Setting the Scene
Without even knowing you I can tell you exactly why you have come to this page. You’re either thinking about starting your own T-Shirt business or you’ve already done that but aren’t making any significant sales. Well you’ve come to the right place.
What I’m about to share with you might not come as a surprise to those who are already in the business but for a newcomer the mere thought of running your own business can be quite overwhelming. Do I have what it takes? What if I don’t have any designer skills? How am I going to run a business without any experience? Where should I start? What if I have absolutely no money to spend?
There’s no need to drive yourself crazy about this. I will name you the top 5 reasons why just about anyone can start a hugely successful t-shirt business from scratch. I will deliver solid proof that it is possible and show you how I have been earning money from my T-Shirt business these past 5 years.
I will also give you exclusive access to my FREE Master Class into the secret world of successful T-Shirt businesses.
Reason #1: You don’t need any experience
I can already see all the people raising their hands in objection or thinking to themselves “Yeah right!”. But think about it. Nobody is born with an intrinsic skill. People may have a talent for certain things, but most of us are born without any particular professional skill.
As we live our lives we begin to acquire skills in specific fields of knowledge and keep building on those until we eventually end up in a job in some company. And if we’re good at that, we might eventually call ourselves experts in that particular field. But in the end it’s nothing but a wealth of acquired knowledge.
Some of greatest entrepreneurs of our time entered into markets which they didn’t know anything about and were still successful:
- Richard Branson created dozens of businesses, including an airline, a softdrink and even space tourism. I doubt he knew anything about them before he started.
- Tim Ferris started a food supplements company without ever being involved in that industry before.
- Pat Flynn went from being laid off to becoming an expert in the field of passive income generation in the online space.
What I’m trying to explain to you is that you can learn just about anything if you put your mind to it and take action. Because only learning won’t get you far. You also need to take action. And once you get your business off the ground, you can hire people to help you build that business even further.
I will teach you all there is to learn about this business and how you too can start earning your own money by selling t-shirts. Now, there’s already quite a bit of information available on this site to get you going. However, I also want to share with you that I am currently working on a FREE introductory course into the secrets of how I built my business and how it has been providing me with a steady stream of residual passive income, month by month.
Now, I have to admit that I haven’t quite finished putting it together yet. I’m doing quite a bit of additional research on this in order to provide you with the best possible insights. There please bear with me.
However, please make sure you sign up for my mailing list at the end of this article. I will only be handing out this FREE Master Class to a limited amount of people for now and I would like YOU to be one of those.
Reason #2: You don’t need any designer skills
Yep, that’s right. You need absolutely ZERO designer skills in order to start you own t-shirt business. Sounds counterintuitive? Maybe. And yes, I will admit that if you have designer skills it may make things a bit easier for you and possibly give you a few more options on how you want to build your business. However, trust me when I tell you that designer skills are pretty much the last thing you need when building a t-shirt business.
But why is that? Well, one would think that being a great designer is the foundation for building a t-shirt business, but that’s not true. Some of the most successful t-shirt businesses are run by people who have little to no designer skills at all. I challenge you to browse the internet for some of the big sites which sell printed t-shirts for no more than $10. A lot of them only have simple quotes which aren’t even particular original. Great designs? Not really. Do they sell well? Sure as hell they do!
You see, one of the biggest obstacles for people with a higher sense of aesthetic and design are their own standards. A lot designers will only sell t-shirt which they think are creative and which look good. However, fact of the matter is that most people have a pretty bad sense of taste when it comes to t-shirts or fashion in general.
Now you’re probably thinking: “Hey, wait a minute. I want to sell beautiful design and create a great brand!”. That’s nice, but what good is that if no one is going to buy your t-shirts? Yes, there are exceptions to the rule and they are also the most prominently visible ones, which is why many t-shirt business owners have a distorted view on reality. However, it is a fact that the majority of t-shirts sold on the internet are not particularly pretty.
Now, irrespective of whether or not you’re willing to acknowledge that, there are more reasons why you don’t need to have any designer skills. Many on-demand printing services allow you to set up an online shop with them for free (more on this later). They also give you access to a huge marketplace of designs which other (more talented) designers have made available.
These designers are paid commissions every time a t-shirt with their design is sold. So in effect, you can use other designers’ skills to build your own business. Once you’ve started earning a decent amount of money with your online shop, you can start thinking about expanding your business and perhaps hiring designers who will create designs exclusively for your shop.
In my FREE Master Class I will show you where to set up an online store at no extra cost and how you can use the skills of thousands of designers to build your own business. I will also explain to you how you can leverage the help of external designers, to create unique designs which only your own brand will sell.
Reason #3: You don’t need an original or innovative idea
For years, every time I told people that I would like to start my own business, people would ask me what my special idea was. And every time I would ask them: Who ever said that I needed a special idea. You see, some of the most successful businesses are actually nothing but a better or more focused imitation of something that already exists. And the same is true for the t-shirt industry.
Most people are blinded by today’s big brands with their mainstream designs. And when they hear about starting a t-shirt business they often think of websites likes Threadless, Designbyhümans or LaFraise, because they turned the classic business model of the t-shirt business upside down. And that’s great!
But let’s be honest here. It is tremendously difficult to compete with the established players in that space and it is even more EXPENSIVE. And why is it so expensive? Because everyone is competing for the same mainstream clients. What they are doing may not seem like mainstream, but believe me, it’s mainstream.
Instead you should be focusing on a particular niche with much less competition and you should own it! It is much easier to get into a particular niche where you are closer to the customer, get more immediate feedback and can create far more tailored advertising. You’ll be spending less on advertising and you’ll be getting higher results.
At this point you’re probably thinking: “So how do I find a niche?”. Well, let me put it this way. Google knows just about everything nowadays and when identifying profitable niches, Google is your best friend. In my FREE Master Class I will be showing you exactly how you can harness the endless power of Google to help you identify the niches with the highest sales potential and realistic chances of beating the competition. So make sure you sign up to my mailing list and be the first to know once it’s available for download.
Reason #4: You don’t need any (or only little) money
A lot of people say that you can build a business without investing some money at the beginning. I know where they are coming from and they aren’t entirely wrong. However, I believe that money doesn’t play a particularly important role in starting up the business. Money or let’s saying capital starts getting more important once you want to start scaling your business to a point where you are leveraging the maximum potential of the processes you have in place.
But when it comes to simply starting up your business and testing the waters in the t-shirt industry: You don’t need a single dime. Nowadays there are so many on-demand printing services that you essentially don’t need to invest any capital in order to get you business running. All the costs associated with producing the product you are selling will be deducted once you make that sale.
But until that time comes, you don’t have to pay anything. And as I’ve pointed out earlier, you don’t even need to pay for the designs because thousands of skilled designers are offering their ready-made designs on a commission basis.
“But I have no money” is one of the biggest excuses you hear from people who are reluctant to take matters into their own hands. When I started my t-shirt business I was still a student and didn’t invest a single cent.
Reason #5: All you need is the right mindset
I actually believe this is THE biggest differentiator when it comes to unsuccessful versus highly successful entrepreneurs. It is all about having the right mindset. People spend so much time searching for excuses why something may or may not be working. They eventually forget that in order to be successful, you need to focus on taking action.
Don’t get me wrong. I know the feeling. When it comes to actually getting something done, there is so much temptation around you. It’s almost like you WANT to be distracted. And we have ALL been quilty of this at some point. Checking Facebook for the 20th time, reading your E-Mails, reorganizing the books on your bookshelf in alphabetical order or even cleaning up your room….suddenly they all seem like the most important things on earth.
And the same goes for learning. I must have said it a hundred times already but I’ll say it again. People spend hours, days, weeks or even months reading every single advise they can find on the internet. They keep reading the same old blogs, trying to learn everything there is to know about marketing their business.
And guess what: They don’t take action. Why? Because it take guts and focus to take action. And it’s easier to procrastinate and look for excuses than actually applying the stuff they’ve learned. I’d actually be willing to bet that more than 70% of the people who are reading this now will not take action afterwards.
If you really want to get things done and make real progress, you’re going to have to learn to focus. In order to be able to focus, you need to know exactly WHAT it is you want, WHY you want it and HOW you will get there. Once you get to that point, you will be able to be more productive that you’ve ever been before.
That is why my FREE introductory course has a special section on learning to focus on your goals and mapping out clear path towards success. If you apply these techniques you still become more productive that you’ve ever been before.
Some final thoughts
Building a successful business is no easy. There is no such thing as fast money or the perfect plan to get rich quick. It takes dedication, focus and perseverance. However, if you can stick to these fundamental rules, you’re already doing much better than 95% of the world and if you see it through, you too will succeed. I did too.
“Genius is largely the result of hard work, rather than an inspired flash of insight.” -Thomas A. Edison
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