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Gerry and Crew,

I know i said it was a busy week, but i was excited from your
encouragement,stayed up late last night reviewing the materials and
thinking about implementation strategy. Just a couple of notes that I
have from the meditation that are in no particular order.

- I would like to focus on  bulk order business, from time to time a
good idea for retailing directly to the customer does come across my
facebook page and I sell those items using paypal. But I have found
that while hocking shirts one at a time provides a drastically higher
profit per shirt it is time consuming and very difficult to read what
will sell and what wont. The market for this kind of business online
is flooded. I have made the mistake of dropping money in to the
production of shirts that I thought would sell and they are still in
boxes or being used as rags.

- Finding a couple corporate accounts that are regular customers would
provide a great foundation for my company, any suggestions on how to
attract large bulk order customers would make my  life considerably

- I did re-do the home page of my site because of your
recommendations, moving forward, I am going to hire someone to re-vamp
the website and do SEO. I am focusing on improving my manufacturing
capabilities, product quality, and developing a sales training program
trying to learn website design will be another thing that takes my
focus off of these cornerstones.

- I have a meeting with a financial planner this afternoon, he has
come highly recommended by a very dear friend. After that I will begin
to make the money moves to begin the implementation. So having a
concrete business plan, or at least the first steps to take moving
forward is my top priority so when the cash is in the account I can
move it in the proper direction.

Please forward this to everyone, and if I could get everyone's email
so we can start a thread that would be great. I don't think I can say
thank you enough for this help, you guys are awesome.


Setting Up An Online T-Shirt Store Is Easy...

You can be up and running in as little as a few hours.

 With the abundance of apps and integrations in the Shopify App store, you can also connect your store to a t-shirt printer/dropshipper in minutes and have a fully functioning store, ready to print and ship to your customers. 

Complete the online application for your T-shirt design. Visit the electronic Copyright Office (eCO) online at http://www.copyright.gov/. Click "Forms" under the "Registration" heading. Type into the form to complete it.

Spreadshirt vido  No time limit…..you can also sell designs…
Pays higher commission

TeeSpring.com Has time limit 

Some don’t use website but use those below – storenvy rated highly.  Play video below

You can promote your shirt on your youtube channel
Sell on CafĂ© Press… Video recites use of those listed below plus others.

Sell on Threadless mainly for designers.  People vote

Sell on Zazzel Store

Sell on Wordans

Big Cartel – need your own inventory

PrintTheShirt.com – they make your shirt for you

But It’s Also Really Hard Work  - Designers use Photoshop 9 dollars a month.

The difficult part is building a brand to stand out from the competition.

To be successful with your new t-shirt brand, you have to make the right decisions from the get-go.

Niche: Being more specific will help you stand out as well as better attract and market to the right audience without blowing your budget.  Facebook ads good getting your niche audience.

Design: The majority of people that are purchasing graphic tees are looking for design, graphics and slogans that connect with them and reflect their opinions and personality.

Quality: The quality of the shirts you use and the prints needs to be top notch.

Brand: A strong, interesting brand is vital in the t-shirt industry.

Let's take a deeper look at the keys to success.

What about inventory?  Merchify Once you sell a product, we will produce the merchandise and ship it directly to your customer!

1. Niche

How do you stand out from the many competitors and one of the best ways to do that is by choosing and catering to a specific niche.

In general, categories like t-shirts with funny slogans are going to be too broad to attack in a very developed market. You’re going to want to tighten it up a little more. An example of a more specific niche would be t-shirts with funny slogans that relate to doctors and nurses.

2. Design

The last thing a visitor would want is to see in your catalogue is a copy of t-shirt design found elsewhere. graphic tees need to connect with your audience and stand out.

3. Quality

The next most important factor in the success and sustainability of an online t-shirt business is quality.

4. Brand: A strong, interesting brand is vital in the t-shirt industry.

Your brand is a promise that will tie together all your choices including your niche, designs and quality. Building a unique and likeable brand is important for businesses in a high competition industry.

T-Shirt Quality

Not all t-shirts are the same and not all print jobs are the same. As we mentioned above, quality is paramount to your brand and its success, so it’s important to educate yourself and choose your blank shirts wisely.

In this day in age, there are three popular methods for printing onto t-shirts. Each method has its pros and cons, and will partially depend on how much time you want to invest into the product creation, as well as the printing partner you choose.

Below, we have outlined all three print methods to give you a better understanding of each process.

1. Screen Printing

Source: Specialities Plus
Screen printing is an old technique that has stood the test of time. As one of the most popular methods for printing onto t-shirts, screen printing can produce durable and long lasting result.

However, a labor intensive initial setup means screen printing is most cost effective when printing in bulk. Screen printing also poses issues when it comes to complex designs or designs with more than four to five colors as each color increases costs and production time.


Cost effective for large batches.
Volume discounts.

Not cost effective for multiple colors.
Can only print simple images and designs.

2. Heat Transfer

Heat transfer machine

Heat transfers have also been around for a long time and exist in several form. You may have seen basic heat transfer paper at your local office supply store. Although these make it easy to print your designs from your home computer and transfer them with an iron, these won’t cut it when it comes to running a business. The more advanced form of heat transfers are called plastisol transfers and are printed by professional printers on special, high quality heat transfer paper. The advantage of this is being able to order a stack of prints from your local printer and transfer them to your t-shirts as you receive orders with a commercial heat press machine.

Heat transfers can produce full-colour images onto t-shirts relatively easily and quickly.


You can “print” each shirt on demand.

Lower quality and less durable than direct-to-garment and screen printing.
Large upfront investment into a heat press machine (Few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars).
Do-it-yourself approach means additional time input from yourself.

3. Direct-To-Garment (DTG)

Direct-To-Garment (DTG)Source: Melco
The direct-to-garment printing process operates much like a ink-jet printer you would have at home. DTG prints ink directly onto the t-shirt and can produce full color images with accuracy.

Direct-to-garment printing produces quality printing on par with screen printing and better than heat transfers. Because it operates just like an ink-jet printer, there are no setup costs, unlike screen printing. This means that it's easy and cost effective to print small orders.

The major disadvantage of direct-to-garment printing is the lack of volume discount for large orders, as it takes the same amount of time to print each shirt.


Unlimited color options.
High detail accuracy in printed design.
Great for small orders or one-offs.
No set-up costs.

Not cost effective for large production runs.
Generally no volume discounts.

If you’re stuck for t-shirt niche ideas and designs, a great start is to look at what else is popular and currently selling well.

Below is a list of several popular and bestseller pages for some of the top graphic t-shirt marketplaces that just might help you get a better idea of your next niche or t-shirt design.

Teeview gathers T-shirt campaigns of Teespring and Sunfrog 
from Google and Twitter,
displaying them all in one place!

Zazzle Bestsellers & Zazzle Popular
Shop Or Create Your Own Shirts, Prints, Mugs & More At Zazzle!
Free Shipping With ZBlack · 100,000+ Curated Designs · Affordable Customization
Rated A+  BBB

Redbubble Popular
Redbubble was born in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The dream was simple. Give independent artists a meaningful new way to sell their creations. Today, we connect over 400k artists and designers across the planet with millions of passionate fans. A brave (and dare we say stylish) new world of self expression.
Skreened Trending Shirts
Join Now Trending

Snorg Bestsellers
Funniest, most clever t-shirt designs. Pop culture, fandoms, nerd humor + more.
New Designs - $12 · Something for Everyone · Choose from 1000+ Designs · Super Soft, Comfy Tees
Types: T-Shirts, Hoodies, Hats, Sock

Kickstarter T-Shirt Campaigns
Friends, fans, and inspired strangers have pledged $2.9 billion to projects on Kickstarter, funding everything from homemade postcards to Oscar-winning documentaries.

You may also want to consider checking out Google Trends and Google Hot Searches to get a sense of the topics people are currently interested in.

Hire A Designer

Once you have an idea for some t-shirt designs. You’re going to have to get your ideas actually designed. If you have Adobe Photoshop or similar programs you can likely produce some simple designs by yourself. However, if you’re like most people, you will likely need to enlist some help.

There are a wide variety of tools and market places you can use to find a suitable graphic designer to help you with your designs.

Design Communities

Dribbble - Dribbble is a great designer community with lots of unique talent. Search for the style you’re looking for and message the designers you like to see if they're available for freelance projects.

Design Communities

Behance - Behance is another great designer community to check out for your next t-shirt designer.

Design CommunitiesNetworks

Some other great options you may also want to try are the more popular freelance networks like Freelancer and Upwork.

Buy Designs

If you’re stuck for a designer, there are also options to purchase pre-made designs. You’ll want to keep in mind that if you choose to go this route, there’s high likelihood that other people are already selling the design, making it harder for you and your brand to stand out.

Check out t-shirt graphic marketplaces like:

T-Shirt Factory
You may also want to check out general graphic design marketplaces but keep in mind if you plan to sell your t-shirts, you’ll need to purchase a commercial license.

Creative Market
Graphic River
Mocking Up Your Designs

Once you have some final designs, your next step will be to get some mockup images of them on actual t-shirts. Your customers are going to want to actually see what the final design will look like printed on a shirt.

There are a few ways you can get images of your final designs on t-shirts including ordering samples and taking product photography yourself, or with the abundance of t-shirt templates online, you can opt to create a 100% digital mockup like the one below.

Mocking Up Your Designs

Adobe Photoshop (Free Trial) t-shirt templates are the most common types of mockup files. They allow you to quickly preview how your designs will look printed on a t-shirt. Most Photoshop templates comes with multiple layers that allow you to change the colour of the shirt and apply your own design that will blend with the creases, folds and contours of the shirt.

Below, we have compiled several resources to help you find the best possible mockup file for your next project:

GraphicRiver T-Shirt Mockups
Design Inspiration Magazine - 40 T-Shirt Mockups
Design Bolts - 50 T-Shirt Mockups
If Adobe Photoshop isn't right for you, you can also use web-based mockup software that will allow you to do the same thing without having to download and figure out Photoshop.

Shopify's Free T-Shirt Mockup Generator
Shirt Mockup (Web Based T-Shirt Mockup)
Another great options for tasks like this is to enlist help from someone on Fiverr for $5. Just search for t-shirt mockups.

Validating Your Designs

Before you spend a lot of money on your new business idea, you should first verify that there is a market and interest for your designs. There are many ways you can go about validating the market for your design ideas.

Some of the popular and more common methods for validating your ideas include:

Personal Social Networks - Post some of your designs to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks your friends and potential customers are a part of. Be careful asking friends however, their opinions will usually be tainted with an over-positive tint.

Reddit - Reddit is huge and we have discussed it thoroughly in past posts. With the massive number of subreddits it’s possible to easily find a highly targeted niche of potential customers and ask them first hand their thoughts on your designs before launching.

Example: Bitcoin T-Shirt Validation

Kickstarter - Kickstarter and other crowd-funding websites have made it much easier to test, validate, and collect money upfront for your new business idea. Launching a crowdfunding campaign can be time consuming and requires a good deal of preparation, however, the benefits can be huge, which include fully funding your project before you have spent a dime.

Example: Dev Tee’s and Starstuff Clothing

Open Test Store - Finally, with ecommerce platforms like Shopify, it’s never been easier to set up a fully functional online store in the matter of few hours to validate your business idea. Sign up for a free 14-day trial and check out some of the free themes to get started.

Setting Up Shop

Now that you have your t-shirt designs, made your mockups and validated your idea, it’s time to build your store. As mentioned in the validation section, getting set up on Shopify is quick and easy.

There are a handful of t-shirt print-on-demand dropshippers that directly integrate with your Shopify store, allowing you to get up and running in no time. These printer/dropshippers will print and ship your t-shirts to your customers on your behalf every time you receive an order, automatically.

Check out the following Shopify printer/dropshipper apps:

Print Aura
Why Wait?

It's never been easier to express your creativity and start your own online t-shirt business. Follow along with the video below and you can have your online t-shirt business up and running with an on-demand printing and fulfillment service in just 20 minutes. No design or coding experience required.




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