Small Business Ideas: How to Start an Online T-Shirt Business

Small Business Ideas: How to Start an Online T-Shirt Business How to start a small business selling t-shirts online. In this video, we’ll show you step by step, the easiest, most cost-effective way to start your online t-shirt design business.
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In this video, we’ll go over strategy, t-shirt and print quality, as well as creating and mocking up your designs. And then we’re going to show you step by step, the easiest, most cost-effective way to get your online t-shirt store up and running without having to deal with any upfront inventory costs, minimum orders, or even shipping and fulfillment.

I’ll be starting a t-shirt store from scratch so I can show you just how easy it is to get up and running. So, follow along and by the end of this video, you too will have created a beautiful online t-shirt store, even if you have no design or coding experience.

Video Highlights:

1:23 Niche
1:45 Design
2:01 Quality
2:24 T-Shirt Quality
3:02 T-Shirt Printing Quality
3:20 Screen Printing
3:51 Heat Transfer Printing
4:26 Direct to Garment Printing
5:22 Creating Your Designs
6:15 Mocking Up Designs
6:56 Validating Your T-shirt Ideas

9:12 Shopify Free Trial Sign Up
10:55 Integrating Printful, an On-demand Printing & Fulfillment App
12:55 T-shirts, Pricing, Shipping Rates
14:05 Mocking up Your T-Shirts & Set up Billing
15:38 Add a T-shirt to Your Shopify Store
17:18 Sync T-shirt with Printful
19:46 Setting up Shopify Payments
20:49 Setting up Your Shipping Rates
23:50 Customizing the Look & Feel of Your Store
28:21 Editing Your “About Us” & Adding a Blog Post
28:58 Adding a Custom Web Address/Domain

Linked Materials:
Picking the Perfect Blank T-Shirt – T-shirt Magazine Online:
Design Community – Dribbble:
T-Shirt Marketplace – Designious:
T-Shirt Marketplace – T-Shirt Factory:
Graphic Design Marketplace – Creative Market:
Graphic Design Marketplace – Graphic River:
T-Shirt Mockup Generator –
T-Shirt Mockup Generator – The Printful Mockup Generator:

Photoshop T-Shirt Templates – Graphic River T-Shirt Mockups:
Photoshop T-Shirt Templates – SaveDelete 40+ T-Shirt Templates:
Photoshop T-Shirt Templates – Design Bolt 50+ T-Shirt Mockups:
Feedback on Your Designs – Reddit:
Crowd Funding Website – Kickstarter:
Custom T-Shirt Printing And Fulfillment App – Printful:
Custom T-Shirt Printing And Fulfillment App – Merchify:
Custom T-Shirt Printing And Fulfillment App – Print Aura:
Custom T-Shirt Printing And Fulfillment App – Scalable Press:
Starting Your Shopify Store – Video Tutorial:
How to Choose a Shipping Strategy for Your Online Store:

And there you go, just like that you’re all set up with your custom branded, online t-shirt store. And if you’ve followed along, your t-shirts are all synced up with printful, so when someone purchases a t-shirt, an order is automatically sent to printful, printed on your t-shirt of choice and sent directly to your customer.

And since you don’t have to worry about upfront inventory costs, or printing and shipping you’ll have plenty of time to focus on other aspects of growing and running your online t-shirt business.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and if you found this video helpful, please let us know by clicking the like button. Thanks for watching.

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25 thoughts on “Small Business Ideas: How to Start an Online T-Shirt Business”

  1. thanks. i currectly making online shops for free for some businesses in
    Montreal and this video is inspiring.

  2. Thanks, I own a camping website that I have been aching to monify in this
    way. I have Photoshop, and a few rough designs. I think that Shopify (with
    the help of this video) may just be the ticket. It will take a little more
    work, but if it was easy everybody would be doing it. Truth is, Shopify is
    pretty easy. Once I conquer the learning curve it’ll be “Game-on.” 

  3. What a curiosity!… that I have been putting a business plan together so I
    can start a small business on the side base on the industry that I have a
    passion for and the I saw this ad right on my face!!! This mean something I
    have the feeling. 

  4. I’m kinda getting the idea of this say I set a price of $30 and sold that
    it’d go to me, right. And then I pay the $16 to shopify, does that include
    shipping or just the t-shirt and print itself?

  5. What is the very best printing method for t-shirts? One where the colour
    doesn’t fade after a few washes, one that lasts forever etc?

  6. I want to start online fashion store of women wear. So here how shopify
    will help me , where printful is not necessary like in t shirts designing
    based on printing.!

  7. Absolutely love Shopify! Many of our clients utilize their tools for their +Creatively
    Smart Social Media Campaigns. I see many folks complaining about the high
    cost of the shirts but your best bet is to probably compete on branding and
    marketing as opposed to price. Carve out a niche and stay away from the
    race to the bottom model. Good luck…Find out more at 

  8. What are the possible things or machines that could hit a good quality for
    printing a tshirt to start a small business…

  9. Hi. Great video. I have a couple of questions – I understood that the
    customer’s money comes to me and my money pays printful for the shirt. It
    wasn’t clear to me how returns are handled though. Could you pls elaborate
    on that? Also, would you recommend having a Terms and Conditions section on
    the website?

  10. I notice a lot of the t-shirt fulfilment options are US based, are there
    any UK centric options available that I haven’t heard about? I have yet to
    find a UK version of printful for example. Delivery costs are prohibitive
    for UK market

  11. Great video! I just have one question. I noticed you uploaded the same mock
    up design a couple times in different colors to your website. Is it
    possible to just upload it once but giving the customer the option to click
    on the color of the shirt they’d like to order, that way you don’t need to
    upload all the designs in different colors?

  12. I really like it, I hope I can start my own collection soon, I’ll be
    working hard to make it happen wish me luck :)

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