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Starting a T-shirt Design Business

April 4, 2012 IADT Online, IADT General, Graphic Design 0 Comments

Screen Printing for T-ShirtsAre you thinking of starting a T-shirt design business? If so, now is the time to take the steps needed to start a successful design venture. Creating a business name, opening a business bank account, and obtaining the business licenses and tax ID from your city and state are just a few initial tasks you need to complete.

Before you start building a real business, you first must come up with creative, original design ideas that will spark potential customers’ interests. As a graphic designer, this means you should develop your own artwork. Once you have your designs, you must find a quality, budget-priced printing company. You can then work with the printing company to figure out the best method for getting your artwork printed. If you are on a strict budget, however, you can learn how to print your own designs on t-shirts using screen printing.

Once you have a solid design strategy in place, research blank T-shirt manufacturing companies that will fit your budget and quality standards. Next, contact the company you prefer to set up a wholesale account with them.

After your designs make their debut on the shirts you ordered, you’ll have to add the “care for” tag and your business name label, either by sewing them into the T-shirts yourself or hiring another company to do it for you.

When you have your finished T-shirts in hand, you are ready to sell them. If you want to market your designs directly to retailers, you can sell them at a set wholesale price. Another great option is to set up your own company website and sell them directly to customers online.

If you anticipate selling a large quantity and diverse range of T-shirt designs, you may also want to set up your own retail or eBay store. You should also find various ways to connect with customers by making store visits, advertising, attending trade shows, and more.

Starting a T-shirt design business can be low-cost and lucrative if it is done right.

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