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Moving From Redbubble to My Own Storefront

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Should I move from Redbubble to my own storefront?

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Just over a month ago I wrote a blog post about using Redbubble as a way to earn passive income. I have since abandoned my Redbubble account and shifted to selling through my website.

There are pros and cons to both options and I will explain my reasoning to make the switch.



  • Simple user interface that makes uploading your own designs very easy
  • Set it and forget it. Once your design is uploaded Redbubble does the rest
  • Redbubble does it’s own marketing and ranks high on google searches
  • Large number of products to choose from
  • You only have to upload your design once and it is available to customers on all available products
  • Ability to set your own price or markup for each item
  • Have access to thousands of shoppers


  • Limited self branding opportunities on things like product labels and packaging
  • Payout dates are once per month and Redbubble has a payment threshold of $20
  • While you do have access to thousands of shoppers, those shoppers also have access to hundreds of thousands of artists and designs
  • Certain designs may be removed at the discretion of the Redbubble team
  • No options to choose the specific supplier of products, no choice in quality of products

Overall, I would say that Redbubble is a great option if you don’t have a lot of time to tend to your own shop. It’s also a good option if you don’t want to deal with the technical aspects of your own online store.

Redbubble vs Your Own Store

My Own Store


  • Full control over products, pricing and shipping options
  • When the customer pays, you get paid. No waiting for payout dates or thresholds
  • Your customers are there for you, not for a provider. They are your customers
  • You appear as a more reliable “company” rather than just a random artist
  • More chances to experiment with other products and services like dropshipping


  • The initial set up takes longer than the simple sign up form from Redbubble
  • There are startup fees for starting your own store. Things like a domain name and hosting site for a website (I use SiteGround for my hosting and I highly recommend it for yours if you are looking for affordable, user friendly hosting with great customer service), or a standalone online store with Shopify
  • Depending on what and how you are selling, it takes more time than a Redbubble account. You have to make sure that the store/website is working properly and answer customer questions and other sorts of customer service issues.

My choice

I initially started with Redbubble in February when I was first looking into t-shirt design as a form of passive income. I was intrigued by the number of products Redbubble had and the ease of starting an account with them.

I quickly realized that the odds of my products being seen in a specific search were very small considering the number of artists and designs that are on that site. At least with my own store, I am in charge of marketing my own products. So if nobody sees it, it’s on me. I can’t blame a website for not featuring my art above someone elses.

Scarlet Witch
Marilyn Monroe sticker
Agatha notebook

I am a bit of a control freak which comes naturally with my OCD. So the idea of having everything on my own lap was more appealing to me. That and the fact that the overall profit margins are better with my own store than on Redbubble.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love Redbubble. I will still buy items from their site since they have such a huge variety of designs to choose from. And if you don’t find anything you like in my store then I would recommend checking it out. In fact, my daughter has her own Redbubble account where she sell some of her favourite designs. But ultimately I would love it if you found something in my store that you just couldn’t live without.

What would you do?

So that is my short journey from Redbubble to opening my own online store. I did get one sale in the month and a half that I was with them and made a profit of approximately $1.15 (woo hoo). And so far I have no sales and probably no traffic in my own store which I have only had operating for less than a week. I am still importing items to the store pages and trying to choose the best layout design for what I need.

I hope that this helped answer your questions about whether you should go with your own online store or make your sales on a site like Redbubble. There are benefits and downfalls to both so it really is just a personal choice.

Thanks for reading. And you can find my store here and my daughters Redbubble store here.

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Trying Redbubble

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Trying Redbubble

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Now I have a tendency to try too many things at once so I have to really focus myself this time. The idea of passive income is, of course, the most attractive to me. Passive income meaning that you put in the work once and then it continually makes money for you. Ideas along this line include investing in stocks or real estate, writing a book or and e-book, advertising on your car (yes, that’s a thing), and the one that caught my eye was e-commerce. More specifically, creating designs for print on demand services for stickers, t-shirts and home items. In comes RedBubble.

I’ve been in a real slump in being focused enough to write blog posts. My OCD and ADD takes over and I think about 50 different topics to write about. But when it comes time to actually write the post I have nothing to say.

Pinterest is my biggest distraction. Once I get on there and start searching for ideas, I fall into this rabbit hole of ideas, then, memes, then cat videos, and so on. So while I was digging in the rabbit hole, I noticed a few posts about different income streams. And that piqued my interest.

What to do about it.

My daughter had started her own Redbubble store a few months ago and didn’t really put much work into it. I think she only has 9 designs available but she has made a few sales. Her designs are digital drawings of popular characters from movies and tv. They took some time to design but the look great. (Check them out here)

I personally am somewhat artistic, but my creative juices have long run dry. I’ve been slowly working on exercising that part of my brain again through different outlets like scrapbooking and drawing. It has proven difficult, but I feel like my creativeness is expanding.

Once I did a little bit of research about Redbubble and designs that are popular and sell as either shirts or stickers, I realized that many times, not a lot of artistic ability is required. Creativity on the other hand really does help a lot.

Resources to help

But there are great apps out there to help with the design process. YouTube is a great resource to find people who have been successful at e-commerce and you can get some fantastic ideas on how to start. One of the best apps for design is called Canva. It has a free option that you can use to get your initial designs up and running, but then the Pro edition is vital for using the extras to make your design professional looking.

What should I make?

Anyway, back to RedBubble. I noticed that a large percentage of the designs available are mostly word based. Funny sayings, holidays like Christmas or Birthdays, and even simple quotes. Some of them have really fancy fonts and some are just simple text. With that in mind I decided to give it a try myself.

So far I have 36 designs and they range from movies quotes, to photography, ➡➡➡
to some digital art that I’ve been dabbling in. I try to create things that I love and would personally buy, but I also try to include items that I think might be trending in the near future.

For example, today is March 1, and I just created a design for Cinco de Mayo. It’s actually really cute and I wouldn’t mind having it on a pillow or a mug. So in face I still stuck to the idea that it should be something that I would buy for myself.

Passive Income

The great thing about Redbubble is that once you upload your design and set all the products and pricing parameters, your work is done. Redbubble is a huge site that does all of it’s own marketing and often appears at the top of google searches. As long as you can tag your products with relevant words and phrases, and focus on certain niches that don’t have too much competition, you should get noticed.

I’ve had my shop open since Feb 19th, so it’s only been about 10 days and although I haven’t received any sales yet, my items have been “favorited” 17 times. I plan on adding at least 2 new designs every day or an average of 50-60 per month. I figure that the more options I have available, the bigger the chance of getting some traffic and hopefully some sales.

I’ll check back in about a month* to let you know how it’s going. Fingers crossed.

Check out my shop here* and let me know what your favourite design is or if you have any design ideas that I could include.

*Updated April 15/21 – I have left Redbubble to try selling on my own site. Check out why here.