I’ve been working online for almost two years now. Zazzle is a print on demand store and I use my own art and photography to create many various items such as the ones below.
I create items, open a “store” and sell my products and receive a small percentage (whatever I choose) from all sales.
When I first began doing this, I had no computer experience. All I could manage to do was open and send e-mails and I had only been doing that for a couple of years. I’d had a digital camera for only a few years as well, but after looking around the site a bit, I thought why not? I needed a job and I needed money…So I jumped in and started making things.
My first items weren’t very good. When I see my old products now (many of which I have deleted), I cringe. But the “Zazzle team” gave me some ribbons, called TBA’s (Today’s Best Award), and I thought that was cool.
Now that I know what I am doing -for the most part- and have five shops at the site, I never get awards. In fact my last TBA ribbon was one year ago. I get no attention from Zazzle, but what I really want is attention from my potential customers. And I’ve found that getting the word out about my stores is one of the most difficult things to do.
Blogging is a great way to drive traffic to my stores. I started this blog partially for that reason and also because I just like blogging. I’ve always kept a journal, and blogging kind of goes right along with that, except I can add photos too.
I have a section here for “Z Help” – tab at the top of this page – and it’s for any Zazzlers who might want a tip or advice. I will be posting links there to other helpful sites as well, and the Zazzle forum can sometimes be a source of good advice. Although the kind people who were constantly around to help me seem to have departed.
All in all I am happy working at Zazzle although they don’t seem to realize I exist. I feel that I am running my own business and sales are steadily increasing. I am not financially independent…yet.
Narrow Road Designs, New England Photography
Beachcombers, all Seashells & Wedding
A New Name, Christian cards, Posters, Inspirational
DustySoles, Keds for Kids
PartyPrep, Party invitations in template form