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What is Etsy?

11/03/2021


I never walk around under the assumption that everyone knows what Etsy is. And it may surprise a person who has never heard of Etsy before that it is the world’s largest platform for selling and buying handmade and vintage items.

WHAT CAN YOU SELL?

You can sell anything on Etsy that is handmade and not mass-produced. Sellers can offer personalized and custom creations to add that personal touch.

THE ETSY SUCCESS STORY

Everything starts with just an idea and can grow beyond our wildest dreams and Etsy’s story is much the same! Etsy grew thanks to this one idea and reached millions of users within a short period of time. Etsy also established a base in Berlin in 2011. The company keeps growing and more and more people are inspired to join.

THE ONLINE MARKETPLACE

If you’ve visited the Etsy website then you know that there are countless items on offer with multiple categories and a wide range of products. Etsy is just the place for anyone who loves homemade and personalized items. It is a marketplace for both buyers and sellers.

HOW MUCH DOES A SHOP COST?

Now you know that you can buy or sell handmade products or gifts on Etsy there’s always that one question: What’s the cost?. There are fees for listing items and running ads, setup costs, and taxes for the selling service. To sell on Etsy, you need to create your own free online shop. I do recommend knowing how to start a business and there may some legal aspects you need to consider pending your location in this world.

You can display your pieces for four months for a small listing fee of 0.20 USD per item. A further transaction fee of 5% will only be charged if the item is actually sold. If you choose to use Etsy Payments, a further 4% of the sale price will be deducted. If you have not registered a VAT ID, then Etsy will automatically calculate and add the tax due. 

HOW DO I OPERATE AS AN SELLER?

Small online shops don’t usually get the attention they deserve. Etsy offers a marketplace where buyers can browse through these small online shops and find what they are looking for. The platform offers fitting products for almost every search query. Vintage items, individual jewelry, and handmade works of art: It’s all there! If you end up buying an item, the payment process is uncomplicated and secure. There are no additional costs for buyers other than the purchase price and all common payment methods are offered.

BUT HOW TO BUYERS FIND YOUR CREATION?

There is more to running a business than just throwing up some listings to Etsy. Marketing is an important aspect of running your business and doesn’t have to be complicated. Please note that running a business isn’t going to be free either. All too often I come across creatives who want it all to be free – the shop, the payment processors, etc – but I promise that you can shoestring your business.

We all start somewhere and the biggest thing is to get started!


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