How to Start an Online T-Shirt Business with Printful

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Thinking about how to launch an online T-Shirt Business in 2020, on this post I will be showing step guides on how to start your Printful T-Shirt business today.

There are a lot of reasons why everyone wants to start a T-Shirt business. With over 406 billion dollars in valuation as of 2019, the apparel market has since been a good venture for young entrepreneurs today.

Starting a T-Shirt business today online requires a lot of time and investment and with many eCommerce platforms out there it may seem impossible to choose the one right for you.

And here comes Printful a print-on-demand drop shipping and fulfillment warehouse services that provide services for customers worldwide.


What makes Printful really awesome is that it is free to join without any payment needed.

The general idea to Make Money with Printful is selling Printful shirts on popular eCommerce platforms like Amazon, Etsy, Wish and many more Platforms!

In this Printful review, I will be showing you how to start an online store selling T-Shirt on Printful with simple steps to follow.

Also, before taking any step in starting you need to consider whom you are trying to sell your shirts to.

You need to ask yourself the question of who is your target audience going to be.

For example, if you plan on making shirts for only kids then you will want it to be made in colorful patterns or if you want to make a shirt for only teens then focusing on streetwear will be a good idea.

Step 1: Sign up for an account on Printful

The first and obvious step is to first create an account with printful which does not take more than 5 minutes to get set up for use.

printful home page

after clicking on sign up you will be prompted to this page below where you will be requested to fill in your name, email address, and your password.

Sign up to Printful

Step 2: Know your Target audience

Like I said earlier finding out whom you will want to sell T-shirts to is necessary. The clothing industry is large and so as the customer’s interest hence doing some early research is important.

Another reason Printful helps is that it is a Print on Demand (POD) service that means if your shirts don’t sell at first you will not lose any investment. So it is best to experiment as much as you can.

Step 3: Start designing your shirts

There are tons of ways to design the shirts you want to sell. Printful gives you the possibility to use your own original designs to be placed on your shirts.

If you want to want to upload your design or maybe a logo it is advisable to make sure you are using a transparent background.

To get started you need to use the built-in mockup Generator on Printful. Click on “Create your first product template

create template on printful

After clicking on this you will be prompted to this menu below

Create a Printful product template

Here you can see a load of opportunities offers users to choose in terms of clothing especially when differing between male and female clothing.

Next, you will want to choose which type of shirt you want your design to be on. But for this tutorial, I will be selecting the most popular men shirts to print.

selecting design options on Printful

After a while of editing my custom shirt, I finally came up with this design below which can be easily found in printful for free. After this give you can give the template a title and save it for later.

This is because you want to make sure it is saved so that it can be easily moved to your online store.

You may visit Printful on the different types of image formats you can use for different designs on your shirt.

Hire a Shirt designer

If all this may seem too exhausting you can easily hire a T-shirt designer on freelance sites like Fiverr and Upwork.

There are also many ways to find clothing designs for your T-shirt business online to get more info to do this you can check out this post on steps to find a professional clothing designer for your brand.

Step 4: Choose your eCommerce Platform (Optional)

Now everything is set and ready to go. you are done designing your shirts and ready to start marketing and advertising your product.

But before this can be done you will have to choose an eCommerce platform you wish to use to start selling your shirts online. This means you need a website online.

Printful has the capability of connecting to up to 15 different platforms online which is outstanding for any Print on demand (POD) company out there.

This is a list of most of the popular eCommerce sites you can integrate with.

Printful ecommerce integrations

You can also join an online marketplace like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon if you don’t want to host your own website by yourself.

But you will be required to pay a fee to the respectively for every purchase a customer makes on your products.

Step 5: Integrate your Printful account

Like I said earlier you can integrate with both eCommerce platforms and online marketplace. To do this you can simply in your dashboard click on your created stores then choose Platform you want.

For every Platform selected there is a YouTube Tutorial for you.

Step 6: Choose your online Payment method

With any online platform, you choose you will need to choose an online payment method you want to use. This is needed in other to receive money online with Printful.

You can use PayPal, Stripe and even your bank card whichever you choose. Additionally, you have to add your PayPal or Bankcard to Printful wallet so that you will be able to receive transactions quickly.

Any more questions on starting a Printful account? Let me know in the comments and I’ll respond!



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