Etsy Beginner Tutorial — Print on Demand — Part 1— Production Partners

This is how I’m preparing myself to get started with Etsy in a correct way.

Michiel Schuer
5 min readJan 13


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I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to waste time. I’ve always had the “let’s just start now, and we’ll see later how it goes” -type of attitude.

While this approach works for some things, it doesn’t work for everything.

I’ve wanted to start an Etsy shop for a long time, however I didn’t know anything about Etsy and how it works.

And… one of the most important reasons why I didn’t start yet is the following:

Putting items on Etsy costs you money!

That’s right — Etsy charges you $0.20 for each item that you list for sale on

“You will be charged a listing fee for creating OR renewing a listing on Etsy, whether or not the listed item sells.”

So before we move on — if you still need to open your Etsy shop, you can do it via this link. Here, you will get 40 FREE listings, which will save you a couple bucks :) listings expire after four months, and after the 4th month it needs to be renewed — manually or automatically — and it will again cost you 20 cents.

For 1 listing this ain’t so bad, but I have 1000+ designs. Imagine I’d upload all of them, that would cost me +200 dollars… and more!

More info about the fees on Etsy’s website: Fees & Payments Policy (Effective from 1st December 2022) — Our House Rules | Etsy



Michiel Schuer

Enthusiastic about learning new things, side-hustles, and translating my personal experiences into motivational stories.