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So like a lot of people I was looking for a way to make some extra cash without getting a third job... yes, a third job. The economy is bad, banks are paying out very little, and for some it is even hard to find one job. With that, gas prices are expected to rise even higher this summer.
I had started a website called http://clipartforeducation.com and it still exists, although I haven't added anything new to it in forever. To make new "clipart" I had decided to purchase a pen tablet or graphics pad for my computer. With the tab, like with most accessories, came a little flier for a print on demand company, as they explained you could start a shop and make commission off of your artwork that would be printed on a number of items... So the match was struck and the fire hasn't gone out since.
I started to research print on demand companies with similar offers. There are quite a few and for me it came down to Spreadshirt and Zazzle. There are pros and cons for both, and of course it also depends on the type of artwork you create. Spreadshirt, although they cater to digital like Zazzle, also offers flex and flock shirt printing (the stuff you typically see on kids' sport jerseys - rubbery feel, pressed onto the shirt) which is extremely durable, however you have to be able to create vector graphics and stay within their guidelines as they are cut from a solid piece material using a plot cutter. However this isn't the main reason (although I think it is a great print method) why I prefer Spreadshirt over Zazzle, and yes, I do have shops with both companies.
You can create your own website around their platform with little branding
You can choose either a free or premium account with a designer (will get to that later)
They will send you income tax forms to file at the end of the year if necessary
Flock and flex printing, durable, offers glitter colors and glow in the dark
You can choose for your designs to be in the Marketplace or just your shop
In the Marketplace, other shop owners can promote your designs
You set your commission in dollars, it is not percentage based
They have awesome customer service and a great support forum
Spreadshirt Cons (for the average person):
You need to have a program like Corel Draw ($300-$400) or Adobe Illustrator ($600 to $1300) to make vector graphics for flex and flock printing - there are other programs out there, these seem to be the most popular
Digital printing is limited to certain items if you aren't able to make vector graphics
If you don't know HTML or CSS it may be hard to "customize" your shop and make it stand out among the rest although there is a lot of help in the forum for this
You have to make your products one at a time... this can be grueling
It is free, there is no "premium account" option, all you need is a graphics editor like Adobe Photoshop (a home version will cost around $75-$100) again, other programs are available
You can make a ton of items all at once
They offer products like mugs, skateboards, bumper stickers, shoes, posters, postcards, business cards, greeting cards and so on...
It is great for artists and photographers with the ability to print on posters and canvases
With an account, you can also make an associates commission by posting ads on your website or blog on top of your product commission - Don't want to make commission by designing item? Just create an account and post some banner ads! You don't have to go through associate programs to do this.
Their marketplace is OVER SATURATED with products, you really have to promote your shop and write good descriptions for your items to get noticed and make sales. They also sell "branded" items like for Disney and other companies which makes it hard for your items to get noticed.
You can't 100% customize your shop to your liking, it will always look like a Zazzle shop. EDIT: I was able to integrate my products into my website, however when you go to check out, the url will change to Zazzle's site layout unlike Spreadshirt which maintains the look of your shop.
Commission is percentage based, which means you have to play with it until you get the commission you want and to a price that makes sense and ending in ".95"
Their prices start out higher which makes it hard to keep products priced low and still make a commission
Although these are just some of the pros and cons I have noticed, don't get me wrong there are people who make good money using one or the other. I didn't compare any other companies because my initial research found that these two had the best quality and service.
Although neither is a "get rich quick" scheme, if you have some extra time and are artistic or graphically capable, after a few months or so you can start to see a profit after you consider your monthly internet fees (which most of us pay regardless) and cost for an editing program. Although you may not make $1,000's (however some people do), if done correctly you will be sure to make more than what the banks are paying out in interest.
But the nicest thing about Spreadshirt is their designer.... with a premium account for about $10.00 a month, they will allow you to add a custom design platform to your shop or website where customers can make and upload their own designs. With this, you get a percentage commission with each sale on top of any of your graphics they may have used on the items. If you promote this correctly, this will pay itself off plus a profit for you every month.
Yes, I design graphic t-shirts but I am also allergic to gluten and it can really stink sometimes and I want to share some recipes as I develop them so they are written in a place I won't lose them, and to share with everyone else out there!
Cold Veggie Pizza (Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza)
1 Box Hodgsen Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust (all the ingredients listed on box)
2-3 TBS of Butter / Margarine Melted
1/3 Cup of Sugar (I would think Splenda or artificial sweetner would work as well)
1 8oz. Packet of Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise OR Sour Cream (I use Hellmans Mayo)
2 TBS Minced Onions (optional - for extra flavor)
1 Dry Packet of Ranch or Vegetable Dip (Make Sure it is Gluten Free)
Diced vegetables of your choice (broccoli, carrots, peppers, mushrooms...)
Shredded Cheese of your choice
13" x 9" Cookie Sheet or Two Round Pizza Pans - Generously Greased
First, pre-heat the oven as directed on the Hodgsen Mill GF Pizza Crust box and set the yeast in the hot water (if you are allergic to yeast, you can omit it - I don't think it will make much of a difference from my experience). Beat the eggs, water, melted butter, oil, as directed on box. Add sugar to dry mixture and mix it together, slowly add wet ingredients as directed - the dough should be "bouncy" but sticky.
GENEROUSLY grease a 13" x 9" pan (or equivalent) and plop the blob of dough right in the middle. Cover the whole thing with saran wrap and slowly push the dough ball into the pan until it reaches all of the edges. (If you have the yeast added, once you have it spread out leave it covered with saran wrap as directed on box to rise). Bake as directed on box - NOTE: I did this two ways, the first time I left the dough light colored, but cooked through and it came out fine, the second time I let it bake golden brown and I may not have greased the pan enough (it stuck a little) and it was dryer, but had more flavor - the crust will become slightly dry once you cool it either way.
Fully cool the crust once you have baked it to the desired amount. Mix the cream cheese & mayo (or sour cream) and add the dry ranch or vegetable dip mix to taste (not all packets are the same size - be careful not to add it all if it is a big packet it will come out too strong). I blended it with a mixer so it was smooth. Spread evenly over crust. Dice your veggies and sprinkle them on top along with shredded cheese, use as much or as little as you would like, if you aren't sure, just dice a little and you need more you can always dice up some more (this isn't rocket science at this point). You can immediately serve or chill.
I use Hodgsen Mill GF Pizza Crust because the base flavor is very mild and it was not too dry, crumbly or greasy. Other mixes I have used were too starchy, bitter, or would not hold well. This is great for kids, and honestly the flavor wasn't too different than using the crescent roll crust. ENJOY!
Besides being interested in mythology and other beliefs in general, I recently came across gold pendant that seemed to tell a story... After doing a little research, I found that the story and emblems on the piece represented an Inca Deity, most commonly known as "Viracocha". They believed that Viracocha created the earth, sun, stars, and moon. He even embarked on a journey over the land of Peru to observe the people and how they live. He left them by walking on water over the ocean never to be seen again. He is tied frequently to Lake Titicaca. Although our rendition of him isn't as detailed as most of the ancient artwork created by the Inca, we have tried our best to create a representation of Viracocha that could also be printed in gold on a t-shirt. We hope that it is satisfactory!
Well, after re-designing the site several times, and making some additional changes again today, we decided to put our skateboard shop back on our main site. We have a small selection (so far) of skate decks, many for girls as well as guys. Even though they are printed through Zazzle, we have not heard any bad things about them. They are solid maple and printed with a patent pending process. We couldn't find any complaints out there, but if you have purchased a skate deck from Zazzle, and have a comment about the quality, please post below.
Also, we have published our bumper stickers here as well. As you can see below the "I Brake for Sasquatch" bumper sticker is our best seller and we wanted to promote them a little more.