Prior to talking with Callee, I thought the idea of running an Etsy-based ecommerce business was not possible, or if it was, it had to be fraught with insurmountable difficulties.
I was wrong…
Callee runs the Etsy shop Bestowed Essentials, she also runs her own ecommerce website BestowedEssentials.com and recently launched (back in July) her own podcast – Hippie Haven… And she does all this from her 2014 Ram Promaster cargo van as she travels the U.S. living the nomadic life!
Callee is a former U.S. Navy veteran and now a full-time van lifer, she sells her own handmade line of ethical and eco-friendly self-care products and is very passionate about educating and helping others reduce waste.
We talk about how she first learned about the gravity of plastic pollution and how that opened up the door to the her involvement in the Zero Waste lifestyle movement. More than that, we get to discuss how you (and others) can play a part in helping to preserve the earth for now and for future generations.
And that’s just the beginning… We also talk about:
- The ins and outs of running a mobile ecommerce business… It’s actually not as daunting as I thought it would be
- Using Shopify to create an ecommerce site and how she customized hers to make it just absolutely gorgeous
- Working with subscription box services
- Working with remote employees/virtual assistants
- Using Pinterest and SEO to drive traffic to her ecommerce site
- Working with bloggers to get backlinks to your website
- Sending traffic to your Etsy shop vs. your ecommerce site
- Blog SEO vs. ecommerce SEO
- Time management when living a mobile lifestyle
- And so much…
- Callee’s podcast – Hippie Haven Podcast
- Documentary about plastic pollution in the oceans – A Plastic Ocean (DVD version for those who don’t have Netflix)
- Learn how to live the Zero Waste lifestyle – GoingZeroWaste.com
- YouTube Channel the Callee used to learn her craft – Soap Queen TV by Bramble Berry
- Logo designer (it may take few tries, but there are some gems to be found here) – Fiverr
- Subscription box directories – just type that search term into any search engine and you’ll find quite a good number to start jumping into
- Platform for building ecommerce site – Shopify
- Facebook groups (connect here to find virtual assistant help) – Location Independent Biz Babes and Living the Laptop Lifestyle
- Pinterest scheduling tool – Tailwind
- Creating social media graphics – Canva
- Shipping labels (for U.S. customers only) for selling on Etsy and through your Shopify store – PirateShip
- Productivity and organization app – Moment app (currently only available for iOS, you can sign up on the waiting list for Android users)
CONNECT WITH CALLEE
- Instagram: @ahippieinavan
- Facebook group: The Hippie Haven
- Blog: A Hippie In A Van
- Website: BestowedEssentials.com
- Etsy shop: Bestowed Essentials
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