Etsy is a good marketplace for selling digital and physical products. As a beginner, you may think that starting an Etsy shop is hard. However, learning how to create a shop on Etsy is easy. 

It is the starting point towards finding an ultimate home for your products. This could be either an e-commerce platform or a shop alongside another website. Here are the steps involved in this. 

Create an account

Whether you have learned how to make prints of your art or to sell physical products, having an account is the starting point. The simplest way to create an account is by clicking on the link.” Sell on Etsy .”Enter your name, email address, and password, and then click.” Continue.” 

You can create an Etsy account through an Apple account, Facebook, or Google. If you already have an Etsy consumer account, log in to the account and click” Open Your Etsy Shop” to create your store. 

Define your Etsy shop preferences

On the “shop preferences” screen, you will find the general setting for your store. Start by setting your default language. This is the language through which you will describe your products. It is possible to translate the page into other languages after opening the shop.

State your home country and choose the currency you wish to deal in. These steps are important before you list your products. If the shop currency differs from the bank currency, this will attract currency conversion fees for every purchase. Specify whether you are a part-time seller, full-time seller, or “other.” 

Specify your shop name

When coming up with your store name, be creative. The name should be easy for people to remember and also intriguing. It should also reflect your values and products. Etsy has some guidelines regarding the name of a store.

Avoid using special characters or having spaces in between. There should be no profanities or trademark infringements. The shop name should be between 4-20 characters long. Etsy recommends the following:

  • Consider your name
  • Use suggestive descriptive names
  • Use abstract names

Add products to the shop

The next thing after naming your store is to list products. Listing digital and physical products involves different processes. Use at least five photos to describe your products. Customers want to see what you are offering from different angles. 

Your item should have an appropriate title so the customers can find it. The title must be very descriptive. You can provide a bulleted product overview and other details such as type and category. 

Complete pricing and set shipping cost

Enter the price of your product, quantity, and tax. Add variations such as material, color, and size. Link the product photos to the variations. Include all the important details about the shipping processes.

The details include costs, shipping services, processing time, item size, and country of origin. Etsy has a feature that can help you to calculate the shipping prices. To do that, fill in the item size and weight. After that, you can preview the shipping price before publishing the listing. Preview your listing to see how it will appear in the eyes of customers. Include as many listings as possible’ Etsy recommends a minimum of ten. 

Select your payment method

After adding the items to your store, choose your payment preferences. State how you want to accept payments from customers. The options available include a money order or check, PayPal, and Etsy Payments. 

Sellers mainly get paid through Etsy Payments. This method allows you to accept debit cards, credit cards, Etsy gift cards, and more. The standalone PayPal option is no longer available in eligible countries such as the U.S. Sellers must integrate PayPal with Etsy Payments. 

Set up the billing and open the store

How you set up billing depends on your country. In some countries, you will need to provide a credit card for authorization and identification purposes. A file card is also needed to allow the platform to bill you for selling fees. 

As a U.S. seller, you will be able to enroll in auto-billing. This allows Etsy to make automatic deductions on your card for selling fees you incur. In this case, there will be no need to worry about direct monthly payments. After starting the store, click on the “Open Your Shop’ tab. Your shop is now open.