February 2017 Earnings Report – How I Earned $9,931.25 Last Month on Etsy

February 2017 Earnings Report - How I Earned $9,931.25 in One Month on Etsy

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Hello March 🙂 and hello baby Arya! Just incase you’re new to my blog and don’t follow me on social media I had a baby! Arya Elizabeth was born on February 28th at 4:19 a.m. It was quite a shock considering she wasn’t expected until around March 22nd.

Arya Elizabeth

Funny story: my water broke on the evening of February 27th. I had 13 open orders that needed to go out still! Needless to say, I got to work. No, seriously, I’ve never printed and shipped packages so fast in my life! I even dropped the packages off at the post office before heading to the hospital. By that time I wasn’t contracting yet so I knew I had enough time and the baby wasn’t going to fall out of me. This just proves how dedicated I am to my shop.

Thank God for the DYMO 4XL label printer, it’s such a life saver when you’re in a hurry.

Anyways, now I’m finally home and settled in a bit. She’s at the newborn stage when all she does is eat and sleep so I’ve got plenty of time to catch up on blogging.

Now onto the report…

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not sharing my earnings to be braggy. I don’t want to come off as cocky because I’m not. I truly want to show the world that it’s absolutely possible to earn a full time income selling what you love to make on Etsy. Even more importantly, I want to show you how.

If you take a peak at my other blog posts you’ll see that I offer tons of tips that are related to starting and running a handmade business. Here are some of my most recent posts:

 

So, how much money did I earn from Etsy in February?

$9,931.25, before any expenses.

At the beginning of February I set a goal of earning at least $8,000 because my books show that I made $6,000 in the month of February last year. I’m so glad I surpassed that goal!

 

How do I earn thousands of dollars a month on Etsy?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with Adobe programs for years.

I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop.  After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop!  Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed, and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from earning $7.00 a day to earning over $1,000 in one day (but, only on some days 🙂 ).

There are a lot of factors that contribute to earning six figures a year on Etsy including SEO (search engine optimization), great product photography, excellent customers service, quality products, and much more!  I’ll break down each category.

SEO

I preach about SEO (search engine optimization) constantly.  SEO is without a doubt the number one reason why I get so many sales. SEO is basically a strategy of word placement that will help your items rank higher in search.  So when someone searches for “Fall Baby Shower Invitations”, one of my listings appears on the first page of the search results.  To learn more about SEO for your Etsy shop I’ve written an in depth article called 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search.

Great Product Photography

We as humans are very visual. When given a lot of choices at once our minds tend to automatically focus on the one thing that draws the most attention.  That’s why it’s so important to have excellent product photography.  Use natural lighting and avoid photographing items on the floor!  For my best photography tips check out 10 Product Photography Tips for Your Etsy Shop.

Excellent Customer Service

Providing excellent customer service is definitely one of my top priorities.  I’ve had so much repeat business within the past year because my customers love that I communicate quickly and because I ship my orders out as fast as I can.  I know that I’m not going to please everyone out there, but I try my hardest to do so.

Quality Products

To put it in simple terms, if I don’t personally like the quality of my product then I won’t sell it. I always aim for the highest quality product with an affordable pricing point.

Quantity of Products

If you have more products available for sale in your shop then you’ll most likely get more sales.  This year I ended with over 800 products in my shop and I hope to have over 1200 products listed by the end of this year.

Offer Matching Items

Finally, my biggest tip that I have for earning thousands a month on Etsy is to offer matching items.  So, for example, I sell printed invitations.  This year I extended my product line to offer matching inserts for the invitations such as diaper raffle inserts, book inserts, games, etc.  Doing this alone prompted my business to explode!

Here are a few more helpful blogs that I’ve written about selling on Etsy:

 

What’s new this month?

Well, like I stated earlier, I had a baby! That’s definitely something new. This month will most likely see no new change considering the baby situation.

 

What are my goals for March?

I’m not going to stress myself too much this month. I plan on re-opening my shop on March 6th so I’ll see what happens. I’m still waiting for things to pick up for bridal shower season.

But, even with the newborn baby I’m still going to aim for earning at least $7,000 for the month of March.

So wish me luck everyone! I did it last year with my first daughter so I’m sure I’ll be able to do it again now!

 

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January 2017 Earnings Report – How I Earned 8,855.14 In One Month on Etsy

January 2017 Earnings Report - How I Earn 8855.14 in One Month on Etsy

Oh, hello 2017! Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already. AND, I can’t believe that my 2nd baby girl is due next month! That’s right, I’m preggo.  I don’t know if I announced that on my blog just yet. So, SURPRISE!

Yep, that means that I currently work full time on my Etsy shop, I work on this blog, and I’m a wife and mother all at the same time. Maybe that’s why January went by so quickly?

Anyways, let’s get on with the monthly earnings report. Last month I did a report for the whole year of 2016. Just in case you missed it, check out how I earn six figures a year on Etsy.

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not doing these types of posts to simply brag about my earnings, I’m writing these types of posts so that my readers can follow me on the path to success. I want to show others that earning a full time income online is absolutely possible. I loved reading these types of posts when I first started on Etsy, so I’d like to pay it forward.

So, how much money did I earn from Etsy in January?

$8,855.14. Before any expenses.

I set a goal at the beginning of January that included earning at least $4,000 because I earned a little over $3,000 in January last year. I’m so glad to see that I actually doubled my goal for January despite the fact that it’s been kinda slow for me. I guess there’s not much going on in January that people are ordering invitations for.

How do I earn thousands of dollars a month on Etsy?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with Adobe programs for years.

I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop.  After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop!  Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed, and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from earning $7.00 a day to earning over $1,000 in one day (but, only on some days 🙂 ).

There are a lot of factors that contribute to earning six figures a year on Etsy including SEO (search engine optimization), great product photography, excellent customers service, quality products, and much more!  I’ll break down each category.

SEO

I preach about SEO (search engine optimization) constantly.  SEO is without a doubt the number one reason why I get so many sales. SEO is basically a strategy of word placement that will help your items rank higher in search.  So when someone searches for “Fall Baby Shower Invitations”, one of my listings appears on the first page of the search results.  To learn more about SEO for your Etsy shop I’ve written an in depth article called 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search.

Great Product Photography

We as humans are very visual. When given a lot of choices at once our minds tend to automatically focus on the one thing that draws the most attention.  That’s why it’s so important to have excellent product photography.  Use natural lighting and avoid photographing items on the floor!  For my best photography tips check out 10 Product Photography Tips for Your Etsy Shop.

Excellent Customer Service

Providing excellent customer service is definitely one of my top priorities.  I’ve had so much repeat business within the past year because my customers love that I communicate quickly and because I ship my orders out as fast as I can.  I know that I’m not going to please everyone out there, but I try my hardest to do so.

Quality Products

To put it in simple terms, if I don’t personally like the quality of my product then I won’t sell it. I always aim for the highest quality product with an affordable pricing point.

Quantity of Products

If you have more products available for sale in your shop then you’ll most likely get more sales.  This year I ended with over 800 products in my shop and I hope to have over 1200 products listed by the end of this year.

Offer Matching Items

Finally, my biggest tip that I have for earning thousands a month on Etsy is to offer matching items.  So, for example, I sell printed invitations.  This year I extended my product line to offer matching inserts for the invitations such as diaper raffle inserts, book inserts, games, etc.  Doing this alone prompted my business to explode!

Here are a few more helpful blogs that I’ve written about selling on Etsy:

 

What’s new this month?

This month I really busted my butt by producing more items for bridal showers and weddings. Bridal and wedding season typically starts to pick up in March so I will continue producing more of those products through then.

I also started working on my own website for my shop. I decided to create my own ecommerce website through Shopify. Shopify isn’t the perfect solution for what I need, but it’s better than what I currently have. Etsy will continue to be my main focus for a while.

 

What are my goals for February?

As stated earlier, I am starting to gear up for bridal and wedding season. Currently I have 892 products in my Etsy shop and I really hope to have 1000 products in my shop by the end of the month.

Looking back at last year it looks like I made $6,000 in the month of February, so I’m hoping to earn at least $8,000 this month. We’ll see how that goes!

 

Anyways, I hope that you have a wonderful Valentines day! Let me know what your goals are for February in the comments below!

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December 2016 Earnings Report – How I Earn Six Figures a Year on Etsy

How I Earn Six Figures a Year on Etsy

$273.97. I specifically remember when I came up with this number.  It was late January of 2016, I had just given birth to my daughter.  I was at home rocking her while she slept and I was doing some calculations on my phone out of boredom.

No way, I thought. There’s no way that I could earn $273.97 a day on average with my little Etsy shop.  Okay, maybe I thought it would be possible to make that 5 years from then.  But, here I am.  It’s now January of 2017 and looking back on my stats from last year and I’m completely baffled.

Instead of doing an earnings report for the month of December, I figured it would just make more sense to do a wrap up of the entire year.  From my earnings, to lessons learned, and I’ll even throw in some goals for next year.

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not doing these types of posts to simply brag about my earnings, I’m writing these type of posts so that my readers can follow me on the path to success.  I want to show others that earning a full time income online is absolutely possible.  I loved reading these types of posts when I first started selling on Etsy, so I’d like to pay it forward.

If you’re interested in seeing how much I made last month, check out my November 2016 Earnings Report.

Okay, enough with the suspense. Let’s get the ball rolling.

 

So, how much money did I earn from Etsy in 2016?

$108,591.71, before any expenses. Mind=blown.

But, notice how I said that was before any expenses? Yeah, I had a lot of expenses this year!

2016 was definitely a game changer for me.  I was able to quit my corporate graphic design career to become a work-at-home mom. I’m seriously so grateful for all that’s happened in the past year.

I’ve learned that busy seasons can really depend on what you sell.  This December, while everyone else was crazy busy, my shop was extremely dead.  I’ve also learned that if you can set your mind on something and really work hard on achieving a goal, you can do it.

 

How did I earn six figures in a year on Etsy?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with Adobe programs for years.

I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop.  After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop!  Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed, and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from earning $7.00 a day to earning over $1,000 in one day (but, only on some days 🙂 ).

There are a lot of factors that contribute to earning six figures a year on Etsy including SEO (search engine optimization), great product photography, excellent customers service, quality products, and much more!  I’ll break down each category.

SEO

I preach about SEO (search engine optimization) constantly.  SEO is without a doubt the number one reason why I get so many sales. SEO is basically a strategy of word placement that will help your items rank higher in search placement.  So when someone searches for “Fall Baby Shower Invitations”, one of my listings appears on the first page of the search results.  To learn more about SEO for your Etsy shop I’ve written an in depth article called 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search.

Great Product Photography

We as humans are very visual. When given a lot of choices at once our minds tend to automatically focus on the one thing that draws the most attention.  That’s why it’s so important to have excellent product photography.  Use natural lighting and avoid photographing items on the floor!  For my best photography tips check out 10 Product Photography Tips for Your Etsy Shop.

Excellent Customer Service

Providing excellent customer service is definitely one of my top priorities.  I’ve had so much repeat business within the past year because my customers love that I communicate quickly and because I ship my orders out as fast as I can.  I know that I’m not going to please everyone out there, but I try my hardest to do so.

Quality Products

To put it in simple terms, if I don’t personally like the quality of my product then I won’t sell it. I always aim for the highest quality product with an affordable pricing point.

Quantity of Products

If you have more products available for sale in your shop then you’ll most likely get more sales.  This year I ended with over 800 products in my shop and I hope to have over 1200 products listed by the end of this year.

Offer Matching Items

Finally, my biggest tip that I have for earning six figures a year on Etsy is to offer matching items.  So, for example, I sell printed invitations.  This year I extended my product line to offer matching inserts for the invitations such as diaper raffle inserts, book inserts, games, etc.  Doing this alone prompted my business to explode!

Here are a few more helpful blogs that I’ve written about selling on Etsy:

 

What’s new this month?

Since the holidays are now over it’s time for me to start focusing on the upcoming wedding season. Although I don’t currently offer wedding invitations, I do offer a lot of items for bridal showers, engagement parties, etc.  So I’m starting to design a lot of invitations for these events. Wish me luck!

 

What are my goals for the upcoming year?

I really hope that this year will be packed with surprises, just like last year.  This year I plan on working more on this blog than growing my Etsy shop.  I’m still going to work on my Etsy shop, just not as much. With that being said I really hope to close the 2017 year with 1,200 products in my shop and $125,000 in sales. We’ll see how that goes!

As for this blog I really, really hope to establish some sort of e-course, or at the very least create an e-book.  But, I’m also expecting another baby girl in March so who knows what will happen.

 

So, in closing, I’d like to say that if you really want to make some serious money in 2017 then you’ve got to work for it. Don’t sit around and wait for an opportunity to knock on the door, go out and make your own opportunities.  Set goals for yourself and your business. Go to bed early and wake up early. Declutter your house (I really have to work on that)! Unfollow negative people on social media. Challenge yourself and conquer your fears. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in one year.

 

Cheers to 2017!

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November 2016 Etsy Earnings Report

November 2016 Etsy Earnings Report

Yay! I’m so excited that I’ve had so much blogging motivation that I am now writing my second earnings report.  Although it feels like I have no one reading this blog I hope that someone will read these posts eventually and become inspired.

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not doing these types of posts to simply brag about my earnings, I’m writing these type of posts so that my readers can follow me on the path to success.  I want to show others that earning a full time income online is absolutely possible.  I loved reading these types of posts when I first started selling on Etsy, so I’d like to pay it forward.

If you’re interested in seeing how much I made last month, check out my October 2016 Earnings Report.

Last month I included my total business income, which included Etsy and Zazzle.  However, I think from now on I’m just going to include my earnings from Etsy until I become more familiar with Zazzle.

 

So, how much money did I earn from Etsy in November?

I earned $9,657.95 during the month of October, before any expenses.

November was an okay month. I was still busy enough during the first half of the month.  I thought that the weekend of Black Friday would be extra busy, so I hosted a 25% off sale. Turns out the sale was a bust.  I barely made enough during Thanksgiving weekend to pay myself, which is very odd and I haven’t had that happen in a while.

But, I guess sales during the holidays really depends on what you sell.  I know a lot of sellers who were busy out of their minds during the Black Friday weekend.  That’s so awesome for them!

 

How did I earn $9,657.95 on Etsy during the month of November?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy and Zazzle, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with the Adobe products for years.  I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop for printing. After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop! Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from making $7.00 a day to making over $1,000 in one day (but, only some days 😉 ).

There are a lot of factors that contribute to being a full time seller on Etsy.  The first and one of the most important factors is having great SEO.  Learn how to improve the SEO in your Etsy shop and rank higher on Etsy.

Another important thing to know is that you gain these earnings over time by becoming an experienced seller.  You will learn from your mistakes (hopefully).

Here are a few more articles that I’ve written that will help you become a better seller:

I will add more to this list as I keep on blogging 🙂

 

What’s new this month?

Okay, I’ve got some really big news for the month of November! I officially hit 6 figures in sales so far this year!  I still cannot believe this. I remember rocking my daughter in my rocking chair earlier this year as she was sleeping and I whipped out my phone to figure out how much money I would have to make a day (average) to earn $100,000 in one year. That number is $273.97. I thought maybe (hopefully) I would get to that point in 4 or 5 years or so. Y’ALL! I made that by the end of November this year.  I am absolutely stunned and I can’t wait to write about it in an upcoming blog.

 

What are my goals for the month of December?

During the month of December I’d really like to start focusing on creating more products for the upcoming engagement and bridal shower season.  There are a lot of engagements during the month of December which will contribute to an influx of save-the-date carts and engagement party invitations.

Bridal and wedding season (spring/summer) will be here before I know it, so I’d like to add more products in those categories as well.

I also want to work on the photography in my shop. Right now my products are listed with a wooden type of background. I’d really like to have my products showing on a white background so that it looks clean and simple. We’ll see how that goes.

As for personal goals this month I’m still actively working on reorganizing my basement and moving my office to a larger part of my basement.  So, for now that’s going to be my continuing goal.

 

So in closing, since it’s November I’d like to say how grateful I a truly am.  I never thought in a million years that I would have a full time home business.  Being able to provide for my family is such a wonderful feeling!

 

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions for me or if you would like me to touch on a certain topic in an upcoming blog post! Thank you all for reading, I hope you have an amazing holiday!

 

November 2016 Etsy Monthly Earnings Report

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October 2016 Monthly Earnings Report

October 2016 Earnings Report

One of the things that I would really love to do with this new blog is to create a monthly earnings post displaying my earnings and accomplishments from the previous month and also list my goals for the upcoming month. So, for example, today is November 4th.  I’m going to post my accomplishments for the month of October and also post my goals for this month.

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not doing these types of posts to simply brag about my earnings, I’m writing these type of posts so that my readers can follow me on the path to success.  I want to show others that earning a full time income online is absolutely possible.  I loved reading these types of posts when I first started selling on Etsy, so I’d like to pay it forward.

 

So, how was my business income for the month of October?

I earned $9,025.74 during the month of October, before any expenses.

October was such a great month.  The fall rush has been slowly calming down and things are finally returning to normal.  I can finally catch up on some much needed house cleaning, I can take a nap if needed, AND I can work on this blog! I’m so excited.  I’m also very happy about being able create some new products. I was so busy during October that I didn’t have any time to create anything new.  Here is a breakdown of my earnings for October:

  • My Etsy Shop – $8,762.12
  • Zazzle.com – $263.62

How did I do it?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy and Zazzle, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with the Adobe products for years.  I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop for printing. After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop! Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from making $7.00 a day to making over $1,000 in one day (but, only some days 😉 ).  The trick is really the quality of your items, your shop feedback, the quantity of your items, SEO, and many other factors.

 

So, what are my goals for the month of November?

Personal Goals:

Since the fall rush is slowly fading, I’d really like to start working on organizing my basement.  Right now it looks like a bomb of clutter exploded through it.  We also have a TV and a TV stand that are still in their original boxes that I would like to set up.  We’ll see how this goes.

 

Blogging Goals:

I’m really on a mission to take this blog seriously, which is why I’m setting a goal of posting a new blog every Tuesday and Friday each week!  I fully intend to post twice a week every week of the year, so for now this is going to be my goal for the month of November.

 

Business Goals:

As of today, I have exactly 807 items listed for sale in my Etsy shop. I’d like to add 25 new listings this month, so hopefully I will have 832 listings by the end of November.  And I’ve recently started selling some designs on Zazzle.com, which I have 22 products listed for sale. I hope to have 40 designs listed by December.

 

Anddddd, that’s it folks!  Be sure to check back next month for my next update on my earnings and goals.  I’d really love to make this a “thing” for all of you entrepreneurs out there so I’m going to come up with a hashtag to use

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