October 21, 2017

How to Use Etsy.com to Earn Money while on Maternity Leave

In Australia, the parenting payment refers to the income support which is given to parents or guardians to assist in expenses of raising children. While this is helpful, there may be instances when it is not sufficient, especially for mums who are on maternity leave. Of course, returning to work is the best option, but if you want to extend your maternity leave, you may need to generate extra income.

One money-making tip is to use Etsy.com. This is an online marketplace designed for handmade products and vintage items and supplies. Millions of buyers in Australia and around the world shop at Etsy.com for unique items and other great finds. So if you are good at making handmade items, Etsy.com might be a good option for you!

How can you use Etsy.com to earn money while you’re on maternity leave? Here are some things you need to know:

Understand the selling fees

While joining and starting an online shop at Etsy.com are free of charge, there are basic selling fees to take into account: listing fee, transaction fee, as well as payment processing fee.

Know what can be sold

You cannot just sell anything you want at Etsy.com. You can sell items that you made and designed. You can also sell vintage items which are at least 20 years old. Another product category is craft supplies which can be ingredients, tools or any other materials that are needed to create handmade products. Reselling is not allowed.

Use PayPal as the payment method

You can get paid for your items through PayPal. It is an online payment processing facility that is widely used for online transactions. It is a good idea to use a PayPal account since a personal account has monthly receiving limits.

Be an honest seller

Selling items online means buyers will rely primarily on the product information and photos that you will provide. An accurate representation of your shop and products is therefore very important, so provide correct information and photos about your items.

Provide excellent customer service

To have a successful business venture at Etsy.com, be true to your word when it comes to what you tell buyers. Maintain the trust with them by delivering the items on the agreed time, and address any concerns as soon as you can.  

If your parenting payment is not sufficient for your basic essentials, there are so many ways to earn money while you are on maternity leave. Consider using Etsy.com. It can help with your daily finances while taking care of your newborn.

Got other tips for mums on parenting payments and how to generate extra income while on maternity leave? You can share your ideas and experiences in the comments section.

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