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Selling Printables on Etsy – the Easy Way

Mention the word printables, and you’ll have planning and organisation devotees waving their hands around like they’re about to see their favourite pop star.

But what are printables?

Printables stands for printable prints. They come in the form of a digital file that you can download and print at home, at work or a print shop.

Printables can be anything from wall art, printable worksheets, gift tags and quotes to printable planners, to-do lists, checklists and you can even make your own printable calendar. Best of all, selling printables on Etsy can be a fun and rewarding experience. (affiliate links below).

Why are printables so fabulous?

Not only do printables satisfy people’s love of getting organised, but they are also last-minute lifesavers.

Having a 1st birthday party but need some signs to spruce up the food table? Find a printable.

Forgot the teacher gift at the end of the school year? Find a printable and frame it!

When you have access to a printer, they are immediate gifts, props, organising tools, without shipping costs. You name it; the opportunities are endless.

Printables are also an environmentally-conscious option by cutting out things like factory processing and delivery. And when you get your printables published on Etsy, you can also get them in front of 250 million monthly Pinterest users with two-thirds of those users being women and eight out of 10 mothers in the USA being on Pinterest. Woah!

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Related: grow your Pinterest with this course!

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Is selling printables for me?

Printables are perfectly suited to someone looking to make some extra money on the side, particularly people looking for passive income.

The benefit of creating printables to sell is that you only have to create it once to sell it multiple times. There’s no need to worry about not having an email list or social media following either; you can drive some decent traffic to your Etsy store by using Pinterest and adopting some SEO tactics.

But people are giving printables away for free. How can I make money from it?

Yes, some printables are free, but there are various reasons people do this, including to build their email list or to give something back to their audience or customers. But don’t let this hold you back, you can still make money from selling printables. The most important things to remember are:

  • There are SO MANY people in the world. There will always be people to buy your product if they find it valuable.
  • Keep your printable professional and better than the rest.
  • You may not have an email list or social following to sell to, so why not grow one! Start a Facebook Group or start building an email list. Build trust with these people, and they will eventually buy from you.
  • Make people more comfortable when they’re buying by offering a money-back guarantee.

I don’t have a tech bone in my body. Can I still make printables?

Of course, you can! You don’t even have to be overly creative.

The easy way to start creating and selling printables on Etsy is to take my course and use Canva to create printables.

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Once you practice the steps, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful side business.  Plus, to make your printables journey even easier, my course also includes pre-made templates!

The next step: How to make printables to sell on Etsy

Selling printables on Etsy is exciting. Believe me, once you get started, you won’t be able to stop! So what’s next?

Here are your next steps to learning how to create and how to sell printables.

  1. Sign up for my ‘How to Make Printables in Canva’ course.
  2. Complete the 15+ lessons
  3. Use the many printable ideas in the course to inspire your printable collection
  4. Create your printables
  5. Create your Etsy listing and optimise it with keywords, title, images and description.
  6. List your product
  7. Promote and enjoy!

When you decide on selling printables on Etsy , you have nothing to lose. You haven’t created a run of one thousand printables, you’ve just created one.

Most of all, the process of learning how to make printables and sell printables on Etsy will be an enriching learning experience which, in the end, will leave you with new skills in design, marketing and SEO.

What are you waiting for!

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