Once upon a time I had an Etsy store and I even made some sales. I sold one of my bags to someone in Paris, I felt very chic. Ultimately, I was traveling so much that trying to keep an eye on the store to ship products sold was just too stressful. I shut it down.
Which is why I love the idea that there are sites that allow you to design stuff and then the site takes care of the heavy lifting. Profit from being creative and sell your art without doing everything? Yes, please, my lazy self loves that idea.
By using one of these online art marketplaces, you’re not only saving yourself time and headaches, but you’re not wasting resources either. As many of these marketplaces print on demand, meaning only once a customer orders your product do they create it. As an independent artists, it prevents you having to source inventory ahead of time.
Here are 7 sites where you can profit from your creativity by selling your art.
Redbubble allows you to upload your designs and choose from a variety of products (70+), from t-shirts to coffee mugs you would like your original artwork to be sold on. If you prefer more traditional items you can also choose art prints and canvas prints.
You also get to set the price to determine your margin for profit.
You don’t make as much as you would on Etsy, but you also aren’t out the costs of the products and don’t have to worry about shipping stuff. Bonus? Redbubble also deals with customer service issues.
2. Amazon Merch
Merch by Amazon is super user friendly, it allows you to sell your designs on t-shirts. You simply upload your designs, the few I’ve tried I’ve made in Canva . Then you decide the cost of the shirt to determine your margin. Since so many people shop on Amazon it’s a great place to sell your designs.
Even though they started with only the ability to sell your designs on t-shirts, it is Amazon, they’ve now expanded to phone cases, throw pillows, and tote bags too. I wouldn’t be surprised if they expanded to other products in the future.
3. Tee Spring
TeeSpring is another site that started out with you selling your designs just on t-shirts, however they expanded to allow you to sell your designs on other products as well. Currently they offer 50+ print on demand products. Most of them apparel of some sort. Some of the other available products include tote bags and mugs.
TeeSpring stands apart for it’s ability to control your store a bit more, like being able to create promo codes, integrating with Google Analytics, and messaging buyers.
To get started designing you first need to set up an account. Then you start by selecting the type of product you’d like to design. You upload your design, make a few other decisions and you are on your way to selling your designs.
CafePress allows you to use your images, either photos or ones you’ve created and just like many of the other sites on this list, sell them on a range of products (250+) .
There are no upfront fees, though cafe-press does take a fee. They can either take it out of your royalties or pay a flat fee monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.
You can also choose if you want to just host your personal store on the site or submit your products to the CafePress marketplace. If you tag your products to be included in the marketplace you’ll earn a 5% commission on those sales.
After becoming a verified member of the site you can sell your artwork as products and prints.
Generally speaking you earn 10% of all sales. The exceptions being art prints, canvas prints, and framed prints where you can set your own markup – allowing you to earn more.
Society6 Stands out in that they don’t take any fees and you don’t have to pay a monthly fee. The commissions you earn (10% in most cases) is what you keep.
Zazzle sort of provides a middle ground between Etsy and the other sites listed in this article. You can sell your art by uploading your designs and selling on products they produce.
Or you can sell your own products where you deal with the inventory similar to Etsy. Similar to Design By Humans you do have your own store, then when designing you set your own margins.
Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top
While Etsy may be the most well known online marketplace, it is far from your only options if you are interested in making extra money as an artist.
Art lovers, know theses sites feature artists like you so you’re more likely to find your ideal customer there. So pick a platform, each trusted by thousands of artists. Start marketing your work and make that money selling your art online!