Have you thought about starting an Etsy shop for a while but don't know how to do it? Etsy is the top place for crafters and artisans to sell their goods and services online, with over 800,000 active shops. Some do it for hobby that pays for itself, but some are able to make a pretty good income doing it.
Etsy has good tips page, in addition to a Seller's Handbook blog. A very helpful thing to do once starting a shop is to join a team. Etsy teams are organized regionally, around specific crafts or target markets like kids or weddings or teams about marketing and selling success. Participating on an on-line or local Etsy team is very helpful for support and to learn from other members. One shouldn't be afraid of learning by trial and error. Etsy also has video labs Etsy Success: Top Sellers Tips with PalomasNest.
If you're in a city like Spokane, WA, you may find classes for starting Etsy shops. Tincan has a class February 11, 2013 called Etsy, use Etsy to sell your hand made crafts, artwork and collectables. Learn how it works and how to sell your items. There are many books available on Amazon about selling on Etsy, as well.
As with most things, it takes a little time and patience to get started doing something new and to make it grow. Etsy can be very rewarding and build your own creativity as you get involved and learn from other Etsians. If you've been thinking about doing it for a while, just give it a try!