How to Earn $10,000 a Month with Canva

When I went on maternity leave in 2020, I battled postpartum depression.

I felt lost and craved something more, something that could work on my mind and spirit while I was with my baby.

One day, while feeding my baby and listening to a podcast, I noticed a growing market for digital products.

I could use my creativity, work from home, and maybe even earn extra income.

I wanted something more, so I bought the course and began learning.

The Beginning: The Light of Possibility

Although I had always been somewhat creative, I never dreamed that this passion would turn into a lucrative venture. Like many of you, I was working a 9 to 5 job to make ends meet, but something was always missing.

Leveraging Etsy: A Trove of Opportunities

I had been creating artwork on Canva for years, but I never dreamed there would be a marketplace to sell it.

I knew Etsy existed, but I had no idea you could sell digital products on that platform.

All I knew was that people visit Etsy for unique handmade products.

However, after taking the course I purchased, I learned that digital products can be sold on Etsy. That means I don't have to worry about shipping, building automated systems, or acquiring customers; Etsy does it all for me.

Big Surprise: More Than Just Pocket Change

I started with the modest expectation that I might have a few extra dollars once a month to buy groceries, and at first it lived up to my expectations. But as the months went by and we developed our strategy, the numbers began to climb. It took months, but eventually I went from making $50 a month to $650, then thousands the next month, and before I knew it, I was consistently hitting the $10,000 mark.

It may not have been healthy, but I couldn't believe this was real, so I checked my cell phone a lot in the early days. 

The best part was that I finally felt better after leaving my 9-5 job. This side hustle, which I began as an experiment, allowed me to replace my full-time director-level income and gave me the freedom to work on my own terms.

In 2021, I submitted my resignation and never looked back.

Love for Digital Products

Digital products are revolutionary. There is no need to keep track of inventory, no shipping hassles, and the margins are huge.

From printable wall art and planners to digital stickers and e-books, the possibilities are endless.

And the best part? Canva is a very easy-to-use design tool, perfect for beginners and professionals alike.

Leading You to Your Own Success Story

The road to success on Etsy can be overwhelming at first, but with a planned approach and unwavering determination, you can create a thriving business. The following are steps that have been pivotal in my journey:

1. Research and Identify Your Niche

Before you start creating, it is essential to understand your market; take the time to look around Etsy and other online marketplaces. Pay attention to trending products and see if any resonate with you. Remember that the most successful products often balance market demand with the passion of their creators. Ask yourself:

  • What are people looking for?
  • Which categories are saturated and which have room for something fresh?
  • What fits your skills and interests?

2. Use Canva to Shape Your Ideas

Canva is a treasure trove of creativity. Whether you are a seasoned designer or a beginner, Canva caters to all. Let's find out why:

  • An extensive template library covering everything from organizers to posters.
  • A drag-and-drop interface for easy design.
  • Customization options to let your unique style shine.

3. Launch Your Etsy Store

Your store is the face of your brand:

  • Create an attractive store name and logo (you can do this in Canva).
  • Highlight the benefits and features of your digital products.
  • Use high-quality images to showcase your products to the best of your ability. Remember that visuals play an important role in online purchases.

4. Product Promotion

If you set up your store correctly, Etsy will bring you customers. However, in the beginning, it is more effective to promote yourself:

  • Use platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and Facebook to share behind-the-scenes looks, customer testimonials, and new product announcements.
  • Collaborate with influencers in your niche. This can dramatically increase your reach.
  • Offer limited-time discounts or bundled products to attract new customers.

5. Engage With Customers

Building relationships is central to a successful business:

  • Respond to inquiries with a prompt and personal touch.
  • Ask for feedback. It is a gold mine for improvement.
  • Ask satisfied customers to leave reviews. A glowing review not only builds trust, but also increases your visibility on Etsy.

6. Keep a Growth Mindset and Keep Learning

Digital markets are dynamic. Today's trends may be old news tomorrow:

  • Keep abreast of market trends and adjust your offerings accordingly.
  • Regularly seek feedback from customers and make necessary adjustments.
  • Invest in learning. Whether it's a new design skill or a marketing strategy, continuous learning will help you stay ahead of the curve.


The world is full of opportunities for those willing to take the leap. My journey from a self-taught, casual designer to an Etsy tycoon has been exhilarating to say the least. Remember, the first step is always the hardest. But with passion, perseverance, and a sprinkle of guidance, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.

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