How To Make $5,000 A Year Selling Printables On Etsy

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Did you know you can make money selling printables on Etsy? I’m interviewing a fellow blogger named Julie who has made over $5,000 selling printables on Etsy.

One of her printables took her a few hours to make, she listed it on Etsy, and it’s now profited her thousands of dollars. This is a great way to make money on top of your full-time job.

Before we get started, are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? This free guide here has a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. It’s a free download and so helpful.

Making money with printables is becoming more popular everyday. This is because printables can be printed at home instantly, so there’s no delivery time and customers can print the same printable again and again. 

I learned about selling printables after interviewing someone about her six-figure Etsy printables business and a lightbulb went off.

What are Etsy printables?

Printables are digital files, such as PDFs, that people buy, download, and print out on their home printers. 

Examples are jar labels for your spice rack, planner pages, grocery store checklists, printable wall art, clip-art illustrations, and what I sell – bachelorette party printable games.

My post popular printable is a bachelorette party scavenger hunt that the party can take with them on a bar crawl and cross off funny tasks such as “find and take a picture of someone with the groom’s name” and “request the song Single Ladies from the DJ.” I sell that printable for $7.00 and I do absolutely nothing when an order comes in. The customer downloads the file and prints it at home themselves with no action required from me. Hundreds of customers can download that same file which is amazing.

And I made the printable over a year ago. So for just a few hours work, I’ve made thousands of dollars.

I’m not a graphic designer but I found the process of creating the printable easier than I expected and kind of therapeutic. It’s fun and a little creative outlet for me to make these printables. You can learn more about creating Etsy printables for passive income here.

How much money can you make on Etsy?

So far my Etsy shop has made me almost $5,500 and I’ve done very little work on it. Until last month, I hadn’t put up new product listings in over a year.

I host a podcast and blog too and do these side hustles on top of my full-time job in tech. And I’m expecting my first baby any day now. I don’t have the time for a super time-intensive side hustle so that’s what I love about Etsy.

I could potentially make six figures like some of the sellers I’ve interviewed on my podcast if I invested more time into it and that’s something I’ll consider if I ever wanted to take these side hustles full-time.

For now, I am happy with investing just 1-2 weeks a year making printables that bring me thousands of dollars the rest of the year. I think this is truly one of the more passive side hustles out there.

There is a definitely a ramping up period with this side hustle where you have to learn how to use the tools to make the printables. The 1-2 weeks per year is the investment for me now that I know how to use the tools and I am on maintenance mode.

This investment fits best with my busy schedule and life.

Are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? This free guide here has a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales.

This printable below was made from a fellow side hustler who has zero graphic design experience. They made $800 in one week from this Valentine’s Day printable. 

Are other people successful in selling Etsy printables?

Yes. Check out these students who now sell Etsy Printables from home after taking the Etsy Printables course.

  • Jen created Edenwood Paperie which is a printable event template that is totally customizable.
  • Another student created an Etsy shop called Budgeting Tools and has had over 102 sales. 
  • Rachel created Propserous Printables which has over 62 sales. 

Benefits of this side hustle

  • Printables are made once and can be bought again and again creating passive income
  • There’s little business investment on your end (you don’t need to buy packaging and shipping materials)
  • Printables are instantly downloaded and printed at the customers home
  • You can make $5,000+ a year (and much more) depending on how much work and time you have

How can I get started selling printables on Etsy?

If you have a little extra time and the desire to pick up a fun creative side hustle then selling printables on Etsy may be right for you.

It’s not easy, and you won’t become a millionaire, but once you get the hang of it, you can make money and have a little fun doing it. This summer I started teaching others how to start their own Etsy printables shops in my course, E-Printables.

If you want to do this side hustle but don’t have any ideas of what to sell, I recommend searching Pinterest which is a hotspot for printables inspiration. If you still can’t think of what to sell, we give you over 55 different ideas for printables in the course.

We also teach you how to make them and market them since marketing them is the most important party. Over 250 people have taken the course so far and we’re having a blast creating printables together. 

You can learn more about the E-Printables course here.

E-Printables Course FAQ

The E-Printables course goes over:

  • What you should sell
  • How to make printables with Canva or Adobe
  • Editing printables
  • Packaging your printable
  • Making listing images for Etsy
  • Advanced graphic design strategies that are easy to understand
  • How to list your printable to sell
  • Marketing and advertising (so important!)
  • Optimizing your shop
  • The Etsy Sellers app
  • 30 days free coaching 
  • Bonus lessons from the top 1% of printable sellers 
  • Printable templates already made that you can customize and add your own spin on

How does this course work?

The E-Printables course is completely self-paced, meaning you can complete it on your own schedule. 

Do I need special software to make printables?

No. Included in the course is links to free online tools, along with video step-by-step tutorials to the free tools.

I’m not creative. Is this side hustle for me?

The E-Printables course gives you over 55 different ideas for printables. You also get printable templates that are already made. All you need to do is add your own spin to the templates and list them on your Etsy shop. 

I’m nervous I won’t be able do this. Can I do this?

Yes! The hardest part about starting something new is simply getting starting. The E-Printables course gives the tools you need to make printables and sell them. 

I’m ready to start this side hustle now.

Are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? This free guide here has a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. It’s a free download and SO good!

You can check out the E-Printables course here.

Here are some ideas of printables you can make and sell on Etsy. Pin this for later.

Don’t forget to sign up for the free resource library and get exclusive access to free printables & planners related to saving and making money, meal planning, and more!

Are you ready to get started selling Etsy printables? Do you have any questions?

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This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Alexis

      Ooo I love it!

  1. Anne

    So much can change in 1 year–no kidding!
    I started my Etsy shop a couple of months ago and struggling a little. I noticed you wrote this in January. How has the pandemic affected your sales and overall goal?
    Thanks!

    1. Alexis

      I saw a slight decline in income in March when everything first started, but my income went back to normal shortly after.

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