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Imagine opening a FREE online store selling products that you don’t have to buy, stock, make or ship yourself. Your investment is just the time and effort involved in setting up the free store and placing designs on selected merchandise. After that, once everything is set up, your store pretty much runs on its own.
In short, that’s what Zazzle is.
I opened my Zazzle store, Pangga Designs in 2016, BUT I’ve only made $50 for that whole year. I know it’s not a huge amount of money, not to mention this is literally earned with me only setting it up and working on it for just 10 hours (or less) in total for the first year. Could I make more if I worked more? OF COURSE!
I recently started working on my Zazzle store again in March 2018 and that’s when I found Elke Clarke on her blog. She has made over $100,000 USD every year for the past 6 years from her Zazzle earnings. I read her blog where she shared a lot of tips, took The E-Commerce Accelerator™ (which was made for beginners) and I decided to just give Zazzle another chance. And, I’m SOOOOO happy I did.
What is ZAZZLE? (www.zazzle.com)
It’s a print-on-demand website where you can buy customized products and merchandise- like mugs, pillows, shirts, invitations, phone cases, stickers, blankets and a MORE! Custom or personalized items are the top selling items on Zazzle. That’s mainly because a lot of Zazzle buyers purchase gifts for their family or friends.
Basically, it’s an online marketplace that allows designers (like me) to create designs and sell it on Zazzle’s products. When someone buys those products, the designer makes a small commission or royalties from it and Zazzle takes care of the rest (printing, shipping, customer service, et al).
For example, I created a mug with a design I have made and posted it up for sale. Let’s say the selling price is $15 and I have set it at a 10% royalty rate – that means I earn about $1.50 for every mug sold.
And the great thing about it, is that it’s TOTALLY FREE of charge to start creating your store! You can even start setting it up now. YEY!
What I’ve Earned On Zazzle So Far.
For the first 2 years since I’ve started in January 2016, I have made only $120 USD or roughly PHP 6,000 for the first 2 years.
This was before I took The E-Commerce Accelerator™. I loved the course. It was an easy to understand step-by-step course. Great for beginners! I learned the basics of setting things up in my store properly. But most importantly, I was getting a lot more sales in my store within the first month after completing the course.
For the first 3 months, after taking The E-Commerce Accelerator™ course, I’ve made at least $100-$200 or (PHP5,000-PHP10,000) a month on average.
Take note, Zazzle is not a get rich quick scheme.
How Often Do I Spend Time on Zazzle.
Currently, I’m working around 10 hours a week on my Zazzle store (depending on how fast my internet connection is) and most of it is spent making new items on my store.
What Do You Need to Set Up a Store on Zazzle.
Laptop or Computer, Internet connection, email account, a Paypal account, your time and effort too.
My Favorite Items I Loved Creating
Pizza Shirt Funny T-Shirt I made this 2 years ago and this is the very first item I have sold in my store.
Personalized Best Friend Photo Pillow. I also made this pillow 2 years ago and I still get sales for this product.
Want to Sell on Zazzle? Here’s My Best Advice For You.
Learn from a top Zazzle earner. Elke Clarke‘s blog has a lot of helpful tips on how to set up and manage your Zazzle store. Get started by joining the upcoming live event Start Your E-Commerce Online Business Challenge. Great tips from a Diamond Level ProDesigner. Elke has helped coach and mentor people privately to set up successful Zazzle stores. Her daughter, Jennifer, is actually one of her success stories. She is now a Gold Level ProDesigner, living her dream life on the beautiful island of Mallorca in Spain, supporting herself with her Zazzle earnings.
Create a Lot of Products. In order to sell products on Zazzle, you need to start putting up items when you can. Try to get to 100 items in your shop and try to do it within the first 1-2 months of your shop opening.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know how to design. To be honest, I don’t consider myself an artist or a designer when I first started. Instead, I worked with the different free fonts available on the Zazzle design platform to create text designs (like the Pizza Princess Shirt) and with public domain and commercial free images and graphics or images that are okay for commercial use.
If you would like to know how exactly Elke Clarke did to set up her business and grow it to where it is today, you can join
This is for the total beginner who wants to start from scratch and scale fast. It’s also for Zazzle designers who want to scale to make $1K – $5K per month. It’s a combination of online video courses and live Q&A videos. You’ll be able to get access to 10 years of Elke Clarke’s knowledge of Zazzle about what works and does not work to be successful. This way you don’t have to waste time learning from scratch.
You can also read about the success of one of her students on this blog post: Brandon’s 100k Success Story. Brandon, on his own, earned $2500 in royalties over 5 years. A year ago, he became a member of The Profit by Design Academy™. He got the help he needed to increase his earnings, learned how to sell on Zazzle effectively and things really turned around for him. In 13 months, since starting the program, Brandon has sold over $100,000 worth of Zazzle products.
In summary, you have 2 choices.
- The E-Commerce Accelerator™ is for beginners.
- The Profit by Design Academy™ is for beginners and intermediates who want to scale their Zazzle business fast.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND REVIEW
In 10 months, since starting the programs,
I have sold over $40,000 worth of Zazzle products!
This coming March 18 marks my 1st year anniversary of taking the first step of taking The E-Commerce Accelerator™ and my 10th month anniversary with the The Profit by Design Academy™. And it’s been quite a journey for me!!!
Since, I started out as a beginner towards a being a Zazzle designer, I started out with the beginners course, aka The E-Commerce Accelerator™. As I am a full time entrepreneur working on my business (the usual brick and mortar kind), at first I found it difficult to make time to follow the video courses and keep track with the mentoring sessions. But as Elke would say, “There is no behind on this course.” So with that in mind, I just worked at my own pace slowly and working smart when following the steps she outlined her students to do.
Slowly and surely, it has paid off.
In the first few weeks since applying the strategies and techniques outlined in her course, I was beginning to have an increase in sales, which was more than enough than what I had spent buying The E-Commerce Accelerator™.
After which, I had decided to take join The Profit by Design Academy™.
In 10 months, since starting the program, I have sold over $40,000 worth of Zazzle products, which translates me having earned at least $4,000 or about PHP 200,000 online. And, I can attest that both the online video courses AND mentoring program were both vital to my success.
So anyways, for many people, making money online would be an absolute dream come true – and making money online with Zazzle is just one of them. If you have time, a passion or at least some creative skill, this may be one of your possible online income streams given enough time. I hope you learned a few things from this post and I also hope that it gives you the motivation to go out there, create your products, and succeed! Happy Selling!
EARNINGS DISCLAIMER: THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE SAME, MORE OR LESS THAN ELKE CLARKE, JEN CLARKE OR ANY OF THE COURSE MEMBERS WHO’S TESTIMONIALS ARE SHOWN ON THE WEBSITE OR IN ANY MATERIAL FROM CLARKE COURSES INC. ZAZZLE IS NOT A GET RICH QUICK SCHEME. IT TAKES HARD WORK AND YOUR EARNINGS WILL DEPEND ON YOUR EFFORTS, AS WELL AS UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, YOUR SKILLS, ABILITY TO DO THE WORK, ZAZZLE WEBSITE CHANGES, ZAZZLE’S PRODUCT AVAILABILITY AND CUSTOMER BEHAVIOR.