Opening an Etsy shop and listing your first items // Etsy How To Part 1

So you’ve been thinking about opening a little Etsy shop? Etsy is a great creative community, that allows you to open a shop and sell your handmade, digital or vintage items  or craft supplies to customers all over the world. For each item you list Etsy charges $0.20 and then takes a 3.5% commission for each sale, BUT Etsy handles most of the admin, making it such a simple process.

How to open an Etsy shop

Here’s a basic guide to help you along, starting with how to open a shop and list your first items. Be sure to subscribe for updates or follow on Bloglovin’ or Facebook to  catch the rest of the series which will include getting Etsy payments in South Africa.

Your first step is to go to and select Sell on Etsy and then Open at Etsy Shop.

Open a shop on Etsy

Fill in all your details and click Register. Etsy will then guide you through the steps to set up your shop details. You will need a credit card to register, however you don’t ever have to use it if you set up PayPal (more on that in the next post). These details can be changed at a later stage, once you have opened your shop.

Sign up for Etsy

Listing your first items is the next big step. Go to Your shop > Listings > Add a listing (or Your shop > Add Listings if your shop is not yet open).

Adding an Etsy listing

Add a few good quality photos, 800-1000px wide, that show the details of your products and fill in all the other details. If you need some ideas of how to describe your products have a look at a few similar ones for some ideas, but remember to make yours original! Try to use a descriptive title tags to make your products easy for your customers to find. Think about what words your shoppers would use to search for an item like yours and try use those words frequently. Click Preview, then Publish and your items are now ready to sell!

If your next products are very similar go to Your shop > Listings > Listing Manager. Click the settings cog at the right of your listing and select copy. You can now just make the small changes to your next product and publish it, saving time on the repetitive parts.

Copy your Etsy listing to save time

You can find Part 2 of this series here and Part 3 here, where you’ll learn how to set up PayPal and withdraw your money into a South African bank account.

Leave a link to your new shop in the comments, I’d love to have a look!

You can visit my Etsy shop here:

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