Introducing August Decorous

August 22, 2013

August Decorous |

I finally did it. I opened a shop on Society 6 to start selling some of my artwork. It’s not much right now, but I have big plans for this shop and my business as a whole. The name August Decorous is a play on my and my best friend's last names. It’s always been a small dream of ours to have a business together, and even though it’s just me running the show right now, we still hope to become partners one day. Plus, the name kind of sounds like a Harry Potter spell. So there’s that.

At the moment I just have variations of a few prints that I’ve posted here on the blog up for sale, and they’re only available as prints and stretched canvas. Later on I’ll be adding other prints (some that you’ve seen here on the blog and others that are completely new) as well as making some of my designs available as shirts, phone cases, etc.

One thing I need to figure out first though… what to do about my “free printables”. I love offering them to you guys and they’re a great way to showcase my work in a way that attracts new readers/fans. But, obviously, there are going to be people who won’t see the point in paying to have a design professionally printed (and maybe even framed) when it’s offered for a free download elsewhere, even if that means it wont look as good.

I definitely don’t want to stop offering free printables, so I’ve come up with a couple of solutions and would love to hear your input for choosing the best option.

  • OPTION 1: Offer free printables as a JPEG files (instead of vector based PDF illustrations as I’ve been doing) and only have them available for download for a week or two before they’re no longer available for free.
  • OPTION 2: Offer free printables at a smaller size than what I’m selling them as (these would also be JPEGs so they couldn’t just be resized without causing major loss in quality) but the download would never be taken down.

With either option there will probably still be some free pintables that I post on the blog that I don’t put for sale in the shop and those would stay in the same format that I’ve been doing.

I hope you can understand where I’m coming from with these changes. I don’t want to just take away the free downloads because I feel that would be super douchey, but at the same time I don’t want to lose any potential sales because of them.

So what do you guys think? Do either of those sound like decent ideas? Please let me know your thoughts!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! The shop name does sound like a HP spell :) You'll have to tell me what you think of Society 6, I've been thinking about selling on there also. As for the prints, I recommend not offering the same prints for free and trying to sell them too. If faced with a choice between buying a larger size and getting a smaller one for free, I think most people would just settle for the smaller one. And if you offer something for free for a limited time, you miss out on all those potential customers who downloaded it for free. Could you offer blog freebies and create different prints for the shop?


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