Being creative actually is not enough to feed yourself, aside for being creative you also have manage your creativity so it can be useful when it’s time to make some money. For you aspiring artists out there who currently seeking a way to make money, in this article we will introduce you to two of custom goods platforms. They are Redbubble and Teespring.
In this article we will give you information about:
– What is Redbubble and Teespring
– What Redbubble and Teespring can offer to you
– Redbubble vs Teespring
Redbubble according to wikipedia, is Australian origin global online marketplace for print and demand goods, which based on their user submitted arts. The company was found back then in 2006 in Melbourne Australia, but they also maintains an office in San Francisco. The company was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in May 2016. Redbubble was originally written as RedBubble and allows the users to sell their artworks as decoration printed on various items.
Different from some other company Redbubble offers free membership for artists who maintain the copyrights of their works, they able to regulate and setting their own prices and which products they want to be the display of their images. The company was built by Martin Hosking, Peter Styles and Paul Vanzella after raising $2 million in investor capital. It was reported that in March 2014 they have 51.900 artists that successfully sold their creations on Redbubble and generate more than $15 million (AU).
To make it simple here is how redbubble works. First, you have to register yourself on the website. After you created your profile, you can start to upload your artworks. There is an uploader tool in the web for you to upload your arts. You have to give name and some description to your artworks, you also able to do some basic editing before the final design. Redbubble set different base price for different products. Your retail price is the base price added with the markup you desired.
You also have to remember about promoting your products, the easiest way is by using social media as your marketing place. It is recommended for you to be actively work onsite and offsite. Some platform you can use are Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. In those platforms you might find some inspiring artists that you can learn from.
Teespring is a platform, which activity is selling custom apparel. Walker Williams and Evan Stites founded the company back in 2011 in Rhode Island. The intention on why they built the company is to simplify the process of selling custom T-shirts. However now Teespring not only offer T-shirts but also various of other goods such as, many type of apparel, home décor, socks, phone cases, accessories, and mugs.
Teespring offers a service where the artists can promote their products in order to sell them. The artists can upload their designs or artworks into the page and choose the color or any type of shirt or goods they want to sell. Aside from uploading the design, they also can make simple design using tool that was provided by Teespring on their website. After creating the design, they have to set the selling price. Teespring have different price for each goods and materials.
Let us use T-shirt for an example, the base price for a T-shirt is $10 and after you put your design into it, you want to sell it for $25, the $15 gap is your profit. Teespring required their user to set a sales goals, the minimum sales goal is usually 3 for regular design but for higher resolution design, you can unlock the minimum 1 sales goal.
After setting your goal, you have to remember that you need to promote them. You have to make your products being known by many people and among them there are your prospective buyer. Teespring allow you to be creative with your ads. You can use any platform you want. Many people are using social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In this stage you will know how your marketing knowledge is being useful or not. It is recommended to use an eyes catching or attention catching ads so your products will be remember by people, of course we means in a positive way.
When choosing between both of Redbubble and Teespring, it might be hard to choose, since both of them is equally good. But they also have some differences. The main difference is the sales goal, Teespring will required you to set a sales goal, while Redbubble does not. Teespring uses the sales goal to estimate the base cost, the higher the goals the lower the base cost.
Redbubble vs Teespring
|- Doesn’t require sales goal||- Required a sales goal|
|- Doesn’t have their own fonts in their homepage||- Have their own fonts at their homepage|
|- Based in Australia||- Based in the U.S.|
|- The base cost is the same||- The higher your sales goal, the cheaper the base cost|
Other difference is the Teespring provide many fonts design on their website, this feature does not exist in Redbubble. Other difference might be related to their popularity, we know that both of them is really famous. According to Alexa ranking, the truth is Redbubble is more famous than Teespring. Based on that we recommend you to try Redbubble if you are still new to this custom goods world.