How much does it cost to set up an Etsy shop


Once you have a grand idea of selling on Etsy – now it’s time to take action, but how much does it cost to set up an Etsy shop?

This post will look at the cost breakdown of opening your Etsy shop and making those first few sales. If you haven’t yet started, you can find complete instructions to get started on Etsy in this post. Including a link to 40 Free listings. 

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How much does it cost to open an Etsy shop?

There is no cost in actually opening your Etsy shop. Etsy does not charge any money to open a shop, and there are no monthly fees to run an Etsy shop.

The first money you will need to pay is when you create your first listing and place it for sale. The fee for each listing on Etsy is 0.20cents.

When it comes to opening a shop – you can’t press OPEN until you have one listing. So you can’t work on all of your shop branding and then open; you need to put something for sale BEFORE they let you customize it.

So I guess you could say it costs .20c to open a shop. 

Don’t worry if you don’t yet have anything to sell – you can upload a picture from your mobile and put that for sale and then when your shop is open – remove the listing, so there is nothing for sale while you gather your thoughts and move along.

Don’t forget to check out my big post on Opening an Etsy shop.

Once you spend .20cents putting an item for sale, it will remain for sale until it sells or is deactivated by you.

It expires after four months; at this point, it will auto-renew at another .20cents.

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Transaction fees on Etsy

You will be charged 5% of the total item costs, plus shipping and gift wrap.

Payment processing fees

You will be charged a percentage for processing your payment.

These vary from country to country, and there is also a flat fee per order.

If your bank account is in the USA, you will be charged 

United States 3% + $0.25 USD

For example – you sell a print for $2.40, and your bank account is in the USA

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Etsy will charge you .20cents for the relist fee. 

They then charge .32cents for the sale – (3% +.25cents)

They also charge you .19cents as the 5% fee for the transaction.

So from your $2.40 sale, you will reap a total of $1.96.

Now – I know what you are thinking now… wow, that’s a lot, but remember, with digital, you have fewer overhead costs, and mainly you can resell that item over and over again with very little input from you.

There are no running costs on Etsy, as I said previously.

You can get started right now with 40 FREE LISTINGS using my link. (Please note I also receive 40 free listings)

What other fees should I think about when selling on etsy?

Here we can sort out those who are willing to invest in their business and those who want just to try and see. As we previously read the cost of setting up an Etsy shop is little, but there are other costs to consider.

Read my top Etsy mistakes to find out where I messed up when I opened my first Etsy shop

Running any business costs money. You do need to invest to make money. These investments can seem to mount up when you first start – but I can tell you that taking shortcuts never really works out.

Here are some of the things I invest in to run my shop. 

Courses – There are several courses I recommend – both for beginner and experienced shop owners.

Suzi – Start a Mom Blog runs several courses everything from starting a Website, to creating printables to sell. She has a natural tone and her teaching style is bubbly and simplistic. Anyone can learn from Suzi.

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Canva Pro: The more I log into this powerhouse, the more I love it. It’s perfect for those of us with some graphical skills but doesn’t wish to fire up Illustrator each day. I love it.

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If you are planning to open an Etsy shop, or just need some help planning – you’ll find my Etsy shop planner pack ticks all the boxes.

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  • Get your digital copy of the Etsy Creative Planner – with everything you need to get started today
  • Includes a full 2021 Calendar which you can print out
  • Each planner includes links to my most valuable posts on getting started on Etsy
  • Even if you have an Etsy shop already – this planner will organize your thoughts so you can create a map to success
  • Bonuses include Tags pdf and much more

Over 50 pages to print out and fill in – covering everything from Branding, competitors, stats, and SEO. 

Final thoughts on how much does it cost to start an Etsy shop – there are no initial running costs to opening an Etsy shop apart from your first listing cost, which is .20cents. 

Etsy will charge you costs when you sell the item and when you renew an item. They will also charge you a percentage fee for selling the item, collecting the buyer’s money, and processing the transaction. 

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How much does it cost to start on Etsy

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. 

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Grab the free Ebook today

  • Learn how to get your art online and where to sell it
  • Tools to get started selling digital online prints today
  • Learn how which file sizes to sell so you can go hands-off right away
  • Discovery why I get a 5-star review every time.

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