Etsy Selling Tips from a Successful Etsy Seller
Do you have a passion for unique and creative things?
Perhaps it’s handmade jewelry or clothing you’ve personalized with your child’s name or a meaningful phrase? Or you like collecting antiques or craft supplies and putting together creations.
Etsy is an opportunity to turn your hobby into a full-time income.
You might be wondering:
Is it worth it to sell on Etsy?
100,000 times yes.
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Today, I’m excited to share an interview with a successful Etsy seller. This interview is particularly special because it’s with a friend who lives in the same town as me.
I met her at a children’s event at the local library earlier this year. When I heard her story, I must have told it to 5 of my family members that same week.
She’s done what many moms have only dreamt of doing:
Make a full-time income within 4 months of opening up her Etsy shop!
At the time, she was on maternity leave. She was able to quit her job before her set return date!
I’m so grateful that my friend agreed to share her Etsy selling tips on the blog.
Before we get into her strategies…
For those that are unfamiliar with Etsy, we’re going to discuss:
- What is Etsy
- What does it cost to sell on Etsy?
- Do you need a business license to sell on Etsy?
- How do you sell things on Etsy?
- Interview with a Successful Etsy Seller (don’t miss this part!!!)
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What is Etsy?
Etsy is an online marketplace for unique goods – many of which are handmade or craft supplies. There are also vintage goods (20+ years old) available.
What does it cost to sell on Etsy?
There are 3 selling fees:
- Listing Fee: $0.20 to publish a listing, which lasts for 4 months or until the product sells
- Transaction Fee: 5% of the sales price (including shipping price) when the product sells
- Payment Processing Fee (only applicable if you use Etsy Payments to accept payment): 3% of the sales price + $0.25 processing fee when the product sells
All fees are in USD.
Do you need a business license to sell on Etsy?
While Etsy does not require you to have a business license, the company has stated that you might need one.
“Depending on what you sell and where you’re selling it from, you may also need to obtain certain business licenses — check your state or city requirements (it’s always important to look up and comply with your local laws to avoid violations and fines).” – Etsy
I’ve read some Etsy sellers pay $5/year for their license while others pay a few hundred dollars per year. Some Etsy sellers say it depends on your annual sales volume. It’s best to consult your local town or city directly so you know what you need.
How do you sell things on Etsy?
The process to sell things on Etsy is straightforward:
- Create your Etsy shop – choose a name, state your shop location and currency
- Create your first listing
- Set how you want to be paid and how you want to pay your Etsy fees
Etsy has a detailed Seller Handbook filled with articles on how to successfully run your Etsy shop. It covers topics like:
- How to photograph your products
- Cost effective shipping strategies
- How to get noticed on Etsy through SEO and social media
- Figuring out the pricing and other numbers to make a profitable business
- How to grow your product lines
Interview with a Successful Etsy Seller
I’m excited to finally share my friend’s Etsy success tips.
In this interview, she discusses how much money she makes, how she gets customers, her biggest challenge, and other tips for Etsy shop owners.
Note: There have been reports of people copying Etsy shops once they realize which ones are successful. As a precaution, I’ve omitted my friend’s name and her Etsy shop details.
Now onto the interview!
What’s your background? How did you get started as an Etsy shop owner?
I’m originally from Nigeria, and moved to Canada in 2007 for study. I completed my undergrad in International Development at the University of Guelph, and Masters in Public & International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. I never actually worked in the field/profession of either degree. During my maternity leave for my first child, I decided to brainstorm an escape strategy from the corporate world and run my own business. My Etsy Shop quickly turned from idea to reality as the end of my maternity leave was approaching.
How much money do you make per week as an Etsy shop owner?
How do you get customers? What are your tips on how to get noticed on Etsy?
Can you describe your typical work week?
What is your favorite thing about being an Etsy shop owner?
What is your biggest challenge as an Etsy shop owner?
What type of person is a good fit for this role?
Do you recommend any courses to help others learn how to sell successfully on Etsy?
What are you focusing on in 2019 to increase sales on Etsy?
What’s your #1 piece of advice on how to sell successfully on Etsy?
And that’s a wrap!
A big thanks to my friend for sharing her Etsy selling tips!
If you’re interested in becoming an Etsy seller, I highly recommend checking out the Etsy Selling Guide.
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