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By thequeensenglishprints, Jan 22 2016 08:30AM

Selling online can be vastly daunting for a newbie… after all, it’s a big, big marketplace for your tiny little product – where do you even start? If we take a nostalgic little detour back to the good old days (I'm referencing the period of mankind’s existence which, dare I say it, pre-dates the internet) setting up a pretty shop-front on a high street with heavy footfall was your prize turkey – and if the rent was cheap and the locals were rich, even better!


Fast-forward to today’s e-commerce marketplace, and there are millions of would-be shopkeepers sitting in their front rooms competing for a spot on a global high street that’s already noisy, manic and hideously over-crowded. If you don’t have your SEO down, it’s unlikely anyone will ever find their way to the front door of your lovely little virtual shop, let alone step inside and browse through the goods.


But what if there was something even the unlikeliest trader could do to increase their chances of success? What if, just off that crazy, filthy global high street there was a stylish bohemian avenue that only the loveliest of shopaholics liked to frequent? An alternative little suburb where cheap imports, mass produced nasties and poor quality knock-offs were simply banned from sale, and serious shoppers were attracted by the guarantee of beautiful handcrafted goods and top-notch customer service?


Hello Etsy.


If you have never ambled through Etsy before, you’ll be unfamiliar with its concept of guaranteeing only to stock products that are beautiful, unique and full of love. Full of love, because nothing on Etsy has been put together by a piece of machinery on a production line far, far away… rather Etsy is reserved purely for the sale of products which have been individually handcrafted by skilled artisans, who love what they do so much, that they want to let the world in on it.


It’s without the cheap-as-chips Hong Kong imports of eBay, neither does it play host to the big brands of Amazon, so you needn’t compete against anyone you simply don’t have the arsenal to deal with. Likewise, as a seller on Etsy, you can rest assured that all the soul you’ve poured into your wholly unique product range will be entirely appreciated by your customers… who only turned left onto this bohemian little avenue in the first place, because they’re looking for exactly what you’re offering. And they can smell good cake.


So on Etsy, your competition is manageable, your potential customers are already looking for you, and your landlord is a great guy who wants you to succeed! Etsy itself provides a range of tools, guides, communities and money-saving offers to help you hit the ground running, as well as a fantastic dashboard that allows you to keep track of your shop’s performance on a daily basis, and make the appropriate adjustments.


And speaking of money-saving offers, as Etsy insiders ourselves, we at The Queen’s English Prints can offer you a very special helping hand if you’re looking to join us on the avenue – open your Etsy shop using this link, and list your first 40 products for FREE! If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re probably the kind of heart-and-soul trader that would fit right in with a pretty little shopfront beside ours… and you’re more than welcome to move in!


And of course, it goes without saying that you’re more than welcome to stop by our Etsy Shop any time you like. We’re always inside, and we do love company. And cake. It wouldn’t hurt if you brought cake.




By thequeensenglishprints, Jan 15 2016 08:30AM

I know what you’re thinking... ‘The Queen’s English Prints’. It’s a bit long-winded... a bit of a mouthful... what’s it all about? What’s with all the crowns and the pearls? Well, it started as a mere nod to the beauty of the English language or, as it is otherwise known in more regal circles, ‘The Queen’s English’. (You see where we're going with this...)




Here at the printing palace we specialise in typographic prints after all – and what’s typography without language? Words are quite literally our bread and butter, so we thought it only appropriate that we name ourselves after the most sparkling words in the realm!




It’s also not a lie that we’re a big fan of jewels, tea parties and corgis, so it just all made masses of sense. Earl Grey anyone?








By thequeensenglishprints, Sep 10 2015 07:50PM

I happened to stumble across this quirky ‘100-Day Goal’ incentive from The Business Bakery in my inbox a few weeks back… I almost deleted it, but was intrigued enough to grant it the significant honour of a 10-second once-over, since I happened to be experiencing one of those unique blips in the time-space continuum where both children were happily occupied, and there were no recent acts of vandalism to the home that required immediate rectification. And I’m glad I did.



100 Days


It’s just long enough that you think ‘I’ve got bags of time, that’s nearly a third of a year!’ It’s also just short enough, that you’re quietly aware that it’ll be all spent before Christmas (and if you have the 2.4 million nieces and nephews to buy presents for that I do, then Christmas feels a lot closer than it might do to your average hermit).


The Challenge


So the concept of the 100-day challenge is that you set yourself a tangible goal – a measurable outcome that you wish to achieve by day 100. It could be a sales figure, a customer number, a production quota… whatever your business aim, it needs to be a countable output, that comes about as a result of your 100 micro-inputs that you perform over the course of the afore-mentioned 100 days.


Now I’m all for a good To Do list – my life is entirely run by them. I’ve usually consulted at least 3 of the little blighters by 7am, and there’s nothing more fulfilling than TICKING something off. The problem is that when it comes to business, the bigger my To Do list grows, the more overwhelming I find it, and the less I look at it. And if the words ‘Tax Return’ feature anywhere on the list, you can bet I’m shutting that list down until deadline day.


But what’s unique about this challenge is the timeframe – 100 days is a LOT of days, and if your goal is reasonable, you can break down each step towards that goal into a micro-step, and you only need to do one small thing every day. Just a teeny little thing. Then you’re done. Until tomorrow’s tiny little job. And so on and so forth until before you know it you’ve increased your product-range 5-fold, and have a shiny new website to show it all off on (although it’s all behind the scenes until at least day 30… bear with me). And it feels like you didn’t do much… but you well and truly did.


So gone are the To Do lists of yester-year with no tangible goal, deadline or result… and here to stay (or at least until the 9th of December) is the 100-Day Plan, which has so far motivated me to produce five new product designs, streamline my sales process, and gain a handful of brand new customers that I didn’t have a week ago. And all I did was practically nothing every day. Isn’t that marvellous?


And I’ll let you in on a little secret… some days I was so overcome by this strange ethereal impetus (probably the coffee) that I actually did more than one day’s worth of micro-actions. So if I need a day off from the incredibly arduous task of doing barely anything strenuous at all, I’ve got some in the bag! Phew!


Honestly, try it... and get back to me in 100 days' time! X



P.S - You know this blog entry? This was day 12’s micro action… and we’re only on day 10! So… how much is a long weekend in the Med..?




By thequeensenglishprints, Aug 7 2015 05:51PM



The Queen’s English Prints is a tiny little family-run business, born out of a love of words, art and all-encompassing quirkiness (we’re a quirky family, and we think you can never have too much of that out there in the world). So when you order a personalised print from us, there’s no corporate computer that whirrs into action and automatically produces your print. Instead we have something far more impressive… actual human people.


That’s right, when you place your order, it comes straight through to an actual human person (namely myself), who will produce your print personally – by deciding what will look best where, based on the design you’ve asked for, and the words and phrases you’ve provided.


If I think you haven’t given me enough info, I’ll get in touch with you and ask for more; if you’re after a specific colour background, I’ll get in touch with you and email some samples for you to choose from; If you want to know what happened in Eastenders last night, I’ll get in touch with you and discuss it at length.


Once I’ve put your personalised print draft together (with the professional aid of a couple of cups of tea and a biscuit or six) I’ll email you a draft copy to make sure you’re absolutely ecstatic with it. If you’re not, I’ll tweak it until you are. There are no print-bots here – only a truly personal touch that ensures you receive the very best, most perfect print when all is said and done.


So, whether you’re shopping for yourself, or treating a loved one, once you get your hands on that print you can bask in its absolute beauty and magnificence, knowing that we’ve created it with all the care, attention and patience we’d expect to use if we were delivering a litter of kittens. The truth is, a personalised print from The Queen’s English Prints is significantly less expensive and a lot easier to live with than a litter of kittens, so we recommend you stick with us, have a browse through our designs, and get in touch if you have an idea in mind.



Have a lovely day! x




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