Unlike popular belief, it is possible to make money without any up-front investments. That’s what Print on Demand marketplaces allow you to do. Here’s how they work, and how to profit from them!
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Are you keen to start a Print on Demand business, but lack the necessary capital to start-up?
If so, you’re not alone. We’ve first-hand read and advised thousands of other people in the same predicament.
So what’s the alternative solution? Sell custom print on demand items on free marketplaces.
Completely free to join, these websites allow anyone to sell their merchandise. Plus, you don’t even require a credit card (we’ll explain how this works below).
Let’s look at how these websites work, and how you can start earning money from them today.
How These Websites Work
These websites invite designers to sell their own custom merchandise as third-party sellers.
You can create your own custom t-shirts, mugs, hoodies, pillows, bags or even shoes. Then, list them for sale on their marketplace.
Getting started is fairly quick and easy too:
- First, you sign up for a free account.
- Next, select a product you’d like to sell.
- After that, you upload the design you’ve chosen to print onto your product.
- Then, modify your product page. Add a title, item description and set a price for your product.
- Finally, list your newly created product for sale on their marketplace.
The rest—receiving orders, processing payments, printing your product, shipping it out your customer—is all handled by the website’s production service.
How do I receive my earned funds?
From each sale, a certain percentage is automatically deducted. This is to cover necessary seller fees. The remaining net balance (or profit) is then credited to your bank account, via PayPal or cheque payment.
How are orders handled?
Most third-party sites require sellers to handle their own shipping. However, these websites handle all of the logistics on your behalf.
When an order is placed, their production company will digitally print your design onto the chosen item. Then, ship it out to the customer’s address.
In the industry, we refer to this method as print on demand. Products aren’t manufactured before the sale. Only after, when the design is printed on demand onto the product.
Now you redirect your focus towards creating and uploading compelling designs.
“Wait, don’t I need to be a graphic designer?”
It’d make sense to assume you’d need talent in art to sell successfully on these websites. After all, they are targeted at the dedicated artist—how could you possibly compete?
Counter intuitively, being an A+ at art isn’t required to create a profitable design. Rather, it’s simple text-based designs that are a growing trend in the t-shirt market.
Funny, witty, and instantly understood by many, these text designs allow people to express their personality in a fun and creative way.
Best of all, anyone can create simple text designs. You don’t need Photoshop or Illustrator to write a funny joke in plain text. Nor do you need to hire a graphic designer.
With free graphic design platforms like Canva, you can quickly curate text designs that people love and relate to. The question is, where do you find them?
Not everyone has the best sense of humour to create their own messages. But so what if you don’t? You can easily gain inspiration from funny meme pages.
Meme pages are a great place to fish for new ideas. If people are liking, tagging, and sharing these posts with their friends, there’s a possible chance this humour can turn into a profitable design.
Don’t just put up one t-shirt. Put up 10, 20, 30, before you expect to see any results from your marketing efforts.
When you’ve created your text design, the next step is to publish your design in your chosen marketplace. Here are five marketplaces you can choose from:
Pro tip: double your earnings with affiliate commissions
Additionally, you can make even more money as an affiliate for other people’s products.
An affiliate is someone who promotes somebody else’s product and makes a commission off each sale.
At Wholesale Ted, we are affiliates for several products—Placeit being one of our favourites.
When we promote Placeit through a YouTube video, we encourage viewers to click on a special URL, below in the video description.
That special URL is what you call affiliate link. And is how the vendor recognizes that a customer came through us, not another affiliate.
So when somebody clicks on that link, lands on Placeit’s website, and buys a subscription, we are rewarded a commission.
As you can see, we generate a fair amount of commissions as affiliates.
But more importantly, how can you? It’s no different to how we do.
First, you’ll have to sign up to an affiliate program—and, good news: every single website listed here has one.
Once you’ve signed up, and got your affiliate link, you can then advertise your t-shirt on social media websites like Pinterest. Then, use your affiliate link as the URL that links to your t-shirt.
Then, when people purchase the t-shirt, through your affiliate URL, your chosen marketplace will reward you with a commission for the sale you made.
So, essentially, not only are you being paid for your t-shirt, but you’re also being paid to promote it as an affiliate, (ethically) doubling your earnings in the process!
The Bottom Line
These free Print on Demand marketplaces are a fantastic way to start selling t-shirts without need of investing any money upfront.
You can choose to build a brand in a marketplace. Likewise, you can raise money to even create your own website. Whichever route you take, anyone can make money online selling t-shirts with simple method.