Being able to make money at home is the dream lifestyle. It enables you to be flexible, be your own boss, and be as committed as you choose to be. If you want to make money at home there are so many resources out there with potential for you to earn a passive and full-time income – but only if you’re willing to put in the work.
For this model though, we will be focusing on how to make money at home as an online seller with no inventory (gasp!) using Print on Demand (PoD).
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Make Money at Home Selling Online: Print On Demand
Initially when you think selling online, you think of the hours you’ll spend carefully selecting stock, taking pretty photos and writing detailed descriptions for the range of items in your inventory. It seems like a daunting way to make money at home, but I recently stumbled across this brilliant article that eliminates you investing tons of money into stock that you’re not sure will even sell, constantly re-stocking and there’ll be no inventory to trip over. So, how can you get involved?
What is Print on Demand?
Print on Demand enables you to sell online and make money at home without having to invest in masses of inventory without being sure if it’ll pay off. Customers are able to print a design of yours onto a product that you offer. This can include mugs, phone cases, bags, yoga pants, t-shirts – the list goes on!
Have you seen these initial phone cases ALL OVER social media in the last year or so?
I’ve probably seen hundreds subtly advertised on social media and I’ve even seen many in person.
This is a perfect and well executed example of Print on Demand.
Below is image from Janusian Gallery (PoD Selling Platform) with a beautiful example of PoD design in various products. This designer has gone with a theme of sacred geometry across a range of everyday products that would appeal to a wide clientele. Of course you don’t have to go with a theme for your own store but I thought this was another super well executed bit of inspiration for you.
What if I’m not a designer or can’t use Photoshop?
Don’t worry if you’re not the most design savvy person. You don’t have to be a great artist because Print on Demand isn’t necessarily about beautiful imagery. You can include slogans, quotes, patterns, photos or simple graphics. Photoshop is a great tool to learn if you want to take the DIY route, and I actually recommend picking up this skill because it can be a great help for future creative projects if you don’t want to pay someone to do it for you.
There are also so many affordable resources for you to utilize if you’d like someone to design some clean and quality looking images for your products. I would recommend making your images look engaging, pleasing to the eye and well formatted. This way you have a greater chance of standing out from competitors and having customers return to your page. So if you don’t have much creative experience and want to spend a little more for a better chance of making a little more, then these are the tools I’d recommend having a look at:
How Do I Get Started?
The phenomenal thing about Print on Demand is not only do you not have to be overloaded with inventory, but it can be a completely passive way to make money at home because the PoD companies handle the customer service, shipping and printing for you. So once you’ve uploaded your designs and selected which products you’d like in your shop you’re pretty much set. From there, the commission you earn depends on the price you’ve set.
So now I’m sure you’re wondering how/where/which selling platforms you can start getting your hands on. You’re going to want to sign up a site similar to the ones listed in this incredible resourceful and helpful article from Tough Nickel ‘The Best Print on Demand Merchandise Websites.’
She goes into great detail of each top PoD Merch sites without overloading you with too much information. Here, you’ll find exactly what you need to know to help you choose the best-selling platform for you. Including:
Finally, definitely read her post through to the end where she lists ‘Things to Consider Before Selling Personalised Merchandise Online’ under the same header – there’s plenty of food for thought for you to process for your own PoD business.
As with everything in life, if you want to make serious money you have to be serious about what you’re doing. There are plenty of ways to make money at home but that doesn’t mean it’ll all be plain sailing. It’s how you respond to the hiccups and failures that’ll determine your success. So if you want to make money at home then learn the ins and outs of the craft and treat it like your business!
Any questions? Comment below! Til then, good luck, light and love.