As I mentioned in my posting schedule for August, I was going to highlight another one of my other ventures aside from fitness. Well, that other venture is making fun original artworks to place on various items with Zazzle. Though the post is coming a little late (Life with kids!), if you were ever wondering how to make money with Zazzle, then this article is for you!
Before I go on, this is not only one of the other ventures I am doing, but it is also part of my series on making/saving more money! I’ve been dedicating the first post of each month to helping you discover ways to make or save money as a way of giving back for all the support you have given me. Check out some of the previous posts:
If you are looking to make a little extra cash while sitting on the couch, check out Survey Junkie.
Maybe you are an avid online shopper and want to save money while earning points toward free gift cards. If that is the case, then the Honey Browser Extension is definitely a must download!
For those of you looking to turn a passion for fitness (perhaps that passion is why you are here in the first place) there is a potentially lucrative career in personal training! I recommend reading my post on ACE Fitness’s certification program for that!
If you are looking for a personal trainer, you can definitely save some time, money, and stress by checking out Find Your Trainer. It’s a one stop shop to get matched up with a trainer in your area that matches your personality and goals!
Additionally, saving money while taking care of your health is a big plus. To keep money in your wallet while registering for athletic events, camps, and purchasing gear, you have got to check out The Active Advantage. To do the same when trying to shop for organic and all natural food and products, Thrive Market should also be on your radar!
If you want to turn your hobbies or interests into a blossoming online business from your own home (like I have done here), then you simply MUST take a look at the training offered by Wealthy Affiliate! Click the link for all the details!
Back to the topic at hand, like with writing praise and worship music, this has become another way for me to have a creative outlet while also providing me with some income. It hasn’t made me rich by any extent of the imagination, however, it is possible to do pretty well on it if you can remain consistent and produce high-quality designs!
In this post, I’m not only going to go over the process of creating your own designs, but also how you can go about selling them, the compensation you can get, and show you what I am personally working on. In fact, I just came out with a product that marries the world of Get Fit On A Budget with a little character I’ve been drawing for years!
However, I think it is a good idea to explain my journey into this whole design world.
Where One Creative Chicken Came From
My store on Zazzle is called “One Creative Chicken” and it is based off of a character I have been drawing since high school. It started out when a friend of mine, who was quite good at drawing, came up with a character that I believe was loosely based on his own life. He would create little comic scenes.
Well, I was inspired by his character and came up with the little guy that you see to the right. He has largely remained the same over the years with a few slight changes. For instance, he used to hold up signs ala Wil-e-Coyote to express his thoughts. That turned into thought bubbles.
Yet, I feel where the character is now is best. He doesn’t speak at all, instead saying everything with his eyes. After all, he is a chicken… I feel there shouldn’t be too much going on upstairs anyway!
From then on, the Chicken would make cameos in certain funny pictures I would draw. Eventually I would create homemade cards for family members and friends for birthdays, baby showers, etc. People really seemed to like them and I had been told more than once that I should look into actually selling greeting cards.
The problem was, I never knew how to break into that market, so it never went anywhere.
That is, it never went anywhere until years later, when I started to look up various ways to make more money, and stumbled upon Zazzle.
What Is Zazzle? Behind The Company
When you have visited a conventional store, have you ever been looking at the designs available and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could find something with _________ on it?” Sometimes, designs can be so limited because of which brand you are shopping.
Zazzle seeks to change that. Whether you want to create and purchase, create and sell, or support some independent artists and graphic designers, Zazzle is the right place. Their mission is to create a marketplace where you can find or create anything!
They desire to give you a blank canvas and let your imagination run wild, giving you freedom to express yourself exactly how you want to instead of just fitting in to conventional style.
It was founded in 2005 from a converted family garage by Robert Beaver and his two sons Jeff and Bobby. Since then, they have created a site that hosts over 600,000 designers with over 550 brands and has attracted millions of customers.
The process cuts out all the middlemen, taking the products directly from the manufacturer to the customer!
As far as what kinds of products you can find or create, check out the extensive list below:
- Home, Sports, and Games Products:
- Face Masks
- Face Shields
- Playing Cards
- Pillows & Poufs
- Clothing and Accessories:
- Men’s Clothing
- Women’s Clothing
- Kids’ Clothing
- Totes & Shopping Bags
- Invitations and Stationary:
- Invitations & Announcements
- Greeting Cards
- Holiday Cards
- Thank You Cards
- Note Cards
- Rubber Stamps
- Return Address Labels\
- Arts, Crafts, and Party Supplies:
- Canvas Prints
- Wall Wood Art
- Wall Decals
- Paper Napkins
- Paper Plates
- Wrapping Paper
- Office and School Supplies:
- Business Cards
- Post-it® Notes
- Avery® Binders
- Small Business Supplies
- iPhone Cases
- Samsung Cases
- iPad Cases & Covers
- Mouse Pads
- USB Flash Drives
- Laptop Sleeves
- Laptop Stickers & Skins
- Apple Watch Bands
- Phone Grips
- Baby and Kids:
- Baby Bodysuits
- Baby T-Shirts
- Lunch Boxes=
- Baby Bibs
- Baby Blankets
- Nursery Décor
- Stuffed Animals
- Name Labels
- Wedding Invitations
- Save the Dates
- Return Address Labels
- Stickers & Labels
- Favor Tags
- Favors & Gifts
- Wedding Signs
- Seating Charts
Basically, if you want to put a design on something, it is available.
How To Make Money With Zazzle – The Process
There are three ways to make money with Zazzle. Combining any of them can even increase the amount of revenue the site can bring in. You can sign up to be a Designer, Maker, and/or Associate. Each one allows you to participate in several parts of the business. Additionally, they also have a referral program to help you save money:
- Allows you to upload your artwork, place it on hundreds of products, and sell them from your own personal shop for free.
- Zazzle takes care of manufacturing and shipping for you.
- Allows you to set royalty rates between 5% and 99%.
- If you produce your own products, you can upload and sell them from Zazzle.
- Zazzle provides the labels for shipping to make it easy.
- Allows you to easily manage your orders.
- If you aren’t creative and just want to promote any Zazzle product, brand, or shop, you can become an associate.
- Allows you to earn a 15% commission on any sale as well as giving you access to volume bonuses.
- Refer a Friend:
- You get a custom link to share on any platform.
- Each friend referred gets 60% off of cards and 20% off of any other product when their order is $25 or more.
- Once your friend’s order ships, you receive $25 to spend on any Zazzle product!
Personally, I take advantage of the Designer, Associate, and Refer a Friend programs to maximize the money made and saved!
Speaking of my referral code, CLICK HERE to use it and get started!
How To Make Money With Zazzle – The One Creative Chicken Store
Based on what I draw, there was really only one logical thing to call my store: One Creative Chicken. It is still in its infancy, but I do have several designs available. Most of them have the Chicken character on them, however, I have also added a few shirts that go towards supporting my worship music endeavor and the EP I put out!
My latest design will allow you to both show off the Chicken, but also get the word out about Get Fit On A Budget! CLICK THE TOP PICTURE to be taken directly to the sales page for this particular shirt! Though it is more expensive, I suggest choosing the Vivid Printing option as the picture and words can be seen best!
While you are there, check out some of the other products that I have on there. You’ll find stickers, ties, shower curtains, blankets, etc. all featuring the Chicken! CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the above shirt!
If you aren’t interested in the stuff I have in my store, but still want to check out the other designers and products on Zazzle, simply click the banner below and start browsing!
Are There Any Negatives?
Because I have experience selling on Zazzle, I think I can speak to both the positives (as I already have) and the negatives of my experience. There are only a couple, but I think they are definitely things to consider before signing up.
- Competition: You might be surprised, but there are a lot of chicken-themed shops and products on Zazzle! Depending on your niche, you might be facing a ton of competition from other stores that can make it difficult to get noticed. Consistent production and marketing is key to building your brand, just like any small business.
- Prices: What I have noticed is that the higher you set your royalty percentage, the higher priced the item is. While each product is definitely of very high quality, placing your percentage at even 10-15% can bring you too high for some shoppers.
- Not A Get Rich Quick: I do this because it is a creative outlet that allows me to make a little money on the side. Some people can do pretty well. However, with percentages at 10-15%, you are going to need to garner a ton of volume in sales to get to that point.
Take A Ride On The Creative Side
If you are someone who is creative, artistic, or just a good promoter, this post on how to make money with Zazzle has hopefully provided you with some ideas and the information you need to get started! Additionally, I hope the designs I’ve come up with have at the very least given you a chuckle and I’d appreciate any support you could give toward my shop!
Again, if Chickens aren’t for you, still click on any one of the banners above or below to see what else Zazzle has going on! There are a lot of talented designers with some great products!
Now, it’s your turn! Have you heard of Zazzle? Have you ever tried to sell anything with them? What was your experience like? Are there any other platforms that you use that are similar to Zazzle? Would you recommend them?
Do you have a Zazzle store that you’d like me to check out? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below. If you happen to have any questions, please feel free to ask!
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That’s all for now! As always, God Bless and Happy Chicken-ing!