A Fun Work At Home Idea: How To Make Money With Print On Demand Websites

See how you can work at home with print on demand companies who sell your work. photo by Bryan Gosline on FlickrIf you’re an artist, graphic designer, or a photographer, you can make a significant amount of money by utilizing the online storefronts offered by popular print-on-demand sites.

You’ve probably heard of them before. Sites like Cafe Press and Zazzle are 2 such sites that put their services to work for you!

They’ve got the traffic. You’ve got the artwork. Together you sell gifts, t-shirts, greeting cards, or unique pieces of art. It’s a win-win.

Following are some tips for getting started in this type of business…


Why Print On Demand Is A Good Business Option

If you’ve got a knack for artistic stuff (graphic artist, photographer, etc.), then you’ll appreciate the fact that there are a number of profitable online opportunities available to you. The best part is you submit the artwork, and they print and ship the orders for you.

That’s right… NO INVENTORY!

In effect, you’re paid many times over for artwork that you only need to create and submit once. That’s right, you could continue to earn revenue from a single piece of artwork for many months, if not years.

Not to mention the fact that the services of these print-on-demand websites are provided at no cost to you! They simply receive a portion of your sales; that’s all. And you have absolutely no inventory or shipping to worry about.


How Printing On Demand Works

Print-on-demand companies display your creative works whenever customers visit their site and search for items that are similar to what you offer.

They display all of the items that your words, image, or artwork can be printed on — like t-shirts, greeting cards, calendars, mugs, and a variety of other items.

Then, it’s up to the customer to decide which item they like the best.

Once they place their order, the item is printed (on demand), shipped to them, and you receive a commission.

Most companies set a “base price” for each type of item they sell online. Any amount received from the customer over and above the base price is your fee — which you determine, based on how much profit you would like to make.

Checks are typically mailed to artists once a month.


What You Need To Get Started

First and foremost: you must be somewhat talented with graphic arts and/or photography. If your work isn’t top-quality, then it won’t sell. You’ll just be wasting your time.

You also need to have access to a graphics program that you can use to create, crop, edit, and resize your work and save it in the .png format. If you don’t have such a program, try one of these FREE programs which happen to be rather sophisticated: Gimp or PaintNET.

Finally, submit your work to one or more of the following print-on-demand websites:

In effect, you’re setting up an online store, but they’re fronting all of the costs — including stocking a wide variety of inventory, as well as handling all shipments and returns.

What could be better than that?…


Taking Things To The Next Level

In addition to the free services that these print-on-demand sites offer (which are mentioned above), there are also a number of premium services available for a fee. If you’re interested in kicking things up a notch with your online storefront, some of these might be worth considering. They could help you increase traffic to your storefront and ultimately increase sales.

To increase sales of items bearing your artwork even more, you should devise a marketing plan of sorts that will help to drive traffic to your storefront. This could be done in many ways, including:

  • Buying advertising (Google Adsense)
  • Linking to your storefront on your own personal website (and getting your friends to do the same)
  • Writing articles about the unique items you’ve created and where they’re available (this is especially helpful when your item appeals to a particular “niche” or audience)
  • Interacting with fellow artists and/or potential clients on the online forums found at these print-on-demand sites

If you’ve used print-on-demand to sell items with your artwork on them before, let us know how it has worked out for you. And if you have any tips for first-timers, feel free to share the Comments below.


Print On Demand Business Opportunities


More About Creating An Online Store

Want to set up your own online store instead?  Try Shopify.

Finally… it’s simple and easy to create an online store from scratch thanks to the built-in e-commerce templates that make it as easy as 1, 2, 3.

With over 20,000 online stores using Shopify, you’ll be in good company while running your web store the way you want it done!

Create your online store!

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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