Rachel Rofe’

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These are some great tips to getting a lot of mileage out of your work!

I hope you’re doing great!

I had an awesome weekend. Between hanging out with my nephew, decluttering my house (6+ trash bags worth of stuff – gone!), and finishing and implementing 12 Week Year (awesome book, by the way), I had a really busy and productive weekend.

Speaking of being productive…

I recently hired a new designer on Upwork to help implement more mug, shirt, and poster ideas. So far he’s created two designs for me, the first of which I’d like to share with you here.

Here’s how the design looks on a mug:

5 Things Mug

I actually found this concept while searching Amazon UK’s bestseller mug list. The design I saw was about bikes, but this particular style could apply to all kinds of things. For example…

  • FIVE THINGS I LIKE ALMOST AS MUCH AS RIDING MY BIKE
  • FIVE THINGS I LIKE ALMOST AS MUCH AS DRIVING MY CAR
  • FIVE THINGS I LIKE ALMOST AS MUCH AS CREATING SCRAPBOOKS

And even better – this one design could be put on a mug, shirt, AND a poster on UGB – meaning 3 products from every one use of this design.

Another example:

Don once made a mug that said “Pit Bulls Make Me Happy” that sold well. Inspired, we made the same mug across all kinds of breeds – “Labradors make me happy”, “Rottweilers make me happy”, and so on.

In the last 30 days alone we sold 62 mugs in that style:

Dog breeds make me happy

 

And this type of thing isn’t limited to e-commerce. Here’s a blog post I wrote about 27 ways to repurpose your content.

The bigger point is that maximizing whenever possible is a great thing and simple usually wins. 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Reuse blog posts, designs, and articles - great tips here!

 

           

free stock photos royalty free

 

I hope you’re doing great! I’ve had a busy couple of weeks – I just got back from a fantastic weekend trip to San Diego and a very restorative week in Kauai, Hawaii with a good friend.

I’ll be in Pennsylvania for about 9 more days before Don and I head to California again to escape the humidity and visit some friends. Of course I’m going to hang out with my nephew as much as humanly possible in the meantime. 🙂

Today I thought I’d send you some websites I get a ton of value from. They all have royalty-free, commercial use allowed, great-looking images that you can download for free.

Of course you can use images many ways – here are some of my favorite uses:

First, you can pop them on items you sell on UseGearBubble. For example, I grabbed a penguin image from one site and popped it on this mug:

royalty-free stock photos good for commercial use

It’s ugly, but it DOES sell – though I recommend letting it sell passively and not running paid ads to something like this. 🙂

You can also combine images to make more intricate designs. For example we’ve sold 100+ units of this mug, which is the combination of 2 stock photos:

 

Where to find Royalty-free stock photos


You can use these sites to f
ind mockups for your sales material. For example, I found a t-shirt mockup on a stock photo site, then put another royalty-free photo on top of it:

find royalty-free images for products

 

These photos can also be used for blog posts/books/any training material or to create engaging pictures for your social media posts/ads. Posts with images always do better.

There are lots of photo sites but I like these particular ones because they have easily searchable databases, tons of options, high quality pictures and there’s no signup required:

If you ever exhaust your options on those sites there’s also http://www.kozzi.com. You do need to sign up for that one but you get 5 free images and then there’s a flat fee of $1/image.

To be clear, I don’t get financial benefit from sharing any of those – just thought it might help.

Have a great day!

Here's where you can find awesome royalty-free images for free