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🛒 5 Profitable AI Etsy Shop Ideas For Beginners

Starting Your Etsy Shop with AI tools: Easy and Profitable Ideas for Beginners

5 Profitable AI Etsy Shop Ideas For Beginners


Want to earn some extra cash while you sleep? Try selling AI art on Etsy, a place online where lots of people shop. But hey, there's a trick to it—you've got to pick the right kind of art to sell. If you choose something too common, you'll just be one in a million. But if you find something that not many people are selling, you could start seeing more money in your account.

So, what's the secret sauce? Selling unique, not-so-common stuff on Etsy can really pay off because lots of people are looking to buy cool things there.

Today, I'm going to share with you three great ideas for setting up a shop on Etsy that doesn't have much competition.

Ideas 1: Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business on Etsy

Print on Demand is a super cool way to sell stuff like t-shirts without having to keep a bunch of them in your house. Imagine, you design a t-shirt and put it up for sale on a site like Etsy, but you don’t actually make the shirt yet. When someone buys it, the shirt gets made and sent straight to them, without you having to touch anything. This means you can sell all sorts of different designs without worrying about where to keep them or how to send them to buyers. Plus, you don't have to deal with customer service issues related to shipping, because that's all handled for you. Pretty neat, right?

Step 1: Finding Your Niche

Choosing the right niche, or special area of focus, for your T-shirt business is super important. You want to find something that not a lot of people are selling but that lots of people want to buy. It's like finding a hidden gem that everyone wants once they see it.

You can use ChatGPT to come up with cool ideas for your T-shirt niche.

Then just ask it to help you brainstorm ideas or come up with funny sayings that could be catchy on a T-shirt. It's like having a brainstorming buddy who's ready to help 24/7.

Once you've got some ideas, head over to Etsy and do a little detective work. Look up the ideas you thought of and see how many people are selling them. You're aiming to find something that doesn't have a ton of options already but still seems to catch people's interest. This way, you stand out without getting lost in a crowded market.

Step 2: Market Survey

To make sure your idea will sell well on Etsy without too much competition, do some research.

For example, I looked up "Sweat is Just Fat Crying" on Etsy and saw it's a popular search with not many results—under 736.

This means lots of people are looking for it, but there aren't too many options, which is perfect for starting to sell.

Step 3: Creating Your T-Shirt Designs

To create your T-shirt designs, you can use this free tool: Leonardo AI. Here's how you can do it :

  • Think of a Scene: First, ask ChatGPT for ideas about what kind of picture or scene would go well with your T-shirt quote.

  • Use Leonardo AI: Then, tell Leonardo AI exactly what you're looking for based on the ideas you got.

  • Clear the Background: Once you have your design, use a tool like Canva to get rid of the background. This makes sure your design can go on any color T-shirt without any weird edges around it.

And that's it! You now have a cool T-shirt design ready to go.

Step 4: Designing Your T-Shirt

Now, it's time to put your design on a T-shirt:

  1. Go to Canva: Open Canva and pick a T-shirt template.

  2. Add Your Design: Upload the AI-generated design you made earlier and place it on the template.

  3. Make It Yours: Adjust the size of your design and add any text to make sure everything looks good together.

  4. Save It: Once you’re happy with how it looks, save your design so it’s ready to be printed.

And there, you've designed your very own T-shirt!

To sell your T-shirt designs on Etsy, first package your design digitally, ensuring it's print-ready, and create an eye-catching product listing with clear photos and descriptions. Next, set up and launch your Etsy shop, using keywords to make your products easier to find. Promote your T-shirts on social media and other platforms, targeting your marketing to the right audience. As your business grows, analyze sales data to understand what works, explore new niches, and consider collaborations with influencers or brands to boost visibility. Keep it simple, stay focused on your target audience, and always look for ways to expand your offerings.

Here are some of the stores in this niche that you can refer to for their business methods:

Idea 2: Creating and Selling Coloring Pages on Etsy

Selling coloring pages on Etsy can be a super smart move if you're looking for something that's not too crowded but still popular. It's like finding a cozy little spot where everyone wants to be but hasn't discovered yet. A great way to get started or find ideas is to look at shops that are all about coloring pages. Imagine stumbling across a shop crammed with cool coloring pages—that's the kind of place you can draw inspiration from.

Step 1: Research and Inspiration

To find the best ideas for your coloring pages, start by checking out what’s already out there on Etsy.

For example, you could look at a shop called "relaxingcolor that does really well.

Notice what themes they use and the words they put in their product titles and descriptions; those are clues about what people are looking for. Then, you can use those ideas to think of your own twist on things. I went through this process and decided on making a Hawaii-themed coloring book. By seeing how many people were searching for something similar and noticing there weren’t too many options available, it looked like a good opportunity.

Step 2: Creating the Coloring Book

First, you need to ask ChatGPT ideas for your coloring pages.

I'm seeking ideas for a coloring page. Could you help with that?

Next, use Leonardo AI to bring these ideas to life. Give it clear instructions based on your brainstorming to generate cool coloring page images.

After you have your images, you'll need to make them look their best for printing. This usually means making the images bigger and clearer, a process called upscaling. Then, gather all your images and use a design tool like Canva to put them together into one PDF file. This PDF will be your final coloring book that you can sell.

Idea 3: Starting a Digital Paper Shop on Etsy

Digital papers are like special sheets you can print out to make your journals or planners look really pretty. They come in all sorts of designs and colors, so you can pick what you like best. A lot of people go to a website called Etsy to buy them because there are tons of different styles to choose from. They're pretty popular there because everyone loves adding a personal touch to their notebooks or planners.

Step 1: Finding Ideas

To come up with ideas for your digital papers, start by checking out popular shops on Etsy that sell them, like DigitalFit, for example.

See what they're offering and what seems to be catching people's eyes. Then, use Etsy's search bar to look up different types of digital papers. You're trying to find something that lots of people want but that not many sellers are offering. This way, you can make something that stands out and attracts buyers without having too much competition.

If you're unsure how to decorate your shop in a way that is affordable, effective, and very appealing to customers, you can visit Etsy and choose "Star Seller" to see ideas from top sellers.

Step 3: Choosing a Product to Sell

Ask ChatGPT for ideas.

Let's say you've decided to sell "minimalist and Scandinavian designs."

The next steps are to see how many people are interested in it on Etsy and to look at how many others are selling something similar.

First, type "minimalist and Scandinavian designs" into Etsy's search bar and see how many results pop up. This shows you how many other people are selling it. Then, check out how many people are looking for it or talking about it. You can sometimes find this by seeing how popular similar products are or if Etsy highlights it as a trending item.

You want to find a balance where there's enough interest (people want to buy it) but not too much competition (not everyone is selling it). If lots of people are looking for it but there aren't many options available, that's your green light to go ahead and create your own minimalist and Scandinavian-designed digital papers to sell.

Step 4: Creating Your Digital Paper

Next, use Leonardo AI to bring these ideas to life. Give it clear instructions based on your brainstorming to generate cool digital papers.

Once you've got your digital paper design ready, you've got a decision to make. Do you want to sell it just as it is, or would you like to make a few different versions? Maybe change up the colors or add some variations to the pattern? Both choices are great! It just depends on what you think your customers would like more.

After deciding, it's time to get your design(s) ready for sale. You'll need to put your digital paper, or papers if you're offering variations, into a zip file. This is just a way to bundle them up neatly so they're easy for your customers to download after they buy them from you.

Idea 4: Custom AI-Generated Pet Portraits

Pet owners love unique items that celebrate their furry friends. By offering custom AI-generated pet portraits, you tap into a passionate market eager for personalized pet memorabilia.

This is MASTERSCreative a shop that sells pet portraits on Etsy. You can take a look to get more ideas.

Step 1: Market Research

First, take a look at what's already out there on Etsy when it comes to pet portraits. See what kinds of styles are popular, and also keep an eye out for what's not being offered much. This helps you find a sweet spot for your shop.

Next, have a chat with me, ChatGPT, about cool and different ideas for your pet portraits. Think about putting pets in fantasy worlds or dressing them up as famous people from history. It's all about finding fun and unique angles that aren't already all over Etsy. This way, you can stand out and grab people's attention with your creative pet portraits.

Step 2: Creating the Portraits

  • Gather sample images of pets in various poses to understand common requests.

  • Use Leonardo.ai to create sample portraits from your images. Experiment with different styles (watercolor, oil painting, digital art) to offer variety.

a watercolor portrait of a cat, emphasizing its elegance and unique traits like expressive eyes and fluffy fur. Use soft watercolors to highlight the cat's personality, with careful attention to light and shadow for depth. Keep the background simple yet complementary to the cat. The final artwork should radiate warmth and charm, making it a beloved piece for cat lovers.
  • Refine your process for custom requests, ensuring you can efficiently create portraits that meet customer specifications.

Step 3: Listing on Etsy

  • Create appealing listings for your custom pet portraits, emphasizing the personalized nature of your product.

  • Use keywords targeting pet owners looking for unique items, such as "custom pet portrait," "AI pet art," and specific pet breeds.

Step 4: Promotion and Expansion

  • Promote your Etsy shop on social media platforms popular with pet owners, like Instagram and Pinterest.

  • Consider offering themed promotions, such as holiday-specific portraits (Christmas, Halloween).

Idea 5: AI-Generated Recipe Cards and Cookbook Pages

Food lovers, home chefs, and anyone looking to spice up their kitchen decor will be drawn to beautifully designed recipe cards and cookbook pages. Using AI, you can create unique, themed designs that make cooking more fun and visually appealing.

Step 1: Identifying Niches

First up, dive into the world of food trends and what people are really into eating these days. Are they all about vegan dishes, crazy for keto, or fans of foods from around the globe? This is your chance to figure out who you're creating for.

Then, come have a chat with ChatGPT, about all the cool looks your recipe cards could have. Maybe you're thinking about giving them a classic, old-timey vibe or keeping things sleek and simple with a modern look. We'll brainstorm together to come up with designs that'll make your recipe cards a hit with your chosen crowd.

Step 2: Designing Your Products

Jump over to Leonardo.ai (or a similar tool) to make some cool pictures for your recipes. This will make your book pop and be more appealing. You could draw the finished dishes, the ingredients, or the steps in cooking.

In a large bowl, use a fork or potato masher to roughly mash the chickpeas. You want some texture, so there is no need to make it completely smooth.

Step 3: Packaging and Selling

Now that you've got your recipes and illustrations, use a design tool like Canva to make your eBook. Design a catchy cover because that's what people see first. Inside, organize your recipes well and sprinkle in your awesome pictures.

Step 4: Marketing Strategies

  • Spread the Word Online: Share your creations on food blogs, cooking forums, and social media where food lovers hang out. This is where you can show off your beautiful designs and delicious recipes.

  • Team Up with Food Bloggers: Find food bloggers or influencers who like your style and ask if they'd like to try your recipe cards. They can use them and then show their followers how great they are. It's a win-win because you get exposure, and they get cool content for their audience.


In conclusion, starting an AI art shop on Etsy is a fun and creative way to earn some extra cash. Whether it's designing unique t-shirts, creating coloring pages, crafting digital papers, making custom pet portraits, or designing recipe cards and cookbook pages, there's a niche for everyone. The key is to find what people are looking for but can't easily find, then use your creativity and AI tools to fill that gap. By doing a bit of research, getting your designs right, and using smart marketing strategies, you can make your Etsy shop stand out. Don't forget to use platforms like social media and partnerships with bloggers to get the word out. With some effort and creativity, you can build a successful Etsy shop that brings joy to you and your customers.

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