Enhance Your Shopify Products with Customized Options

Enhance Your Shopify Products with Customized Options

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Challenges of Moving and Running a Business
  3. Deactivating Etsy and the Impact on Sales
  4. Moving to a Dream Craft Room
  5. Pending Orders and Continuous Business
  6. Requesting Customization Information in Shopify
  7. Using the Variant Option Product App
  8. Adding Customization Options to Products
  9. Upselling with Add-Ons
  10. Copying Options from Existing Products
  11. Final Thoughts


It has been a while since I last posted a video, and that's because my family and I have been in the midst of a move. We recently sold our house and are in the process of closing on our new home. This move has posed some challenges for us, particularly in terms of continuing our business operations smoothly. In order to ensure a more organized and efficient move this time around, I made the decision to deactivate our Etsy shop temporarily and focus on packing and labeling our inventory correctly. While this may result in a temporary decrease in sales, it will all be worth it when we finally settle into our dream craft room in our new home.

The Challenges of Moving and Running a Business

Moving is always a challenging process, but when you also have a business to run, it becomes even more complex. During our previous move, we made the mistake of leaving our Etsy shop open and continuing to take orders. This proved to be a disaster, as we were overwhelmed with the influx of orders and struggled to keep up with production while simultaneously packing and moving. Our lack of proper labeling and organization only added to the chaos, making it difficult to find the items we needed. It was a stressful and exhausting experience that I vowed not to repeat.

Deactivating Etsy and the Impact on Sales

In order to ensure a smoother move this time around, we decided to temporarily deactivate our Etsy shop. Although this means a temporary decline in sales for about a month and a half, it allows us to focus on packing and moving our inventory properly. By deactivating the shop, we can avoid taking new orders during this period and prevent any backlog or delays in order fulfillment. While it was a difficult decision to make, it ultimately serves the best interest of our business in the long run.

Moving to a Dream Craft Room

One of the highlights of this upcoming move is the fact that I will finally have my dream craft room. Moving into a larger space dedicated to my creative endeavors will allow me to better organize my supplies and have easier access to the boxes I need when I need them. The prospect of having a well-structured and efficient workspace is incredibly exciting, and I can't wait to see how it enhances my productivity and creativity.

Pending Orders and Continuous Business

Despite the challenges posed by the move, our business is still up and running. We have some pending orders from companies such as a janitorial company, for which we are working on safety vests, shirts, and aprons. Additionally, we have an ongoing project for a church ministry, creating decor for an upcoming party. These remaining orders, along with a few events we have scheduled, ensure that we are still busy during this transitional period.

Requesting Customization Information in Shopify

One of the most common questions I receive from viewers is how I am able to request customers to enter their customization information when placing an order on my Shopify website. This is especially important for me as I create custom outfits, and I need to know specific details such as names, ages, and need-by-dates. In this tutorial, I will walk you through the process of adding customization options to your products on Shopify.

Using the Variant Option Product App

To add customization options to your products on Shopify, you will need to use the Variant Option Product app. This app is available in the Shopify App Store and allows you to create and manage customization options for your products. While it does come at a monthly cost, I have found it to be well worth it, especially if you offer custom-made items to your customers.

Adding Customization Options to Products

Once you have installed the Variant Option Product app, you can begin adding customization options to your products. Start by selecting the product you want to customize from your store list. Using the app's interface, you can create different options such as text fields, dropdown menus, and date selectors. Make sure to mark required fields as such, ensuring that customers cannot proceed to checkout without providing the necessary information.

Upselling with Add-Ons

One of the benefits of using the Variant Option Product app is the ability to upsell by offering add-ons to your customers. This can be a great way to increase revenue and provide additional value to your customers. For example, you can offer optional accessories or upgrades to enhance their purchase. By clearly indicating the additional cost of these add-ons, you can boost your average order value and maximize your profit.

Copying Options from Existing Products

To save time and effort, Shopify allows you to copy customization options from existing products. This is especially helpful when adding similar options to multiple products. Instead of recreating each option from scratch, you can simply select the "Copy from other products" feature and choose which product's options you want to duplicate. This streamlines the process and ensures consistency across your product offerings.

Final Thoughts

Moving and running a business simultaneously can be a challenging endeavor, but with proper planning and organization, it is possible to navigate these obstacles successfully. By deactivating our Etsy shop, properly labeling and packing our inventory, and using the Variant Option Product app on Shopify, we are ensuring a smoother transition and setting ourselves up for success in our new craft room. While there may be temporary dips in sales and additional work to handle pending orders, we are confident that these efforts will pay off in the long run. Thank you for following our journey, and we look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.


  • Successfully navigating the challenges of moving and running a business simultaneously
  • Deactivating Etsy shop temporarily to ensure a smoother move and proper organization
  • Excitement for the upcoming move into a dream craft room
  • Ongoing orders and continuous business despite the transitional period
  • Adding customization options to products on Shopify using the Variant Option Product app
  • Upselling by offering add-ons to customers and increasing average order value
  • Saving time by copying options from existing products
  • The importance of proper planning and organization during a move and business operations


Q: Can I still place orders while the Etsy shop is deactivated? A: No, the temporary deactivation of our Etsy shop means that we will not be accepting new orders during this period. This allows us to focus on packing and moving our inventory efficiently.

Q: How long will the deactivation last? A: The deactivation of our Etsy shop will last for approximately a month and a half. This timeframe ensures that we have enough time to complete our move and settle into our new home and craft room.

Q: Will this impact the fulfillment of current orders? A: No, we are still actively working on completing pending orders and fulfilling our commitments to our customers. Rest assured that any orders placed before the deactivation will be processed and shipped as usual.

Q: Can I still contact you during this period? A: Yes, you can still reach out to us through our website or social media channels. Although our response time may be slightly longer due to the move, we will do our best to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Q: Will there be any changes to your products or services after the move? A: Our products and services will remain the same after the move. The only difference will be the enhanced efficiency and organization of our operations in our new craft room.

Q: Can I expect any delays in shipping or order processing? A: While we strive to maintain our usual turnaround times, there may be slight delays during the transition period. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work towards completing the move and getting back to full speed.

Q: Will you be offering any promotions or discounts after the move? A: We may consider offering promotions or discounts as a way to celebrate our successful move and thank our customers for their continued support. Keep an eye out for any announcements on our website and social media channels.

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