Etsy CEO Josh Silverman sent out an email today to Etsy Sellers assuring them that Etsy will be here and is working with them to manage through this crisis.
We are all going through very trying times. As Etsy’s CEO, I’m acutely aware of the important role we play in the lives of our entire community.
In times of crisis, small businesses and the self-employed face enormous financial challenges.
This is the community that Etsy is built to support, because behind every purchase, there’s a person, not a factory.
Etsy is here for you
At times like these, we long to surround ourselves and those dear to us with objects that provide comfort, joy, and relief – a cozy blanket, a kids crafting kit, some calming candles.
From self-care to workspace organization to games and toys, Etsy has it. But unlike other retailers, when you buy those items here, you’re directly making a difference in people’s lives.
You can help small businesses
Small businesses need support now more than ever, but supporting them can seem hard when visiting the local shopping district is discouraged.
Simply choose to shop on Etsy. We have well over 2 million sellers open for business, often working out of their homes to create something that you’ll use and cherish everyday.
Steps Etsy is taking
We are also taking significant steps to assist sellers in continuing to have a steady stream of sales and have more money on-hand to put towards their daily needs.
- Etsy will invest $5,000,000 over the next month to drive sustained business for sellers
- We will also provide a one month grace period to any seller who needs extra time paying their bills
We believe these programs will meaningfully help sellers during these challenging times.
We’re one community
History has shown us that during times of greatest difficulty, we see the best of humanity. Our choices have the potential to meaningfully help those who need it most.
The email concludes by Silverman thanking sellers for being part of the Etsy Community.
What do you think about Etsy’s outreach to sellers and does it make you feel better to be part of the marketplace?
Please use the comments section below or head over to our Facebook Group for Small Business Sellers and interact with other small business owners.