So you have downloaded the Poshmark App … now what?
This is a question that seasoned Poshmark users get asked daily… with good reason! It can be overwhelming and downright confusing! I had a friend who introduced me to Poshmark and the basics on how it works… I think I stared at the app for a week before listing something. After reading everything I could about it and all the fine print, I gave it a shot.
Then, eventually, I had a couple of super friendly users take me under their wing and answer questions along the way.
The rest was trial and error. As you read my blog posts you will find they are mostly tales of mistakes I have made and lessons I have learned.
Here is a quick and simple 5 step guide for your first 7 days…
I hope you read the guidelines in the menu portion of the app. I know, the fine print isn’t the most fun to read, but DO IT. You need to know the rules, trust me.
Let’s get to it:
5 Step Guide to your First Week on Poshmark
A simple guide to jump start your closet in the first 7 days
Step 1: Set up your MEET THE POSHER listing.
This listing is made automatically for you with a generic format. Edit this with the photo you want and a few words about yourself- this will let people know that you are active on the app and ready to sell. Even if you plan on only buying at first- sellers like to know about their customers. This is a very social app!
Step 2: Start Listing.
The Poshmark app is very user friendly and will guide you. Take a couple of photos and accurately describe your items. If you ignored my earlier suggestion to read up on the rules … now is the time. It’s not that Poshmark doesn’t want you sell what you have laying around- some items you cannot ship through USPS- so make sure you are compliant! Examples of items you cannot list : Household items, nail polish, perfume, flat irons, books, and video games. NO, it’s not illegal to ship a DVD, but you cannot ship nail polish or other flammables though USPS Priority Mail (which is the only way you can ship through Poshmark). Find another app for those and ship appropriately. Plus, you want to make sure that you are not infringing on copyrights and stuff. Here is a link to Poshmark blog with a brief overview of listing rules click HERE.
I recommend listing as much as possible with a broad range of brands… the more you have listed, the more chances are that someone will find you through a search.
Step 3: Start following people.
Now that you have a couple of items listed…
Start following people! Follow Suggested Users (under the “Find People” section) to get started. You can also follow the closets that they follow. Why? When you follow someone- they usually follow back. Followers are key because when you “share” they are the people who see your listings in their newsfeed.
Go to your Main Menu > Find People
There you will find the Suggested Users (these are featured closets that have achieved that status basically by being outstanding community members.
Also, you can find new closets and people in your area.
Step 4: Share your closet.
After you get a few followers…
Share your closet. Hit the little share button and it goes out to your followers. If they “share” it- then it goes to their followers! After you share your closet a bit- go to the news feed and share listings of closets that you follow. They will typically share back (maybe not right away but most people get around to it). Again, it’s going to go to their followers, that’s what you want!
You will get alerts for virtual parties, there are 3 parties every day with particular themes. When ever possible- share your appropriate items to those parties because you will reach all the users shopping these parties!
AVOID these common Newbie mistakes.
Trading- while it’s not “against” the rules- its an easy way to be scammed (items never being shipped, not as described, etc) and Poshmark does not “protect” you or reimburse your account if something goes awry.
Going off grid and accepting payments through PayPal (This IS a violation of rules if not paid through the app and you can run into the same problems as with trading).
Making comments on others listings to “come visit your closet” or saying “I have this is my closet too!” Both examples are considered advertising your closet and it’s not ok.
Don’t be “helpful” and comment on prices of other people’s listings (i.e. “I saw this at T.J. MAXX for $7 !!!) If you ACTUALLY want to purchase it- submit an offer. If you found it cheaper somewhere else- GO BUY IT THERE. Let the seller do their thing. Quite frankly, it’s a jerk move. You will feel the same once you start listing and selling 🙂
- Be patient! the first sale is always the hardest to make. It took me 2-3 weeks to make my first sale.
- Like with most social media sites- if you want to address someone- you have to use the @ symbol before the closet name.
- When in doubt- Ask someone! If you don’t have a friend or a PFF, just do a “tips” search and you will find tons of listings from Poshmark users who want to help! They can give you advice or explain things like “making an offer” or “bundling.”
- If there is something specific to your account, like payment issues, or general questions- reach out to Poshmark Support. (email email@example.com, there is no phone #)
- Have fun!
If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right!
REPEAT STEPS 3 & 4 DAILY (follow and share)
Do you want to be a PRO right out of the gate?
Here are a few ways to step up your game immediately!
- Get your photos right from the beginning! Here is my post that explains your secret weapon “Natural Lighting.”
- Ship your sales in cute packaging. You don’t have to spend much, get tissue paper, cute tape, note cards- or make your own!
- PROMOTE the heck out of your closet. If you don’t want to use your personal social media for your business- set up a separate account on Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest, etc and start sharing your listings there too! There are special Poshmark Contest/Challenges from time to time on Instagram and you definitely want to participate.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments OR if you have advice you want to add, please do!
(This post was updated on 2/8/2017 to reflect previous changes to what we can list on Poshmark}