When I started my most recent frugal journey, I was looking for all types of ways to save and earn. One idea that I came across was Zazzle. It’s a site where you can create t-shirt designs (or designs to go on any of their products…iPhone covers, stamps, keychains, etc.) and then get paid commission when someone purchases one. They do the manufacturing and shipping. You just design. You get to set your own royalty fee per product, too.
I jotted it down as an epic fail. I knew I wasn’t a graphic designer by any means. Months and months passed with no orders.
Then the other day something awesome happened. I got an e-mail saying someone had ordered one of my products. I made $3.04 the other day, guys! It’s not a lot at all, but getting paid for something I had completely forgotten about makes me real happy.
Well, I haven’t gotten paid yet. If I want to get paid via PayPal I have to make $50. If I want to get paid via check I need to make $100. So in all reality I may never see that money.
But it still made me feel good about myself that I created something someone wanted to purchase. I like the stuff I made, but I’m under no illusion that it’s fine art.
I don’t even think you need to be an artist to make money in this venture. I made a couple of crucial mistakes. Maybe you can learn from them.
I think I have around 15 products. When someone’s searching amongst at least tens of thousands of products, what are the odds that they will find mine? I’m not going to do the math. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out they’re VERY LOW.
So you need to mass produce your designs. One way to do this is take one design and put it on a ton of different products. Mugs, shirts, onsies, whatever.
This is the first time I’m mentioning to a single soul that I even tried this.
No facebook posts.
And then I wondered why I wasn’t selling anything…
Do you zazzle? How has it gone for you? Want to start trying it out? Hope you learn from my mistakes! :p