Etsy shop income selling on Etsy this month. I share my struggles and successes of running an Etsy shop.

My 4th Month Selling On Etsy December 2017

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How I made extra income selling on Etsy this month. I share my struggles and successes of running an Etsy shop.

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So my 4th month selling on Etsy, December,  was kind of a bust for me.  I was hoping to be as busy as I was for Thanksgiving, but it just didn’t happen.  I think there were two reasons for this.

The first was that I didn’t get my holiday products listed early enough.  People decorate right after Thanksgiving for the holidays.  So I should have had those products up in my shop way before Thanksgiving.  My unexpected rush in November threw me off.

The second thing was that I had to close my shop in December because I had a major surgery and was unable to make my items.  So my shop has been on vacation mode for a few weeks.  I’ve read that some people get less traffic after having their shop on vacation.  I’m anxious to get reopened and see if that is true or not.

Here’s how I did selling on Etsy in December:

2 sales  $104.64

My goals for this month were:

  • Make more money than November–FAIL
  • Get at least 16 sales–FAIL
  • Start creating Valentine products–FAIL

As you can see I didn’t do too great on reaching my goals this month, but some factors were beyond my control and I’ve learned some lessons.

Goals for January:

  • Make at least 1 sale after opening my shop back up
  • Create Valentines products

I’m only going to have part of January to accomplish these because I’m still technically not supposed to be working yet after surgery.

I have to say the beauty of selling on Etsy is that it’s your own business and you can close it when needed, take the breaks you need and work back into it slowly.  You call the shots.  Definitely a plus when you have a surgery or other major life event.  Obviously I’m not making a full-time income from this yet, but there are for sure some perks to it.  Want to start your own Etsy shop?  You can get 40 FREE listings to start your shop with zero risk!

UPDATE FEB. 2021:  I now make a full-time income from my Etsy shop.  I made this complete toolkit so you can set up a professional Etsy shop to start making sales right away.

Here’s my original Etsy shop if you want to check it out!

And here’s my second Etsy shop that I started in summer 2021.

Do you want to start a blog for your Etsy shop or make an income from a craft blog?  My post How To Start A Blog will show you step-by-step how to set up your own blog in a few minutes and it doesn’t cost much at all!

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