If you’re an artist like my daughter who is now attending art college, Redbubble is a great place to start earning money from the fruits or your art designs.
Your artwork is original and your presence online is an awesome way to brand yourself along with earning money by doing something you love and enjoy.
What Is RedBubble
RB (Redbubble) is a service that started in 2006 and the reason why they started their business was to allow artists to make money without all the hassle that a full-on business requires people to run.
Yep, just send me my money, Lol.
A lot of services out there require a fee for you to use their site to sell your own products.
Sometimes the fee is minimal, that’s all good too, but free is even better.
One of the cool things about a service like Redbubble is that it’s free to join and you make 10% – 20% commissions based on a number of products you sell.
Another cool attribute besides RB being free is that Redbubble has quite a few products that you can use to upload your images on and sell along with not dealing with production and merchant issues.
Don’t get me wrong free is cool but, investments help as well.
But keep reading because ideas are going to come popping into your head and don’t feel like you’re going to be spending a hell of a lot of money, that is just not the case.
What Are Redbubble’s Products
Before I start listing their products, I know from experience by having a daughter who’s an artist, a blank canvas is their weakness.
How many times have you pulled out your art supplies and started to make your original artwork on your cell phone covers, shoes, or clothes?
I feel that RB knows this that is why they have a number of products that you can use to start putting your artwork stamp on products.
Here are your options:
- T-Shirts (men, women, kids, and babies)
- Tank Tops
- Mini Skirts
- Baby One-Pieces
- Cellphone Cases
- Laptop Skins
- Wall Art
The Freedom To Select, The Process Of Elimination
Wow, my artwork doesn’t look good on those skirts but looks freaken awesome on these T-Shirts.
What is the use of selling unappealing products to people? Not only that, but your artwork also won’t appeal to people either.
Once you upload your images in RB, you have the ability to look at how appealing your images appear on all their products.
RB gives you the freedom to select which products you want to upload your images on.
That way if your artwork looks good on a T-shirt, but not so great on skirts, you don’t have to sell your artwork on skirts.
I’ve Uploaded Images On Products Now What?
Now it’s time to think about how you are going to grasp customers. What is the use of uploading images and not have a customer base?
Friends and family are great and supportive. Friends and family may even purchase some of your work, however, let’s not rely on them.
If any store relied on their friends and family only they would go bankrupt. The Internet is global and you’ve got billions of people out there that you can reach.
To make money online is to get people to click and buy and there’s a way to do it.
I am a big firm believer that you should start a website. I know this may not make sense at this time since you’ve uploaded and placed your artwork elsewhere.
A website is your home base. A website is where you can brand yourself. It just makes sense to start there and branch out.
All website owners branch out in different ways depending on their niche site. Your website can allow you to:
- grasp customers
- show customers where to buy
- sell other products
- brand you
- did I say branch out
- you own it
I’m not saying that RB is going anywhere because they’ve managed to stay in business since 2006. It’s a service that helps artists like you.
But, you have to think about you too and you want a win-win situation period. This is where branching out with your website is important.
You can also, use services like YouTube, social sites like Facebook, I really suggest especially Pinterest because it’s such a visual platform, and please do not count out the search engines because that’s how people find you.
How Do I Branch Out, Make Your Spiderweb Spiderman
You know how to branch out, you do it all the time when you share other videos, images, or articles online.
You go to your favorite website and share there, now it’s time to share your website with your home base, and the service really does a great job helping with the whole website and marketing thing.
In The Beginning, Everything Is Overwhelming
Being anxious can lead to being overwhelmed. It’s time to talk about reality here. There are so many directions you can take your website so let’s take this journey one step at a time.
To make money you are either, selling products or services or you’re doing a task for someone to make money.
As an artist, your creative artwork is your product. Services like RB are places where you can display your creativity.
To get the ball rolling, start small, and stop thinking about the money.
WTF, You Said Earn Money With RedBubble, That Is Why I’m Reading This Article
I know, I know and I know, shoot I know how you feel. Starting off is the most overwhelming part because everything is in your head and you just want it all done.
You can say right now I will take the zero and not be my own hero or you can begin at zero to become your own hero.
To get it done is by taking it one step at a time. If you climb a mountain, each step you take consistently leads to the top peak.
Work is required, just like the starting point when you begin an art piece on a blank canvas.
Branches Are Important Online
By branching out is how you make money. It is important to deal with online businesses that work and how important your time is.
Time well spent is a good investment. You want to start by using your time well. I know there are other aspects of your life that are important too, like creating.
To look at the picture as a whole though, your well-spent time can make a masterpiece, that is what you’re aiming for.
You Own Your Artwork So Why Not
Once you’ve gotten through the beginning stages of building a website and branching, you can start going to other sites and place your artwork there too.
Merch By Amazon is another place where you can sell your artwork on. You can apply here and it can take and I’m not kidding, about six months for you to get accepted to be a Merch on their site.
You better apply, shoot it’s Amazon. You can make a good amount of money through a site like Amazon.
What is great about these services is that they don’t demand that you only have to use their platform to display your artwork.
Don’t count out Etsy or eBay either because you can use their website as well. The more you display the more people you reach, the more chances you have to get paid.
I know I’m giving you a lot of info on ways to branch and make money, but it goes back to taking it one step at a time.
All In All
I want to end this article by saying that you have billions of people you can reach. With the Internet, you can brand yourself and make money.
Anytime you’re starting off it can be tough and overwhelming. Take a deep breath and get yourself a website first.
Now you have a home base and from there branch out and start building that customer base.
Use other services like Redbubble to deal with all that merchant stuff. That is why Redbubble started its website, for you as an artist to use and to keep on creating and make money doing it.
Are you ready to build your branches?
What is your take about Redbubble, Tweet me @evelynbaz!