Do you have a creative teen in your home? Or do you love to spend your mom time with some paint and a hot glue gun? If you’d like to turn those artistic pursuits into dollars AND give your teen some high school credit while you’re at it, then the Selling on Etsy Masterclass is for you!
Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens Review
The stockpiles of soaps, containers of crocheted creatures, and mountains of mini clay figures were beginning to take over our school room. My creative tween had been wanting to find an outlet to begin selling her handiwork, and we had been talking about Etsy for a while, but it just seemed too intimidating to tackle. So when another homeschool blogger was looking for Beta testers for her new masterclass about selling on Etsy, I jumped at the opportunity!
As it turned out, Abby Banks’s Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens didn’t need much beta help. It is a beautifully composed course offered on a platform that is easy for teens – and moms! – to navigate.
Abby’s videos are thorough, and her gentle personality makes even the most complicated parts of the Etsy platform accessible to her students. To be honest, I’d sold on Etsy years ago. I had also done my share of craft fairs and home shows, and I had little desire to go down that path again on my own. I expected this class would give my daughter a handle on the Etsy platform without my having to dig into it again. As I watched with her, though, I was captivated! I learned so much. Etsy has certainly changed in the last 10 years, but most of the basics remain as they were. I found myself saying over and over, “I wish I had known this years ago!”
The workbook included with the course broke down all of the research and listing details so that my yarn-fanatic felt confident about the marketability of her crafts. She enthusiastically did every exercise!
The shop is open for business!
Since my daughter is technically just a few weeks shy of 13, she couldn’t open her Etsy shop on her own. We decided to combine our creative interests and open a shop together.
We followed the step-by-step in the class, and voila! Before we knew it we were open for business. We announced the venture to our family and friends, and my budding entrepreneur had her first sale in just a few hours!
We’re still somewhere on the learning curve.
My biggest struggle with selling on Etsy had always been shipping. The masterclass helped so much with that aspect! But, understandably, Abby couldn’t predict every type of product her students would sell. So you still have to take the information and find the most cost-effective packaging and shipping for your items. It took a little bit of research and we’re currently waiting on some packaging materials to arrive so we can finish adding more listings. Then things should really get going for this little venture!
A Great High School Elective – With Income Potential!
One of our long-term homeschool goals is to give our children the tools they can use to be as self-sufficient as possible. Things like money-management, gardening, and entrepreneurship get as much attention around here as college planning. (We also like to do some of the regular high-schooly things because no one should miss out on the fun!) With backgrounds in tech, my husband and I both graduated from college just as the dot com bubble was getting ready to bust. We know the value of having a plan B to help smooth bumps in a career. My in-laws also own their own business, so we’re not naive about the difficulty of generating your own income.
Is your child entrepreneurial but not necessarily creative? You can sell supplies and vintage items on Etsy, too! Perhaps they could do some reselling of “clearance” items from the local craft store. Or they can use a graphics program like Inkscape to create SVGs of their favorite sayings with a free-for-commercial-use font and sell graphics files.
There are really many possibilities that involve no paint or yarn!
What to Expect from the Course
The Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens is a self-paced online course with 6 modules that provide a step-by-step game plan for helping your teen (or you!) create & grow a profitable Etsy shop. It includes instructions for how to use this as a ½ credit or full credit elective that can be included on your high schooler’s homeschool transcript.
- Learn about the Etsy platform
- Complete Market research about potential products
- Create an Etsy shop
- Improve photography skills
- Write professional sales copy
- Learn SEO
- Discover best practices for customer service
- Create systems and organization
- Keep track of business finances
- Learn about social media & marketing an online shop
Who is it for?
This course is for middle or high schoolers, but it would also be helpful for moms who want help in setting up an Etsy shop. It was originally created for homeschooled students as an elective option, but non-homeschooled students could benefit from it as well!
What’s included with purchase?
• Lifetime access to the online course, including updates
• Printable workbook
• 40 FREE Etsy listings when you open your shop
• Private Facebook group for teens & their parents with access to ask questions!
How much does it cost?
Regular price is $97, but Triangle Homeschool Resource Center email subscribers can save with a special coupon code and purchase this course for 20% OFF! This is one price for your whole family forever – so if you have multiple teens who would enjoy selling on Etsy, that’s an amazing deal! If your teen sells one item on Etsy, this course will pay for itself.
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Is your teen not sure they have marketable ideas?
Download this bonus worksheet from the course instructor
and start brainstorming some sellable items!
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