How To Make Money On Redbubble
If you’re a new artist looking for avenues to sell your art and earn extra money, then Redbubble should be your go-to website.
This platform will help you reach more customers without having to worry about filling your whole house with a lot of extra art stocks. At the same time, it’s a great source of passive income. No need to worry about shipping and printing since Redbubble will do everything for you. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch the money come in!
Continue reading on if you’re interested to know on how to make money on Redbubble.
The History Of Redbubble
Redbubble is a famous global marketplace online focusing on the area of print-on-demand products based on the submitted artwork of users. The business allows the members to sell their artwork to serve as the print design on T-shirts, cushions, hoodies, leggings, hoodies, stickers, scarves, and skirts.
The company started in Melbourne, Australia last 2006 and expanded its service through satellite offices Berlin and San Francisco. Its founders, Peter Styles, Paul Vanzella, and Martin Hosking pushed through with this idea after raising approximately $2 million in investor capital. The website was still taboo in the digital world until the early 2010s.
In the first quarter of 2014, reports confirmed that around 52,000 artists have successfully bulked sold their creations and were able to profit approximately $15 million. It also revealed that the platform continued to expand as it estimated that eight million unique viewers sign up on the website every month.
At the start of 2015, Redbubble established an artist residency program in their office in Melbourne. The purpose of this initiative is to give opportunities to some artists to produce artwork on the Redbubble studio in collaboration with their co-artists.
Because of this success, the company listed itself on the Australian Stock Exchange last May 2016.
Why Should You Sign Up In Redbubble?
How to make Make Passive Income
Redbubble sells products to customers through the art of some users. Every sale it produces, it will pay a commission of 10 to 20 percent to the respective artist. This value might be a little low for you, but you also have to keep in mind the following factors:
- The system only asks you to upload an artwork file and put some descriptive texts alongside it. No need to continually update something. It’s just a one-time big-time task.
- Redbubble already has a primed and broad audience for their disposal. This kind of reach will be too costly and time-draining if you will establish it yourself.
- The company is responsible for advertising your products for you – including re-marketing if they see that it’s a big hit to their buyers.
- They are in charge of handling returns, customer service, and complaints. You just have to sit at the comfort of your home while all of these things are simultaneously happening.
- They will place your design on various product variations such as phone cases, notebooks, and pillows.
From here, you will be able to observe that your active role only comes in at the start of the process. After submitting your work, however, all you have to do is sit down, relax, and experience your money grow.
You Will Learn About The Market
As time passes by, you’ll eventually learn thoroughly what does and does not sell. Basically, you get to experience the intricacy of market research. Through the help of the Redbubble system (through your product profile), you will receive real-time information on the purchases of the visitors.
Every single time you make a product sale, Redbubble will notify you through email. You also have the option to keep track of your monthly earnings online and view when the next deposit to your account is. There is also a feature to see how many views each design has and how many of these have been converted to sales.
From the information that you will get from all of these sources, it will be easier for you to see the patterns of the buyers. For example, you might notice that minimalistic and straightforward designs have more purchases than those which are colorful and complicated. From this analysis, you can now decide how to attack your next art submission.
Read Nigel Bradley’s Marketing Research: Tools and Techniques book so you’ll have an idea on the proper methodology of this process.
You Will Find New Clients
Redbubble is an effective avenue to increase the exposure of your designs. The reach of your artwork can lead to more fans, more sales, and also to new clients. This effect is more evident in portfolios who have their own niche or has a particular design approach. Assuming that a client finds your work similar to their creative vision, there is a chance that they will reach out to you for more significant projects.
Just make sure that you present yourself properly to your clients. Place a link to your personal website and social media pages so they can quickly contact you should an opportunity rises.
Steps On Entering The World Of Redbubble
Sign Up On The Website
The first thing to start your freelance career in Redbubble is to sign up. Go to the main page of the business and click the “Sign Up” button on the upper right corner of the page. The bot will ask you to enter your active email and create a username and password.
Just a tip, ensure that the username you will pick will attract potential clients. You can either choose a username that is professional or something that describes the overall aesthetics of your art.
Create A Stand Out Profile
After signing up, you will see a white and red icon of a man with glasses on the top right corner of the page. Click on the image so it can lead you to your newly-made profile. Here are some tips on how you can design your profile.
- Add a cover image and an avatar so customers will see a beautiful banner whenever they visit your shop. Make sure also to place a nice icon which will appear beside your comments in the site’s groups.
- Establish a personal brand by matching the colors of your cover image and avatar. This initiative will promote a unified look for your products.
- Add a bio and describe who you are and what you do. This will ensure your profile’s visitors that you are a trusted seller. They will also have a glimpse of your personality that will help you and your customer connect.
Upload Your Art
Uploading your art is the next step after establishing your branding. Start by clicking on your profile picture and choosing the add new work option on the drop-down menu. Once the window has been opened, go to the ‘Upload to all products’ and select the art that you are planning to sell. You may opt to add the image’s title, description, and tags while waiting for it to upload.
For the last step, you may now fix the following options:
- Default View
- Who can view this work?
- Is this mature content?
- Copyrights acceptance
Once you have finalized all of these things, hit the ‘Save Work’ button. Your art will start uploading for a few seconds (or minutes if the file is too big or your internet is slow) and you will be in business in no time!
If you’re still not that confident with your artistic skills, visit Artyfactory for some design lessons.
Mark Up Your Products
As the artist, you have the option to mark-up your products or not. If you increase the mark-up percentage, the higher the profit you will make per item sold. So, how does it exactly work?
Every product has an assigned price already set by Redbubble. This will be their exact charge to their buying accounts. You will then set your own margin wherein the default is 20 percent, but you have the power to control this value. From here, we may now add the artist’s price (based on the margin) to the base price to be able to calculate for the retail price.
We recommend that you don’t mark up your price upon signing up. You still have to establish your client list so that you have sure buyers. Once you have set up your loyal customers, then this will be the perfect time to mark-up your products.
Promote Your Redbubble Store
Social media is the best avenue to promote your Redbubble store. This strategy will also be more effective if you have already a huge following on your artist social media sites. It’s also recommended to use creative hashtag ideas so that your items are easier to find. You may put #backtoschool when promoting products related to a student’s life or #giftideas if you’re offering presents for the holiday season.
In other words, you need to build brand awareness and get people talking for you to be able to reap more profits from these efforts.
The Power of Promotional Products by David Blaise and Maria Carlton will guide you through the ropes of social media promotion.
Get Your Commissions
Redbubble pays through Paypal or direct deposit to an Australian, US, or UK bank account. You will receive your commission for the past month every 15th of the current month. Make sure that you provide them with the correct payment details so there won’t be any complications along the process.
Start Now At Redbubble
The best time to start your Redbubble journey is NOW. Stop wasting your time studying the ins and outs of creating a design, and start signing up today and uploading your initial artwork. Rest assured that you will eventually learn more on the job, and come up with more appealing and compelling designs in the next months.
Check out this book to help you easily navigate Redbubble.