How to sell digital downloads on Etsy

Did you know that there are currently people making thousands of dollars every month by selling digital downloads on Etsy.  

The amazing part is that the money isn’t even the greatest thing about selling digital downloads on Etsy. What makes it so attractive is that once you have set up your store the business basically runs on automation.

With that being said, if you are looking to jump aboard this amazing opportunity and get started today then you are in the right place.

What are digital downloads?

Digital downloads are basically anything that you can create on your computer to either solve a problem, create fun and help customers organize their lives.

Digital downloads are non-physical products in the form of themes, graphics, logos, PNGs, spreadsheet templates, social media templates, eBooks, Fonts, Website themes and many more.

How to sell digital downloads on Etsy

Why Sell Digital Downloads on Etsy?

Selling digital downloads has become increasingly popular for a reason. In my opinion if you are able to get it right it will be one of the easiest ways you could ever make a living online. 

Here are some of the Pros related to selling digital downloads on Etsy.

  • No logistics and shipping- One of the biggest pros is that you no longer have to worry about shipping physical products to different parts of the world. This means that there is no waiting time for your customer and you lose the risk of damaged or lost products.
  • Business automation- Once you have set up your digital store you can literally sit back and watch the magic happen. Once a customer purchases your product Etsy will automatically send them the digital download and you have literally done nothing.
  • No physical products- You no longer have to worry about product storage, fulfilling orders and quality control. Digital downloads has eliminated one of the most daunting tasks of running a e-commerce store.
  • Low start-up costs- With digital products you don’t need to purchase or make products in bulk which means you won’t need much capital to start you store.
  • Straight profit- there are no product costs or shipping costs so what you sell your product for is what you make.

What are the best-selling digital downloads on Etsy?

If you are serious about starting then you should consider what kind of digital downloads are selling best at the moment.

Before we move on, I have put together a list of digital downloads that are currently doing the best sales.

  1. Printable art work
  2. Graphics
  3. Planners
  4. Logos
  5. Social media templates
  6. Spreadsheet templates
  7. Custom word press themes
  8. Craft patterns
  9. Lightroom presets
  10. Coloring pages
  11. Worksheets
  12. Journals
  13. Business cards
  14. eBooks
  15. Checklists
  16. Fonts

Is it too late to start selling digital downloads on Etsy?

You might find yourself feeling overwhelmed at the amount of people that are currently selling digital downloads on Etsy.

You should remember that competition is never a bad thing you just have to learn how to outdo your competitors.

You can outdo your competitors by:

Having a better offer, new and trendy designs and a better customer service.

There are still people making hundreds of thousands of dollars every month in 2022 and this is a tale telling sign that it isn’t too late to get on board.

How to Create Digital Products on Etsy

I think it’s fair to say that if you are going to create digital downloads of any kind you would need some sort of design and technology skills.

HACK; if you are not a designer or don’t have any skills relating to technology then there is an alternative.

You can use Fiverr or Upwork and pay someone to do it for you. I personally use fiver every day for things I am unable to do for my business.

There will be someone on Fiverr who will create your dream Digital download products and the prices are extremely reasonable.

All you need to do is create an account with Fiverr:

Open and account with Fiverr

Type in the search bar what you are looking for:

Open an account with Fiverr

And you will be able to read reviews and choose someone to work for you.

Fiverr Acount

Use Canva to Design Your Digital Downloads

If you have some confidence in your design skills then there is no doubt that you should be using Canva to create and download your digital downloads.

Canva is a design software that makes life just incredibly easy.  There are thousands of templates, designs, pictures, clipart and whatever you need. All you need to do is play around with the templates and you will have your first products ready.

The great thing about Canva is that they have a free option and paid version. If you are thinking about getting the paid version then read my blog on “Canva Free vs Paid”.

If you are wanting to look unique and better then the competitors you might want to use the paid version as there are just way better options for you and your work won’t look similar to the competitors.

Luckily for you here is a link that will let you use Canva paid version for free for 30 days.

Canva for digital downloads

How to set up an Etsy store

The great thing about Etsy is that they have made their website very simple and easy to use. There aren’t many steps involved and all you need to do is follow what they tell you step by step.

If you are already sold on the idea of selling digital downloads on Etsy and you want to open your first Etsy store, I have a step-by-step tutorial with examples on how to prepare everything and create your first store.

Set up etsy store

Finishing words

If you have made it this far, I’m sure you are ready to take on your digital download store.

Remember to find a niche, create awesome products and outdo your competitors.

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