Seller psychology – why you ARE good enough!

Just an observation that people new to POD and passive income tend to think they aren’t good enough. This video isn’t intended as motivational platitude – if you’re reading this then I’m talking to you: you are good enough! Well, maybe not you Steve, but everyone else.

Unless you’re totally lacking the ability to think critically and take on board the information I’ve already provided then I’m confident you’ll be able to make sales. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing your original ideas as not good enough just because they haven’t been validated yet. It could be exactly what the market wants.

How to report art theft on Redbubble, Merch by Amazon, and Etsy

You can report people that steal your stuff on Redbubble, Etsy, and Merch by Amazon, but should you? My (possibly controversial) opinion on the matter and useful links below.

### Redbubble
Policy: https://help.redbubble.com/hc/articles/201579195
Designated Agent for complaints can be reached at: dmca@redbubble.com

### Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/legal/ip/report

### Merch by Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/report/infringement

Redbubble review – 3 months of passive income

A quick update on my RB situation over the past 3 months, explaining why I think my earnings have increased/decreased. More useful content that can actually be applied will be coming very soon.

 

Is Redbubble too competitive?

Discussing the amount of competition on Redbubble and whether it’s possible to makes sales in what appears to be a crowded marketplace.

SPOILER: It’s less competitive than you might think, but watch the video to find out why.

Designing Without Design Skills

New video about how to make passive income on Redbubble or Merch by Amazon using Canva – no design skills required.

I uploaded this last night with 197 subscribers. Checked again this evening to see if I’d got 200 yet so I could celebrate, and I was already up to 213!

I’m very pleased read all the positive comments on YouTube from people who show gratitude for my videos and find them helpful. I’m not someone who would have imagined becoming a YouTuber, let alone having 200+ subs, so it’s a nice feeling! Getting 1000 subs might be an easier goal than I imagined.

7th Jan 2018 – First YouTube video
3rd Feb 2018 – 100 subscribers
2nd Mar 2018 – 200 subscribers

I’ve got a feeling that YouTube will be much like passive income with the snowball effect. All previous work being cumulative and the ability to obtain more subscribers (or money in the case of passive income) becomes a lot easier.

Hoping to have time to write my first month of Etsy report tomorrow – it’s going to be an interesting one!

Amazon Merch – 1 Month Review – Passive Income

Today is 28th February 2018 – the last day of the month, which means it’s time to write a report about my first month on Merch by Amazon 🙂 you can read about my first 2 weeks and first sale here, in case you missed it.

1 month Merch by Amazon progress report:

  • 10/10 possible designs uploaded
  • 25 sales which equates to $124.30 profit (£90.12)
  • 7 designs have failed to sell at all (at time of writing)

As you can see from the screenshot above, most of my sales came from one design, so a priority for the coming month(s) will certainly be diversifying my income through new uploads.

I’ve been using MerchInformer to find out what is selling on Amazon. There’s a 3 day free trial which allows you to see what’s selling quickly, shows you a list of best sellers for specific days, keyword finder, optimisation, product search, etc.

I did the free trial and cancelled, but I felt blind without it so signed up to the $9.99 monthly plan. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it saves me a hell of a lot of time from manually clicking around on Amazon. And of course, I made $124.30 profit so feel it’s justified. If you decide to use it yourself, you can use code PASSIVEOWL to get 20% off so it’s $7.99 rather than $9.99.

My strategy for the first month was:

  • Max out my submission allowance by uploading 10 designs
  • Get upgraded to T25 (the ability to upload 25 designs) as soon as possible

In terms of pricing, there was a lot of conflicting information.

Some people recommended pricing high, representing a ‘premium’ product, whereas others recommended pricing low to the point that they made $0 per sale.

As mentioned in my last post, new users are limited to 10 uploads – also known as T10 or Tier 10. Getting out of T10 is, in my opinion, more important than making maximum profit. I felt that chasing profit would be shortsighted – like trying to fill your glass using a dripping tap rather than focusing your efforts towards turning it on.

The opportunity to make significant passive income will become easier once you can upload a lot of designs rather than being restricted to 10. I therefore priced in the middle at $14.99, which I felt was low enough to make a decent amount of sales, but still gave me a bit of profit ($1.60). However, I accidentally left one of my designs at $19.99, which I’m actually quite pleased about because it has been my biggest seller!

TIER UP!

When I logged in to my Merch account this morning (28th Feb), I discovered that I’d been tiered up to T25. YAY! I’ve already uploaded 2 more designs as per my new daily limit:

I met the critera to be upgraded (10 sales) after being on Merch for 2 weeks, but it took a further 2 weeks to get tiered up.

Since I’ve sold 25 shirts now, I’ve already met the criteria to be upgraded up to T100, so I shall wait and see what happens. It might take another 2 weeks or possibly even longer to get upgraded. In the meantime, I have 13 more designs to upload (2 per day).

Amazon Merch goals for March

  • Tier up to T100 since I’ve already met the criteria
  • Max out my submission allowance by uploading 25 designs
  • Diversify sales by experimenting and creating more popular designs

Will report back at the end of March and let you know how it goes! In the meantime consider joining the Passive Owls FB group as there will certainly be more Merch discussion going on in there.

Full Disclosure: MerchInformer is an affiliate link, so if you’ve found my FB group, YouTube, or this blog helpful and want to support me, then I would appreciate it if you signed up via the link.

Merch By Amazon for Passive Income

Redbubble is amazing. There are 440,000 artists on there with 1.6 million customers. I’m making most of my passive income from the website.

Merch by Amazon, however, is reportedly next level. There are 310 million customers and many people are making a small fortune from uploading designs to Merch.

The problem is that I’m late to the party. I’ve heard reports saying that the golden age of Merch is over and it’s no longer the place to be. Many people have been complaining about Amazon ‘turning their sales off’ at will or ‘freezing’ their designs. People with 1000’s of designs up not making many sales anymore! Regardless, I decided to give it a go for myself and see, but it seemed rather difficult to get in.

I applied in late 2017 and waited 3 months to get the rejection email pictured below:

Some people were complaining about waiting 9 months only to get the same message. I re-applied and got declined a second time. However, third time lucky, I got accepted:

Amazon is a very different beast to other Print On Demand websites. New users are limited to 10 uploads – commonly referred to as Tier 10 or T10. You’re only allowed to upload 1 product per day, and if you don’t sell a particular design within 90 days, it’s automatically removed. You have to sell 10 products in order to be considered for an upgrade to Tier 25 where – you guessed it – you can list 25 designs. There is no formal section to place tags like on pretty much every other POD site ever, and the upload process is a bit archaic to say the least.

However, I know there’s huge potential, so I got uploading my designs – one every day due to the limit. After uploading 7 products, I got my first sale, which was worth approx $5 profit (£3.56) – woo!

It’s now 2 weeks later and my progress report is as follows:

  • 10/10 possible designs uploaded
  • 13 sales which equates to $67 profit (£47.76)
  • 8 designs have failed to sell at all (at time of writing)

Overall, I feel lucky to be averaging almost 1 sale per day at this early stage, but a bit disappointed that only 2 of my designs have actually sold, with 12 sales coming from 1 particular design. I wish there was more variety so all my eggs weren’t in one basket, but still, a good start nonetheless and certainly better than nothing. My goal was to make 10 sales ASAP, so I’m satisfied.

I’ve now got to wait for Amazon to do their next round of upgrading and hopefully I’ll get bumped up to T25 with the ability to upload more designs. There’s no indication of when that will be and apparently it’s not even guaranteed that you’ll be upgraded – it’s at the discretion of the Amazon Gods, so I’ve got no choice but to wait. Meanwhile, I’ll allow another week or so and rotate the designs that aren’t selling to try something else.

I’ll update again later, but in the meantime consider joining the FB group as there are many people in there who have recently been accepted to Merch and we’ll be helping each other.

Passive Owl – A Blog For Passive Income

Hello there! My name is Craig and it used to be my ultimate goal to achieve $1000 per month (roughly £700) in passive income. After achieving that in 2017, I decided to help others do the same.

It started last month, in January 2018. I made 2 popular Q&A style posts on Reddit explaining how I make my money, and that I believe anyone can do it, which can be found here:

At the same time, I decided to create a YouTube channel and a Facebook community with a view to helping others become successful with passive income. Both of these have exceeded my expectations. I set myself a goal of getting 10 YouTube subscribers, but here I am with 145 subscribers only a month later. Similarly with the Facebook group, there are currently 137 members and it’s becoming a great resource to share information and help each other achieve success.

After I realised the demand for such a project, I set myself a goal of making a helpful YouTube video at least once a week, which so far I’ve achieved, having being on YouTube for 6 weeks so far with 8 videos uploaded.

I also set myself a goal of helping at least 100 people go from nothing to generating their own passive income. So far I’ve had feedback from 20 people who got stated after seeing my posts and have been successful already, which is a really amazing feeling for both myself and them. Here’s an example of one person earning $254.46 in her first month alone.

I’ve got some big goals for 2018, which I’m going to use this blog to document – not only to keep me accountable, but as a case study for others to learn from.

I’m a Redbubble expert and I make most of my money from that website, but I’ve got a goal of doubling the amount of passive income I earn in 2018 so I’ll be branching out and documenting that process here. I want to achieve at least 1000 subscribers on YouTube which I plan on doing by creating good quality content and uploading a new video every week. And finally, I want to help at least 100 people start generating passive income. We’re only one month into this project and there are 20 success stories already!

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Get on the FB group and see for yourself. Almost every successful person is on there. You can see success stories in real time. I try to personally answer everyone that posts there and there’s a wonderful community atmosphere, so let’s get passive!