One of my favorite duets on TikTok this week features a side hustle idea on how to create a print on demand clothing brand. You can watch it here. This is a detailed blueprint on how to turn your art into a automatic print on demand business.
Side Hustle Resources You'll Need
For this side hustle, there are a few resources that you can take advantage of to start this business.
Tools to Draw Your Art
For this, you'll simply use an iPad to draw your designs. There are several apps that make it easy for you to create a professional, beautiful design.
- Illustrator App for iPad
- Inspire Pro
- Art Studio Pro
- Comic Draw
- Photoshop Sketch
- Autodesk Sketchbook
How to Place Your Art on Blank T-Shirts
Now, if you want to create stunning mockups, then we recommend smart mockups. This a fun site that allows you to put your product on t-shirts AND then, see those t-shirts on models.
They also allow you to see your designs here:
- Face Masks
- Coffee Mugs
How to Print On Demand
The “print on demand” allows you to upload your designs and dropship the printing. The idea is to upload your designs and as orders come in, they are automatically sent to this place for fulfillment. These places print & ship to your customers.
I'll be testing out different services, but these are the top print on demand drop shippers.
- Print aura.
- Spod for Shopify.
Websites to Use to Sell Your Print On Demand Stuff
Then, the trick is to match your print-on demand fulfillment company with the website that they work with. For example, if you're using Printful for fulfillment. Printful easily integrates with Squarespace. That means you'll be building your website using Squarespace.
Print On Demand Integrates with Website Builder
For this, we'll create a nice match-up to connect which fulfillment company easily integrates with the website builder. The key is to keep this simple and use the resources that are out there.
- Printify integrates with Etsy, Amazon, eBay, Wish, Bonanza.
- Teespring integrates with YouTube, Google Shops.
- Print aura integrates with Shopify and Etsy.
- Spod for Shopify.
- CustomCat integrates with Shopify, Etsy, WooCommerce & Big Commerce.
- Spreadshop integrates with Wix, Weebly, WordPress and Joomla.
- Teefury integrates with Shopify.
- Teelaunch integrates with Etsy.
- Printful integrates with Etsy, Amazon, Wix, eBay, Bonanza.
MVP for Your Print On Demand Clothing
When we launch ANYTHING, what is the minimum you can do to prove the concept. I always talk about MVP which stands for minimal viable product. Before you spend time and money, how can you prove the concept first to see if you have a winner.
Once you create your designs, you'll mock it up and put that on your social media / store. Right? Then, give it three days to see if your audience likes it. If they sell out – then, spend money to hire models and promote the item.
There is nothing to overthink here. Your goal is to “create THIS system” that allows you to focus on the designs and creating the vibe and the print on-demand fulfulls the orders. And they'll fulfill the orders while you sleep, while you vacation and while you live your life.
Bookmark this guide and I'll be testing out the best setups and updating this post regularly. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. If you know someone who needs this blueprint, share it with them.