Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing with you how I started my online store and how I became successful at selling my products. I first joined Redbubble in 2015 as part of an art class project to create a website for my work. I uploaded some of my photography and didn’t really make a lot of sales. I loved all of the amazing artwork on the website and was highly motivated to make designs that would sell better than my photos.
I tried using Gimp, but I found it too difficult to use. I knew I would need Photoshop but I was a sophomore in high school with no job and no way to pay for an expensive Photoshop subscription, so I put my desire to sell on Redbubble aside.
Flash forward three years to July 2018: My Redbubble shop had less than 100 sales and I saw that I could license the Adobe suite through my school. I was ecstatic! I knew it was time to start selling on Redbubble again. I quickly downloaded the software onto my computer and started designing. I chose to make college designs because I wanted to make designs for my own school that were better and less expensive than the other ones out there. I knew that other people must feel the same way, so I just got started making designs for schools I knew of.
I started making sales almost immediately. Because I used a lot of tags on my uploads and posted my designs on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, people found my work pretty easily. At first, I only made one or two sales a day, now I make an average of eight a day.
It’s definitely not all about the sales though, I’ve gotten to meet a lot of great bloggers, Redbubble artists, and small businesses through my work. I love working with these people because we share the experience of running a small online entity. They understand the struggle of getting lost in the vastness of the internet, Instagram’s changing algorithms, and being a perfectionist when it comes to our work.
I pride myself in responding to every single custom sticker request I receive, either through Instagram DM or BubbleMail. I think that designing stickers is a ton of fun, and making a couple of extra dollars every month because of it is a nice perk. I highly encourage you to check out my shop and request a design for your high school, college, club, or sorority. I love hearing your requests, even if you don’t end up buying anything.
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Disclaimer: This post was originally published on Cleverly Caroline on January 4, 2019.