How to Make Money On Etsy

Etsy is the online marketplace for homemade crafts. Think of it as a DIYer's eBay. Making money with Etsy is very easy and inexpensive compared to other online marketplaces, and Etsy stores are free to set up. Users are charged a flat fee for every item sold. If you have something that you make yourself, Etsy may be the place to sell it because of the targeted market there. Arts and crafts, vintage or anything used to make them can be sold on Etsy.

Think about what you are going to sell. Buttons, earrings and homemade wallets are all some of the popular items on Etsy. If you have access to some commercial product used for arts and crafts like a hot glue gun, this is also a popular choice.

Visit and register an account. The account set-up process is similar to any other online marketplace. You'll also have to have either a PayPal account or Google Checkout account because that's the way you get paid when you sell something on the site.

Set up a way to ship your product to those who buy from you. One way to do this is to set up an account at, where you can also get boxes and other shipping supplies.

List your items online. Etsy charges a flat fee of $.20 to list the items and 3.5 percent of the sales price for each item, some of which you can recover through your prices of your goods.

Take pictures of your goods for display purposes and post the photos to your account on the site. Once published, customers will be able to purchase goods from you.


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