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I went from living on my parents’ sofa and having my hours cut to earning £10,000 a month, here’s how you can too

If you’re tired of your 9am to 5pm chore, you’ve come to the right place.

With the rising cost of living and many salaries remaining the same, many people are looking to make a fortune to earn their fortune.


Heather created a TikTok account dedicated to sharing her story as a financial entrepreneurCredit: @itsheatherstudio/Tiktok
Heather went from living in her parents' coach and having her hours cut short to making a fortune, thanks to Etsy


Heather went from living in her parents’ coach and having her hours cut short to making a fortune, thanks to EtsyCredit: @itsheatherstudio/Tiktok

And if that sounds like something down your street, TikTok user “itsheatherstudio” has all the advice you could need.

Heather is one of the top 1%, 6-figure Etsy Shop Owners. She went from living on her parents’ couch, cutting her working hours, to earning £250,000 in a year while staying at home.

So if things haven’t been going your way lately and you’re looking to earn some extra cash, listen up.

Heather explained: “Five years ago I was living on my parents’ couch.

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“Two years ago I had my hours reduced during the pandemic after buying a house.

“Today I make $10,000 a month sitting here and waving that I own a six-figure Etsy shop, and now I’m teaching others how to start their own online businesses.

“I made $250,000 last year on Etsy. It’s an EASY, minimal investment, and repeatable business model that ANYBODY can do.

“I tripled my income in one year. I went from $50,000 to $150,000 last year and here’s how I got here.

“I started all of this in 2020 when the pandemic first happened.

“I had a job in the health field, I worked as an MRI technician and I just bought a house.

“After buying a house I was cut hours in my health care job and was very lucky to have at least a job at the time, but I was cut hours and it was a time when my bills were going up a lot because I had bought this house.

“I was very distraught and didn’t know what to do. I knew I needed to find a side hustle or side income at that time.

“One of the nights I was on call at work and I found a YouTube video talking about Print On Demand and Etsy and I remember I went to this YouTube channel and watched all of their videos that that evening.

“I decided after that night to start an Etsy and print-on-demand store and honestly it failed the first time.

“My first products were neck warmers for when everyone was trying to buy masks.

“I actually sold a few neck warmers but ultimately decided to close my Etsy and Print on Demand shop as I was ultimately very scared of the shopping and processing times during the pandemic.

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“During the summer months of 2020, many production deadlines were significantly delayed.

“It took 2-3 weeks to print the items so I decided to close the store because I didn’t want to get bad reviews so I wouldn’t ship the items to customers.

“Fast forward to December 2020, I’ve decided shipping times are back in high gear, so maybe I should restart an Etsy shop and Print on Demand.

“I reopened my store in January 2021. In January 2021, my store had no sales until the end of January. Basically, the last day of January was when I got my first sale.

“The same year I made $250,000 in sales and in 2022 I officially quit my job in healthcare. Crazy.”

If Heather’s story sounds appealing to you, here’s how she launched her six-figure business with just $5.

Heather continued, “It was my $5 Etsy Print on Demand strategy that took my shop from $0 to $250,000 in one year on Etsy.

“The first $2 you’ll spend is opening an Etsy shop and downloading ten different listings. Each Etsy listing costs around $0.20 each.

“The next thing I did was purchase commercial use licenses for the graphics and fonts to design my listings.

“After that, you’ll want to upload your designs to a high-quality mockup, for me personally, I’ve found quite a few mockups for less than $1 on Etsy.”

Heather also shares her simple steps to starting an Etsy business.

She added: “The first thing I did was to upload as regularly and as many listings as possible to my new Etsy shop, I eventually expanded my new Etsy shop listings to over 300 listings, this which ultimately gave me free organic traffic from people finding me through Etsy.

“The second thing I did was I posted on social media as often as I could. I also posted on Facebook groups and mostly Instagram.

“The third thing I did, I got past market saturation by having great designs and also focusing on niches that made my designs show up in the Etsy algorithm.”

If you’re considering opening an Etsy shop but aren’t sure which niche to choose, here are Heather’s top tips.

Heather said, “Here are three different niches that are very passionate and you can make well over $100 a day on Etsy.

“The first most profitable niche is the hen party niche and the reason it’s so profitable is because usually when brides shop they buy for their hen party and buy several t-shirts, mugs or tumblers as gifts for their bachelorette party.

“The second best niche to head into is the group and family vacation niche because typically again people buy 5-10+ items in that niche alone.

“The third passionate niche that I would recommend is the occupation and career niche. An example of this is as simple as selling t-shirts or gifts for teachers. A lot of people really love this niche and in are very passionate.”

If Heather’s story inspired you to quit your 9-5, here’s Heather’s advice.

Heather advised, “I work full-time as an Etsy seller with my print-on-demand business and here are some tips on how to get off your 9-5.

“The first step is to save at least six months of rent and bills to pay, just in case your business isn’t doing so well.

“The second thing you want to do is create multiple streams of income. You don’t just want to survive on one income stream.

“For me, I make money through YouTube monetization, through TikTok, through courses, and then also through my Etsy Print on Demand store – so you want to have multiple streams of income in case one of them they would fail.”

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