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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.
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:
- How to Use Pinterest for Your Etsy Shop
- 10 Things to Make and Sell on Etsy
- 5 Reasons Why You Need a DYMO for Your Online Business
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.
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.
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 To Include in Your Etsy Shop About Section
- How to Become Successful on Etsy in 2017
- How to Price Your Handmade Items
- How to Get 5 Star Reviews 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!
What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments below!