Feb 17, 2014

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‘Crafty’ Way to Make Money Selling Online

Turn Your Hobby into a Business and Make Money Selling OnlineTurn your hobby into a business and make money selling online.

If you are artistic, you can make money selling online with platforms such as eBay, but have you heard about Etsy.com?

Etsy is an online platform that works in a similar way to eBay, without the auction format, giving creative people a global ‘shop window’ to display their efforts. There is no fixed monthly fee to get started with a basic shop and it is easy to create listings and add photos of your work. Etsy charge you a fee when you list items and a final selling fee when items are sold.

If you have a creative talent, Etsy is a great place for you to make money selling online as all their members are selling ‘crafty’ items. There is also an ‘about me’ page for you to give some background about your talent, which gives buyers a good insight into your motivations and skills. The shop storefront is easily customisable, with templates and categories, allowing you to give potential buyers an enhanced experience.

There is also a brilliant idea within Etsy, where buyers or other sellers can add your items to a board which they can then share with others. All activity on these boards is visible to the public and creates a ‘Pinterest-type’ collection. Etsy is a growing, global platform that gives you the opportunity to gain exposure for your products in a environment that is stylish and non-commercial in the way that eBay can be.

Many artisans make money selling online and Etsy showcases some great talent, such as;

  • Clothing designers
  • Artificial wedding flowers
  • Paintings
  • Pottery
  • Photographic prints
  • Hand-made greeting cards
  • Wooden toys
  • Home furnishings
  • Jewellery

As long as these items are not mass-produced, you can sell on Etsy; they encourage artists and crafts, but you can also purchase craft supplies too.

So if you consider yourself ‘crafty’ or have a hobby concerning arts and crafts, you could be make money selling online at Etsy.com.