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Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Kate Shoup, Kate Gatski

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Introduction

Does this sound like you? You hate your day job. You trained as a teacher, but what you really want to do all day is knit. Or maybe you’re busy waiting tables, but you dream of starting your own jewelry-making business. Or maybe your background is in law, but what you really love is constructing handbags out of gum wrappers. The problem? You’ve got bills to pay. It’s not like people can just ditch their jobs to hand-craft Juicy Fruit purses all day, right?

Wrong. Thanks to Etsy (www.etsy.com), plenty of people have done just that: ditched their day jobs to start their own craft businesses, or supplemented their existing incomes by selling their own crafts. And armed with the information in Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies, 2nd Edition, you can become one of them!

What’s Etsy? Etsy was created in 2005 to help artists and craftspeople sell their handmade wares online. (Since then, Etsy has evolved to allow the sale of vintage items and craft supplies.) Etsy’s mission, in its own words, is “to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.” More precisely, Etsy allows creative types to channel their passion for their craft into their life’s work. If your dream is to “make a living making things,” then Etsy is for you!

About This Book

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