What are teams?
Teams is a community feature on Etsy where you can connect with other members. With Teams, you can gather at the crossroads of our marketplace and community, meet people with common interests, and collaborate. Shoppers can browse Teams by theme or location to find shops that might interest them.
It’s easy to join an existing team or create a new one where you can share information about running a business in your area, get advice from experienced members, or gather with peers to socialize. Shoppers may also use teams to browse by theme or location and find shops that might interest them.
Team members can stay in touch by signing up for team digest emails, daily emails that include a team's latest discussions.
Before getting started, make sure to read the DOs and DON'Ts of Etsy for rules about participating in Teams. Teams moderate themselves. Every team has one captain, and the captain may appoint one or more leader(s) to help run the team. Etsy is not responsible for membership policies or other actions of individual teams.
Members can self-organize in any number of ways. Here are some ideas:
- Shop owners can create local teams to organize craft fairs.
- Sellers can create global teams to network and promote their businesses.
- Mentors can volunteer to help others, either online or in person.
- Members living nearby one another can meet and hold regular team meetups or educational workshops.
- Bloggers and boutique owners can use teams to curate shops they've featured.
- Members can rally for a charity or other cause. Read the Etsy’s Charitable listing and Shop policies.
- Shop owners can run an online sale or promotion together.
- Shoppers can gather together to share their passion for a style or type of item.
- Members can come up with ways to use Teams that we haven't even imagined yet!
Teams has a special place in Etsy's grassroots community. Back in the early days of Etsy, sellers formed local "street teams," where members gathered together to spread the word about their shops collectively. Next, we noticed sellers who made similar types of items were forming teams online — despite living around the globe. We even saw members start teams for cancer survivor support and charitable causes. Members were starting teams because of common interests or just for fun.
Teams is intended to be flexible, so that our members can use it to self-organize in ways that suit their needs and imaginations. Part of the fun is discovering the creative ways Etsy members use Teams to work together!
Learn more about:
- Creating a team
- Joining a team
- Being a team captain
- Being a team leader
- Using Team Forums
- Moderating Team Forums
- The Teams Fellowship Program
Links and Resources
Joining or creating a team is just the beginning. The fun begins once your team is set up and you can run wild promoting your organization and getting people involved.
- Sign up for the Etsy Success Newsletter to get inspiring news and updates about the teams community.
- Download the Take the Lead Handbook for tips on how to lead an effective community organization.
- Spread the word about your team on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
- Start a team blog or contribute to the blog, if it already exists.
- Join more than one team; there are no limits on the number to which you can belong!
- Invite your friends on Etsy — if the team is moderated, you can send people to the team's profile page and have them apply to become a member.
- Read more about Teams in the Seller Handbook.
Making your team work
- What's in a team?
- How to find a team to help grow your shop
- Apply for a Team Fellowship
- Celebrate team spirit
- Stay in touch with Team Digest emails
Ideas for team networking/activities
- Fellowship teams that rock
- Join the Captain's Quarters - a place for captains and leaders to share advice.
- What to bring to a craft fair
- Featured teams on the blog