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Get Crafty
Since Etsy's launch in 2005, the online marketplace has grown to include more than 1.6 million sellers of handmade and vintage goods and crafts supplies. Connie Weller, a full-time corporate trainer from Timonium, Maryland, earned about $400 in her first month of selling inspirational T-shirts on the site. Before opening her Etsy shop in May, the 43-year-old learned how to screen-print by watching YouTube videos. Weller invested about $200 in materials and now sells tees for $18 to $26 a pop, of which Etsy takes a 3.5 percent cut.

Learning Experience
Etsy's online Seller Handbook offers tips on everything from photographing your items to filing your taxes.

Extra Credit
Seventy percent of Etsy sellers have a job outside their online business.