Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job, but in today’s economy, a little side hustle can’t hurt. The great news is, you now have so many great opportunities to make money on the side even without leaving home. One such opportunity is opening your own Etsy store.
If you regularly shop online, you’ve most likely heard of or even shopped at Etsy. Etsy is a massively popular e-commerce site for all things vintage, handmade, or creative. Since it opened in 2005, it’s been a top marketplace for unique and personalized items, wedding crafts, and even crafting materials.
In this blog, we’ll explore the many benefits of selling on Etsy for busy stay-at-home moms (or dads!). Plus, we’ll give you a few inspirations and ideas on what items to sell on Etsy.
Benefits of Selling on Etsy for Stay-at-Home Moms
As we’ve mentioned, Etsy is the go-to marketplace for people seeking unique and handcrafted goods. But what are its benefits particularly for stay-at-home moms and dads looking to start a small business at home?
It’s very user-friendly
As a stay-at-home parent with your hands full, you may not have enough time to learn how to code or build your website. You don’t have to do any of these when you open a store on Etsy. Etsy’ user interface is very easy to navigate, even for people with little or zero experience with selling online.
It has a built-in customer base
Etsy enjoys great popularity among online buyers. It has spent years building loyalty among customers, which you can readily tap when you open a store on the website. That’s millions of buyers from all around the world, so you’ll surely find buyers no matter how niche your product may be.
You will get support from Etsy and its seller community
Etsy always creates programs that incentivize sellers to amplify their game and help them sell better. This includes paid ads, search engine boost for stores offering free US shipping, and many more. Etsy also regularly publishes its own trend forecasts to help sellers prepare for seasonal trends.
If you can’t find the kind of support you need within Etsy, you can always find it in the Etsy seller community. The community is known for being very supportive of one another, offering tips and hacks to fellow sellers.
Etsy Store Ideas: What to Sell for Busy Stay-at-Home Parents
Keen to get started as an Etsy entrepreneur? If you’re still undecided about what items to sell on the ecommerce site, here are a few product inspirations:
Printables or digital downloads are the easiest products to create and sell on Etsy. Why? Because you don’t need to ship them!
What printables should you sell on Etsy? Whatever type of printables interests you. Some of the top-sellers on the website include digital planners, calendars, bullet journals, stickers, and artwork.
To create your own printables, you can subscribe to Creative Fabrica, which has thousands of digital assets you can access on a subscription basis. The assets you purchase on the website come with a commercial license. This means you can sell any design incorporating your purchased assets.
Everyone loves a good sticker set. What’s more, they’re very fun and relatively affordable to produce and sell. They’re pretty easy to package and ship as well.
If you want to create your own unique designs, why not use AI art generators? Creative Fabrica has a text-to-image generator called CF Spark Crystalline which automatically produces transparent PNGs. The PNGs come with clear cut lines, so you can easily cut them with your trusty cutting machine or even with your craft knife.
To sell items you’ve created with any of the CF Spark art tools, you need to pair your CF All Access Subscription with a Spark Subscription. This gives you a Spark license over your Spark creations.
3. Wedding crafts
Wedding items are some of Etsy’s perennial best-sellers. Some of the top search results related to weddings include wedding gifts, wedding invitations, wedding favors, and wedding cake toppers.
If you like designing stationery, why not offer personalized wedding invites and other paper goods? To make your items more appealing, collect designer fonts that will make your designs stand out. Creative Fabrica offers over a hundred thousand fonts that you can download with a Font Subscription. If you’re not quite ready to invest in paid fonts just yet, you can sample the fonts from the freebie font library.
4. Vintage items
Aside from handmade and personalized goods, Etsy is also popular for their vintage selection. If you’re already a collector, this is a great website where you can sell your goods. For your items to be considered vintage, they have to be at least 20 years old. If they’re simply vintage-inspired, you can’t label them vintage – that would be false advertising.
What vintage items sell best on Etsy? Based on search results, the top sellers are vintage rings, jewelry, t-shirts, and dresses.
5. Art prints
If you’re an aspiring artist looking to make money off your creativity, Etsy is a wonderful place to start. You can either sell art prints that you’ve printed and framed yourself, or you can partner with a third-party manufacturer to print your art for you. You can also sell your art prints on smaller items like postcards and greeting cards.
If you want to experiment with different art styles, you can easily do so with AI art tools like CF Spark Art. You can even customize the image ratio of your AI-generated art so you can use it on various design sizes.
Enjoy a Creative Side Hustle at Home
Being a stay-at-home mom, you can still exercise your entrepreneurial spirit with all the flexibility that full-time parenting requires. Be an Etsy seller and make money off your creativity – all without having to leave home.