7 MUST HAVE Books on How to Be Successful on Etsy

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In this post I’m sharing 7 books which show you how to be successful on Etsy.

I lost $200 this week. *wails*


I accidentally dropped my friend’s Galaxy S6 edge on a dumbbell and the glass at the site of impact got crushed. It takes $200 to fix it. Yikes!

When I was 11, I accidentally dropped my nephew from my arms. He was a round and chubby super cute 14 months old baby bouncing in my arms, the balance got messed up and down he went. Oh, the horror! He cried, I cried, his mom cried, but ALHAMDULILLAH a million times, there were no injuries at all. I was banned from holding babies for a month.

I’ve always been known to have butter fingers, but I never had to pay such a hefty price for it. If you know a way to turn butter fingers to glue fingers, please let me know.

Onto today’s post.

Psst. don’t forget to read till the bottom for….you’ll find out later. 😉

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Some of you might be aware that I sell bag sewing patterns on Etsy. If this is news to you, it’s okay, I’m not going to judge you. (Though, if you’re curious, you can visit my Etsy shop here).

Since the time I started my shop, I’ve been on the look out for ways to make my Etsy shop rock the sales. I wanted to make sure

  • my titles are keyword rich and on point,
  • the description is flawless,
  • the whole shopping experience is amazing

Well, I haven’t really been actively learning about these topics, but I plan on starting soon.

Oh wait, I did make some progress by taking this Copy Writing class on CreativeLive where I got some awesome pointers on how to write the perfect product description for my shop. So, yea that was pretty good for starters.

But, one book or class is never enough. Which is why, the other day I was browsing for books for Etsy sellers on Amazon and I thought, hmm….my sewing buddies might love these books as well. (See, I’m always thinking about you!)

So, in this post I’m sharing some of the BEST books that will show you how to be successful on Etsy and make truck loads of money PROVIDED that you read them and implement what you learn.

So, here are the books based on the number of reviews they got. The one with highest reviews is on the top.

7 Best Books On How To Be Successful on Etsy

1. The Handmade Marketplace

This book touches a bit on ALL the topics. From basic business model to marketing. There are three very informative parts; the first part tells you all about starting your online business on the right foot and includes the importance of knowing your customers, logo design, shop look etc.

The second part is all about marketing and includes chapters on taking photos, blogging and social media.

The final part is all about selling. Quite comprehensive and precise, I must say. If you want have a peek inside the bookclick here..

Sadly, there are some things it doesn’t cover like:

  • How to set up an Etsy shop?
  • How to write keyword rich titles?
  • How to personalize your shop? etc. etc.

If you’re interested in these topics, keep on reading.

2. Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business

If you want more info about all the taxes, bookkeeping, finances and other such boring topics then this book is THE RIGHT ONE. There are around 60+ pages in this book, dedicated to these topics which will definitely give you the basic idea of how to handle the legal stuff of your business. In addition to all this, there are also chapters on marketing as well as Etsy tips. Don’t believe me?Click here to find out more.

What this book doesn’t tell

  • How to set up an Etsy shop?
  • How to write keyword rich titles?
  • How to personalize your shop? etc. etc.

3. Etsy Empire: Proven Tactics for Your Etsy Business Success

If you ever wanted to find out about the best selling shops on Etsy or Etsy top sellers, you can read this book.

It also shows you how to set up an Etsy shop and includes lessons on designing banners and avatar along with all the basics you need when setting up a new shop.

Anddddd… it answers the MOST commonly asked question, (only second to where’s the closest rest room or restaurant) HOW TO PRICE YOUR ITEMS! No need to spend sleepless nights thinking about it now, just read this book.

Want to know more?

It ALSO talks about the best camera to buy for Etsy photography AND wait for it….




How to SEO your listings! Awesome right? Get this book now!

4. Etsy: Launch Your Handmade Empire!- Blueprint to Opening a Storefront On Etsy and Growing Your Business

This book touches a bit on setting up your shop, marketing, Pinterest, dos and don’ts, basically everything that’s covered in the previous books.

But, there’s ONE special reason to buy this book.

Which is….

It tells you THE BEST PRODUCTS to sell on Etsy! The answer gazillion people are looking for ALL over the internet.

Excited? Get the book here!.

5. Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies

This is a very VERY detailed book on Etsy. It LITERALLY teaches you EVERYTHING about Etsy from start to finish. If you want to know Etsy inside out, as a buyer, as a seller, this book is MEANT for you.

There are 6 parts and 300+ pages in this book and those who manage to finish and implement everything in it deserve a Bachelors in Etsy degree. Find out more here.

6. How to Sell on Etsy With Pinterest: Selling on Etsy Made Ridiculously Easy

What do you get when you cross the most powerful marketing system directly with the best shopping platform? Money, money and more money! PROVIDED, you do it in a way that it works. This book will exactly teach you that.

Since you reached till the bottom…. here are TWO awesome bonuses for you!

7. BONUS – Pinterest Power: Market Your Business, Sell Your Product, and Build Your Brand on the World’s Hottest Social Network

And finally, here’s A BONUS book for everyone, the one that I’m feeling most enthusiastic about.

I’ve not yet used Pinterest to promote my bag sewing patterns, so I’m really looking for some solid ideas and I think this book is the right place to start. With 4 parts and 17 chapters on topics like monetisation strategies, marketing campaigns etc. this book seems exactly what I want right now.


Want more Etsy tips and coaching? Follow Melissa Kaiserman’s blog Makery Space.

She does a weekly episode on Etsy with LOTS of great info in it. You really don’t want to miss it.

Check out Makery Space here.

Final Verdict

If you ask me, honestly speaking, I want to devour ALL of these books. Eat them, digest them and apply everything that’s written in them. And I want to start with the number 7 first because that’s what I need right now.

Soooo, which book will you begin with?

PS. I still need help with my butter fingers.

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