I started designing on Zazzle in 2014. In the beginning, my products were simple. Basic texts and logos on t-shirts, and a lot of my photography on phone cases. For the most part, my designs were pretty bad. I can recognize that now. The items I thought would sell, never did. The items I thought wouldn't sell, did.
When I first started designing in June of 2014, I created a lot of products with no results. I eventually gave up, I was putting a lot of time and effort into Zazzle. Months went by and I forgot about Zazzle entirely.
One afternoon, I was sitting on the couch and I received an email from Zazzle titled "Your Recent Sales". I jumped up off the couch and ran to my computer for a closer look.
It was a men's muscle shirt with the text, Squat, Bench, Deadlift. Many of my first designs were fitness related. The sale was a customer in Aartselaar, Belgium (if you are reading this, thank you). I received $3.28 CDN in royalties for the sale.
My enthusiasm for Zazzle was renewed. I spent a lot of time reading the Zazzle forums, blogs about Zazzle, and refining my skills in Coreldraw.
The biggest lesson I learned was the more work you put into Zazzle the bigger the return. My first sale was in August of 2014. From this time on, I've made a sale every month in Zazzle. My sales have steadily increased. I track my progress and earnings in an excel spreadsheet. I know what products are doing well, how my sales are increasing, and this helps me to decide what products to design on.
Currently, I am a Bronze level designer. I'm definitely not a top earner on Zazzle, but I've made small milestones. I am one of the top sports themed designer on Zazzle. Some designers make hundreds of sales a month. Now, in 2017, I average around fifty sales per month (this number does not include sales of multiple items to one customer ex. selling 100 invitations to one person). The key to success is trying to appeal to different niche markets. I love to design sports themed items because that's what interests me.
Zazzle is a great hobby but it's not a steady income. I work full-time outside of Zazzle at a job I love, sometimes 50-70 hours a week. Zazzle is a relaxing hobby for me. It combines creativity and my love of computers and technology.
To any new designers out there, don't give up. It takes time! Promote your items, engage in Zazzle forums so that third party associates get to know your designs and promote your items.
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