Zazzle as a Side-Gig?

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Make Money with is a website where you can publish your designs onto thousands of products. You can put your design on t-shirts, postcards, mugs, bumper stickers, and thousands of of other products.  You want to make a doormat with your least favorite politician’s face on it? You can do that. You want an iPad sleeve with a rooster wearing swim trunks? You can do that too. Now of course, like with anything, there is a learning curve. How do you setup your store? What designs sell best? Where do I find images I can legally use? But in time all these questions can be answered, and money can be made.

What I like about this side-gig is that the overhead is basically $0, you set the price, and therefore the commission. I mean, can you imagine trying to sell your own custom pillowcases 15 years ago? Pulling the pillowcases out of the trunk of your car as you yell out to pedestrians, (the following is best read in a New York accent) “Hey Mac,,, Don’t you think your wife would want this pillowcase with a pretty cat on it saying purrrfect sleep?” In the year 2000 you would have had to pay hundreds to have them made up, spend huge amounts of time trying to market them, and worst of all you would look like a loon doing it. But websites like have normalized this lunacy so you can actually come out ahead on this thing.

DALLAS_MUGThe reason I bring all this up is because about a year ago I got bored and spent an hour making this design of the Dallas Skyline. I put that design on various products in, like mugs and post cards. Over that year I made about $6 from that design. Not a lot of money,,, I know… but stay with me. Because what I made was “evergreen” it will probably make $6 a year for the next five years,,, or longer,,, as long as Zazzle is around I suppose. When you think of it that way it could be > $30 an hour… with $0 in overhead…. not bad. And it gets better, because I own the design I can also put it on other similar sites like Cafe Press and make money there too.

In an earlier post titled 6 AMAZING THINGS YOU COULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW, JUST BY UNPLUGGING THE TV we discussed the fact that the average person watches 4 hours of TV a day, making $0 per hour, usually while complaining about being broke. See where I’m going with this? Imagine if that same person put out 4 designs a night for a year, instead of watching 4 hours of  TV. Five years later they would have 7300 designs out there making money on who knows how many websites!

I’m not saying this is what you should do with your time…  or that something like Zazzle is even a good use of your time… only you can answer that. What I’m saying is that there are all sorts of opportunities out there… Yes, they do require work, but they don’t all require that you follow the standard script you were given in school. You don’t have to work 60 hours a week making someone else rich, hoping for a raise, from a company that will let you go at the first sign of financial trouble. You can find ways to make more income if you desire to do so. And always remember, you only really made what’s left over at the end of the year.

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