|Your name or Shopid *|| |
|How long did it take you to become a proseller? *|| |
|What advice can you give to someone who wants to become a proseller? *|
To sum it up in one word.......PATIENCE!! (But I see I must use atleast 30 words so I will keep on ;)....) If you don't have patience you won't get very far. This is still my personal struggle. Some days I have no patience for this but I re-group and keep on keeping on. Offer a variety of designs on a variety of products. The more designs (good designs) you have the better your chance of becoming a "pro". The more products you offer, the better chance of becoming a pro. Don't think of yourself as the buyer. Think of what someone else may want. If you only offer that cute little doggy design on a mug you are missing out. Someone else may want that cute little doggy on a key chain for their daughter. A very important thing- don't be afraid to jack up your prices. Just because YOU wouldn't pay $25 for a t-shirt that features a frog doesn't mean someone else wouldn't. People will pay that much for something they WANT. They may have a family member that collects frog items and your frog t-shirt just may be the one thing they need to complete their collection so they're willing to pay the price.
|How many stores do you have? *|| |
|What benefits do you see for choosing this number of stores? and what do you recommend for others who are just starting out on whether to choose 1 store or multiple stores? *|
I started off with 1 store and now have (I think) 7 or 8. When I first started at Zazzle I made 1 store that offers a variety of design themes. Those sections started getting more and more sales and just grew. I decided it was easier to make more niche stores because it was easier to advertise those. I can now decide which store I want to use as my signature on different forums. If I am on a photography forum I use my photography store. If I want to advertise to my teacher friends I can send them to my school themed store. I find it easier to blog for separate stores. It is tougher trying to keep up with more stores but I have found it easier to advertise in the long run. So I would recommend starting off with store. Once you see what section is going to take off, then I'd open a 2nd store for that niche. I have some sections that I wouldn't even try to make a full store out of. It just wouldn't be worth my time.
|What types of advertising do you do? *|| |
|What types of advertising do you recommend for someone just starting out and why? *|
Word of mouth!! I think I get more sales just by talking to family and friends about what I do. They then pass the word along to their friends, and then them to their friends. I have gottin a lot of bulk orders for our school, youth leagues, and day cares in my hometown because of word of mouth.
|Not talking dollar wise, just volume & frequency of sales do you... (select all that apply, some answer may be contradictory based on seasonal sales) *|| |
|What product in your store are you most proud of or what product in your store is your favorite? Include link to product page and why it is your favorite. *|| |
I am proud of everything in my shop ;) Not that they're all great (some aren't even good) but as long as customers like them and buy, I am proud!!
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