If there’s one article of clothing that just about everyone wears, it’s definitely the t-shirt and it’s not hard to see why. T-shirts go hand in hand with fun graphics and catchy slogans, so they’re a great way to express yourself and tell people what you’re all about at a glance. They’re incredibly versatile as well, as they go perfectly with everything from jeans, to shorts, to skirts.
However, it’s one thing to decide you’d like to try your hand at starting a t-shirt business using your own dynamic designs and ideas. It’s quite another to actually turn your business into a success. Let’s take a closer look at how you can get things moving in the right direction.
Brainstorm a Hot Idea
There are literally thousands of t-shirt vendors already out there marketing their ideas to the masses. How will you make sure yours has something to offer that the others don’t? Choose a theme for your t-shirt business that you’re passionate about and that is marketed directly to a target demographic looking for exactly what you’re creating. Maybe you want to create children’s tees based on classic nursery rhymes, women’s tees designed especially for rebels, or tees for the whole family that is based on a single concept or belief. Whatever it is, make sure it’s unique.
Figure Out Your Business Structure
It’s always a good idea to give some thought to what you want to accomplish with your business right from the get-go. Are you more interested in focusing on retail sales or wholesale options? How big would you ultimately like your business to become? Consider meeting with a professional in the legal field that can help you decide on which business model would be the best fit for your particular vision.
Printing, Pricing, and Practicalities
The next order of business is to decide on the practicalities of how you’re going to produce your shirts. Some people decide to start a t-shirt line because they’re really into screenprinting or airbrushing and want to handle all the details of production themselves. If that’s not you, then you should find a reputable printer to partner with sooner rather than later. You’ll also need to decide what you want to sell your t-shirts for. In order to do this, you’ll need to know how much all these materials, printing services, and so forth will cost you.
Storing, Shipping, and Selling
You’ll also need to decide whether you have the ability and desire to store and ship your own t-shirts. If not, then you may want to consider outsourcing those responsibilities or using a print-on-demand service. Don’t forget that you’ll also need good photos that really show off the quality of the wares you’re selling for your website! You’ll need to do some homework on which outlets you should be selling through to best reach your target market as well.
At the end of the day, creating a successful t-shirt business is about a lot more than simply coming up with a great idea. True success will depend on how well you handle the practical details from start to finish. Feel free to read more of our blogs to learn more and don’t forget to check out our fantastic line of Haiti-inspired products while you’re here!