Last summer, a story about a teen who paid her college tuition through Etsy made headlines. The university student, LeiLei Secor, was able to avoid student debt by selling handmade wire wrapped rings and delicate necklaces – in three years, she was able to make $100,000.
While Secor’s story is extraordinary, it’s not rare. Etsy has empowered many women by equipping them with a space to sell their creations and grow their businesses. Today, 91% of Etsy‘s sellers are women and around one third of them are able to support themselves by doing it full time, a pretty impressive feat considering the majority of sellers are self-taught in their trade.
Now, the handmade marketplace is taking another step to help inspire entrepreneurship and creative businesses. Etsy Canada is offering free courses for entrepreneurs in a new mentorship program called Etsy Resolution. Over four weeks, four successful small-business owners and Canadian makers including lingerie designer Mary Young, stationary designer Erin Leroux, skirt and bag designer Mo Handahu and vintage store owner Amy Honey, will help lead others to the job of their dreams.
The courses start on January 25, 2016 and will equip participants with everything they need to know about opening an Etsy shop. Lessons will include tips and advice on product photography, marketing, branding and more.
Interested in learning more about Etsy Resolution?
Head to Etsy Canada’s Facebook group to connect with other entrepreneurs and share progress, ask questions and create meaningful relationships or sign-up for Etsy Resolution before January 25th to partake in the scheduled lessons. Get full information here.