Friday, September 9, 2011

The Democrat Lady

Store Name

The Democrat Lady
How has zazzle changed your life? *

Zazzle gives me hope.

Sounds dramatic, but not really. I have back and neck injuries which mean I cannot hold a regular 9 to 5 job. I must rest periodically throughout the day. I have bone spurs, tendonitis and carpal tunnal and several other pain-in-the-you-know-where issues. No employer will have me. But other than that I am healthy. Too healthy to just sit around and vegetate.

Zazzle gives me a way to earn money. I did not have to spend a dime to get started. I must be self-employed, and I had no money to start a business. So, this got me started. And as long as there is a Zazzle out there, I have some hope for my future.

Zazzle is a... *
  • Hobby
  • Full Time Job
  • Addiction
What advice would you share with a friend or family member if they wanted to join zazzle? *

1) DO IT


That said, there are some things you need to learn about being successful. Soooooooooo, go to the forums and read as much as you can about everything. Especially learn about:

anything to do with images (making them, copyright, etc)
SEO (search engine optimization)
tagging (this has nothing to do with spray paint)

Now, using the info you learned about images, create about 200 designs in several catagories that keep whatever theme you have chosen for your shop. Then build a shop using the information you have about tagging and SEO.

Next, join Facebook, Twitter, Squidoo and get a blog. Learn how to use them to promote your shop(s).

Also, learn about ergonomics and making sure you know how to sit properly, etc. at a computer. You are going to spend a lot of time at a PC. Be careful it does not damage your health. So, and this is VERY important for people who use a PC a lot, EXERCISE DAILY. Stretch! Strengthen! And you will be healthy enough to work hard, enjoy yourself and rake in some cash.

And on the 7th day, rest.

Now start the process all over again, adding designs every day, if you can. The 200 you made was just for starters. you won't see any real money until you have about 1000. But do NOT wait until you have 1000.

What other PODs do you use? *
  • Zazzle
  • Cafepress
  • Spreadshirt
  • Printfection
What do you do when you are not zazzling? *

I am limited in my activities because of previously mentioned health issues. I USED to enjoy cooking, embroidery, sewing, reading and going to the movies.

Reading is difficult because I holding a book for too long hurts. Sewing and embroidery are pretty much a memory. I can still cook a little, but the days of making gourmet meals for six are long gone.

I still watch movies. Mostly at home because I can't walk around a movie theater while the movie is playing, know what I mean?

Anyway, it is always difficult for me to answer a question like this because there was the "before" me and now there is the "after" me. The "before" me could do a lot more stuff than the "after" me. And the "after" me seems kind of boring compared to the "before" me.

How many stores do you have on zazzle? *
Which do you prefer and why? 1 Mega Store or Several Niche Stores *
I have several niche stores, so I guess that is my preference.

I am both a politcal and a religious person. And I am a Democrat. Our founding fathers separated church and state for a reason. And I separate my shops. I can't keep up with the email if I do not.

I also have a shop for designs I have created using flags of different countries. There are hundreds of countries in this world. The shop becomes too large and cumbersome if I add designs from other themes.
I usually work... *
  • On my desktop at my desk
A List of your stores *

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