SunFrog is quite different from sites like Redbubble; it’s not a print-on-demand service per se, but actually relies on affiliate campaigns to sell designs. You will find the most success on SunFrog if you already have a social following that you can share your own campaigns to. Otherwise, you will have to wait for sellers to use your designs in their campaigns before you can make money. As such, it’s not the best form of passive income, but as the saying goes, something is always better than nothing.
Let’s start by creating an account. You will have to scroll down their main page and choose Start An Account under Artists and Sellers, where you will be directed to a sign up form.
Once you’re accepted into their program, SunFrog will give you a link (do check your email) to log into your seller/artist account. After logging in, you will be brought to the dashboard:
As shown in the image above, the artist rate is currently 5.5%, which is the percentage you will earn for every shirt sold. To start, click Design > Designer to go to the Shirts Editor.
It’s just 3 steps to uploading a design on SunFrog. First, add the image as either a SVG, PNG or JPG. Obviously SVG is the ideal choice since it can be scaled to different resolutions without losing quality. For PNG or JPG, just be sure to make the image as high-res as possible. After that, you can choose the primary shirt color on the right hand side. You might notice that you can also select the product type, but there’s no need to worry about that as an artist — just keep it as default (Guys Tee).
Next, you can add additional colors and styles if desired. If you’re looking to sell your work directly, it’s a good idea to create as many styles as possible so your customers have more variety to choose from. If not, then you can choose to ignore this part.
Finally, fill in the relevant information about the design to complete the process. Don’t forget to add keyword tags so sellers can find it easily.
That’s it. If you would like to make further changes to the design, you can simply go to Design > Manage Designs.
Payments can be made through PayPal, Payoneer, or direct deposit if you have a US bank account. You can change your payment details and check your payouts under Profit on your dashboard.
One of the best things about SunFrog is that you aren’t given a time limit for your campaigns, unlike similar platforms. As such, you don’t have to worry about campaigns ending and having to re-upload your designs again. If you would like to increases the chances of a seller choosing one of your designs for their campaign, SunFrog has a Best Sellers section where you can check out what the sellers are promoting the most.
As mentioned earlier, having a social media presence allows you to make more money on SunFrog by being a seller. Even if you don’t have a following, you can always promote your designs on social media such as Pinterest and Tumblr. SunFrog provides you with Widgets (under Share on your dashboard) so you can easily share your designs to the rest of the world. In addition, the Collections feature allows you to build collections that are based on a specific theme so you can better diversify your marketing strategy.
You will earn a commission when you send traffic to SunFrog — even if they don’t buy your design; and with hundreds of thousands of designs to choose from, they’re sure to find a design they love. At the same time, a seller rate of up to 40% is really quite generous. In other words, you’re more than likely to get a sale and earn more for each person you send to SunFrog.
SunFrog might not seem like an obvious choice when it comes to making passive income as a graphic designer, but with good rates for both sellers and artists, it’s definitely possible to earn good money if your designs are popular and you can promote them well.