Etsy is a popular e-commerce website for arts and craft lovers where you can communicate with shoppers, makers, and curators about arts and crafts.
If you are serious about selling your craft work joining Etsy can help you grow your brand by engaging with knowledgeable sellers and experts in Etsy Teams and Online Labs. Members can also enjoy the visibility of being in a marketplace with a wealth of new customers as well as having access to promotional tools which may reduce your need for advertising.
What Can You Find In Etsy?
You can easily find items ranging from art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, bath and beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys. It’s also a popular marketplace for craft supplies such as beads, wire, and jewelry-making tools. Etsy allows members to sell handmade creations, vintage goods (at least 20 years old), and both handmade and non-handmade (“commercial”) crafting supplies. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee of $0.20.
How Do Fees Work On Etsy
Joining and setting up a shop on Etsy is free, however, each item listing will cost you $0.20 USD when you publish it. A listing will last for four months or until the item is sold. Once a sale occurs a 3.5% transaction fee applies to the item’s sale price. (You have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged prior to publishing a listing.)
Fees for listings and transactions get shown on your monthly Etsy statement which is sent to your e-mail at the end of each month. You must also pay your bill by the 15th of the next month using either the credit card on file or PayPal.
Account Set Up
Registering for an account on Etsy is easy and free.
Step 1 – Register
Located at the upper left corner of the site, click Register.
Step 2 – Fill Out The Form
First name and last name – Your name will be publicly displayed on Etsy. These fields are optional.
Username – When selling on Etsy you are represented in two different ways: by your username or full name (if you choose to provide one) and by your shop name. If you sign up to sell on Etsy, your default shop name will be your username. While not necessary, adding a shop name will allow you to promote your shop using its unique name and to redirect your buyers to your shop by this name. When you add your shop name, your username remains unchanged. Usernames cannot be changed and are still necessary for certain features like signing into your account or sending a Conversation.
Step 3 – Confirmation
Check your e-mail for Etsy membership confirmation.
Etsy’s team will send you a confirmation email within a few minutes. Click the button inside the email to confirm your account. If you can’t see it in your inbox within an hour, you can check your spam or junk mail folder. If the message didn’t arrive, click resend confirmation e-mail and enter the email address you registered your Etsy account with.
Step 4 – Sign In And Convert Account From “Buyer” To “Seller”
Go to the Etsy website and click Sign In at the top of the site and start setting up your profile and bio.
You also need to convert your Etsy ‘buyer’ account to a ‘seller’ account because they automatically set up everyone up as a buyer after the initial sign up. You will also need to enter in a valid credit card to complete the process.
Just log into your account, click the SELL tab at the top of the page, review the Sell page and click Open Up an Etsy Shop when you’re ready.
Now you know the basic information you need, you are now ready to learn how to sell crafts on Etsy.