You Need to Start an Online T Shirt Business Already


I LOVE dreaming up different random businesses to start that are creative and cool and fun and personal. One of those that has drifted in and out of my mind is a t-shirt business.

I’m one of those dorks who always has to point out when a dumb phrase would make a good band name, and I think that same gene makes me think of amazingly hilarious and awesome t-shirt ideas.

Then I start thinking about the actual work involved in buying a bunch of shirts, screening them, trying to sell them, etc etc etc and holy nuts, no way do I want to do all that peasant work.

I’ve batted around the idea of starting a Zazzle shop, and I have a few random items floating around Zazzle, but Zazzle overwhelms me. And then I decide my stuff will simply get lost in the vast ocean of Zazzle.

Today, however, I got an email in the old inbox from Shopify about their Online T-Shirt Business Guide and I silently screamed what a good idea this is.

I had to read it first to make sure they don’t recommend printing your own t-shirts, and when the coast was clear, my curiosity was piqued.

As I mentioned, I just got this email today, so I haven’t ironed out any details, but my first thoughts would be to start a quick and easy website, then and add a Shopify store to that. I would slowly start to add some designs to my store, making sure they worked together in a visually cohesive way. For instance, you don’t want to have 3 t-shirt designs with funny porcupine photos and then 4 more with hilarious quotes about how much you love coffee.

I remember reading somewhere – and I tend to agree with this – that the more products you have for sale, the more likely someone is to buy something. People want choices, and they also want to browse through a bunch of cool designs. Also, the more stuff you offer, the longer they will browse, making it more likely they will actually buy something.

Therefore, I would probably wait until I had 6-10 designs up in my shop before I began to hardcore promote it.

IN FACT! I came up with some beautiful designs on PicMonkey, my favorite site for Photoshop-averse dorks like me.




Are your creative pistons firing? The guide over here offers much more juicy, in depth info and resources for branding, ideas, best practices, t shirt resources, and best of all: printer/dropshippers.

If you start a t-shirt biz, will you let me know? I want to see what creative things you people are up to.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I have a million ideas in my head at one time. This sounds cool. Love your creations! Although I have photoshop I tend to use PicMonkey. 🙂

    • Ha! That’s so funny that you use PicMonkey anyway. I keeping beating myself up for not learning Photoshop, but then I’m like, eh, too hard. 🙂 I’m so excited this inspired you!

  2. Starting your own business is not easy, but worth it. So if someone wants to open their own small business, then I advise you to think over everything first and use additional software that helps you put everything on the shelves and not forget about anything.

  3. I completely agree with you! Thank you for your article, it is very good. To be honest, I have been thinking about starting my own business for a long time, but I was stopped by the fact that I do not understand financial management at all, but Aetrust is well versed in this and handle this very well. So I think I will be able to demonstrate the first results soon. All the best!

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