5 Ways to Stay Sane When Working from Home

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As a Zazzle store owner, sometimes designing and promoting your products can get a bit overwhelming, especially when you’re working from home. With distractions like the fridge and laundry around, it’s not always easy to stay focused. This week we’ve come up with five tips that will help you keep your sanity and stay productive.

1. Set goals

Setting long and short-term goals will keep you motivated and focused on reaching your end vision.  Sometimes it helps to define your high level goals first, and then work backwards to identify the milestones you’ll need to hit on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to reach these goals.

2. Create a daily work schedule

Making a daily work schedule can help you keep your work and personal life balanced. Make a schedule for yourself and write down  how much time you would like to spend on each activity for that day. Do you want to spend 4 hours on designing and 4 hours on building and sharing links? Are there any important site or blog updates that you need to carve out time for? Are there any holidays or current events for which you need to revise your schedule?  Along with planning out your schedule, it’s also helpful to have a set end time for your workday so you don’t run over into your family time.

3.  Have a designated work area

Having a designated work area is key to staying focused. There are plenty of distractions at home like the television and the dishes — and those snacks in the cabinet aren’t going to eat themselves. Therefore, it’s important to have an office or desk that is specifically allocated for your work time. Create an environment that works best for you and take factors like  lighting, space, and distraction levels into consideration.

4.  Take breaks

Taking breaks can help improve your productivity. Breaks let you reflect on what you have done so far for the day and on what tasks you still need to finish. It’s good to get up once an hour and take a five minute break to let your mind and eyes rest. Getting out of the house is a good idea as well; eat lunch in a nearby cafe or go for a walk  around the neighborhood, for example.  It’s important to have these little environmental changes so that your work and home life don’t blend into one, and you can stay on track.

5.  Remember why you work

Remembering what got you started working on Zazzle can help you stay motivated because it reminds you why you do what you do. Are you working to pay bills or is it because you are passionate about what you do? Maybe you are seeking financial freedom, or maybe you are looking to be known and recognized. Perhaps it’s a little bit of everything. Whatever the reason, little positive reminders like post-it notes on your computer or posters on your wall can help you stay inspired and driven during your day.

 

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Pretty Printables

By • 6 months ago with no replies yet

We’re so excited that Kori Clark is now on Zazzle! Kori offers free printables on her blog, which are fun patterns you can print for free. Now these printable patterns are available on Zazzle products in Kori’s Zazzle Store.

Let’s take look at some of these fabulous products:

Keep your favorite technology safe with these cute Orange You Glad and Doxie Pink pattern cases.

Drink some coffee from an adorable Doxie Dash Teal and Yellow mug while writing  down your notes in your Sweet Nothings journal.

Packing for a trip? Grab a Floral Fiesta compact for your purse and an Anchor Pattern luggage tags for your suitcase.

 

 

 

There is much more where these charming products came from – take a look at the whole selection here.

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More Traffic with Polyvore

By • 6 months ago with 4 replies already

Looking for a fresh and unique platform to show off your products? Polyvore is a stylish social shopping site where you can create collections and showcase your favorite products to more than 20 million users around the world.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll give an overview on how to create a Polyvore account, and talk about ways to get greater visibility.

1.) Set up your Polyvore account 

Creating your Polyvore account is easy, just go to http://www.polyvore.com and sign up with your email or Facebook.

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Once you’ve signed up, fill out your profile information by hovering over the  image icon in the right hand corner and clicking on “Settings”. Fill in your name, display name, image, URL (use your Zazzle store URL here), and description. Don’t forget to use keywords in your description, which will make your content more searchable on Polyvore.  You can connect your Polyvore account to your other social media accounts in the “Sharing” tab of the “Settings” section.

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Here is an example of a filled out account  from In Case Zazzle, a Zazzle designer.

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2.) Add Products

An easy way to add products from your favorite online stores, is to download the Polyvore clipper into your browser.

Once the Polyvore clipper is downloaded, you’ll be able to click “Clip to Polyvore” right from your browser to add any product or image from the web to your Polyvore. In the pop up window, you can add a title, tags and price for your Zazzle product. Make sure you double check all of your product information before clicking the “Like” button.

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3.)  Sets, Collections, & Templates

Sets

Sets are collages where you can mix and match products and images from different online stores and websites.

To create a set,  go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Set”.  A window will open up where you can create, edit, save and publish your set.

Set Editor Overview

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A. Functions: Publish, open saved sets and templates, save your set, undo and zoom

B. Functions: Remove, flip/flop (turn your design sideways or upside down), clone (duplicate your design/product), forwards/backwards (choose whether that product/image will be in front or in back of an overlapping product/image)

C. Functions: Choose products and images from your items, collections  or other categories

To start creating, simply drag products from your items, collections or other categories onto your canvas. Once you have all of your items placed the way you want in your set, you can publish your set.

Here are a few examples of sets from In Case Zazzle, a Zazzle designer.

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Collections

Collections allow you to arrange your best sets and items together. Creating a collection is similar to creating a set. To create a collection, go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Collection.” Then, a window will open up where you can create and publish your collection. To start creating, drag the items and sets of your choice to the canvas.

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Here are examples of collections from Pepperberry and Sage, a Zazzle designer.

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Templates

Templates are pre-made patterns you can create, save, and use later to create sets. 

To create a template go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Template.” The template editor will open up, which will allow you to add placeholders in certain areas of the canvas. You can re-size, move, flip, and even name these placeholders. You can also add images (your logo for example) to your template, if  you would like to have a certain template that always contains that particular image.

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Once you publish your template, you can use it to create a set by going to create->set->open->my templates.

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4.)  Likes, Following, Followers

Likes

The Likes section will show all of the items, sets, and collections that you’ve liked either by adding them from other online stores or directly from Polyvore. Likes will show up in the  “my items” section of  your set, collection, and template editors.

Following

The Following section will show all of the Polyvore members you are following.

Followers

The Followers section will show all of the Polyvore members hat are following your account.

Here is an example of where you can find Likes,  Following, Followers and Views in your account from Pepperberry and Sage, a Zazzle designer.

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5.) Groups & Wins

Groups 

Polyvore groups, similar to Pinterest group boards, are groups of Polyvore members that come together to explore similar themes and topics. As a member, you can create a maximum of 5 groups once you have 30 followers. If you choose to create a group, it is suggested to look through the existing groups so you don’t create a group similar to one that already exists.

Here are examples of groups on Polyvore from Isabel Alfarrobinha, a Zazzle Designer.

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Wins

The Wins section of your account shows you all of your placements in the contests that you’ve entered. Find out more on how to enter a contests here.

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Now that you know the ins and outs of how to use Polyvore, give it a shot! Not only can it get you more visibility, but it also lets the public see how your products can be grouped with other products. Plus it’s a fresh and exciting experience – you never know what ideas you’ll get from creating your sets, collections and templates.

Until next time,

Elizabeth P.

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5 Things You May Have Missed in Your Account

By • 7 months ago with no replies yet

There’s a lot more to being a Zazzler besides creating great products. Here are a few tips you might not have known about to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Zazzle account.

1. Spruce up your storefront with custom categories.

If you’re into organization as well as aesthetic, you can give your storefront a boost of both by using and featuring product categories. Once you have your products categorized just how you like them, you can show them off by making your main store page feature an eye-pleasing grid of categories for easy navigation.

Under “My Account“, you can go to your “Store” tab and click on “Content” to pick how you would like to showcase your categories and customize your store’s main page.

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2. Earn even more with your referral ID.

If you’re just starting out with a new Zazzle store, or even if you are a seasoned designer, did you know that you can earn even more as a Zazzler just by spreading the word? By creating a Zazzle account, you automatically receive your very own referral code. You can attach this referral ID number to any Zazzle product link that you would like to share, and earn 15% of any order placed on Zazzle that was referred by you. If you have your own blog or website, you can even add some beautiful Zazzle banners to share the Zazzle love.

Find your Zazzle referral ID and learn more about earning with our Associate program here.

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3. Interact with your customers with the “Send Message” link

Are you a designer looking to build relationships with your Zazzle customers? You can enable a handy link that will allow customers to send you an email, right from your Zazzle store or product page! This is an easy way to answer questions about your designs, or even potentially receive custom design requests for Zazzle products.

Enable the send message link by going to your “Store” tab and taking a look at your “Settings”.

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4. Automatically see your designs on eligible new products by enabling design migration.

We’re always looking to add all kinds of new products for you to design on Zazzle. Some of these product types might even be perfect candidates for designs that are already in use in your store. Should a new product be eligible for design migration, you can enable this choice to see certain designs in your store automatically appear on that new product type. That’s more variety of products in your store, with no extra work on your part!

Enable design migration by going to your “Store” tab, and clicking on “Design Migration”.

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5. Keep a record of your earnings by downloading our .csv file.

Zazzle makes it easy to see all of your sales numbers on your Earnings tab. If you’re looking to get even more out of this data, a great way to get an even closer look at your earnings is to download one of our .csv files. This file will give you a handy snapshot of your sales and earnings information at the time that you download it – a perfect addition to your financial records.

Check out our exportable information and get .csv files of your Earnings History, Royalty History, or Referral History by scrolling to the bottom of each page and clicking on the “Export all entries to CSV” button.

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