How I Make Money Selling Printables On Etsy

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

Do you want to learn how to sell on Etsy?

Looking to make money selling printables on Etsy?

Yes, you can sell something like printables on Etsy – and never have to ship a thing!

Creating printables on Etsy can be a great side hustle because you just need to create them once, and you can sell them an unlimited amount of times.

Today, I have a fun interview to share with you. I interviewed my friend Cody on how to sell printables on Etsy. I’ve met him in person a couple of times, and he is full of knowledge, especially when it comes to side hustling!

Cody started with zero graphic design skills and didn’t know how to create printables when he first started. It’s something he learned as he went along.

Are you wondering questions such as:

  1. How much money you can make selling printables? Are printables profitable?

  2. How do I sell printables on Etsy?

  3. How do I start selling Printables on Etsy?

Today’s interview will help you get started and perhaps even introduce you to a new way to make extra money.

Also, you can sign up for Cody’s free ebook that helps you figure out where to start when it comes to selling printables on Etsy.

Here’s how to get started selling printables on Etsy.

Hey! I’m Cody – the co-founder of Gold City Ventures and a 20-something digital nomad and side hustler. I’m always looking for fun, new ways to make money and that’s how I stumbled into printables.

If you knew me at all, I’d be the last person you’d expect to be selling printables on Etsy. I’m not artistic, I’m definitely not creative when it comes to crafts, and I had never even used Etsy before I started selling on the platform!

In early 2019, my friend Julie casually mentioned that she was selling printables on Etsy and that she had made over $6,000 after only about 50 hours of work.

Intrigued by the $120/hour side hustle, I decided to give it a shot. The rest is history!

2. How much do you earn monthly from Etsy?

Since I mainly target seasonal printables (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Graduation, Christmas), my Etsy income is somewhat sporadic. I’ve had $800 weeks and $50 weeks. It totally depends!

3. What exactly is a printable?

Printables are digital products that customers can download and print at home.

Examples include grocery shopping checklists, gift tags, candy bar wrappers, printable quotes for wall art, and patterns.

4. What do you like about selling on Etsy?

The best part about selling printables on Etsy is that once you create the design, you can sell an unlimited number of copies with no additional overhead. With a physical item, you have to create or design each unit individually, then package it, then ship it out.

With printables, you create the design once, list it in your Etsy shop, and there’s no difference in workload whether you sell 1 or 1,000.

One of my best weeks on Etsy was during Valentine’s week while I was skiing out in Lake Tahoe with my girlfriend. I earned almost $720 in one week without touching my Etsy shop once.

5. How much money can you make selling printables?

Believe it or not, some people actually make millions selling printables on Etsy. Now that’s certainly not realistic for everyone, but it’s possible.

To give more realistic examples, we’ve had students in our E-Printables course who have earned over $10,000 in revenue within 9 months.

While this might not be “quit your job” money, don’t forget what I just mentioned about printables. By listing a printable in your Etsy shop, you’re essentially setting up a recurring revenue stream.

The same seller who earned the $10,000 in her first 9 months is now earning $2,000 to $3,000 per month in nearly passive income. As you continue to add listings to your shop, you’re exponentially increasing your monthly revenue.

6. Do I need to already have a following to make money selling printables?

Absolutely not. Some of the best ways to drive serious traffic to your Etsy shop is through SEO (search engine optimization) and Pinterest — neither of which require a following.

We teach both of these strategies in-depth in our E-Printables course.

Some of our most successful students (including the one I mentioned above) did not have any type of following before opening their Etsy shop.

7. How do I come up with new ideas for printables?

Coming up with new ideas is one of the hardest parts of making printables. In the E-Printables course, we give you 55+ printable ideas right in the first module to get you started.

Pinterest and Etsy are also great ways to research which printables are selling.

For example, if you’re interested in creating a planner, you could type “planner” into Pinterest or Etsy and see which types of planners pop up. Then you can create your printable based on what’s trending!

8. Can someone with no tech skills make a printable?


The main tech skill needed in order to make a printable is a basic understanding of any design software. I personally like Canva and Adobe Illustrator.

As someone with almost no graphic design skills (like I mentioned earlier), I still managed to learn how to create printables fairly quickly.

It does take a bit of practice and guidance, but once you understand the design process, you’ll follow the same steps every time.

9. Can you list the steps needed to get started selling printables on Etsy?

First, you need to think of an idea. The reason for this is because you cannot open an Etsy shop without having a design ready to sell.

Next, you will need to create your printable. This could be in any design program like Canva or Adobe Illustrator.

Then, you’ll have to create your listing and optimize for things like tags, keywords, listing description, product images, title, and other search engine optimization factors. If all of these words sound like mumbo jumbo to you, we break down this whole process step by step within the course.

After you list your product, you’re ready to promote! In addition to Etsy’s own search engine, you can drive traffic to your shop via Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media platform.

10. Are there any other tips that you have for someone who wants to try to sell on Etsy?

Don’t let fear stop you. If you think you lack the tech skills, creativity, or time, give it a try anyway! Just 30 minutes per day could help you build this new side hustle into a consistent monthly income stream.

Plus, if you commit to working on your Etsy shop, you’ll gain valuable skills like graphic design, marketing, and SEO!

11. Can you tell me more about the training that you offer?

Back in 2019, my friend Julie and I launched our E-Printables course, where we teach students the step-by-step process of creating a profitable Etsy printables shop.

Since then, we’ve had over 800 students join the course and are constantly improving and refining the course material. We have 13 full modules, each filled with video and text lessons. We also have 3 bonus sections packed with additional resources and tutorials.

The first few modules of the course focus on idea generation and how to find successful products. This is where we give you the 55+ printable ideas that I mentioned earlier.

Then, we walk you through the design process by giving you 12 pre-made templates (calendars, gift tags, Snapchat filters, trackers, greeting cards, etc.) to help you get your first products up.

You can literally just download our templates, add your own fonts and elements, and list the products in your Etsy shop! It’s that simple.

Next, we focus on how to package and list your products. This piece is extremely important and what sets apart successful Etsy sellers from the rest. Your listings should be optimized based on the buyer’s intent and keyword searches. If they’re not, you could have beautiful designs just sitting idle in your Etsy shop.

After the product is listed, we teach you how our full marketing strategy. We focus a lot on Pinterest due to its high conversion rate, but also mention other social media platforms.

The last modules in the regular course focus on statistics and data — how to maximize conversions, Etsy Ads and offsite marketing, and shop analytics. If you’re serious about making money with this side hustle, you’ll want to dig into the numbers and figure out how your shop can improve.

Finally, the course ends with three massive bonus sections where we have dozens of videos contributed by Etsy experts on a whole slew of topics — Adobe Indesign, Procreate, Selling off Etsy (Shopify, Teachers Pay Teachers, Email Lists), and other helpful software and resources.

Alongside the course, we run a VIP E-Printables Facebook Group. Anyone who purchases the course has free access to this group for 30 days, but after that, we charge a small monthly fee.

In this private Facebook Group, we offer 7-day full support from our paid experts. You can ask us any question and receive a response within only a few hours. We also host weekly Live videos such as Q&A, bonus training, and expert guests.

One of my favorite parts of this group is actually our challenges and prize giveaways!

You can learn more about the course here.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to email me at

Are you interested in selling printables on Etsy?


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