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My First 30 Days On Etsy 

It has officially been a little over 30 days since I have set up my Etsy Shop and I can’t lie, things are going pretty good. But as always, let me walk you through the details of how it all started.

I recently launched a 360 photo booth business in Atlanta and South Florida called Luxury Lens 360. Even though I can design fliers, I had so much on my plate that I decided to just go on Etsy and purchase some ready-made fliers. The only problem was, there weren’t many fliers to choose from. To give you a reference, if you look up “birthday party flyer” on Etsy, about 3,400 results pop up whereas if you look up “360 photo booth flyer”, about 300 results pop up. 

Now you should know I am not scrolling through all those pages looking at fliers but the first two pages were not giving what they were supposed to gave so I had to make my own fliers. After I made them, I thought “I should probably put these on Etsy since there aren’t many options” but I was hesitant because I felt like it was going to be too much work. Typical Lola would overthink to the point that I would say “forget it” and put the idea on the backburner but Hustler Lola was like “its money to be made.”

I did absolutely no research! NONE! ZIP! And that is NOT like me. I like to make sure the numbers make sense and that I understand how everything works but in this instance, my rationale was “you already made it to use for yourself FOR FREE so the worst thing that can happen is no one wants to use it”. 

So I listed my first flyer on October 24, 2021, and got my first sale on October 28, 2021. Then my next two orders came in 3 days later and then I pretty much averaged one order per day after that. When I tell you I was surprised, I was shook because I just couldn’t believe the things I created for myself had actual value to someone else. 

Etsy recommends that you have at least 10 listings on your site. As of the date that this blog is published, I have 5 listings (items for sale) and they all fall in the 360 Photo Booth Flyer. The fliers are actually templated so people can edit them using Canva (a graphic design tool). So my fliers are not made-to-order which makes this type of business venture pretty passive because once I create the templates, there is nothing else required of me.

I do want to point out that till this day, I still do not understand how Etsy sales and profit work. From my understanding, you are charged a transaction fee for each purchase, a renewal fee for each purchase, and some other taxes and fees. I just know that I set up daily payouts and every couple of days, there is money deposited in my bank account.

I plan on creating more things to put on the platform. I created an Airbnb House Manual template and it did not get any attention in my shop so I removed it. I might put it back. However, my goal is to add at least 5 more listings to my shop and get payouts consistently every day because the shop is booming. 

How about you guys? Does anyone have an Etsy shop? What do you sell? How is business going for you? Talk to me!

Until Next Time,

LOLA THE MANAGER

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