If you’re here, I’ll assume that you, at the very least, share one of those two qualities. I realized that designing a t-shirt was a lot like painting on a blank canvas or drawing on a fresh sheet of paper.
There are restrictions, as there are with any art medium, but for the most part you have the freedom to do what you’d like. What I failed to realize is that slapping some ink on a shirt and blindly creating an attractive website doesn’t equate to a solid business plan and ongoing sales.
Now, a cheaper website setup doesn’t have to mean ugly. There are a ton of free and premium templates out there that will make your site look professional. 200 real fans are worth more and will contribute MUCH more than 1000 fake fans. You don’t want to be side-tracked with any more stressful additions than need be.
It’s just another thing to stress yourself out about.
We used this screen printer and they did an incredible job and I was amazed at how meticulous they are.
From inexperienced “garage shops” with one manual press to experienced “industry shops” with 500 shirt minimums, quality and price run the gamut. You’ll need to be confident once you do put it out there. Inspiration can cause spur-of-the-moment decisions. Let things soak in, but on the flip side, don’t battle yourself. Watching a video like the one below was something that propelled us to make certain decisions we probably weren’t ready to make. It just needs to show your products off in a way that is in line with your brand. My fiancee’s younger sister’s entire high school graduating class was one of them. That’s not saying you shouldn’t try or expect great things. For a longer article about making the best e-commerce site click here. It doesn’t need to be flashy and full of scripts that will knock a customer’s socks off. They find fame through luck and bunch of other outlets that aren’t necessarily available to the average person. Screen printing is far from a flawless process and the more accustomed with the process you become, the more you’ll understand that). If you’re original and fresh, you’ll never run into a problem. To this day, she’s extremely hesitant to start another business with me. Anything we disagreed about was initially taken offense to (primarily by me). “Just design one before opening up shop,” one might say. I got into an all-out screaming match (and I’ll admit I have a temper, but this was absolutely provoked) with a printshop owner because he claimed that minor discrepancies are a part of the process (which they are – most companies allow a 5% screw up rate. By the end of Anomalous, my fiancée and I were at each other’s throats. But in order for an idea to become a reality, it must be executed. I registered the business name and we drew up some designs. We went at it for nearly half an hour with the guy throwing things at me like “I just filled an order for Vera Wang! We tried bootstrapping on things like craft show and music festival fees. That’s not saying you can’t make money at those type of events (we made 0 at our cheapest event – for the table), but you can find a balancing point. I remember looking her in the eyes one night in particular and asking, “If you saw our clothing in a store window, would you buy it? Granted, there were a few kick ass designs that I still wear today, but they were few and far between. Do it right from the start, and you won’t have to worry about looking backwards while walking forward. By discrepancies, in this case, I’m talking about the ink stains and holes that I mentioned previously. We pretended to wonder why things weren’t working but we knew exactly why. I’ve owned a failed t-shirt company and am a designer by trade. It’s a mere fraction of what it took to start and run a t-shirt line. I’m not here to tell you how to keep your new, fledgling brand afloat. Hey, that’s right on par in terms of pricing, but it was too much for us. The problem (eventually a positive) was that I wanted to learn it all. Shopify makes it easy to setup your website and collect payments and they have a large selection of themes and plugins. We threw a “tee-party” (crafty, right) and invited all of our Facebook friends. The fact remains that companies like Johnny Cupcakes are one in a million. A great web design firm tried to charge me ,500 for a website. The day I discovered Shopify was one of the greatest days of my business life. Two of which sat there the entire time and gawked at my sister-in-law and talked our ears off about Lord Of The Rings or some other crap. I went upstairs and nearly cried about how much of a failure we were. It’s hard to watch the video above and not feel like you can take over the world with your little doodles and vector images.