Zazzle is a great starting block for graphic designers and artists. You get to put your designs on templates of products for free and if anyone buys those products you get 10% commission. You can upload photos or you can use computer packages such as Illustrator or Photoshop. For my first series of Zazzle entries I used an ink and bleach painting of The Houses of Parliament in London. I was able to upload the image onto a wide variety of products and luckily with time a number of my items have sold.
Zazzle is however only a starting point. You don’t make money quickly it requires lots of hard work, especially to begin with and very few make enough to pay the mortgage. It is however a great stepping stone. You learn what is popular, what sells and therefore where to concentrate your energies when you want to take a riskier route putting down your cash. Often it is hard to see if a design really works on a particular product until you have a product template. Zazzle allows you not only to try your design on many products but also on some of the products, including tshirts, you can change the color. You also own the copyright to your design so you can try a number of other sites such as cafe press with the same designs.
There is also a forum which allows you to ask lots of questions of other Zazzlers. A key to Zazzle success is promotion, lots of people use blogs, twitter, facebook and pinterest, which are a good idea to look into anyway, if you want to get your business of the ground. The key is to be original but also keeping to popular themes, your products must be searchable. There are whole blogs on SEN, which is worth looking into for Zazzle specifically.
Please feel free to look at my store on zazzle to see how it works,( but no pinching I own the copyright to my designs. ) http://www.zazzle.co.uk/tookiests
also feel free to follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/josietook
Best wishes Jo