Have you ever dreamed of starting a t-shirt business or your own clothing brand? Perhaps you were put off by high start up costs or the outlay to buy stock and equipment. Today I am going to tell you how you can launch your own t-shirt business for free, with no stock, shipping or inventory needed. Does that sound too good to be true? Then read on.
T-shirts are one of the staples of most peoples wardrobe. Just about everyone owns at least one t-shirt, and some people own a great deal more. So there is a definitely market for the product. But traditional t-shirt printing is expensive to set up. You need not only to invest in expensive direct to garment printers but you also need to hold an inventory of shirts in many different colours or sizes.
Print on Demand
The easiest way to start up a t-shirt business is to use a print on demand site. Print on demand allows you to upload your designs to the site and whenever anyone orders one of your shirts, it is printed and shipped directly to the customer. In return you receive a cut of the sales price.
There are now many different print on demand sites to choose from so shop around to find the best one for you. All of them allow you to start up for free, but if you want to add features such as the ability to have your own domain, then you might need to pay for the premium version. If you are serious about your business and want it to look professional your own domain name is the right way to go.
If you just want to try the idea out, you could start with the free subdomain that the print on demand company supplies. This wont be as memorable or as easy for your customers to find than your own domain.
Our trusted print on demand partner is Printify. Printify offer over 300 printable products including t-shirts, mugs and home accessories which you can easily customize.
Printify uses a free mockup generator so you can easily see how your designs will look on your chosen produts. Uploading is easy and you can preview your products in a range of colours and styles. When you are ready it is easy to transfer your products into your own online store.
Designing Your T-Shirts
So you have found a print on demand service, but what about designs? Although you can buy ready made t-shirt designs and templates, it is far better to create your own. This way they will be unique and more likely to sell well. You don’t need to be a great artist or designer to be able to design t-shirts.
The tool that most designers use is Canva. Canva comes in two versions, the free version and the professional version with more features. It is extremely intuitive and easy to use. Even if you have no previous design experience you can design like a pro in just a few minutes.
Canva incorporates templates as well as having a massive selection of elements – graphics, photos and pictures which you can incorporate into your designs. Simply click create a tshirt from the drop down menu of projects you can create, design your shirt and export in the size and format you desire. The Pro version includes a greater selection of graphics and the ability to export with a transparent background.
Start A T-Shirt Business Today
Whilst you are unlikely to ever become a millionaire from your print on demand t-shirt business, it is a business that you can start today with no investment. So if you are looking for something quick and simple to start up, this could be the business you are looking for.