7 Selling Business On Etsy Success Stories [2023]

7 Selling Business On Etsy Success Stories [2023]
Start A Selling Business On Etsy

Etsy is a marketplace where millions of people around the world connect to make, sell and buy unique goods. You can sell unique handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies on the platform.

Here are steps for starting a selling business on Etsy:

  • Create your Etsy Account
  • Define the Shop preferences and set a name
  • Create a viable product
  • Input the payment settings and enter the credit card details
  • Open the Etsy shop, set up your bio and shop policies
  • Take images of your products and upload
  • Include compelling product descriptions and set reasonable prices

Your Etsy shop policies should indicate the processing time, shipping policies, payment options and the returns/exchanges policy.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a selling business on etsy:

1. Galen Leather ($480K/year)

Zeynep Prens (from Istanbul, Turkey) started Galen Leather over 10 years ago.

$40K / month
2 founders / 4 employees
Istanbul, Turkey

Case Study

Merhaba! (that’s hello in Turkish). My name is Zeynep and along with my brother Yusuf, we run Galen Leather from our workshop in Istanbul. Combining our love for stationery items and skills in leather-making, we design and handcraft our own line of handmade leather travel journals, notebook covers, personal accessories and now, so much more!

In the last year, we’ve broken sales records, experiencing a 138% increase in revenue to hit an average of around $40,000 in sales each month. Most of our products are made to order, and as a small team of four, we believe what we’ve been able to achieve so far is no small feat!


2. OpossumRotStudio ($12K/year)

Today I have an extra special guest on the show, Erick Strider. Erick is not her real name but it's the name she uses when she sells her products on Etsy.

Erick is only 16 years old, yet she has a side hustle that makes her over a thousand dollars a month on Etsy.

Erick had no experience runn…

Erick Strider (from Austin, TX, USA) started OpossumRotStudio about 3 years ago.

$1K / month
1 founders / employees

Case Study
  • The founder of OpossumRotStudio goes by the name Erick as she lists her goods for sale on Etsy.
  • She has a side business on Etsy that earns her more than $1,000 a month despite being only 16 years old.
  • Before starting her Etsy shop, Erick had no prior experience managing an online store, and she had no customers.
  • However, this 16-year-old learned about running and managing an Etsy business on her own and managed to generate 4 figures per month income by selling Possum pins on Etsy.


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Learn more about starting a selling business on etsy:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a selling business on etsy?
-> Pros and cons of a selling business on etsy

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established selling business on etsy

Other resources

4. OpossumRotStudio

Find the perfect handmade gift, vintage & on-trend clothes, unique jewelry, and more… lots more.

  • Estimated revenue: $1K/month
  • Business rank: #73

Check out their full website ➜

5. Small Business

Yahoo! Small Business offers Ecommerce platforms, web hosting, domain names & a website builder. For all small businesses Yahoo will always support your business through any time.

  • Business rank: #122K

Check out their full website ➜

6. Sell.com

  • Business rank: #122K

Check out their full website ➜

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