Eastward is an entrepreneur holding an MBA and a passion for passive income. He currently enjoys living and working in SE Asia.
So, you wanted to get started making passive income with print on demand?
The path to making passive income with an online apparel or other print on demand product business may be easier than you think. If you have a decent computer that can handle any popular graphic design program and a reasonable Internet connection, you are well on your way. I spend most of my time using an HP Spectre laptop and Internet service via using my phone as a mobile hotspot. My preferred graphic design software is the Adobe Creative Suite, but subscriptions can be cost prohibitive for someone just getting their feet wet.
There are quite a few free software alternatives out there these days including; Gimp, Inkscape, Krita, Paint Tool SAI, and others. Apple and Mac fans can consider Procreate. If you are unfamiliar with any of these programs, don't fret. The University of YouTube has all kind of tutorial videos to help get you up to speed.
The proof is in the pudding!
An independent artist is paid with each purchase made on TeePublic. Since 2013, independent artists on TeePublic have earned tens of millions.
Choosing a print on demand site
The variety of options with print on demand sites can be a bit overwhelming and some are much easier to use than others. For my particular target market and workflow, I prefer TeePublic. The website, teepublic.com, offers a sleek user interface and user experience. Once you upload a design, it's easy to make modifications if necessary -- such as resizing. You can preview your design on a wide variety of products. TeePublic offers T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, hoodies, phone cases, banners, notebooks, pillows, mugs, and more. Once you sign up for a designer account, that means you do too!
Other options you might consider for print on demand sites include RedBubble, Zazzle, Teespring, and Spreadshirt. More are popping up all the time. I find anything other than TeePublic to be a bit more labor intensive which detracts from the passivity of the pursuit of passive income, but you may find that these avenues work better for your niche.
If you are looking to connect with a print on demand company to work with your own website, you may consider Printful. Again, the user experience lacks the efficiency and polish of TeePublic, but there is a greater product range available. They've also recently added embroidery to their arsenal. I use a WordPress + WooCommerce + Printful combination for product offerings that I can't fulfill with TeePublic. Using Shopify + Printify is another option.
Not an artist or designer? Don't worry!
You don't need to be a great artist or designer to start making money with print on demand. If you've taken my recommendations for software and dedicated a little time to watching tutorials online, you're ready for the next step. To attract customers, you are going to need some attractive designs. It may behoove you to stick with a certain theme so your storefront can become the go to place for cute kitten products or whatever it is you are interested in offering.
There is a great community of designers creating and selling designs that you can in turn put on print on demand (POD) products. It's best to make some alterations in text or imagery, otherwise you may get warnings about uploading duplicate content. If you buy and upload the same design with the same file name and title, the POD site may consider that a problem and even ban your storefront in extreme cases.
Some places you can shop for designs, if you aren't creating your own, are Design Cuts (www.designcuts.com) and Creative Fabrica (www.creativefabrica.com). They even offer some freebie designs if you sign up for their newsletters with your email address.
Last but not least
Now that you have your software, your designs, and POD sites to consider, it's time to start making some money. Sign up to the site of your choice and start uploading! If you are interested in TeePublic, sign up using this link https://www.teepublic.com/signup/designer/sell-art-online/jarecrow
Do you have friends interested in becoming POD designers as well? Refer your friends and TeePublic will pay you $1 for every product they sell for up to $1,000 total. You certainly can't say no to more money!
I hope you've found this article helpful and I wish you the best of luck in starting your own POD business. Hit me up with any questions or comments below. I look forward to hearing from you!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Eastward
Eastward (author) from Bangkok, Thailand on September 23, 2020:
Thank you, Tammy. I wish you the best of luck with your TeePublic venture!
Tammy Winters from Oregon on September 23, 2020:
Very nice hub... just what I was looking for. I'm going to try TeePublic out using your helpful link. Thanks.