7 Best Side Hustles For Making Money On Etsy

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If you love Etsy as much as I do, than you’re going to love today’s post. If you’ve never been on Etsy before, it’s a website where small businesses thrive. As an Etsy customer, you’re supporting a person’s passion and small business.

Starting a side hustle on Etsy is a great idea because it connects you with customers who want to buy your product. You don’t need to have a physical storefront in order to have a thriving business. 

In this post we’ll go over things like:

  • The best side hustles for Etsy
  • How to start a side hustle on Etsy
  • How much money people make on Etsy
  • How you can get started with a side hustle

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How much money can you make on Etsy?

There are Etsy shop owners making anywhere from $500 a month to $5,000+ a month, with some making way more. It really depends on what niche you’re in, how many customers you have, and how much time you’re willing to put into your Etsy shop.

For example, my friend Julie makes almost $6,000 a year selling printables on her Etsy shop. You could use this extra money to fund your retirement account ($6,000 alone can max out a Roth IRA in 2021!). 

Benefits of side hustles

  • Adds multiple streams of income in case you lose one source of income
  • Increases skills and confidence
  • Side hustles can turn into highly profitable businesses 

Here are side hustles for making money on Etsy!

1. Selling printables

You can make $500+ a month money selling printables on Etsy. In fact, there are many people doing this already! 

My friend Julie makes roughly $500 a month with her printable side hustle. Making printables and selling them is a great side hustle for anyone who is short on time. Because once you make a printable and list it on Etsy, all the customer has to do is buy it and they get an instant download. So for just a few hours of work, Julie’s created a passive stream of income that gives her enough money to max out an IRA. That’s a big deal! 

Types of printables you can make:

  • Finance/budget printables 
  • Fitness/health printables
  • Game printables 
  • Productivity printables
  • Coloring printables

If you list a printable planner for $10 and get 10 sales a month, that’s $100. If you list a printable planner for $10 and get 100 sales, that’s $1,000 a month. 

If you have no graphic design experience, aren’t a “techy” person, it’s okay. Julie’s created a course that tells you step-by-step how to make money with printables. The course also comes with access to a private Facebook community filled with hundreds of other students who are also making money on Etsy!

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.

You can check out the E-Printables course here.

2. Jewelry

If you have a passion for creating jewelry, Etsy is a great place to list your homemade pieces.

My husband bought my engagement ring from an Etsy shop called Rose & Choc, a small business from New Haven, Connecticut. Not only is my ring affordable, it’s a handmade piece from someone who loves unique pieces of jewelry. 

When you support small business, you’re supporting a dream. That’s why I love Etsy so much.

There are so many types of jewelry out there. I’ve seen people sell crochet jewelry or even press flowers into a piece of jewelry. This is an area where you can really get creative with your side hustle.

3. Make dog treats at home

Did you know you can make $1,000+ a month part-time working at home with a dog treat business? You can even make $5,000-$8,000 from your home kitchen if you do it full-time. You can get your kids involved, work from home, create your own schedule, and make treats for dogs. I don’t think it gets better than that. 

My friend Kristin runs a successful dog treat business from home and perfected the craft of selling dog treats. She even teaches others how to replicate her success in her course Diva Dog Bakery. However, I know you have a ton of questions about this and want to learn more before signing up for a course. That’s why Kristin offers a completely FREE workshop to answer all of your questions. Have more questions that aren’t covered in the workshop? You can contact Kristin via email. Get her free workshop here and see if this side hustle is for you.

4. Macrame Decor

Are you a fan of macrame? If so, you’re going to love this side hustle!

My friend Chelsea at Martian Made Designs creates stunning macrame decor pieces for the home. I bought this incredible Christmas wreath hanging (pictured below) from her and it’s so beautiful. 

If you have a passion for creating macrame pieces, you can get quite creative here. You can create jewelry, wall hangings, plant hangers, table runners, purses, and pillows.

And even if you don’t know how to macrame, you can teach yourself with the hundreds of tutorials online. 

You can check out Chelsea’s Instagram page here.

5. Custom art work

If you’re an artist, Etsy is a place where you can really shine. I personally know offhand of five friends who have a custom portrait piece of work from an Etsy shop. Drawing and painting dogs is especially popular because well, people just really love their dogs. 

Below is a custom piece of watercolor art of our two dogs that I got for Christmas from my sister. This is probably my favorite thing in my entire house and it came from a small business on Etsy. 

6. Plant cup

My second favorite item in my house is this plant terra-cotta cup from a small business shop on Etsy called Shelby Sells Co.

This is why I love Etsy. You find these random, but incredibly amazing pieces for your home that add so much joy to your life.

This shop is a great example of thinking outside of the box and creating something that is no where else in the world. 

7. Bachelorette party games

As I mentioned above, my friend Julie makes printables. She’s in a unique space because she creates printables specifically for bachelorette parties.

Her most 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.” She sells that printable for $7.00 and does absolutely nothing when an order comes in. The customer downloads the file and prints it at home themselves with no action required from her. Hundreds of customers can download that same file which is amazing.

Julie made that printable over a year ago. So for just a few hours work, she’s made thousands of dollars.

Since Julie’s perfected the art of selling printables on Etsy, she even went on to teach others exactly how to do the same. Her course is called the E-Printables Side Hustle Course

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. 

Final Thoughts

You can start a side hustle and earn extra to pay off bills, fund your retirement accounts, or save for a vacation.

I love side hustles because they add to your streams of income. It’s critical to have more than one stream of income (I have multiple!) in case anything happens in the economy or a business goes under.

I love Etsy because you’re supporting people’s dreams and small businesses. Do you have a creative skill that can be put to good use on Etsy? 

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