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Tips to Sell and Design Custom T-Shirts Online

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Everybody who enters the world of internet marketing will realise that selling a product online is not an easy business. If it was, then everybody would be doing. Since ‘everybody’ is doing, but only a small proportion are making any kind of profit, the key question to ask is are your sales tactics working?Are you an artist or designer that can design your own t-shirts? Do you think you can do better than most of the other t-shirt designs you see online or even people wearing? Then perhaps you want to try to make money from your own designs professionally, and run your own online store.

Lots of people make money online with a work from home business, the vast majority selling items that belong to other people for a commission, otherwise known as ‘affiliate marketing”. Some make a lot of money but could make even more if their designs were unique and they were not selling the same thing as hundreds of others are selling on the internet! The person that wins is normally he or she who understands a bit about marketing and can attract visitors to their website.

What if you were able to produce your own unique designs and can then have them printed onto a T-shirt that you can sell online from a website provided to you just for that purpose – then how cool would that be! Not only cool, but very profitable, since your design is unique and you have no competition selling the same as you. You can use it on other forms of clothing, and it’s not even restricted to clothes: mugs and many more forms of promotional goods that can be made unique when printed with your designs.

It sounds a great idea, especially if you are a good artist? But can you really do this? To design your very own T-shirts, have them printed for you and then be given a website so you can sell them online? All are at a good price so that it is possible to make a fair amount of money doing it? What is all this going to cost you in advance? Is a chance like this going to cost you a fortune to set up?

Decide for yourself: here’s how it works:

1. Have your own unique design – or more than one.

2. Come up with name for your home business: something along the lines of ‘Exclusive Shirts’ or ‘T-Shirts 4 U’ – Come up with a name for own store where you will be selling your own custom T-shirts online.

3. You must get yourself a PayPal account so you can get paid: that’s not difficult to set up.

4. If you can locate a printer to help you achieve your ambition then you might become the world’s next famous entrepreneur: selling your personally designed clothing.

That is fairly simple to do, and just think how you would benefit: after your initial design, you can make money online with little effort. It will be necessary to advertise and market your online business, but you can do that is a number of simple and very effective ways. There isn’t much else that you would have to do because the orders will be taken for you and invoices and receipts will dealt with automatically without any humans being involved.

That means that you have more time to design your T-shirts and increase your range rather than waiting for telephone calls and writing down orders. The more designs you come up with then the more you can sell. Maybe you will find one or more fashion houses getting interested in your work, and you could find yourself working for them or selling or licensing your designs for their exclusive use!

You have no problems other than finding the unprinted shirts and finding a printer to transfer your designs to these blanks. It’s not as hard to get done as you might believe – much easier than you would think. There are businesses around that will do all that for you: print your designs onto self-colored T-shirts. They will even accept orders from you, print the garments and deliver them to your customers. You would normally get about 50% of the profit on the garment, the other 50% going to the merchant.

That’s not bad since all you have to do is to design and advertise! You can use online advertising techniques such as article marketing and banner ads free of charge. You might even decide to arrange to have the garments printed yourself: there are many different techniques, although sublimation printing can be carried out using an old-style trouser press or just a hot iron. It’s easy to do yourself if you have your design printed on paper using sublimation dyes.

What all this means is that you can very easily get an idea for a design, sketch or draw it onto paper, send the design to a printer and have it printed onto a plain colored or white garment. That is the way to design custom T-shirts and use your own home business store to sell them online and make money.

Perhaps you won’t make enough to keep you full time, but just think of how great it would be to have an extra few hundred to spend on yourself each month? Just for designing a few designs for custom T-shirts on the internet. By doing this full time you never know how much you could make, although you are not advised to give up your day job just yet, unless you are unemployed or retired and have a great design idea that has enabled you to make a lot by working part time.

So if you think you can do it, and design your own T-shirts online, then you can easily sell them from your own website. It is hard to fail with a business like that and is a great way to spend any spare time you have profitably – making money online!

Customised Clothing for Charity Events

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Customised clothing can be used to boost morale amongst your helpers, raise money and help with the running of events, it’s just a matter of picking the right garment for customisation.Personalised clothing for charities

If you run regular events, and have a pool of regular volunteers or staff, consider providing personalised clothing that is branded with the charity logo, website and even tagline – and has a specific colour or design that only helpers and staff can wear. There are multiple benefits:

Participants in fundraising events will be able to identify staff and helpers very quickly
High-quality customised garments can boost morale amongst your staff and volunteers, and help to make them feel part of a team
The logo and website will help to keep your charity and its cause visible

Charity t-shirts for event participants

If you are running an event with a fee to participate, you could offer a free t-shirt as part of the price. This works well for events with large numbers of people, as bulk orders of printed t-shirts lower the cost of each garment. Again, ensure that the logo and website for your charity are part of the design, and keep the design to as few colours as possible to keep the costs low.

Running shirts and technical vests for charity fun runs and marathons

If you are planning to organise a fun run, or perhaps organise a team to participate in a marathon, why not customise running shirts and technical vests for the event?

These can be a great giveaway with a signing up fee as the serious runners participating will be more likely to wear a technical vest than a cotton t-shirt, thereby increasing your charity’s visibility.

Jackets and hoodies

If you hold charity events over the year, you’re likely to have volunteers and participants out in all weathers. Don’t forget to look into customised jackets and hoodies, again with your charity’s details printed on them, for people to wear in bad weather.

The cost of customised clothing for charities

If your charity has no budget for personalised clothing, consider approaching local businesses for sponsorship. You could offer a banner display at the events, mentions in event programmes, buttons on your website and special mentions in newsletters. These are preferable to offering to put their company logo on the garments themselves, so the impact of your design isn’t affected.


The choice of clothing available for personalisation is greater than ever. The best customised clothing for your charity event will take into account the time of year, the type of charity you have, whether the clothing is for one or several events and whether you intend to sell it or give it away as an incentive. Taking the time to consider the options can not only raise money for your charity, but also raise your charity’s profile.