Print on Demand sites pay you royalties when products are sold that contain designs you create.
The best part is you do not have to deal with any inventory or customer service. It can be a completely passive model because the POD companies handle the printing and shipping.
All you do is upload your designs and add them to products. Your royalties depend on the price you set.
Some programs such as Merch by Amazon, only sell a few products.
Setting Your Prices
Some PODs allow you to set a fixed price for your royalty, others let you select a percentage.
For example, on RedBubble, if you set your percentage to 15% on T-shirts then you will earn a 15% royalty on any style of T-shirt that is sold.
Do You Need a Website or Audience to Earn?
No, you don’t.
Most POD sites have their own marketplaces so your designs can be found when visitors use their search engines.
To capitalize on those organic sales, you want to figure out what type of designs their visitors like. Not all designs convert well on every marketplace.
However, if you want long-term success and income stability, it’s always best to draw your own traffic to your merchandise.
If you get into Merch (by invitation only), you can capitalize on Amazon’s billions of visitors per month, and your designs can be found without any marketing due to their sheer volume or organic searches every month.
I earned over $100,000 in royalties my first two years on Merch By Amazon. (No paid advertising – all free Amazon traffic)
As great as those earnings may sound, I try not to get too complacent or comfortable because it does get harder to earn as more competition enters the space.
Had I joined MBA a year or two later, it would have been much more difficult to accomplish that in 2 years.
Nevertheless, in 2021, I’m still averaging 2K-3K in royalties per month, and I only devote about 1-3 hours to MBA each month.
I thoroughly enjoy this business. It’s a GREAT and very rewarding income supplement, but never something I’d want to rely on.
Since I started Merch By Amazon, I’ve expanded my income portfolio by building niche shops outside of Amazon. I share more on this podcast episode.
My keys to success have been…
- Spending lots of time designing and researching
- Learning Photoshop and Illustrator
- Creating funny/witty/punny designs
- Working the trends (Ignore the advice about avoiding them when you’re new. That’s what helped me sell a lot.)
- Using original concepts/ideas and expanding the same idea to multiple topics and niches (especially since I’ve been on a higher tier)
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