How to Start a Print On-Demand Business

This guide will walk you through some of the things you need to know to set up your own print on-demand business

What is Print On-Demand?

Print on-demand (POD) is a business model where you create designs and upload them to platforms like Amazon Merch on Demand, Red Bubble & Teepublic

These platforms handle printing, shipping, and customer service for you, allowing you to focus solely on designing your products and collecting your earnings.

The Benefits of Passive Print On-Demand

By using POD platforms, you can enjoy create a near passive income stream:

  • There is no inventory management: The platform handles all logistics.
  • You can Focus on creativity: Spend your time designing instead of managing orders.
  • This business model is Scaleable: Upload your designs to multiple platforms to maximise your reach and sales.

Getting Started with Design Creation

  1. Brainstorm Design Ideas:
    • Draw inspiration from personal hobbies and passions.
    • Avoid using copyrighted or trademarked content.
    • Use tools like Etsy and Merch Informer to find profitable niches. Merch Informer offers a three-day free trial and helps identify less competitive sub-niches.
  2. Generate Design Concepts:
    • Spend some time to brainstorm ideas, ensuring they are unique and not infringing on existing copyrights or trademarks.
    • Verify phrases for safety using a trademark alert tool.

Design Tools and Resources

  • A paid design tool that simplifies the creation of professional-looking designs without needing graphic design experience. It offers:
    • Copyright-free fonts and graphics.
    • A wide range of customizable templates.
    • The ability to ensure designs have a transparent background, suitable for T-shirts.

Creating and Uploading Your Designs

  1. Design Multiple Variations:
    • Aim to create 20 to 30 designs to cater to various niches and to help increase your chances of sales.
    • Edit text and graphics using Placeit, and ensure your designs are saved as PNG files.
  2. Upload to Multiple Platforms:
    • Start with popular sites like Teepublic, RedBubble, and Amazon Merch on Demand. These platforms receive significant organic traffic, helping you reach a broader audience.
    • Set up your seller accounts, focusing initially on T-shirts due to their popularity and their ease of setup.

Optimising Your Listings for more Sales

  1. Craft Effective Titles and Descriptions:
    • Include the main phrase from your design in the title along with a low-competition keyword.
    • Avoid adding generic terms like “T-shirt” as some platforms automatically include them.
    • Use main and supporting tags to improve your design’s search ranking.
  2. Focus on T-Shirts:
    • T-shirts typically generate the most sales, so prioritise them over other products like stickers and phone cases.
    • Disable other product options to save time and streamline your offerings.

Final Steps

  1. Set Your Pricing and Go Publish:
    • Follow the platform’s guidelines for setting prices.
    • Once your listings are live, you’ll officially be a print on-demand seller.
    • Earnings are typically paid out via PayPal or direct deposit monthly.
  2. Repeat This Process Across Other POD Platforms:
    • Replicate this process on other print on-demand sites like RedBubble and Amazon Merch by Demand to broaden your reach and sales potential.

Good luck and Cheers

Steve King Website Designer

About Steve King

Keen Golfer, Movie Fan and Marketing Nut

I teach people that are interested in making money online how to create simple websites and Information Products

I have been doing this since February 2009 and I still love it as much today as I did when I first started