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Making Money On Zazzle
You Can Also Make Products With Zazzle!
When I first saw the Squidoo pages about Zazzle, I thought that the products looked really difficult to make, and making money on Zazzle would be impossible. After all, I'm not an artist. I can't draw anything. I take pretty good pictures,and that's about it. However, I've learned that you don't have to be very artistic to actually sell products with Zazzle. After I sold one product on Zazzle, I was convinced that anyone can make and sell products with Zazzle. In the first few months, I've designed over 625 products and have sold 9 items! Now that I've been with Zazzle for over a year now, I usually sell several products a month, and get a check from Zazzle every couple of months. I hope with this lens I can convince you that you, too, can become a Zazzle designer!
I'm Not Artistic! How Can I Make Products for Zazzle!
That was what I was thinking when I originally signed up for Zazzle. How can I make products for Zazzle when I'm not artistic? I signed up for Zazzle as an associate, thinking that maybe I could show some people some really awesome Zazzle products and make a commission. But then I was dressing my son the other day, and I looked at his shirt. It was pretty simple. "I Wreck Things" was all it said. I thought to myself that 'I could do that,' and later on that day, I created a t-shirt.
I also remembered that I knew where I could find public domain pictures on the internet. Public domain pictures don't have a copyright, either because they are really old, or the author has relinquished all claims to them. I made a couple postcards with some public domain photos that I liked (if you use public domain photos, be sure not to use images of living people, because you don't have a model release).
Then I remembered a picture that I took of my daughter a year ago. At the time, I showed it to some of my relatives and they said "you should put that into a contest." It was a really good picture, so I made a poster of it on Zazzle and put it up for sale. I already had a few products for sale.
I recently took a trip to the zoo and took some pictures of the animals there. It has given me a whole new set of ideas of products that I can make with Zazzle.
My First Sale
I had a few products on Zazzle without a sale. I make most of my internet money from writing articles, and I was concentrating on something else. One day, I was looking for an article idea, and I was reading about Mother's Day crafts. That led to me writing an article about Father's Day crafts. I remembered having my children make a t-shirt for their dad... "World's Best Dad, Hands Down!" They dipped their hands in fabric paint and put their handprints on the shirt.
"Why don't I make a shirt like that for Zazzle?" I thought to myself, and that's exactly what I did. I made one for Mother's day, and one for Father's day. Someone bought my mother's day shirt, and I made my first royalty. Woo hoo! I was excited.
I've since created a whole lens on how to make the World's Best Mom Shirt with paint.
Making a Product for a Squidoo Lens
Selling my first product on Zazzle was pretty exciting, but then I ran into a problem. I had been picking out some really good products to sell on my Squidoo lenses, but I couldn't find any products that anybody else had made on Zazzle for my lens on Belfair, Washington. I wanted to make the lens more interesting, so I made my own Belfair, Washington product. I knew how to use Photoshop, so I downloaded a public domain heart and made a shirt that says "Someone in Belfair, Washington Loves Me." It was pretty easy to do, and I was able to make the shirt with just some text and that one public domain heart. I used the quick product creator that Zazzle has to make buttons, stickers, and bags, in addition to t-shirts. I changed my design slightly and made a Seattle product line to go along with it.
The Birthday Shirts
I was getting the hang of this. Take a little public domain clip art (be sure that it's large enough otherwise the design won't look good on larger products), add some writing to it, and there you go! A t-shirt. I got the idea to make a whole line of birthday shirts for girls when I was thinking about my daughter's birthday party. Girls love to be princesses, and who wouldn't want to be the birthday princess? I had already seen some birthday princess shirts on Zazzle, so I knew that people made them. I made my own line, for girls ages 1 to 16. I also made stickers, matching stamps, cards, invitations, and thank you cards.
I followed up the birthday princess shirts with birthday prince shirts. I have only made ages 1 through 5 so far for the prince, but I could go older. I just didn't see much of a market for six year old boys and birthday prince shirts.
It Doesn't Stop There...
The ideas kept coming. Why not make political shirts? I went to a tea party on tax day, and I knew a place where people could get ideas for signs. Why not make t-shirts? I saw another t-shirt that my son had that I liked... I could do something similar. I made a t-shirt for my lens about Products that Don't Have High Fructose Corn Syrup. Zazzle came out with dog shirts, so I made a "no cats" shirt to go along with the new shirt design.
Then I thought about some classes that I had taken back in college with Adobe Illustrator. I remembered how we could make text follow a path. I could do that! So I came up with a line of Jesus John 3:16 shirts, with the text of John 3:16 following the path of a cross around the word Jesus.
I was starting to get the hang of Adobe Illustrator again, and followed a few tutorials on the internet, and then I came up with the idea to make a political slogan. What would one of them look like? I came up with my "Palin 2012" design using some new things that I learned in Adobe Illustrator. My husband said "I'd wear that."
So Here I Am...
I'm still not creative, I still don't draw, but I don't have to. All I have to be able to do is use a computer, and I can make a lot of really nice products on Zazzle. If I don't know how to do something, I can search the internet and find out how to do another technique in Photoshop or Illustrator.
I still haven't sold anything on Zazzle since my initial sale, but that's okay. If I can sell one product on Zazzle, I can sell another one, especially since I have a lot more designs now.
So if you have been thinking about Zazzle, but you think that you can't because you're not an artist and you don't know how to draw, you're wrong. I'm not an artist, I don't draw, yet I've still been creating Zazzle products. So can you. If you're still intimidated, you can always look at other people's designs, promote them, and get a commission. That's how I got started.
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This is a scaled-down version of Photoshop, but it has a lot of functionality.