In today's edition of Turning Your Knowledge into Profits we are going to talk about selling things you make. That's right – if you can make it with your hands, there is a place online that you can sell it.
A friend of mine named Jennifer used to work for us, but on the side she had her “passion business”. She was a mom of two boys who loved to be superheros. She made them capes so that they could live out their fantasies of saving the world! What she quickly found out was that other kids wanted those superhero capes, and their parents were willing to fork out money to make their kids superhero's as well. So, Jennifer started a business as a superhero cape maker! To reach an even bigger marketplace she found a place online where should could sell her superhero capes. That place is called: Etsy.com
Etsy.com is an online marketplace that allows you to sell your handmade/homemade items, vintage items (vintage is defined as anything that is 20 years or older) and anything that would fall in the arts and craft category. If you can make it… sell it!
Is it hard to get started with Etsy.com?
Getting started with Etsy.com is quick and easy. The only requirements for opening a store are a computer and a valid credit card. You do not need to worry about downloading and installing complicated software. Everything on Esty.com is simple and easy to use and there are a number of guides on how to maneuver the Etsy website.
How to get started?
To get started all you need to do is to register an account and create a username which will only take a few minutes. With Esty.com you are able to create a customized shop with your very own profile, banner, shop policies and much more. In addition you will also be given your very own url.
Are there any charges to opening a shop?
Owning a shop on Esty will not incur a fee be it monthly or otherwise. The only fees that you will ever pay are a listing fee (that is currently set at 21 cents each product listing) and a 3.5% fee on all goods sold. As one can see these are some of the lowest fees that one can find.
How do you get paid on Etsy.com?
With Etsy.com you have a wide range of options for getting paid for your services. You may choose one or more of the following payment methods: personal checks, money order, PayPal, bank transfer or other.
How to make money on Etsy.com?
Making money will begin with you opening your very own store and getting your homemade items sold. It’s that simple. Also if you check out their blog you will see how people like you have turned their passion into profits and their creativity into cash. In fact even if you are not creative but have a collection of vintage items simply list them and profit. IDEA: If you know someone who does make handmade items, team up with them to help them sell their stuff and you collect a percentage of the sales!
So, what's your first step to getting started?
Go to the Etsy.com homepage and click on register.
Then click HERE to read more about setting up your shop and selling your stuff!
Good luck, have fun and make money Turning Your Knowledge into Profits!