Do You Need A Seller’s Permit to Open an Etsy Shop?

Yup, you’re gonna need one.


For some reason I’ve always assumed that if you create an online shop, you’re automatically legally allowed to sell your wares without having to go through the process all brick-and-mortar businesses have to go through. I mean…

  1. You’re opening your shop on a reputable site with secure payment options & a section that helps you with your sales tax,
  2. Buyers can leave you ratings & comments so people would know if you’re “legit” or “shady”,
  3. AND the site charges sellers for each listing plus a (small) percentage on each sale.

With all that (or even just basing off of no.3) one would think it would be as easy as clicking “Open Your Etsy Shop” to start an online business. But, nope!

Nothing Worth Having Is Ever Easy

So although Etsy doesn’t require you to present or submit a seller’s permit, the steps to starting an online business is pretty much the same with any business. (Please check with your local government on how to obtain a seller’s permit)

I’ve placed my Etsy shop on Vacation Mode for now until I can get a seller’s permit (because like some Etsy sellers out there who didn’t know about this permit either, I opened the shop without one). I plan on reopening the shop in Fall since it would be a better time to sell my knitwear. That gives me a lot of time to not only get a permit but also have a stock pile.

I’m planning on making a blog on “How To Get A Seller’s Permit (CA)” after I get one so follow the blog to keep updated πŸ˜‰.

To Blog or Not to Blog


For the past two months I’ve been trying to build the social media presence of McCOLLmeknitty, my handmade knitwear business on Etsy. Although the shop is currently closed for spring & summer, I thought it would be beneficial to still work on my social media marketing and build an audience now so it can translate to sales later; once the shop opens this fall.

I haveΒ Instagram,Β TwitterΒ &Β PinterestΒ for my knitting and recently I thought about making a knitting blog to share my experience opening a shop on Etsy and possibly help others start out their business on the site.

Now I am not a pro in the Etsy game nor have I made thousands of sales (yet). I’m still learning and starting out like a lot of knitters/crocheters/yarn addicts out there. I just want to share my experience in the hopes that I can help someone out, learn a thing or two together and help each other grow our businesses πŸ’•

I created this WordPress account to start out the blog. It’s so much work for someone who is a bit OCD (it took me over two hours to write this) but you can’t delete a WordPress account so… McCOLLmeknitty has a blog site!

Hope you guys will enjoy the content I’ll be posting. I’m not a writer but I’ll try to make sure to keep the topics interesting for you. Leave a comment on some topics you’d like to see and be sure to check out the social media accounts πŸ‘

Ciao for now!