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This week I’ve been talking to Macy, a university student and blogger who makes money on the side by designing and selling stickers on Etsy. I asked her to share a little bit about what she does.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Macy, I am a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in Business and I also run my blog My Life As Macy, a blog all about my life and journey as a college student and small business owner. I love traveling, reading, writing, spending time with my friends and family, and dabble in a little bit of cooking and share my love of all of that through my blog. One of my other passions is also decorative planning and organization which is where the inspiration behind my small business came from.
What’s your ‘money maker’ and what does it involve?
My money maker is a small website, which started out as an Etsy shop, called Sunset Sticker Co.The names explains the basics of what it is, a shop where I make and sell stickers, specifically designed for planners, but I do create custom items for other things such as water bottles and laptops occasionally.
How long have you been doing it & why did you start?
I started my business soon after my high school graduation in August 2017 because I was spending so much money on stickers for my planner that I started wanting to make my own to save money. While I was at it, I figured I could probably sell some too!
How much can you make selling stickers on Etsy?
Different planner sticker shops make different amounts of money. I know a few shops who started the trend who make tens of thousand of dollars (or even more!), some shops like mine make enough to be able to live off of it, but for others, and most, it is just a hobby to help pay for college, like me, children’s dance classes or sports lessons, or just to have extra spending money for fun things!
What’s your favourite thing about designing and selling stickers?
My favourite thing about it, besides being able to make my own stickers, is getting to meet and interact with so many kindhearted, amazing people!
The planner community has such a wide variety of people from so many different backgrounds that I am always learning new things!
What’s been the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge definitely has been trying to keep up with the change in trends and competing with other shops.
For the last 12 months or so, it was my only source of income and how I supported myself so for a while I was working constantly to put out new products, market and advertise those products and sales I was doing, and of course actually creating them.
Now that I am trying to buy a house I have since cut back on making it a full time job and am doing my best to put work into it when I have the time for it.
Is there any advice you’d give to someone wanting to try selling stickers?
Advice I would give to someone wanting to try this is do not start a sticker shop unless you 100% love everything about this community and do not dive into it expecting to make a living off of it.
If you are doing it for the sole purpose of wanting to make money, trust me, it will not be fun and you will not succeed – the people in the planning community can tell the difference and they of course are the ones who buy your products and give you that money.
Where can we find you?
I offer free planner sticker printables on my website, My Life As Macy, every Monday which are always awesome, but if you aren’t wanting to put in the work (trust me I know it can be a lot!) or want more variety, you can still find me on Etsy and my website.
I highly recommend you shop the website over Etsy though! Not all products are on both sites so if you see something on Etsy and want it on the website, just let me know, I would be more than happy to add it for you, but prices on the website are MUCH cheaper than Etsy and I also ship those orders prior to ones on Etsy!
If you do decide to shop with me feel free to use the code MISSMANYPENNIES for 20% off!