Stripe Account and at least five gorgeous items, we’d love to hear from you!
We require photographs and links to your socials, because we’re devoted to providing our customers with the top-notch products and services the UK has to offer.
You can chose either monthly or yearly, once the free plans have ended. Currently the only plan available is the 12 MONTHS FREE plan, which will be offered to the first 100 LIVE stores on site. To get the COUPON CODE, you need to join the mailing list
Absolutely! You’re under no obligation to continue, once the FREE period is over. We hope that you’ll fall in love with the Guild, but should you decide to leave, we will wish you all the very best for the next stage in your business journey.
We work exclusively with Stripe Account holders. It’s the best payment gateway for the software that we use, and we feel it offers the very best payment protection, for both the sellers and the customers.
In order to open a store in the Guild, you will need a Stripe Account and you must ensure that you sign up using your Stripe Account email address. This allows your customers to pay you directly, and right away, same as if you were at a craft fair, or your very own store.
As a seller, you are solely responsible for your tax obligations. Make sure that you are up to date with HMRC and fully understand the current rules and regulations regarding your tax. We found this resource particularly helpful – TAX FOR SOLE TRADERS UK.
Absolutely! Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to offer automatic downloads. If you’re dealing with digital goods, you understand the importance of the 20% Digital Goods Tax. With the end of the VATMOSS scheme due to the UK’s exit from the EU, paying digital goods tax has become very complicated.
To make sure that you and your customers don’t have to worry about the tax in all the countries you’re selling to, we’ve decided to treat digital products just like physical products. To make it easy, if you want to sell digital products through the guild, you’ll need to be able to send them to your customers through email, no download link needed!
And this system has some added perks! You can build a better connection with your customers by keeping them up-to-date with products you’re working on, as well as any upcoming offers and sales. The Silk Purse Guild isn’t for companies that want to provide tons of downloads in a flash – we’re here for small, handmade businesses who are willing to go the extra mile when it comes to customer service.
By listing your products for sale, you agree to follow UK legal guidelines regarding copyright, insurance and CE testing for your products, when selling online in the UK. Here are some really useful links to help you:
The best article I have found regarding Craft Insurance, and all the in’s and out’s
Hell no! This is YOUR business, and we’re determined to help you to grow. We don’t earn money off YOUR profits, so we have NO PROBLEM with you introducing your customers to your own website, or Etsy store.
We’ll be delighted to see you contacting your customers directly and will even help you to build your very own mailing list, which we feel is the beating heart to your business, not to mention marketing GOLD DUST!
They are YOUR customers, right?
Submitting your application to join the guild can take a week to go through, as we take the time to make sure we’re the perfect fit for your Handmade Business.
We only accept UK-based companies that are small and create handmade products, and once your application is accepted, you’re all set!