March was an exciting month because I finally kicked off a number of projects, which required all sorts of prep work but also some heavy investments. Most of the projects are still in the research phase, but they are also eating up cash while I have people set up prototypes for me.
The most exciting project right now is probably ThreadBasket, which will eventually become a private marketplace for t-shirt designs. Promoters who do not have the time or the skills to design shirts, will able to purchase them on ThreadBasket at an affordable price, without having to deal with freelancers directly.
There are thousands, if not millions of people out there whose heads are filled with loads of creative ideas. Their passion is to create art and other products and share them with the world. But within that group is another set of people who specifically love to create clothes for other people. The fashion industry is huge and obviously not everyone can be a part of the high fashion society, but for the average Joe a t-shirt may be much more appealing anyway. More affordable for sure!
What’s even more important to note, is the fact that setting up your own t-shirt shop or t-shirt label can be very expensive. Particularly when you’re just starting out and don’t even have any customers yet, buying blank shirts and printing your designs on them can become quite costly. If no one buys your shirts, you’ll end up sitting with thousands of dollars worth of stock. Trust me, I’ve been there. I actually still have a few hundred t-shirts which I still haven’t been able to sell. And since they’re not going anywhere, they’re literally dead stock.
But there’s a solution to this problem and it’s called “print on-demand” (POD). Print on-demand has been around for a while already, but it only really took off around 2008. The nice thing about POD services providers is that they allow you to test your ideas and projects before you go all in with everything you have. The margin you make per shirt is fairly low at the beginning, but given that you don’t have to hold any stock and most of the other hassle is done for you (such as printing, delivery, invoicing etc), it’s actually a pretty good deal to start with.
Today there are various different POD websites out there and they all differ a little bit in the way they work. If you’ve read my FREE eBook “Apparel on Autopilot”, you’ll know that I choose to work with Spreadshirt on most of my projects. Not only because I’m familiar with the platform, but also because it’s probably one of best options available in terms of striking a balance between efficient processes and control over your shop. That being said, they’re obviously not perfect and some issues still bother me to this date. However, if you’re just starting out and what get moving quickly with your own shop, then I highly recommend Spreadshirt.
So where do you start? Well, that’s the purpose of this article. Whether you want to be the owner of an online t-shirt shop or just want to create designs and earn your commissions. I’ll show you how to set up your own Spreadshirt T-Shirt Shop and create your own T-Shirt in under 10 minutes. And if you’re a designer, you can get started even quicker!