Redbubble is a popular online marketplace that allows artists and designers to sell their original creations on various products, such as t-shirts, stickers, mugs, posters, and more. Redbubble handles the printing, shipping, and customer service for you, so you can focus on creating and selling your art. In this article, we will show you how to sell on Redbubble in 2023, from setting up your account to getting paid for your sales. We will also share some tips for success on Redbubble, such as how to optimize your profile, market to customers, and avoid common mistakes.
Getting Started on Redbubble
Before you can start selling on Redbubble, you need to create a Redbubble account. Here are the steps to do that:
- Go to [Redbubble.com] and click on the Sign Up button at the top right corner of the page.
- Enter your email address and a password, or sign up with Facebook or Google.
- Check your email for a confirmation link and click on it to verify your account.
- Congratulations, you have created your Redbubble account!
Now that you have an account, you need to customize your profile and add your payment details. Here’s how:
Create a Redbubble account
- Log in to your Redbubble account and click on the Account Settings icon at the top right corner of the page.
- Click on the Profile tab and fill in your basic information, such as your name, location, bio, and website. This will help customers get to know you and your brand.
- Click on the Upload Cover Image button and choose a photo that represents you and your style. This will be displayed at the top of your profile page and shop page.
- Click on the Upload Avatar button and choose a photo that shows your face or logo. This will be displayed next to your name and products.
- Click on the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.
Add payment details
- Click on the Payment Details tab and choose your preferred payment method. You can choose between PayPal or bank transfer (depending on your country).
- Enter your payment information, such as your PayPal email or bank account details.
- Click on the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.
Designing and Selling on Redbubble
Now that you have set up your account, you can start uploading your artwork and selling it on Redbubble. Here are the steps to do that:
- Click on the Add New Work button at the top right corner of the page.
- Choose whether you want to upload an image or a text-based design.
- If you choose image, click on the Upload to all products button and select an image file from your computer. Make sure your image meets the [minimum size requirements] for each product type.
- If you choose text, click on the Create a text design button and enter your text in the box. You can also change the font, size, color, alignment, and background of your text.
- After uploading or creating your design, you can adjust how it looks on different products by clicking on each product icon at the bottom of the page. You can also enable or disable products by clicking on the toggle switch next to each product name.
- When you are happy with how your design looks on each product, click on the Save Work button at the top right corner of the page.
Optimizing your Redbubble profile
- After saving your work, you will be taken to a page where you can edit the details of your work, such as title, description, tags, media type, etc. These details are important for helping customers find and buy your products, so make sure they are relevant and accurate.
- You can also edit these details later by clicking on the Edit button next to each work on your profile page or shop page.
- To optimize your profile further, you can also add a banner image, a shop title, a shop description, and social media links by clicking on the Edit Your Shop button at the top of your shop page.
Tips for marketing to Redbubble customers
- To increase your chances of selling on Redbubble, you need to market your products to potential customers. Here are some tips for doing that:
- Use keywords that describe your niche, style, theme, or audience in your titles, descriptions, and tags. For example, if you sell anime-inspired designs, use keywords like anime, manga, otaku, kawaii, etc.
- Use hashtags that are relevant to your niche or trending topics in your descriptions and tags. For example, if you sell Halloween-themed designs, use hashtags like #halloween2023 #spookyseason #trickortreat etc.
- Share your products on social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. You can also use Redbubble’s built-in sharing tools by clicking on the Share button next to each work on your profile page or shop page.
- Join Redbubble groups that are related to your niche or interests. You can find groups by clicking on the Explore tab at the top of the page and then clicking on the Groups subtab. You can also create your own group by clicking on the Create a Group button at the top of the groups page.
- Participate in Redbubble challenges that are relevant to your niche or skills. You can find challenges by clicking on the Explore tab at the top of the page and then clicking on the Challenges subtab. You can also create your own challenge by clicking on the Create a Challenge button at the top of the challenges page.
Getting Paid on Redbubble
After you make a sale on Redbubble, you will receive a payment from Redbubble according to your chosen payment method and cycle. Here are the details of how that works:
Payment cycle and threshold
- Redbubble pays artists once a month, usually around the 15th of each month.
- The payment cycle is based on the calendar month, not the date of sale. For example, if you make a sale on January 31st, you will receive your payment in February, not January.
- The payment threshold is the minimum amount you need to earn before you receive a payment from Redbubble. The payment threshold varies depending on your payment method and currency. For example, if you choose PayPal and USD, the payment threshold is $20. You can check your payment threshold by clicking on the Payment Details tab in your account settings.
- If you do not reach the payment threshold in a given month, your earnings will be rolled over to the next month until you reach the threshold.
- When you make a sale on Redbubble, you will receive an email notification from Redbubble with the details of your sale, such as product type, price, margin, etc.
- The margin is the amount you earn from each sale, which is calculated by subtracting the base price (the cost of printing and shipping) from the retail price (the price you set for your products).
- The retail price is determined by multiplying the base price by a markup percentage that you can set for each product type. You can change your markup percentage by clicking on the Default Pricing Margins button in your account settings.
- The base price is determined by Redbubble and varies depending on the product type, size, color, etc. You can check the base price for each product type by clicking on the Product Pricing button in your account settings.
- After you make a sale, there is a waiting period of up to 15 days before your earnings are added to your account balance. This is to account for possible returns or cancellations by customers.
- After the waiting period is over, your earnings will be added to your account balance and displayed on your dashboard. You can check your dashboard by clicking on the Dashboard tab at the top of the page.
- After your earnings are added to your account balance, they will be paid out to you according to your payment method and cycle.
What to do with your earnings
- Once you receive your payment from Redbubble, you can do whatever you want with it. You can use it to buy more products from Redbubble or other sites, invest it in your business or personal projects, save it for future expenses, donate it to charity, etc.
- However, you should also keep in mind that you may need to pay taxes on your earnings from Redbubble, depending on your country and income level. You should consult a tax professional or accountant for advice on how to report and pay taxes on your Redbubble income.
Tips for Success on Redbubble
Selling on Redbubble can be a fun and rewarding way to make money from your creativity. However, it can also be challenging and competitive, as there are millions of other artists and products on the platform. To stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of success on Redbubble, here are some tips to follow:
- Promoting listings: Besides optimizing your profile and marketing your products, you can also promote your listings on Redbubble using the [Redbubble Promoted Listings] feature. This feature allows you to bid for higher visibility and placement for your products on Redbubble’s search results and homepage. You can set a daily budget and a maximum cost per click for each product that you want to promote. You will only pay when someone clicks on your promoted product and visits your product page.
- Creating collections: Another way to organize and showcase your products on Redbubble is by creating collections. Collections are groups of products that share a common theme, style, or topic. For example, you can create a collection of products that feature cats, flowers, or quotes. You can add up to 60 products per collection, and up to 10 collections per profile. You can also add a title and description for each collection, and share them with your customers and followers.
- Creating evergreen products: One of the keys to success on Redbubble is creating evergreen products that are always in demand and relevant to customers. Evergreen products are products that are not tied to a specific season, event, or trend, but rather appeal to a wide range of customers and occasions. For example, some examples of evergreen products are products that feature animals, nature, humor, inspirational messages, or abstract designs. Evergreen products can help you generate consistent sales and income throughout the year.
- Avoiding mistakes on Redbubble: Lastly, you should also avoid some common mistakes that can hurt your sales and reputation on Redbubble. Some of the mistakes to avoid are:
- Uploading low-quality or stolen artwork: You should always upload high-quality artwork that is original and belongs to you. You should not upload artwork that is blurry, pixelated, distorted, or infringes on someone else’s intellectual property rights. Redbubble has a strict policy against plagiarism and copyright infringement, and may remove or suspend your account if you violate it.
- Ignoring customer feedback: You should always listen to customer feedback and respond to their questions, comments, or complaints in a timely and professional manner. Customer feedback can help you improve your products, service, and reputation on Redbubble. You should also encourage customers to leave reviews and ratings for your products, as they can help boost your visibility and credibility on the platform.
- Neglecting analytics: You should also monitor and analyze your performance data on Redbubble using the [Redbubble Analytics] tool. This tool allows you to track various metrics such as views, favorites, sales, revenue, conversion rate, etc. for each of your products and categories. You can use this data to identify what works well and what needs improvement for your business.
Redbubble is a great platform for artists and designers who want to sell their original creations on various products online. By following the steps and tips in this article, you can start selling on Redbubble in 2023.