Once upon a time I had an Etsy store and I even made some sales. I sold one of my bags to someone in Paris, I felt very chic. Ultimately, I was traveling so much that trying to keep an eye on the store to ship products sold was just too stressful. I shut it down.
Which is why I love the idea that there are sites that allow you to design stuff and then the site takes care of the heavy lifting. Profit from being creative and sell your art without doing everything? Yes, please, my lazy self loves that idea.
Here are 8 sites where you can profit from your creativity.
Redbubble allows you to upload your designs and choose what products you would like them to be sold on and set the price/determine your margin for profit. You don’t make as much as you would on Etsy, but you also aren’t out the costs of the products and don’t have to worry about shipping stuff. Bonus? Redbubble also deals with customer service issues.
While there is a waiting list to join Amazon Merch, it’s super user friendly, it allows you to sell your designs on t-shirts. You simply upload your designs, the few I’ve tried I’ve made in Canva. Then you decide the cost of the shirt to determine your margin. Since so many people shop on Amazon it's a great place to sell your designs.
Even though they currently only offer the ability to sell your designs on t-shirts, it is Amazon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they expanded to other products in the future.
You can sign up to join the Amazon Merch waitlist here. (It took about two months on the waitlist before I was approved)
TeeSpring is another site that allows you to sell your designs on t-shirts, however they expanded to allow you to sell your designs on other products as well. Some of the other available products include tote bags and mugs.
To get started designing you first need to set up an account. Then you start by selecting the type of product you’d like to design. You upload your design, make a few other decisions and you are on your way to selling your designs.
CafePress allows you to use your images, either photos or ones you’ve created and just like many of the other sites on this list, sell them on over 2015 different products. There are no upfront fees, though cafe-press does take a fee. They can either take it out of your royalties or pay a flat fee monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.
Start selling on Cafe Press
After becoming a verified member of the site you can sell your artwork as products and prints. On some of the products you determine the price and therefore your profit, on other products the royalties are predetermined. It all varies by the product type.
Society6 does an excellent job of laying out the royalties for each product type.
With Design By Humans, you open your own store. The number of products is limited, primarily various t-shirts and hoodies, as well as phone cases and mugs. While Design By Humans determines your profit via royalties, they do double your royalties for the first 90 days.
Get started selling on Design By Humans
Zazzle sort of provides a middle ground between Etsy and the other sites listed in this article. You can sell your art by uploading your designs and selling on products they produce.
Or you can sell your own products where you deal with the inventory similar to Etsy. Similar to Design By Humans you do have your own store, then when designing you set your own margins.
While Etsy may be the most well known online marketplace, it is far from your only options if you are interested in making extra money from your creative pursuits. So go out there and make that money!
Elizabeth Stapleton is the founder and voice behind Less Debt More Wine and ElizabethStapleton.com. She is a Pinterest marketer, online entrepreneur, and recovering attorney whose writing has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, Budgets Are Sexy, Credit Sesame, and Magnify Money. Additionally, she has been quoted in articles on Business Insider, Student Loan Hero, and Nerd Wallet.