Redbubble is a POD or Print on Demand website that allows artists to share their creations with the world by putting them on products for sale to customers around the globe. The artist only needs to make their artworks and upload them to the site. Redbubble takes care of creating, selling and shipping the products from tshirts to coffee mugs to stickers to wall art.
How to get started selling on Redbubble? Assuming you are a visual artist of some kind you already have the artworks. So the first step is setting up your account with Redbubble and uploading your art onto their products. I’ll walk you through all the steps to getting started on this POD platform and give you some tips for how to be successful on Redbubble. Read on!
Sign up for a Redbubble account here. You’ll choose a username for your shop and add your email address as the point of contact. Add your real first and last name as contact details so that you can be paid. However, your username does not have to be your legal name – this will be the display name for your shop and your login to the site. The username is limited to 14 characters so keep that in mind.
On the profile page you can enter a short bio about you and your work so that people viewing your profile will know what you’re all about. You can add a longer bio in the section called “Public Profile”. Feel free to add link to your website or social media accounts here.
Decide if you want watermarks on your images and if you want to keep people from downloading your images by clicking on them. Note that this setting can also override apps like Pinterest from accessing the images.
After you set up your profile and bio you can add a cover image and avatar. Cover images must be 2400px wide by 600px high and in JPEG or PNG format. Your avatar is like your Instagram profile pic, it’s small and round and appears all over the site when your artworks are displayed.
Go to your profile page and add a cover image, and you can also upload samples of artwork that you’ve completed on the left side of the page. This lets visitors to your profile know more about your style.
Check out the cool profile with a cover image by this Redbubble artist.
Redbubble lets you set your commission amounts for each item or you can leave them at the standard 20% markup amounts. Do this in the “Account Details” section under “Product Pricing”. You can opt to be paid by Paypal or ACH into your bank account.
Do you already have digital files of your artwork? Then you are ready to upload to Redbubble and get your art on their products!
While preparing your art to be uploaded, take a look at the Redbubble minimum size requirements and dimensions for files here in the Help Center. You can upload JPGs and PNGs. Transparent PNGs are great for some products like tshirts or stickers if you don’t want a background behind your work.
If you are really lucky, you’ll upload some pieces to Redbubble and make a quick sale. But most people aren’t that lucky and need to put in a bit more effort to make money with Redbubble and other POD shops. Here are some tips and tricks to a successful Redbubble shop and how to get found on Redbubble.
Check out this awesome Skillshare class by artist Cat Coquillette. She goes through the basics and insider details for selling on Print-On-Demand websites. She’s a super successful print-on-demand seller so she has great advice. Click here to check it out and get 2 months of Skillshare free too!
I’ve been a seller on Redbubble for several years now and I have found it a fun learning process. I made a few sales in my first month and thought it would be really easy to make a good side income on POD sites.
I found out that sadly it was not as easy as it first seemed. I was lucky to be featured on the front page and that’s what led to the first sales. But after the initial purchases I didn’t have another one for several months. I kept adding artwork but didn’t see much action.
Later I started paying more attention to sharing my designs on social media and regularly uploading lots of new art. I saw an increase in sales from my efforts. Some items are very low in price – like stickers – and I sold a higher quantity of them but the commission amount is quite low.
It also helps to notice what is selling on Redbubble, both by you and other artists. I noticed certain themes like bird illustrations sold better for me than other work. What are the current trends? What type or work or products is Redbubble promoting? Can you change the color of your artwork to appeal to more people? Check out the Redbubble success stories by looking at popular products and checking out the Redbubble blog.
All in all, I think it is possible to make a good income on sites like Redbubble if you are a prolific and dedicated artist. I would recommend building your Redbubble portfolio while you are making income in other ways. And add your art to other POD sites as well such as Zazzle, Society 6, Spoonflower, Threadless and others.
I hope this article helps get you excited to start selling on Redbubble. Good luck with your shop!
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