56 Etsy Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

56 Etsy Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a etsy business in 2021?

We put together 56 of the best etsy businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other etsy businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a baking supplies business ($240K/year)

Linda Gonzalez from LOS ANGELES started Gloria's Cake & Candy Supplies over 5 years ago, a baking supplies business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: LOS ANGELES

As I mentioned before, I worked at the highest levels of the corporate world, as well as on major world sporting events. My journey in the corporate world included working for many million-billionaires, some very high profile, some very discreet. In the capacity of personal/executive assistant, I coordinated and hosted several events, fundraising dinners, art exhibits, press conferences, political issues, etc. for very high profile guests, i.e. mayors, governors, senate & congress members, president, vice president, and celebrities.

I was also exposed to how to create entities and operate businesses successfully, i.e. restaurants, service industry, retail, property mgmt & development. I also worked the 1984 Olympics directly with Peter Ueberroth and the 1994 World Cup in Protocol seeing to participating country VIPs’ needs.

After 30+ years of running/managing other people’s businesses and companies, I was talking to my husband about retiring (haha) and just operating our own business. Then I went to Gloria’s to get some items to make Valentine chocolates and found out of their plans to close down. I was so distraught at the thought of it, and my husband said, “you were talking about running your own business. Gloria had talked to you about taking over someday...why don’t you buy it?!” And that’s how the decision was made.

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Linda Gonzalez, on starting Gloria's Cake & Candy Supplies ($20,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a diy business ($1.62M/year)

Mark Tyrol from Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA started Battic Door over 8 years ago, a DIY business.

  • Revenue: $135,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA

When I purchased my first house in 2000, I had a pull-down ladder in one of the bedrooms.

When attic stairs are installed, a large hole (approximately 10 square feet) is created in your ceiling. The ceiling and insulation that were there have to be removed, leaving only a thin, unsealed, sheet of plywood.

I have a colleague who told me “Businesses do not fail, people quit.” I decided to not quit.

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Mark Tyrol, on starting Battic Door ($135,000/month) full story ➜

3. ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye about 4 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.

Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.

I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.

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Gia Paddock, on starting Boutique Rye ($10,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a fashion accessories store ($72K/year)

Jen Fox from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA started Foxly Handmade about 5 years ago, a fashion accessories store.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

I have been sewing and creating as a hobby and as a business since 2009, but my line of handmade bags under the name FOXLY Handmade began in earnest in 2016.

At the time, I worked full time as an interior designer at a commercial architecture firm, but I had an itch to have full creative control over a project from start to finish. I began making leather and canvas totes, block printed pouches, and all styles of bags. I developed the patterns myself, sourced materials, cut, stitched, marketed, and I developed a loyal following by carting those bags all over town to local shows (sometimes on a bike with a trailer attached to the back!).

Until I burned out. I was exhausted by the range of inventory that I was trying to keep up and weighed down financially by all of the supplies and materials I had to keep on hand to produce it. It was a pace I wasn't able to sustain, and all of my time was spent creating, and I had no brain power left to actually SELL. So I had to make a change.

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Jen Fox, on starting Foxly Handmade ($6,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a candle business ($1.2M/year)

DShawn Russell from Raeford, North Carolina, USA started Southern Elegance Candle Company over 5 years ago, a candle business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Raeford, North Carolina, USA

I started Southern Elegance right after my son was born as a hobby. Initially, I made a bunch of random bath and body products in addition to the candles. When I decided to get serious, I looked at everything and decided to just focus on one product and chose candles because they had the potential to be the most profitable. I chose a niche that I could speak authentically about. My ideal customer was easy to identify because it was basically me. (But, don't use that a marketing strategy. It just happened to work in this case) I was born and raised in the South. I LOVE living here and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I created a company around all the things that I love to do.

Choose your partners carefully and trust your gut. I made very bad decisions by going against what I thought I should do and listening to “experts” and lost a ton of money.

I was working in education at the time and I absolutely hated it. One day walked into work and quit my job to make candle making a full-time career. I had absolutely no background in sales, manufacturing, marketing or anything business-related. I basically had no clue as to how it was going to work or if this was even a viable plan. Everything was a learning curve, and I spent hours learning a new skill then implementing it.

With very limited resources, (basically no money) I went to the school of Google and Youtube. I took some online classes on Branding and Wholesaling. I hired a business coach and I literally hit the streets selling. For the first year, I would sell my candles at any Church function, fair, festival, school bazaar… I did not care. I sold candles outside in the middle of the summer and the dead of winter. I also sold on any and every online platform that would accept me. Etsy, Amazon, Faire, Modalyst, Houzz, etc. All the money I made went back into building the brand, I was lucky to have a husband to pay the bills but it was tight financially. When I finally felt comfortable I approached stores to carry my products. And we slowly built a base of stores to sustain the company.

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DShawn Russell, on starting Southern Elegance Candle Company ($100,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an art business ($51.6K/year)

Sarah Hickey from Plano, Texas, USA started Innerglow Art about 5 years ago, a art business.

  • Revenue: $4,300/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plano, Texas, USA

Growing up I’ve always had this unique passion for art and all things creative. I was that artsy girl in all the art classes in high school and even took a few art classes in College.

When strangers were noticing my art and asked if I had a website, business card, etc., it really pushed me to start the business.

I never thought I could actually have a “successful career” with art so I majored in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I worked as an Assistant SLP for 2 years after graduating and worked for a pediatric home health company. I truly enjoyed working with special needs children with language disorders and thought this was my calling. However, after applying to grad school and receiving rejection letters for the grad program, I was completely devastated. I felt like a huge failure and was so discouraged. In response, I started painting again.

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Sarah Hickey , on starting Innerglow Art ($4,300/month) full story ➜

7. Start a planner business ($214K/year)

Jess Yasuda from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia started Chasing Planner Peace about 6 years ago, a planner business.

  • Revenue: $17,811/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

When I started Chasing Planner Peace I was a mum of two very small children, working part-time in a job for the government. I found my job extremely unrewarding and boring and had a little avenue for creativity. I never dreamed that starting an Etsy store would lead to growing a company that could become a full-time career. I had always had it drummed into me to find a secure job and stick with it - don’t take risks!

After my second child was born I became interested in using a paper planner as a hobby. There’s actually quite a big community of people (mostly women) who combine organization and creativity and love using their planners as a memory-keeping, scrapbooking tool using stickers and washi tape to decorate.

I loved the idea of using Filofax type planners where you could really customize your planner by adding in what “inserts” (refill pages) you wanted. I would download printable inserts off Etsy for calendar pages, meal planning, etc. but I could never find a layout that really worked for me. I would also waste huge amounts of time, money and printer ink trying to print out the printable inserts - as every file was a different format.

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Jess Yasuda, on starting Chasing Planner Peace ($17,811/month) full story ➜

8. Start a journal business ($1.8M/year)

Ollie Aplin from London, UK started MindJournal over 5 years ago, a journal business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: London, UK

I’ve personally kept a journal for 10 years now, ever since I first went into therapy to recover from PTSD. My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.

When I started therapy I was still stuck in the mindset that talking about how I felt was not something I should do. So talking therapy was the most unnatural experience for me. So to help, my therapist recommended I tried journaling – as a way of privately thinking about how I felt and what was on my mind. It was a game-changer of a moment for me.

My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.

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Ollie Aplin, on starting MindJournal ($150,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a home decor business ($102K/year)

James Wolfer from Portland, Oregon, USA started Valhalla Wood Forge over 4 years ago, a home decor business.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

I started Valhalla Wood Forge in 2017 while working full-time as a police officer. Our department was smaller, only seven of us total, we didn’t have full-time detectives so we had to fulfill dual roles as patrol and doing detective level investigations. I was working long hours, investigating a lot of sex crimes, which were taking a huge emotional and mental toll. Additionally, I was (and still am) a Coast Guard reservist, doing law enforcement and search and rescue, so my stress level was very high.

One day, the Police Chief ordered a big wooden flag for like, $500. I remember looking at it and thinking, “I could make that, but better.” So I got some wood, borrowed a circular saw from my parents, and made a flag to donate to my department. The department put a picture of me with the handmade flag on Facebook, and pretty soon, I was getting requests from cops and military buddies for their own flags. For the rest of 2017 and really, the first half of 2018, I didn’t charge much as I was only making 1-2 flags a month. I was having fun and had found a way to unwind and work through a lot of stress, and have my tools get paid for. Score, right?

Do your homework if you’re going to use outside marketing agencies, and don’t take shortcuts.

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James Wolfer, on starting Valhalla Wood Forge ($8,500/month) full story ➜

10. Start a greeting cards business ($0/year)

Travis Peterson from Irvine, California, USA started Joker Greeting over 6 years ago, a greeting cards business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Irvine, California, USA

My background is in finance. I worked in investment banking for six years in New York. I loved the job, the people, and the hours. But as a service job I wanted to be making things not just helping others make things. This desire has led me to where I am today.

My brother and I have always loved to make fun of everything. Around 2014, we visited my mom’s house and she had this musical greeting card. We thought it was annoying. We asked each other, "Who wants to listen to this!?" Then Nick asked, “What if it didn’t stop?”

That was it. Nothing more. No market research.

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Travis Peterson, on starting Joker Greeting (/month) full story ➜

11. Start a decorative pillow business ($540K/year)

Danielle Oakey from Irvine, CA, USA started Danielle Oakey Shop almost 6 years ago, a decorative pillow business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Irvine, CA, USA

After 8 years of interior design blogging and running my e-design business, I needed a change.

Building a business has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. I have learned a lot in regards to working with people and setting proper expectations from the beginning. Whether it was an with an employee or a fabric company, I learned that being upfront with expectations is very important.

I knew I wanted to stay in the design world and had always dreamed of opening a little store. Since textiles have been a big passion of mine, a pillow shop seemed like a natural fit.

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Danielle Oakey, on starting Danielle Oakey Shop ($45,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start an embroidery business ($78K/year)

Cailey Golden from New York, New York, USA started The Patchsmith about 4 years ago, a embroidery business.

  • Revenue: $6,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I’ve been in the customization industry for over 10 years. I started with screen printing first. Eventually I was hired to work for the Yankees and was taught how to embroider caps. A company reached out to me for a production embroidery job and I accepted. I was taught how to run production but was left alone a lot. I ended up teaching myself a lot of different embroidery methods, it was also the place I made my first patch. I ended up creating patches for my supporters club of the local MLS team, NYCFC, and sold them for $7 each. I stopped after a few months and didn’t think about patches for awhile.

In 2017 I was going through a huge change in my life, a previous employer in the City attempted to permanently remove me from the industry, very unsuccessfully. I’d say it’s part of the reason why I’ve been able to be as successful as I have been so far. I spent months grasping at straws to come up with a business idea that I knew could do while keeping my mind busy while I was on a rollercoaster of repercussions from that employer.

I was in the bank one day after work and was sitting down with a representative, I did that a few months prior with the same guy and we spoke a bit about my career. This time he asked me if I was able to embroider patches for his fantasy football league called “Fight Club”. It was the first time anyone had ever asked for patches, I had no idea what to charge him but I knew I could definitely do it. I said yes and charged him $6 per patch for 25 of them. He was all too excited and agreed. I had no idea if I undercharged, overcharged or was right on the money but it was too easy. I was completely hooked.

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Cailey Golden, on starting The Patchsmith ($6,500/month) full story ➜

13. Start a party supply store ($4.8M/year)

Dean Salakas from Sydney NSW, Australia started The Party People over 35 years ago, a party supply store.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 40
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia

30 years ago, my mum was “Patches The Clown” catering for kids parties. Her passion for parties led her to open a small party store with my grandfather. From the age of 4, I was put to work filling small bags with sand for 5 cents each which would be used to weigh down helium balloons on tables.

We love change. Every time something changes, there is an opportunity for us to be early and capitalize while everyone else drags their feet.

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Dean Salakas, on starting The Party People ($400,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a bath bombs business

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15. Start a handmade jewellery business

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16. Start a vintage reselling business

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17. Start a ribbons business

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18. Start a buttons business

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19. Start a collectible exports business

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20. Start a tassel earings business

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21. Start a fabric store business

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22. Start a kitchenware and home essentials shop business

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23. Start a pet supplies business

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24. Start a feathers business

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25. Start a bow ties business

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26. Start a clipart business

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27. Start a soap making business

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28. Start a wood pallet scraping business

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29. Start a knitting business

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30. Start a designer lamp shades business

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31. Start a craft business

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32. Start a table runners business

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33. Start a printable sales business

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34. Start a zippers and sewing supplies business

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35. Become a stamp maker

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36. Start a hair accessories company

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37. Start an invitations business

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38. Start a baby headbands business

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39. Start a party favors business

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40. Start an online beading store business

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41. Start a crochet business

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42. Start a framed chalkboards business

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43. Start a metal sign business

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44. Start a washi tape business

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45. Start a designer lace business

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46. Start a pillowcases business

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47. Start a t-shirt customization business

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48. Start a throw pillow designing business

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49. Start a wedding supplies business

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50. Start a string art business

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51. Start a baby clothes business

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52. Start a mobile phone cases & accessories kiosk business

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53. Start a leather bracelets business

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54. Start a bubble bath product

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55. Start a lace bralettes business

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56. Start a pet costumes business

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