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Imagine opening a FREE online store selling products that you don’t have to buy, stock, make or ship yourself. Your investment is just the time and effort involved in setting up the free store and placing designs on selected merchandise. After that, once everything is set up, your store pretty much runs on its own.
I opened my Zazzle store, Pangga Designs in 2016, BUT I’ve only made $50 for that whole year. I know it’s not a huge amount of money, not to mention this is literally earned with me only setting it up and working on it for just 10 hours (or less) in total for the first year. Could I make more if I worked more? OF COURSE!
I recently started working on my Zazzle store again in March 2018 and that’s when I found Elke Clarke on her blog. She has made over $100,000 USD every year for the past 6 years from her Zazzle earnings. I read her blog where she shared a lot of tips, took The 7 Days to Success Course and I decided to just give Zazzle another chance. And, I’m SOOOOO happy I did.
It’s a print-on-demand website where you can buy customized products and merchandise- like mugs, pillows, shirts, invitations, phone cases, stickers, blankets and a MORE! Custom or personalized items are the top selling items on Zazzle. That’s mainly because a lot of Zazzle buyers purchase gifts for their family or friends.
Basically, it’s an online marketplace that allows designers (like me) to create designs and sell it on Zazzle’s products. When someone buys those products, the designer makes a small commission or royalties from it and Zazzle takes care of the rest (printing, shipping, customer service, et al).
For example, I created a mug with a design I have made and posted it up for sale. Let’s say the selling price is $15 and I have set it at a 10% royalty rate – that means I earn about $1.50 for every mug sold.
And the great thing about it, is that it’s TOTALLY FREE of charge to start creating your store! You can even start setting it up now. YEY!
5 Steps to Opening a Designer Store on Zazzle - Tutorial - YouTube
What I’ve Earned On Zazzle So Far.
For the first 2 years since I’ve started in January 2016, I have made only $120 USD or roughly PHP 6,000 for the first 2 years.
This was before I took The 7 Days to Success Course. I loved the course. It was an easy to understand step-by-step course. Great for beginners! I learned the basics of setting things up in my store properly. But most importantly, I was getting a lot more sales in my store within the first month after completing the course.
For the first 3 months of the 7 Days to Success Course, I’ve made at least $100-$200 or (PHP5,000-PHP10,000) a month on average.
Take note, Zazzle is not a get rich quick scheme.
How Often Do I Spend Time on Zazzle.
Currently, I’m working around 10 hours a week on my Zazzle store (depending on how fast my internet connection is) and most of it is spent making new items on my store.
What Do You Need to Set Up a Store on Zazzle.
Laptop or Computer, Internet connection, email account, a Paypal account, your time and effort too.
Want to Sell on Zazzle? Here’s My Best Advice For You.
Learn from a top Zazzle earner. Elke Clarke‘s blog has a lot of helpful tips on how to set up and manage your Zazzle store. Get started by downloading a copy of Elke Clarke’s FREE E-book! 10 Insider Tips on How to Make Money on Zazzle. Great tips from a Diamond Level ProDesigner. Elke has helped coach and mentor people privately to set up successful Zazzle stores. Her daughter, Jennifer, is actually one of her success stories. She is now a Gold Level ProDesigner, living her dream life on the beautiful island of Mallorca in Spain, supporting herself with her Zazzle earnings.
Create a Lot of Products. In order to sell products on Zazzle, you need to start putting up items when you can. Try to get to 100 items in your shop and try to do it within the first 1-2 months of your shop opening.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know how to design. To be honest, I don’t consider myself an artist or a designer when I first started. Instead, I worked with the different free fonts available on the Zazzle design platform to create text designs (like the Pizza Princess Shirt) and with public domain and commercial free images and graphics or images that are okay for commercial use.
It’s a combination of 2 online video courses and the vital mentoring program you need to tap into 10 years of Elke Clarke’s knowledge of Zazzle about what works and does not work to be successful. This way you don’t have to waste time learning from scratch.
You can also sign up for The 5 Step Profit Plan – Self Study Program but that does not give you access to Elke’s valuable mentoring program and the amazing private Facebook community, which I have found to be the key to my own success.
You can also read about the success of one of her students on this blog post: Brandon’s 100k Success Story. Brandon, on his own, earned $2500 in royalties over 5 years. A year ago, he became a member of The 5 Step Profit Plan VIP Mentoring Program. He got the help he needed to increase his earnings, learned how to sell on Zazzle effectively and things really turned around for him. In 13 months, since starting the program, Brandon has sold over $100,000 worth of Zazzle products.
1. The 5 Step Profit Plan – Self Study Program gives you access to The 7 Days to Success Course and The 30 Day Profit Plan Course .
2. The 5 Step Profit Plan – VIP Mentoring Program give you access to The 7 Days to Success Course and The 30 Day Profit Plan Course, plus the all important mentoring (one year membership commitment)
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ELKE CLARKE’S 5 STEP PROFIT PLAN
In 10 months, since starting the program,
I have sold over $40,000 worth of Zazzle products!
This coming March 18 marks my 1st year anniversary of taking the first step of taking the 7 Days to Success Course and my 10th month anniversary with the THE 5 STEP PROFIT PLAN – VIP MENTORING PROGRAM. And it’s been quite a journey for me!!!
As I am a full time entrepreneur working on my business (the usual brick and mortar kind), at first I found it difficult to make time to follow the video courses and keep track with the mentoring sessions. But as Elke would say, “There is no behind on this course.” So with that in mind, I just worked at my own pace slowly and working smart when following the steps she outlined her students to do.
Slowly and surely, it has paid off.
In 10 months, since starting the program, I have sold over $40,000 worth of Zazzle products, which translates me having earned at least $4,000 or about PHP 200,000 online. And, I can attest that both the online video courses AND mentoring program were both vital to my success.
So anyways, for many people, making money online would be an absolute dream come true – and making money online with Zazzle is just one of them. If you have time, a passion or at least some creative skill, this may be one of your possible online income streams given enough time. I hope you learned a few things from this post and I also hope that it gives you the motivation to go out there, create your products, and succeed! Happy Selling!
EARNINGS DISCLAIMER: THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE SAME, MORE OR LESS THAN ELKE CLARKE, JEN CLARKE OR ANY OF THE COURSE MEMBERS WHO’S TESTIMONIALS ARE SHOWN ON THE WEBSITE OR IN ANY MATERIAL FROM CLARKE COURSES INC. ZAZZLE IS NOT A GET RICH QUICK SCHEME. IT TAKES HARD WORK AND YOUR EARNINGS WILL DEPEND ON YOUR EFFORTS, AS WELL AS UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, YOUR SKILLS, ABILITY TO DO THE WORK, ZAZZLE WEBSITE CHANGES, ZAZZLE’S PRODUCT AVAILABILITY AND CUSTOMER BEHAVIOR.
I’ve noticed nowadays that financial advisors are scrambling to find ways to serve millennials. This group is defined as those between ages 15 to 34 and born between 1980 and 1999. (Yes, I am part of this millennial generation.) Like all generations, millennials have unique qualities, quirks and preferences when it comes to dealing with (money and) financial advisors.
Here are a few thoughts.
“If the ‘financial advisor’ is trying to sell me products which are too expensive and not right for me, I don’t trust them.”
#1 Solutions, Not Sales.
One of the most important things financial advisors need to know about millennials is that we don’t what to be sold to. Finding solutions is what’s important to us. This means that financial advisors MUST be good at identifying our goals (or problems) and how they can offer a solution to reach those goals (or problems.). We want someone we can trust, who delivers value and who gives a genuine personal attention. We want a genuine personal attention. Be helpful. Focus more on getting to know us including asking questions about our goals, concerns and habits. Working with us involves building trust and establishing a relationship. Personally, I am willing to spend my money on a (financial) product that a financial advisor offers as long as that addresses my goals and concerns.
#2 We Need Financial Advice.
Second, while there are millennials that don’t have high income, they still very much want financial advice about how to prepare for their futures. We want someone to call or text for advice when we come to decision points like: getting our financial lives in order, starting to invest, and when we have a major financial event such as buying a home, getting married or starting a family. Gaining our trust and loyalty (as early as now) can potentially start a relationship that will last into retirement and estate planning.
#3 We Seek Freedom.
Third, we treat money as a tool to attain life experiences. We aren’t thinking about retirement the same way our parents did. Most millennials want to save for and have a lot of mini-retirements. Put simply, millennials seek FREEDOM, be it financial or the ability to pursue their passions. Financial planning is about a lot more than just money. We all have our own unique goals and money is just a tool to help us accomplish them.
#4 Everyone is different.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that while our generation shares many similarities, we all want to be treated as individuals. It’s no longer safe to assume that working-age adults are only interested in retirement and investments. Financial planning for millennials can include: debt management (eg credit card debt), saving for travel, buying a home, budgeting for a wedding, budgeting for starting a family, or starting an education fund for a child. Everyone is different and requires a different approach.
YES, working with millennials offers both challenges and opportunities.
My advice to you: Millennials are SMART and AMBITIOUS. Most of us have the capacity to make great decisions; we just need a little nudging or some solid advice from the right people. Be a well-educated financial advisor. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU; MILLENNIALS (like me) NEED YOU. The financial planning industry needs to take on the unique needs of (us) young people seriously, because in the coming years and decades, we will become you BEST Clients.
If you are reading this, you (or your family or friends) have probably encountered a pushy financial advisor – you feel that it’s a waste of time and it’s never fun. They keep saying, “You need this NOW. Time is running out. You’ll save more if you buy it now, etc…” Many advisors sell commission-based products for a company, so of course they are “pushing” their product on you.
While this might not be the case for all financial advisors, I’m sure there are reasons (like the ones listed below) why you may not want to talk with a financial advisor. Before you go off trying to ignore financial advisors, let me show you why you would be much better financially if you didn’t.
“I’M NOT RICH. ONLY RICH PEOPLE NEED A FINANCIAL ADVISOR.”
It is a myth that only those with a lot of money can benefit from working with a financial advisor. There are so many things an advisor can help a middle-income family or young professional with. Do you have the correct insurance and estate planning documents in place? Are you confident in the investments you chose will help you in reaching your dreams or goals? The list goes on and on.
You may have recently graduated from college and just started a job, but it’s still helpful to get some general feedback and have a relationship with an advisor early on. You can ask them very basic financial advice – budgets, a simple financial plan, advice about a basic investment portfolio and where to get it. That way, when you come to a decision, like getting your financial life in order, starting to invest or when you have a major financial event such a changing jobs, getting a promotion or having a baby, you will have someone to talk to.
“RETIREMENT IS SO FAR AWAY; I CAN FIGURE IT ALL OUT LATER.”
Just because you don’t want to deal with it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. It’s like saying “My health is fine for now, so I don’t have to worry about eating healthy until I have a heart attack.” It might not be fun to take a real look at your finances and plan ahead, but it is very important to do so you won’t regret it later on. The earlier you start, the better (and easier) it will be.
“I’M EMBARRASSED TO HAVE A STRANGER KNOW HOW I MANAGE MY MONEY.”
You will reach a point in life where you decide you could use professional help with your money, insurance and/or investments. Without talking about money, it would be hard to realize that you need to improve your financial situation. I understand that you may feel ashamed about your financial mistakes, or you may feel that you aren’t doing as well as others. But, try to keep in mind that it doesn’t really matter how you got in this financial mess – all that matters is that you acknowledge it needs fixing.
“AFTER THEY SELL ME A PRODUCT, I’M WORRIED I’LL NEVER HEAR FROM MY ADVISOR AGAIN.”
Whatever the case, it’s important to find an advisor that will keep up to date with your financial situation, hold you accountable to take appropriate actions, and provide the support and knowledge you deserve, not just upfront, but throughout your entire life. Work with a financial advisor who can not only support you, but also someone who has a holistic view of you and your goals.
“I DON’T TRUST A FINANCIAL ADVISOR WILL HAVE MY BEST INTERESTS IN MIND.”
Well, I hate to say it, but sometimes you shouldn’t. Financial advisors that make money off of commissions may not have your best interests in mind, even if they don’t realize it. Assess whether they share the same values as you. A good financial advisor will do what it takes to help make you more successful and this includes not only helping you with decisions, but also pointing you in the right direction.
So (okay), going back to the pushy financial advisors, how should you deal with them when you don’t want to buy from them for now? Here’s an idea…
Stay polite and maintain good manners – though being polite doesn’t mean being a pushover. You can be firm in saying no while maintaining your manners. Never say anything you wouldn’t say to someone you know personally. Don’t assume that all salespeople are pushy and aggressive. Most of them are decent people who have to earn a living just like the rest of us. You can say something like: “Thank you for thinking of me for this opportunity. I wish I am in a position to take advantage of it. However, I don’t think I am ready to commit to that yet.” Or something along that thought.
All in all, I firmly believe that we (Millennials) could benefit greatly from talking with a financial advisor especially when most of us are still trying to figure out the best way to make enough money and save enough money to live life in our own terms.