If you love to craft or create handmade products I’m sure someone has suggested that you should start an Etsy shop. I thought about opening one for years before I finally decided to go for it. Less than 8 months after I started I was able to leave my corporate career behind and run my Etsy shop full time. It’s one of the best decisions ever made so I want to share the top 5 reasons that I think you should open an Etsy shop today.
#1: When starting an Etsy shop you really have nothing to lose
To start an Etsy shop all you need are a few handmade products (or vintage), a camera to take photos (many sellers use the camera on their phone), and a little bit of time to learn the ins and outs of Etsy. If you use the link at the bottom of this post to sign up you’ll get $8 worth of free listing credits so you’ll be able to list 40 products for free.
#2: Etsy allows you to sell your products worldwide
I’ve done the craft show circuit before with some success but my target market was harder to find in my local community. Because of Etsy, I’m able to sell my products to customers around the world. This allows me to create products for a specific target market without having to worry about whether my target market aligns with my local community.
#3: Etsy allows you to create your own schedule
One of the biggest benefits to running my Etsy shop full time is that I’m 100% in charge of my schedule. I set up my shop so that orders go out within 7 days of the order date. This gives me a ton of flexibility.
Some shops even set up a 2-3 week processing time with great success. This means that if an emergency comes up or you just don’t feel like working you have the freedom to take time off. This also lets me work during my toddler’s nap time or at night after the kids have gone to bed.
#4: Etsy is very user-friendly
If you’ve ever tried to create your own website you know how challenging it can be. There are so many parts and pieces that you have to put together and it can often be really expensive especially if you encounter tech issues.
Etsy does all the heavy listing for you. They’ll walk you through setting up your shop step by step and have a lot of resources available if you have trouble along the way. Etsy also has an app for sellers that allows you to monitor your shop from your phone or tablet.
#5: Etsy makes it easy to earn extra income
Whether your goal is to cover the electric bill, have some extra spending money or replace your current income it’s all possible through Etsy. You can choose your income goal and how much time you want to put into your shop. Start out with a few listings and work to perfect those and grow your Etsy shop over time.