Everybody wears t-shirts. Thats why the demand for pre-designed hoodies and t-shirts is phenomenal.It is hardly surprising if there are new players in the t-shirt market to fill in the demand. After all, tee shirts hold universal appeal and they can even be considered an essential.
Tshirts and hoodies can also be customized by adding embellishments and having designs printed on them. Moreover, the basic tshirt design can be altered and the material may not only be cotton or polyester. The good thing is that tee-shirt businesses can be started with minimal or no capital at all. This option is called the POD (print-on-demand) product, which requires no investment or up-front money.
POD companies print and market user-designed mugs, tshirts, bags, and calendars, among other items. The tshirt business owner can upload his own graphics or design, which are then custom-printed on to the tee shirts. The business owner sets a price and he gets some profits when the tshirts sell. In POD, theres no inventory as the tshirts are not printed until someone wants to order them. This process involves less risk and less cost for such services.
Two POD companies include Zazzle and CafePress. In Zazzle, the business owner designs his own tshirt and hoody products, funny t-shirts, hats, and bags and sells the items through Zazzles site. Prices are set and the owner pockets a royalty after every sale. In CafePress, a business owner can make his own tshirt design by using CafePress designer tools online.
All one needs to do is set up an online shop, decide what kind of tshirts to sell, and set prices. The owners designs will be used on the items, depending on how many tshirts the customer needs. CafePress handles orders, shipping, and credit cards. However there have been recent reports of Cafepress closing down sellers accounts and confiscating any designs the seller had on there site, if they were not removed within a very short time frame.
The advantage of both POD companies is that the business owner does not need any investment and the company does the work. However, since the POD company does the legwork, the profit margin for the tshirt business owner may be less.
Enlisting the help of a POD company is a good idea if the tshirt business owner is just starting out. Eventually, as the business owner learns the ropes in the shirt selling business, he may want to become more hands-on. This is because the potential to make money on running ones own business is far greater than having a POD company handle all the work. In the end, a POD company is a starting point for greater things to come.
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