My Crochet Business Income Report June 2017

crochet business income report

Oh it’s that scary time of month where I look at the numbers and get to see just how crazy I am to think I can actually have a business playing with yarn all day… In all honestly I went into June expecting it to be FABULOUS! June is my birthday month and regardless of what is happening in the world June has to be awesome and I am happy to report that it actually was a pretty good month!

Yes I celebrate my birthday all month but this was the highlight:

Okay enough about my birthday…

let’s talk business so a few things happened in June that definitely help to make it one of my better months. First I re-opened my Etsy shop. If you didn’t already know I have a love hate relationship with Etsy you can find out more about that here... but re – opening the shop was a must and within 24 hours of re-opening I made over a $100 so no complaints over here. I have said it once and I will say it again if you are in the business of handmade you should have a presence on Etsy. If you are new to Etsy and have not opened up shop yet use this link and get 40 free listings to at least give it a try. If you need some help navigating setting up your Etsy shop I can help you with that as well you can sign up for an Etsy consult here.

I also released two new patterns this month and did my first ever pattern bundle which really help to increase my pattern sales. Clearly y’all like bundles but seriously they were received quite well the pattern bundle can be found on both Etsy and Raverly.

crochet doll bundle

Last but not least unlike last month I did take custom doll orders this month which definitely helped to increase my overall revenue.

So what do the numbers look like:

For the month of June I made $1046.67

52 Pattern sales
3 Custom Dolls

1 Online Class sales
5 Afropuff Keychain(s)
2 Lovey Blanket(s)

My Expenses for May $411.93

Paypal Fees
Etsy Fees

Professional Development
Website Hosting

Profit for May $634.74

As you can see I more than doubled my income from last month which also meant my expenses as well as my profit increased. My focus for July is increasing my profit. Which of course means more income but also looking for ways to decrease expenses and make more passive income i.e. more pattern and online class sales.

I should also note that my blog also earned money in the month of June, I have not accounted for that in this income report because it wasn’t enough to meet the payout threshold and I like to do actual numbers. I hope to meet the payout threshold this month or at least by August but I will break down when and how the money was earned once I meet that threshold.

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My Love Hate Relationship With Etsy

This pretty much sums up how I feel about Etsy. You have to love it because it is the number one site for buying and selling handmade but with over 54 million members it is easy to feel like you are lost in the chaos that is now Etsy.

I heard about Etsy back in 2010 and initially joined the site as a buyer, as more people other than my family and friends started wanting to buy my crochet items I decided to launch Don’t Get It Twisted Crochet right before the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2012 and eventually had over 1000 sales in my shop.

I ended up closing that shop in 2015 and opened my current shop  My Pretty Brown Doll in January of 2016, I took a break from Etsy in March of this year and as of yesterday June 7th my shop is officially reopened for business.

To make a long story short I go through phases when I feel like my business would do better on its own platform, I question the fees Etsy charges and how it effects my bottom line the fact of the matter is after looking things over NOT being on Etsy cost me more than being on Etsy. So I am back! Things are going well so far I made $100+ in the first 24 hours and when I do my monthly review I will break down what sales came from Etsy and what sales came from other sales channels so we can compare.


Do you have a love/hate relationship with Etsy like I do? Or do you think it’s the best thing since slice bread… Let me know in the comments below.

If you are interested in selling on Etsy and would like to get your first 40 listings for free (normally $0.20 per listing) you can do by signing up through this link. Note if you do open a shop through this link I will receive 40 free listings as well.

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Let’s Talk Numbers ~ May Business Review

If you have read my “Welcome Post” then you already know my ultimate goal is to be able to work my crochet business full time and I’m not talking “starving artist” full time I’m talking about doing what I love and still living a comfortable life. Like occasionally eating a steak dinner kind of comfortable. Whether or not that is actually doable is a question that I ponder quite often ultimately I have decided that for me there is no other option I want this just about as much as I want my next breath so like really really want this! Read more

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