Three years ago, Julia (GirlyTemplate) would never have imagined that she could have fun designing — and get paid for it. By designing on Zazzle, she can! Though she grew up in a creative family of artists, apart from a few doodles as a child, she focused her professional endeavors in tourism and hotel management. “I didn’t know that life had other plans for me,” explains Julia.
After I graduated, I decided to move to France with my husband. I left my family in Brazil and looked for a job that would allow me to work from home and from anywhere in the world.
I found Zazzle by chance. I saw that I could open a shop and sell my designs — the idea intrigued me. It was so much fun to open my store! I started on Zazzle in July 2011 and it’s been a dream ever since.
It wasn’t without obstacles. Thankfully, I had some basic knowledge with vector images and photo editing. I also had to learn how to describe and tag my products. But as soon as I sold my first product, I was so motivated.
I usually go for pink, damask, glitter, animal prints, pastel colors, polka dots and flowers. I like to mix these elements and create a design where people can incorporate their photo, message or name.
I have a few tips for new sellers — first of all, don’t ever give up! When I opened my store it didn’t take me very long to make one sale or two, but after some time, sales disappeared, and I started to doubt my work and creativity. The most important thing I did was to search for help in the forums. I asked what I could be doing wrong and where I could improve. I got help from many other sellers on Zazzle. They took the time to visit my store and give me a feedback. They told me not to give up — to describe and tag my products well. I remember one person even told me to use more colors in my designs!
My best tip is to look at what is trending in your niche. You will have more chances to sell. Be creative and try to mix your personal style with the latest fashions. Keep posting often on your store and look for new ideas. If you’re stumped for ideas, take some time, read a good book, go for a walk — you’ll get new ideas.
Here are some of my favorite products:
I think that half of the products on my stores are made with flowers designs — modern and vintage flower illustrations.
It’s great when you recognize your products on the internet. I always look for trends on social media and blogs. I was so happy to find that this iPhone case got more than 2000 likes on weheartit.com.
Designing for kids is always fun! I have a little sister and when creating for little girls, I try to think if she would like it or not.
Invitations can take a long time to design, but it’s very rewarding to see when someone has chosen your design to announce their big event.
What girl doesn’t like a bit of glamour? This mix of the well-known “keep calm” designs with the fake glitter look is great for fashion girls. Girls often give these cases to their best friends.
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