Our mission is to expand access to microbusiness education for underrepresented creative entrepreneurs. By empowering organizations to utilize our curriculum, we are able to create pathways for entrepreneurship within the Etsy marketplace. The Craft Entrepreneurship curriculum is a hands-on educational toolkit that helps makers use their existing craft skills to learn how to start, manage, and grow a microbusiness. In partnership with organizations that value creative entrepreneurship, we can help cities across the world realize the vision of an inclusive, thriving Etsy Economy.

The opportunity

Craft Entrepreneurship is an educational program that equips creative people in underserved communities with the knowledge and skills to start Etsy businesses and earn supplemental income through their craft.

We partner with organizations that seek to empower lower income individuals through creative and interactive programming. Organizations can offer our curriculum to students with craft and/or manufacturing skills, and who would benefit from support in learning to apply their talents to an entrepreneurial endeavor.

Past successes from this program have shown that in-depth education and a hands-on experience provide for the best outcomes. Our curriculum is designed to be taught in-person by experienced, local Etsy sellers who are trained and prepared for the classroom. Participants put their learning directly into action by starting and running an Etsy shop, and are able to practice strategies for success across a variety of selling environments.

This program has brought a meaningful impact to communities since 2013, and we are excited to help offer the curriculum to many more cities. If you are an organization looking to partner, a seller looking to teach, or an Etsy Team interested in bringing this program to your city, please read our FAQs to learn more.

“I was in search of a way to supplement my income, and to find that joy and fulfillment I’ve always searched for. Doing something on my own, and that I really enjoy and love doing, is what I’ve always ultimately wanted.” — Craft Entrepreneurship Graduate

The Etsy Economy

Over the past decade, the Etsy community—a global online network of independent artists and designers—has pioneered a new model for economic prosperity.

As middle-skill, middle-wage jobs continue to decline, Etsy sellers’ work represents a societal shift toward empowering, flexible entrepreneurship that generates meaningful supplemental income. Learn more about how this type of work is impacting the economy in our report, Celebrating Creative Entrepreneurship Around the Globe.

By offering our curriculum through community organizations, we are helping to make our vision of the Etsy Economy accessible to underserved communities throughout the US and beyond.