Etsy, based in the US, is the leading online marketplace for craft and creative businesses. It can be used to sell handmade items, vintage pieces or craft supplies, making it a perfect business tool for your craft businesses.
As with anything, it can be a little confusing starting out on a new website. Here is my step by step guide to opening your Etsy shop and getting things started.
To start your Etsy journey, you first have to register as a member. Don’t worry there aren’t any costs involved in this!
To get started, click Sell at the top of the site. Review the Sell page and click Open Up an Etsy Shop at the top of the page when you're ready.
Language and Currency
You'll be asked if you want to choose your language preference and currency in which you list items. Clicking 'no, I want to choose' will show more language and currency options.
The language you choose will be your shop's default language. You won't be able to change it later, although you will be able to enroll in other languages after opening your shop.
You'll be able to change your currency, but only after you open your shop.
Be sure to select the correct country for your shop. Some seller tools are only available in certain countries.
Setting Up Your Shop
Choose Your Shop Name
Listing an Item
After choosing the name of your shop, it’s time to list your first item!
Fill in the appropriate fields to list your item. Remember to use as much detail as possible. This will increase the chance of it showing up in search results, as well as making it more attractive to potential buyers.
For a more in depth guide on how to list an item, see our Listing an Item blog.
Select the payment methods you want to offer in your shop.
Direct Checkout: The main way to get paid on Etsy. Offer your buyers the ability to pay with their credit/debit cards, Etsy Gift Cards, and select international payment methods.
You can also receive funds from buyers using these additional payment methods:
PayPal: Enter the email address associated with your PayPal account.
Cheque or money order: If you use a payment method that needs to be mailed to you, like cheque or money order, enter your mailing address.This address will only be shared with a buyer who purchases from you and chooses this method.
Almost done! You'll need to enter your billing information before you can open up your shop.
Depending on what country you are in, you may need to enter a credit card to open your shop. The card should be a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, or Carte Bleue (France). Both credit and debit cards with these card company logos will work.
Your card information is secure with Etsy, and you are welcome to pay your bill via PayPal if you’d prefer.
Members in some countries outside the US can open a shop with a PayPal account. If you can do this, you'll see an 'Authorise PayPal Account' button.
Open your Shop
When you finish all the sections and enter in your billing information, click 'Open Your Shop' on the right side of the last section. You'll still be able to edit your shop after it's open.
Congratulations, your shop is now open!
The web address to get to your shop will be:
You can now start sharing your shop & listings via your social media channels. Happy selling!
by Beckie Kinsella