Make Your Own Product Line

Have you always wanted to design your very own line of products, featuring your ideas and artwork? You don't have to wait to be "discovered" anymore! You can do it all by yourself, via the web. In fact, there's never been a better time to get creative -- and even make a profit while doing it! Here are a few ways to begin.

step 1: Design clothing & home goods

In years past, you would have to buy dozens and dozens of mugs or other products if you wanted to put your own design on them -- and you'd have to pay up front and hold onto the stock until it sold.

custom-made shoes at Zazzle.comBut in this new print-on-demand world, you can sell 1 or 1000 of your own custom-designed t-shirts, calendars, shoes, mugs, water bottles, magnets, tote bags, postage stamps, mousepads, bumperstickers or countless all types of other cool products -- and make money doing it, with no investment other than your time and talent.

While many sites -- including Winkflash, Snapfish and iPrint -- offer photo-personalizable items, they don't offer a way to sell products to customers on your behalf.

If you're looking to completely outsource the fulfillment aspects, look at setting up shop with companies like DeviantArt, Zazzle or

step 2: Make your own greeting cards

Repackage and sell greeting cards you designed -- either by the individual card or in packets of small quantities. You can craft photo greeting cards and holiday cards by mounting a photo print on cardstock, or get the cards professionally printed for you by a company such as Imagekind, Kodak or Moo.

step 3: Go for decor

Do your drawings or pictures just beg to be seen larger than life? You can make (and sell) your own customized oversized vinyl wall decals from Wallhogs -- they'll even handle fulfillment. 

step 4: Cut it out

Custom postage stampSome companies out there can make customized life-sized cardboard cutouts of a person, a pet -- or pretty much anything you can think of! (For resale value, think party decor, designs for kids' bedrooms and advertising/promotional materials.) Check out or for the details.

Step 5: Make a book

There are lots of places now that can help you make your own book -- meaning anything from a coffee-table treasury of your photographic work to a novel or a beautiful wedding album. Get more details about how to do it and who can help in our article, How to make a photo book!

Step 6: More ways to make money

Want 5 more ways to make some cash on the side by selling pictures you've taken? Come check out some very cool creative outlets for your work!


Comments on "How to create your own product line"

Nancy December 22, 2012 | 9:24 AM

Interesting article...can you please provide more details!?

nakiah sharep July 04, 2012 | 4:53 PM

i need to create my own line of butiful colorful things that my generation would get need help

sufroni August 05, 2011 | 9:07 AM

I want to know how i can create my own product for hair growth..

Benjamin Woodward July 14, 2011 | 8:01 AM

Excellent article. I think designing your own products like clothing, greeting cards or vinyl wall decals is a great way to make money.

erika May 20, 2011 | 10:14 AM

i have an idea for nail polish but i need to find a company to get the supplies to make it .can u help?

Ginny Crandall May 06, 2011 | 12:39 PM

These are great suggestions. I'm thinking of starting my own business, too. I would love to create vinyl wall decals, I just need to find a good supplier. This could be the start to something big!

ashley January 23, 2011 | 10:20 AM

how do i patent my invented product is there a place i can pay for bottles and containers and jars for my product and how do i get the labels for my product

Ingrid Irvin June 02, 2010 | 6:49 AM

I have all these ideas but don't know where to start.

rayshee February 17, 2010 | 6:45 AM

i want to no more

sandra nolan December 16, 2009 | 7:35 PM

as a six foot two tall woman it has always been hard for me to shop for heels but i think i have found the solution i do not know how to go about even making my product nevermind patening it could you help me please???!! thank you for your time. sandra nolan

maida October 01, 2009 | 10:50 AM

show me how!!!!!!!!!

gloria September 30, 2009 | 7:15 AM

i want to know more

TAmika September 30, 2009 | 7:04 AM

could you please send me more info

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