A lot of you have been curious on if or when the second round of character charms would be announced! Or when the new merchandise items would be making their debut! Now is the time, new charms and stickers/bookmarks/small bags will be released through 2014-2015!
How do you chose what manufacturer to order from for things like prints/charms/stickers/etc? I know buttons can be made at home from a button press, but I'm just now getting into the world of selling online merch through myself instead of a site like society6, and everything is very overwhelming x-x
Prints/stickers/buttons (the print of them) I get through my friend lol. He works for his uncle at a print shop they own so I get discounts and friend bonuses. That doesn’t help you out though xD
I suggest fedex kinkos or staples printing if you don’t know of any local print shops. But to be honest, get to know your local print shops. Eventually you’ll get to know them very well and you’ll get a lot of perks along with it. That and small print shops generally have a higher quality and you can ask for more.
But if desperate, staples or kinkos.
I'm trying to make my own site for my art (and possibly a store in the future). What website host do you recommend for my own site? And do you have any tips on how to set up and organize an online shop? ^w^ (I wanna sell prints and stickers and stationary, etc.)
The best web hosts will be for programmers but if you don’t know how to use FTP and create all of your programs and layouts yourself, I do not recommend them. If you know nothing of coding I strongly recommend store envy or etsy. Yes they do cost a bit of money/take some profit but appearance is everything and if you can’t make a site that looks professional on your own, use a third party host. Plus those sites also promote your products for you and make receiving orders very simple and easy to manage.
If using etsy, avoid fanart as you can get in some trouble.
Store envy is great in that you can pretty much sell what ever but I have no experience with it and can’t really help much, sorry!
How is it owning your own art business so to speak? How do you handle your income, your online shop, or sort your taxes? This is also what I want to do for a job/career, and I'd really appreciate the advice!
Well for starters, you have to learn how to keep a purchase log. Literally everything you buy you write down and keep track of your expenses. You also buy another book, this ones for sales/profit. The goal is to end up with more money in the sales book than in the expense book lol
You could manage all of that in excel or an application on your phone, just I like doing it old school as it lets me play with my expensive writing pens!! (i love pens…)
As for the online shop I have a sellers permit. I will be applying for my business license at the end of this year to make it official… also means I’ll be paying $800 a year to have said license but then I can use tax write offs!
Taxes are also paid on a quarterly basis for me so I’m not yet sure how to pay real business taxes. Every so many months I have to report how much I made and pay state and federal taxes. Is fun… no, I lied. I also don’t get to write anything off so that money goes bye bye.
But you have to pay them or you get in trouble!
It’s a lot of work but don’t give up! I wish you luck :D
I was wondering, do you make/print all of your buttons/charms/stickers/prints yourself? Since you run your shop from your own site instead of somewhere like redbubble. And if you do, do you have any advice and how do you do it? I've been wanting to make my own site for charms/stickers/prints/etc for awhile, but I don't know how to start.
I do! I suggest starting very small as it can be very expensive. Start with prints, just locate a print shop some where near you and ask them for 11 x 17 posters. Some have 12 x 18 available - I generally like to work on 12 x 18’s as you can always make them smaller but hardly ever can you make them larger.
After you do well with prints I suggest investing in a button press, they can be pricey and a ton of work but if done right it will pay for itself.
It’s a lot of work, but just start slowly. I certainly didn’t do everything over night, it took me 5 years :3
Whispy, I think it's funny when people see the word free and think it's actually free, but wouldn't it be better if you add iwatobi swim club so people won't get confused with the word free.
Yea, probably going to fix that. Or just continue to ignore the emails asking for the “free” charms aha. Damn you Kyoto Animation coming up with an Anime title that is misleading to the general populace!