I’m not going to lie, I didn’t think I would be writing this post. The reason being that I didn’t think I could actually make money online! But here I am, super excited to share with you my 4 Month Etsy income report!
Ever since I can remember, I have always been designing logos and thinking up business ideas that I could do. In middle school, it was a clothing line. In high school, it was still clothing but I was actually designing art and logos to print on tees.
Eventually, I started to do some freelancing in graphic design and started to make some money on the side doing that.
But if I’m honest, it’s not my favourite.
I’m an artist and I love to draw, but doing graphic design I wasn’t illustrating much.
In 2020, I had my second child and while on maternity leave I had the itch again to start some kind of shop. Except for this time I wanted to marry my love for teaching kids with my love for illustrating and graphic design. I wanted to make printables that I would use for my kids whom I homeschool and share with the world.
But fear of failure is REAL! In Canada, we get up to a year and a half for maternity leave and it’s paid up to 55% of our income. So I had time! But I chickened out and make up tons of excuses about why I had to wait for the right time.
When 2021 rolled around and the shock of Covid lockdowns had somewhat settled down, I decided it was time. I bought a domain and I started this blog.
Little Lions Academy is where I design and create fun and educational printables for little learners.
I wanted to do printables because my end goal is to create as much passive income as possible.
What’s passive income?
Passive income is income that requires very little or no labour to earn and maintain. With printables, this is possible because you create the product once. Once the printable is created, it doesn’t require any stocking, shipping or anything. It lives forever because it is a digital product.
I started my shop with my bestselling product so far which is my Kids Affirmations printable and as I have added products, I’ve seen growth every month.
In the first month of being on Etsy, I had a total of 5 listings. I actually set up my shop in 2019 in one of my inspired moments but until the very May of 2021, I never actually had anything on there.
I listed my items on the 1st of May and got my first sale on May 24th. You can see this in the chart below. That one sale came from 90 visits total to my shop in May.
Because of Etsy fees, my actual take-home was: $5.49
June was super encouraging. When I got my first sale I was careful not to get too excited. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. But when I saw my growth in June, I realized that maybe my shop did have potential after all. From the first of June to the last day I had a total of 119 visitors. Not much more than the previous month except this time 7 of those visitors decided to purchase from my shop! I ended up selling $42 worth of product which after fees translates to $38.91.
Seeing how things went for me in June, I was eager to see if I would see even more in July. To my surprise, I was able to double the amount I made in June! I had 312 visitors and 14 of them purchased a product. It was literally double. Woohoo! My take-home after fees were $79.23.
August! This month took me on a dollar coaster ride! I had days where I made 2-3 sales and then my shop would go silent for a few days. Those days I would get super discouraged. BUT despite those slow days I managed to still see great growth! This month I had 478 visitors and 19 purchases which totalled $128.20 in take-home revenue.
I think if I can expect the same upward growth I saw these past four months in the next four months I’ll be super happy. Overall, its been super encouraging and I love making my products.
I’m also working on getting my stats up on Teachers Pay Teachers and my main site Littlelionsacademy.com. this way I have more than one revenue stream for my business.
So far Etsy has been my most profitable so I’m excited to see where the next few months take me.
I’ll report back soon! Maybe I’ll even do these monthly instead.
Let me know if you’ll like that!
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