BROKE. BUSTED. AND DISGUSTED!!!

That was my first, middle and last name… broke, busted and disgusted!

And if you don’t believe me, here’s a photo I found the other day of me with some family members who came to celebrate my daughter’s 2nd birthday… We didn’t have furniture. While I managed to get the kids a bed to sleep on, my wife and I slept on the floor. She didn’t like that at all… Every penny we made had to be re-invested back into the business. I use to always say to her… “Having a freaking bed ain’t gonna make us any money…” So we slept on the floor (she didn’t like it, but she lived with it).

In fact, for the birthday party, I had to go buy a small dining table to put the birthday cake on so I wouldn’t look like a total failure when our guests arrived. I was so pissed off at my wife for inviting people over. I was too embarrassed. We had absolutely nothing!!!

FAILURE MADE ME A BETTER BUSINESSMAN

I stumbled and stumbled and stumbled many times when I first got started… I didn’t have a mentor and I didn’t have anybody to show me how to make and sell t-shirts. I had to figure it all out on my own through trial and error.

While trying to launch my t-shirt business, I managed to get my car repossessed. I got evicted from my apartment. In fact, since I didn’t show up to court for the hearing, I didn’t know what day they were going to put me out.

So I came home one day only to find ‘some’ of my stuff on the streets… I say ‘some of my stuff’ because by time I got home, everybody had came through and snatched my stuff off the streets.

I managed to get some of our personal belongings and left the rest… That was a bad day!

Some of the mistakes I made were simply foolish ones… Trying to start and grow to fast will bring you down quickly.

Which is why I preach… Start with what you can afford. If you can only start with one design, then start there and build.

If you’re wanting to get started in the t-shirt business, let me be your guide…

 

Comments

  1. louis cuglietto says

    I am a member and somewhere I read I can book time with you to answer any question I may have it was somewhere around 55. dollars where can I access that on your site???
    Lou

    • says

      Hi Lou,
      If you would, please send us an email with two days and provide two different times, one we have received this information. We’ll send you a payment link. Once payment has been received, we’ll reply back with one of the days/times you provided us to inform you which day/time I selected to call you.

    • says

      Hey Louis — just want to make sure you’re receiving our e-mails… Did u send in the two times you wanted to talk? Kim received the paypal payment and has followed up with you via e-mail… Check your spam folders to make sure our messages aren’t arriving there.

    • Shiva says

      hai Cartess Ross shiva of Suriname how are
      I’ve always looked at you progama on youtube. I try to do with T-shirts machine. their own business
      I bought a machine but can not find the transfer paper here in Suriname.
      can you help me with some information on transfer paper
      for light and dark colors tshirt

      like i am waiting for your favorable reply

      Greetings and thank a healthy day further

      Shiva
      Email: coolmart@live.com

      • says

        Hi Shiva,

        I apologize not familiar with any places to purchase the transfer paper in Suriname. Have you tried looking on Amazon, or Ebay for sellers who’ll ship to your country?

  2. says

    The best advice someone ever gave me was to fail fast! If you don’t try how do you know if it will work or not?
    The information we have provided in the course is only as good as you’re willing to apply it what you’ve learned. You can purchase the course, but if you aren’t willing to apply what you’ve learned, the course is useless.
    The course will provide you with what marketing info, what you need to get started along with what we’ve learned. However, in order for your business to be successful it will be 100% on you and you alone.

  3. Melis says

    quick question; lets say i buy transfers online like proworld. could i transfer those just like you do and sell them on my site? thank you god bless

  4. says

    Love your story. Would you be interested to post that companies can use color changing inks as well to make transfers with a little bit of magic? Some transfer manufacturers don’t realize they can create even more unique designs using our SolarActive color change inks for a unique flare.
    Please contact me if you’re interested.
    Thank you,
    Debra

    • says

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11

  5. Tomica Thomas says

    Hi,

    Great site!! Very energetic and positive!! Makes me want to start printing NOW!! I am currently in the process of starting with one tshirt design. I have an artist creating the image for me. I am interested in your course but see you focus on screenprinting your own shirts. Can I outsource the screenprinting? Is that cost effective? There are companies like spreadshirt.com that will print and ship your tshirt designs based on customer order so you don’t have to keep inventory. What are your thoughts??

    I truly thank you for sharing this information!! Right on time!!
    Tomica
    Atlanta, GA

    • says

      Hi Tomica,
      We’re so glad you find the site motivating and makes you want to print shirts NOW! We stand by the quality of what screen printing provides and the life span of not worrying about designs fading or peeling after the first wash. The designs we use are screen printed onto a special release paper that’s printed by transfer companies we use.

      We recently allowed the option for many to print designs own their own who can not afford to have designs screen printed. Please click the link below to get familiar with the process. We still encourage to have the designs screen printed. This method is much better than purchasing transfers from local stores which peels and fades after the first wash.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

      Outsourcing all your work is completely up to you. It’s much more of a preference along with how involved you wish to be in the business and if you don’t mind giving up the control over the final product. It’s a matter of you asking yourself, if you don’t mind sharing the profit because you’ll have to cover your cost to pay to have the work done, etc. Honestly, that’s a question you’ll have to ask yourself.

  6. dike says

    Hi,

    Do-u-ship-internationally-to-trinidad-&-tobago.
    If-u-do-i-would-kindly-like-to-get-the-price-for-the-hotronix-fusion-16×20.
    Please-include-the-shipping-cost-as-well.

    Waiting-for-your-prompt-response.

    regards,
    Utopia-Creative-Supplies

  7. YNOT says

    I want to print actual pictures of my kids on shirts…what type of transfer paper should I use? And will the picture last from being washed numerous times?

    • says

      Hi YNOT,

      If you would, please click the link below to what a very similar process of what you’re wanting to do.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

      We still strongly stand by having designs screen printed onto the release paper. Simply because it’s a much better quality and you’re not having to worry about the designs peeling or fading after a few washes.

      We have since looked to another alternative for those who are just now getting started, but can’t afford to have their designs screen printed. The transfers we are now offering for those individuals are much better than the ones that can be purchased in the stores.

      Any epson ink jet printer will work, but some are better than others. However, we recommend a particular ink to print the designs from your own printer. A interview on this topic is currently in the works. If you haven’t signed up to receive our emails, please do. Once the videos become available you’ll be notified.
      Again, once you have your business up and the business is paying for itself. We still recommend having the designs screen printed.

      Please click the link and scroll down to watch the videos and to purchase the transfers.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

  8. Eric Taylor says

    Hello,

    I am interested in a more elaborative conversation about operating and managing a T-Shirt Business. I have done my research and have a firm understanding of the business. I do plan on purchasing your course however, I was wondering if you would be interested in a mentorship in order to provide consulting as my business matures.

    Eric Taylor
    Founder & CEO, iCreated Hip Hop Clothing, LLC

    • says

      Hi Eric,

      Sounds like you’re off to a great start… We’re putting together a mentor program right now — I should have the video completed introducing the program in the next few days. We’ll keep you posted when all is ready.

  9. Ericka says

    I am in the process of starting up my in home bussiness.
    I have a heat press and a ton of heat vinyl, I see so many possiblity.
    Can you tell me have you ever heat press the can koozies?
    the good, collapable ones made from the scuba foam?
    I have used iron to do them but I want to use my heat press.
    Any ideas of temp, pressure, and how long.
    Any info you have would be great!

    Have a wonderful and Blessed day,
    Ericka

  10. says

    Hello Cartess,
    I am starting out int he sublimation business. I watched your videos with interest and have a few questions.
    Are your Tee shirts cotton or polyester?
    If cotton, how does the transfer work with the heat press?
    You had an inexpensive Epson printer in one of your videos. What ink does it use?
    Would apprieciate any help.
    By the way great website.
    Simon

    • says

      Hi Simon,

      My tees are 100% cotton and they work fine… For sublimation, I believe you need to use polyester (I don’t do sublimation — therefore, my knowledge is limited on the subject).

      The videos you saw of me using the printer are fairly new, I used that method only to test alternative ways for others interested in printing their own tees for the lowest possible cost.

      Check out the interview I did with Tim — I’m sure many of your questions will be answered… Go here:

      http://www.tshirtriches.com/high-heat-pigment-inks/

  11. Diwani Greenwell says

    I am also 14 like your son and i am also starting a t-shirt business. I was wondering why my design cracks and creases when i either fold it or stretch it? This is making my very frustrated because I don’t want to sell my customers crappy products. I don’t have a heat press but i am planning on getting one off of ebay soon. Are there any other tips you can give me as far as improving my business?

  12. how2maketshirts says

    I would like to help promote this product I think the information is invaluable. Do you have an affiliate program?

  13. says

    Hi Cartess…

    I am having a lot of trouble with my transfers not coming off cleanly. The color red seems to really stick and do not come off as they should. I am using the manufacturers settings of 375 degrees for 8 to 9 seconds. They say “medium” pressure, but I have tried that, and every pressure in between as well. Dark blue also “pulls” a little hard, but I still manage to get a clean design from that. The color RED is making me see RED…lol. I have ruined MANY shirts and transfers because of this. Had my first showing yesterday at a Relay For Life Bazaar at my church:) Was embarrassed with a few of the shirts that had red on them. Anyway…sure hope you can help me.
    Thank you so much!
    Paul
    P:S: Love the course, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get started CORRECTLY! I would have made a LOT of costly mistakes without it:)

  14. Al says

    Hey Cartess,
    Love your site! Starting my own tshirt business right now, just ordered a heat press from ebay and I am pumped to go. I am planning on attending a cheerleading competition to sell my shirts, there is already one tshirt company that is set up at all of these events and I stood there and watched them go one day and with 2 machines they could not keep up with the demand. The next event is in a few months and I want to be ready to go with my wheels spinning. I know the other guys have been doing it for a while, but I believe that a little competition keeps you on your toes. How many shirts do you think I should bring, sizes and colors, set up? Planning on setting up my transfers on a large board, like the other guys do. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Al

    • says

      Hi Al, congrats on taking action. I’m sure you’ll do fine there. I’d likely start with only 2-3 colors so you can have more inventory versus having every color. Without knowing how many people attend these events, it’s kinda hard to say how much to bring. But I’d rather have more than less. Is there another event you can attend to see how many tees the other company brings? You can just walk up and ‘spy’ on them throughout the event…

      • says

        Hey Cartess,
        Got to tell you a bit about my situation regarding my t-shirt venture. I have been a boat mechanic in Canada for over 25 years and got laid off a few times in the past when winter comes. At first it was kind of cool to get a few months off, but now that I am getting older, it is hard to live where you don’t know if you are going to have a job come november. I have been looking at the t-shirt business for a while and have just stood there in awe looking at the vendors at different events going like mad people trying to keep up with demand. This year it happenned again, November 23rd i was told “we don’t need you for the winter, see you in the spring!” This time I decided that enough was enough. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and this was God’s way of giving me a good kick in the behind as a wake up call. I then stumbled on your videos and having thought about it for a while, I decided it was time to get off my behind and start my own t-shirt biz. Everything was lining up perfectly for this decision. One of my cousins is an artist so he will bring the designs to life and best of all, I am pumped up and ready to go. I was talking to the owner of my daughter’s cheerleading club and he asked for samples and if it was to his liking, he was ready to give me my first order. That’s about 250 t-shirts! And he is talking about 1000 t-shirts a year, just for his club.

        Looking at the last cheerleading competition, which was a little smaller than the normal ones. They had about 150 teams with an average of 15 girls per team, plus parents attending the show with the daughters. Unfortunately, I will not have the chance to go and spy on the competition before the event. I was planning on sending each club a brochure with my cheerleading stuff on it to try and shake things up before going to the competition. Just put a quick website together with one of those free website people. I heard with a bit of research that I should bring about 5% of the people going to the event in shirts, does that sound right to you, considering that there will be another known vendor there? I was also thinking of bringing only white t-shirts to keep costs down and to offer other colors to be sent to the customers that wanted other colors or custom stuff.

        Love your site and your commitment to help others get into the biz. If there is anything I can do to help from my end, just let me know.
        Thanks,
        Al

        • says

          Sorry to hear about your job situation… But it’s in times like these that new opportunities come our way, when we otherwise would have continued to do what we’ve been doing until the end… Change can be awesome!

          Anyhow…5% is not an unrealistic number, especially if you have want they want, but the only way you’re going to find out for sure is to get out there and see. The number could be lower and it could also be MUCH higher.

          If you’re dealing with a limited budget, then by all means, go out there with white tees… This whole thing is a process – start where you’re at and work with what you got and grow from there.

          Don’t give up — keep at it. There will be times where you may second guess yourself, but don’t buy into it :-)

    • says

      After you signed up, you should have been directed to a page to create your username/password. Anyhow, I’ve manually created your acct and have e-mailed you the login details to access the materials.

  15. James Rounds says

    Great videos. Very informative.
    I would like to know where i can get these custom screen printed transfers. I am in the Los Angeles area and have plenty of designs already. But need to know what to ask for and such.
    I appreciate your work. Keep up the good job.

  16. Ernie says

    Mr. Cartess,

    I have attempted to sign up and recieve the free Modules, but to no avail. I followed the directions, but didn’t recieve the email from you with the additional steps for me to log on. I’m wondering if the issue is on my end. Please help.

    Ernie T.

  17. Annette says

    Hi,

    I have looked at all your ytube videos, I started printing t shirts on heat transfers with an iron eventually I managed to purchase a 6 in 1 heat press, a Ricoh Gxe3000n printer, I looked at your video explaining Plasticol transfers, great idea, I agree the heat transfers do not last and my customers complain, apart from purchasing the ready-made custom screen transfers, do you have a video showing how to actually make this?, It is very expensive to purchase transfers online because in the Caribbean there are no companies offering sale for either heat transfers or plasticol transfers (custom screen transfers).
    Would appreciate your help, and thanks for all the helpful videos

    • says

      Unfortunately, I don’t have videos showing how to make custom screen printed (plastisol) transfers… That’s a skill all in itself and one I’m not interested in learning :-)

      But I do understand why you’d be interested… Sorry.

  18. Seritta Torrence says

    Hi Mr. Ross

    I really like the tshirts featured on your video and would like to purchase some but I dont see a website where you can purchase them. You are doing a awesome job!! Keep up the good work!!

    • says

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors.

      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

  19. Luis Williams says

    Hey Cartess, your vids are very informative. I am starting my own clothing line and i wanted to get started with hoodies, t-shirts, and sweatshirts.I wanted to know, do you buy your t-shirts wholesale? If so do you buy overseas or do you buy state- side?

    • says

      Hi Luis,
      Yes, we purchase all our supplies wholesale. Once you have access to our membership, you’ll have access to all our vendors. We purchase all our supplies from the US.

  20. Rohan says

    I’ve got a combination of over 300 designs that I want to print on t-shirts to sell, but I’m concerned with the privacy protection of my ideas. Do you propose any ideas to help protect my designs?

    • says

      Hi Rohan,
      Have you listed to our recording with the copyright attorney? If not, please do. If you haven’t signed up for our FREE “mini” course you’ll need to access the recording.

  21. Ella says

    Thanks you for taking the time to train and education about your trade. My you be blessed for your dedication and support.

    I see you have a supplier list for custom transfers for $27. My question is do this list include supplier for blank t-shirts? or Do you have this information somewhere else?

    Thanks

  22. David says

    Cartess Ross,

    First of all , your videos are awesome!
    Could you explain a little bit about making the actual transfer paper?
    It is enought just to print a picture on the paper and it’s ready to go ?
    Or do you use some different kind of paint to make it ? Thank you!

  23. Lanise says

    Hi Cartess, is it better to buy your own heat press when starting out or pay a shop to let you use their’s ..Not sure What to Do?

  24. DL Cordray says

    Hey Cartess..
    I’m looking at this and thanks for the information.
    I’ve viewed a lot of your vids and you don’t talk about printers (gotta have a really good printer for design)
    My questions and I’m still researching is this: I have a Canon Pixma 9000 Color photo printer, was told I could use inkjet heat transfer paper for t-shirts. Any suggestions?

  25. says

    Hi Cartess

    We have all our graphic work ready to go. Can we send them to you. Purchase the heat transfers of you and have them sent to Japan

    • says

      Hi Kim,

      I apologize, we do not print designs. However, we do have a source list available for purchase and you may send your graphic work to transfers companies to have printed.
      The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors.

      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

      The source list includes vendors from US, UK, and Canada.

  26. qemal says

    i have starten this busines but the problem is becouse i cant find the real transfer paper becouse when thej wash their shirt the logo becomes to bad so i dont know what kind of transfer paper to use …. can any one help me ????
    all kinds for whithe shirts and black…

    • says

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

      Hi Qemal,
      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

      If you’re not able to have your designs screen printed, you can try these transfers. These transfers are much better than the ones sold in stores. Please know these transfers will not replace screen printed transfers.

      http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

      We recommend the Epson WF-7010 printer and we do not recommend using the ink that comes with the printer.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/high-heat-pigment-inks/

  27. Shownquell Nelums says

    Hi Cartess,

    I have some great ideas in starting my own t-shirt business. What I would like to know is what supplies do I need besides the heat press? As of right now I only have an inkjet printer.

    Thanks,

    Shownquell

  28. Hayley says

    Hi Cartess,

    I am talking to a store about putting a rack of t shirts in. Can you tell me how to price my shirts whole sale so I can make money and he can make money.

    Thanks,
    Hayley

  29. Jacqueline says

    You speak of your book in the videos, how can i get a copy of your book. What is the price of your book and how can I get it soon.

    Thank you

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