While scrolling Pinterest or Etsy, you might have had a thought like, “Hey, I can totally make printables just like all these people!” If so, you’re in the right place. I had the same thought not too long ago, and sold 20K in printables in one year. But, after you get that initial thought about selling printables, you have a ton of other questions that come up. For example, How Long Does It Take to Sell Your First Printable on Etsy? Let’s dive into this question a little deeper.
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How Long Did it Take Me to Sell My First Printable on Etsy?
As you may already know, I started my business making handmade party decorations using my Cricut. I quickly realized that making handmade products was not scalable. Heck, I was burnt out from the orders I was alrady getting. I couldn’t imagine scaling my business even more! That would have meant more burnout, less time with my family and friends, and ultimately – resentment in my business. Not a good idea! Read my story about the first printable I ever sold on Etsy.
So what did I do? I started slowly switching all my decorations over to printables. Then I started to notice that more and more people were purchasing my printables over the handmade items I had in my shop. It was so exciting!
How Long Does It Take to Sell Your First Printable on Etsy?
Fast forward a few years, I had sold over 10,000 printables in my Etsy shop. That was when I started teaching other people how to do it it too! I mean, how could I not share the best way to use your creative skills to make passive income? After all, there are so many of us out there who are just craving a great side hustle that is FUN to do, right?
One of my students, Jennifer, had never had an Etsy shop before. She listed her very first printable while inside the program and sold it within less than 24 hours. In fact, she sold it while we were on one of our coaching calls together. It was so inspiriting to hear!
Another one of my students, Rebecca, thought that she could just produce MORE handmade products in her Etsy shop to make more money. But she was exhausted and not brining in enough income. Rebecca was able to make her first printable sale within one week of taking the program!
The Real Question About Selling Printables
The truth is, every new skill takes a little time to learn. And every venture is never the same for everyone. Some people get their first sale immediately. Some of my other students have had to wait two or three months to see that first sale.
One could call it luck when you sell your first printable in 24 hours, but I honestly don’t believe in that at all. I believe it’s all about your energy. Sure, there’s some talent involved, and you’ve got to actually take action to get your printables listed. But at the end of the day, when you list a printable, you’re telling the Universe/God/Source that you believe it’s possible for you. Some people – dare I say MOST people – don’t even get that far.
So here’s my advice to you. Instead of asking how long it will take to get that first sale, ask yourself a better question. Ask yourself what you have to do to get started today. How can you start now so that making money selling printables becomes an actual possibility for you, instead of just a wish or a dream?
In summary, it’s absolutely possible to sell printables quickly when you get started on Etsy. But all of this depends on how you’re showing up when it comes to starting a printables business. My recommendation is that you read about the 3 Characteristics of a Successful Printables Seller to better your odds of a successful printables business.
I hope this gives you some ideas about how long it might take to sell your own printables online. I love to help you celebrate life through party decorations and personal development! But above all, I’d love to connect with you. Reach out to me on Instagram and let’s chat.
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