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The Follow-Up to Evaluating A Start-up...


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

The Follow-Up to Evaluating A Start-up...

On June 24th I mentioned my gal pals and I were evaluating start-ups. Zazzle.com is the first one I am going to chat about because it's fun, easy and free to get started. We are still building our site over there to make an official spot for licensed merchandise from the Club Chaos wee people eye candy crew (LOL):


Noah and I have lots of images to consider licensing and they have a sliding royalty fee that you get to select instead of someone dictating your cut to you. I put the wee people in charge of selecting the images to make into hats and tee shirts and a host of other products since our latest two singles went live worldwide. When fans e-mail requesting swag items you need to have some useful stuff to give away (or point them in the direction to buy it on an as needed basis).

Passive royalty income is a beautiful thing. My Autistic/PDD-NOS kids are learning how to become passive income capitalists (LOL). I'm thinking I have to plant the trade-school/college bug now. They need a school fund. This is the beginning of them getting paid more than M&Ms,hugs and kisses from Mama (LOL).

If you have kids this is a very cool project to put them in charge of. It is your account but you can give your little artists their own store category for their creative designs and photographs. Got a great sunset shot during vacation? Think your dog is mushy and cute? Got great food porn? Interesting yard flowers? Your designs can be placed on a host of really neat items.

Go poke around over there and see what other people are doing with their crayons and photographs. Bookmark us to see how crazy we plan on getting (LOL).

If you are looking for a neat spot to do some branding you may find Zazzle.com surprisingly useful because if you only want one tee shirt they will make that one tee shirt for you. I have some fantastic shots of swanky NYC real estate I'd love to turn into a clothes line (Manhattan skyline anyone?). I also have over 500 shots of the Brooklyn  Bridge.

Think I wont wear the Brooklyn Bridge? Duh? I'm from Brooklyn (LOL). Seriously... Besides, my children are looking forward to wearing Noah's NYC street light. If you do deside to build a passive income site you may want to only put stuff in there you'd want yourself. I bet my real estate tee shirts will make you drool. I am sooooo doing a county tour of homes series (LOL).

Will tell you about the next start-up on our list later. I have a quirky store to build with the wee people and music to promote.

Did I mention they do the majority of the work for you? You only have to upload your images and check off what to manufacture to get started. You buy nothing to do this. The site is free unless you are ordering merchandise for yourself. Go shine at that next family reunion with your kids/pets on your chest. The Life With Wee People collection is going to be a visual goof and spoof (LOL).

Don't be shy... My 8 year old can do this... Go pick your fave images that you created and own the copyrights to and promote yourself. Noah is starting with a NYC street light. I'm using my latest iTunes album covers. Surely you can find something to take a picture of if you don't draw.

BTW, your store doesn't have to be public. It can be private...just for you and your family/friends.

Very cool. :-)

Check out the YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ZazzleTV

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Comment balloon 6 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 19 2010 07:51PM


I'm thinking of all the branding opportunities already, Carolyn, for my wee little company. And then getting my boys into it? Woohoo -- what fun we could have. One major hesitation though about bringing the wee ones into it (my youngest in particular) -- they already think they're rock stars...or at the very least think they could be if really they put their minds to it. Is that a bad thing? This would only add to their already uber-sense of fame and fabulousness : ) But branding for my little company....now that could be a lot of fun. T-shirts for the family, a must-have for every family gathering LOL. Sounds like you're into some very interesting work. Hope you're having fun. Nice to see you in the Rain.
Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) over 10 years ago
Wow ... what great info ... but mostly I wanted to say I love the title "Ambassadors of Chaos" ... I just absolutely love it.... Da*mn, I love it.... :-)
Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 10 years ago

Tanya, it is amazing. I have 196 people I chat with about mymusic here: http://www.jango.com/music/Tann+Starr I also chat on other sites as well. The cool thing about Internet radio is people have access to the musicians if they want it. I love social media so I want it. I'm e-mailing back and forth and watching my widgets get embedded all over the globe. The analytics are wild. It's led to a lot of other interesting opportunities.

I am going to do a tour of homes video with the next single release. I am working on a wee people video now. I have to behave when the album comes out. We have to do a real music video for iTunes so I have been scoping swanky properties to stage an open house spoof (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Cher, I love my virtual family and plug the Chaos crew and AR everywhere I go. If you are going to make an indie label I can't think of a better name and place to host our iTunes projects. Ambassadors of Chaos has two artists signed to my label and is about to pickup a new one. Gonna make some music with my gal pal Jessica. Very cool piano chick. Gotta get her blogging more (and to sign with BMI - LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago
I just listened to the previews ... goooood stuff!!
Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 10 years ago

Thank you, Cher. We're fooling around in the studio now. I keep thinking one day I am going to jam with my industry buddies who play. We should sneak around and playfully high-jack a RainCamp after party (LMAO). Richard Weisser and Steve K play. Lisa Hill sings... Hmm... ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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