Favorite Side Hustle for 2022

January 02, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Check out my Zazzle store "Designspiration"Designs inspired by photography. As we jump headfirst into 2022, I know a lot of people who are focusing on building their own side hustle to make some extra money. With COVID 19 changing the modern workplace, more people started making the leap to pursue their own passions. As a photographer, I have been building my side hustles for the last few years using a number of different outlets, but my favorite for 2022 is Zazzle. I have been using Zazzle for a while now as a side hobby and recently I have made the push to totally revamp my store. 

Zazzle- Designspiration

 

Zazzle is considered a print-on-demand service, like RedBubble, or Fine Art America; designers don't have to do the printing or shipping. This is great for people like me who live in small spaces and don't have room for inventory. To give you a comparison, consider Etsy. You have probably heard of Etsy, but if not, Etsy is a global online marketplace where people come together to make, sell, and buy unique items. What's different about Zazzle versus Etsy is that Etsy items are listed and sold by a seller who handmakes the items. This is an awesome way to make money if you like designing and creating. For me, I have not taken the plunge into building an Etsy store for one big reason; Inventory. I live in a 20ft travel trailer and I do not have the storage space to keep all the products I design on hand. And that is why I love Zazzle.


Zazzle is an online marketplace that allows designers and customers to create their own products with independent manufacturers, as well as use images from participating companies. Designers, like me, can upload their images to hundreds of various products. Manufacturers then take those designs and produce them on demand when a customer makes a purchase. Customers can search through thousands of designs, customize them to meet their specific needs, and Zazzle fulfills the order. Designers never have to keep a stock of their own inventory. 

 

As a photographer, I end up with thousands of pictures. So as I have time, I turn those pictures into usable products like greeting cards, postcards, magnets, face masks, calendars, mugs, and more. There are no fees to get started and designers make a set royalty percentage each time their product sells. Just upload your designs, and let Zazzle do the rest. I have been working with Zazzle for the last few years as a designer and I have loved watching how this company grows and changes to meet market needs.



When the pandemic hit, Zazzle's sales of personalized face masks and puzzles skyrocketed. After an initial dip in sales due to shelter-in-place requirements, Zazzle now continues to see an uptick in customer traffic and sales. Approximately 80 million units are made-to-order from Zazzle yearly.  

 

Since all of the products on Zazzle are made to order, keep in mind shipping times will be longer than companies like Amazon. But with each purchase on Zazzle, you will also be helping support small business owners. Make sure to sign up for "Zazzle Black" for $9.95 per year. This membership offers exclusive discounts and FREE standard shipping on qualifying orders. This way, you can buy as many custom gifts as you want each year without worrying about shipping costs. 

 

My store focuses primarily on using photos I have taken in the designs. If you aren't much of a photographer, but enjoy creating graphics and fun text, Zazzle's easy-to-use design tools help your ideas come to life. Check out the design store "Adore Paper Co" or "Redwood & Vine" for ideas.

 

 

 Happy designing!
 

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases using the link included in this post. All opinions remain my own.

 


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