To start designing your own products you should open your own store on Cafepress. There are three types of stores, Basic, CafePress and Premium. Basic, and Cafepress are free to set up but they have their limitations, however you can set up as many as you like. The free stores have their limitations in the number of products you can sell . Basic shop allows you to have one of each product item, for more items you will need to open more shops. If you open premium store you will be charged monthly, quarterly or yearly but it has advantages such as greater number of products, more than one product item, grouping products into categories and choosing from a number of pre made designs for your storefront or the ability to make your own storefront design.
Selling Cafepress products that are designed by others is another way to make money. This is good for people who are not too interested in designing. By becoming Cafepress affiliates they can make money referring customers to cafepress. This way bloggers can use Cafepress to monetize their traffic. Affiliates can drive traffic to Cafepress using many tools that are provided to them such as widgets, text links, banners, product links, category links and search link. The affiliate earn 15% commission on all purchases made by the customers that they send. The cookies have a 15 day period, so if the customers returns in next 15 day period and makes a purchase you still get paid.
Cafepress offers many ways to make money. Whether you are a designer, bloggers or affiliate market it offers opportunity to make extra money. Making money selling user-customized products can be profitable but its not a get rich quick scheme. It is business that requires lots of hard work in designing your products and promoting them.