If you've ever wanted to design your own graphics to sell on T-shirts, mugs, etc., you'll be excited about today's review on Spreadshop.
What Is Spreadshop?
In case you weren't aware, Spreadshop is the back-end for Spreadshirt, an online marketplace for print-on-demand custom merchandise.
It's similar in a lot of ways to Cafe Press in the sense that independent graphics artists can post their creations for sale on the platform as custom logos. The primary product is t-shirts, but you can put your designs on all sorts of other items, including mugs, hats, aprons, and bags.
Spreadshop handles all the hard stuff – payment processing, printing, and shipping. They also supply the merchandise. All you have to do is come up with interesting ideas for images and upload them.
How Do You Make Money On Spreadshop?
Most Spreadshirt designers who are serious about making money take the time to set up their own custom shop with personalized branding, and that's where Spreadshop comes in.
It's the online interface for Spreadshirt sellers, and it's equipped with all sorts of tools to make the process of running your graphic design business easier.
The goal to make money on Spreadshop is to bring customers to your storefront and entice them to browse through your designs.
If you have enough high-quality pieces of art and an interesting style, you can get return business from people who like your aesthetic!
Over time, you might be able to build a strong customer-base and get repeat sales.
Getting Set Up with Spreadshop
It's fairly simple to start your shop. Just register and begin uploading your designs.
From what I've read, the shops don't actually require very much setup, but you can do a whole lot of customization to make your storefront feel unique, and you'll probably want to spend some time on that before you start promoting.
What If You Don't Know How to Design?
Spreadshop and sites like it generally have really user-friendly tools that even novice designers can use to make things that look good and professional.
But if you REALLY don't want to do your own designs or doubt your ability to do so, you can always go to Fiverr and get someone to do a design you have in mind for you for $5. That's probably going to be your cheapest route for getting something that looks good that you could upload and start selling.
How Much Money Do You Make on Spreadshop?
Spreadshop pays a 20-percent commission for every item sold, plus you can earn bonuses if you bring in a lot of business.
There's also an option to add a “Design Price” of up to $20 on top of the basic item cost, and all that money goes directly to you.
When Does Spreadshop Pay You For Sales?
Spreadshop pays out every month for the previous month's sales.
How Does Spreadshop Pay?
Payments are delivered via Paypal or direct bank deposit. You'll have to meet a minimum threshold of $10 in profits to trigger a payout.
What Skills Will Help Me Succeed as a Spreadshop Graphic Designer?
Obviously you'll need some artistic talent and a good imagination. People who can come up with unique ideas for designs that appeal to customers are the most likely to succeed.
Also, most Spreadshop designers use vector graphics, so strong technical skills with tools like Canva or Photoshop are a great asset.
But again, if you don't feel comfortable learning graphic design, you can go to a site like Fiverr and pay someone to create your design.
How to Promote Your Spreadshop Items
Spreadshop has some built in tools to help in marketing your work, including a custom keyword tagging system that helps users find your items when they search.
You'll want to make sure you learn everything you need to know about setting up your tags properly and study the marketplace to see what's selling so you can cater your designs to customer interests.
Where Can You Promote Your Spreadshop Items?
There are also quite a few online communities, including forums and Facebook groups, centered around the business of selling your artwork on sites like Spreadshop and Cafe Press.
Spreadshop Marketing Tips For Selling Even More
We recommend poking around forums, Facebook groups, or even Reddit to find people who are already making money on Spreadshop. Pay close attention to what they've said about marketing and promotion.
One thing that usually helps with businesses like this is producing a large volume of work. Remember, the marketplace is huge, and one design is like a needle in a haystack – it just gets lost in all the noise.
The more designs you have, the more likely you're going to get soon and see sales.
To get the necessary visibility, you'll probably have to generate a lot of ideas and create new designs quickly. This will have the added benefit of increasing the variety of products on offer in your shop, which means customers will spend more time there and are more likely to find something they like.
Spreadshop Reviews From Sellers
I looked over several web-forums to see what professional graphic designers think of Spreadshop, and almost all the opinions I found were extremely positive.
People seem to love the customization options and the analytics. The shirts, from a construction standpoint, are high quality — apparently much better than what you get from a lot of similar services.
The commissions are above average, items are delivered quickly, and Spreadshop pays on a reliable schedule. I saw quite a few successful graphics designers who said Spreadshop was one of their favorite marketplaces.
Getting Started With Spreadshop
If you have some artistic talent and want to give Spreadshop a try, go here to get more information and start setting up your seller account.
BONUS – Want to Sell a Digital Product Instead?
If you are interested in online sales but don't think the T-shirt business is for you, you may want to consider selling digital products instead.
There are lots of digital products you can sell and you may be thinking e-books and e-courses. Those are great, but they take a great deal of time to put together.
Digital printables are another idea for you! They can be made quickly, and you don't have to have any graphic design experience. Plus, people snatch them up like crazy on sites like Etsy.
Also, there's never any shipping. The people who purchase them will just get a downloadable file to their email, and you get paid. These digital printables can sell over and over once they are made!
For more info, you can sign up for this FREE online workshop hosted by my friend Julie of Gold City Ventures. She made $10,000 in her first year of selling printables on the side.
Anna Thurman is a work at home blogger and mom of two. She has been researching and reviewing remote jobs for over 13 years. Her findings are published weekly here at Real Ways to Earn.