I’ve been quietly racking up a fortune selling t-shirts on the Internet over the last 16 years, but I’m the first to say that this business is not for everyone.
Starting your own t-shirt business requires a lot of hard work and dedication. It can cost you a bunch of money testing out new t-shirt designs before you’re able to identify a winning design that can earn you a decent profit.
Of all the t-shirts we sell, only a small percentage of them account for the bulk of sales. Almost falls in line with that 80/20 rule, where 80% of the money earned comes from only 20% of the designs.
This is not a get-rich quick type of business that will pay you instant profits; but as you continue to make and create new t-shirt designs, you might eventually end up with a winner… And that winning design could potentially earn you revenue for 5, 10, 15 or even 50 years.
Some people have gotten rich selling t-shirts… For example, the t-shirt guys behind the brand, Life is Good, got HUGE after hawking t-shirts out of their van. They literally went door-to-door trying to sell t shirts.
Most people aren’t willing to put in this type of work, and therefore, most people won’t likely get rich selling their own line of shirts. The primary reason is because most people don’t have the stomach to ride this out over the long term. Most are looking for quick results and when those results don’t come fast enough, they quit and go on to the next thing.
If you’re patient and you’re willing to treat this like a real business, you can have success and might even likely come up with a t-shirt design idea that lots of people fall in love with.
If you have an idea for a t-shirt, I’d suggest you at least explore the possibility of testing out your ideas. It doesn’t cost a fortune to get a few shirts made to test out your idea – certainly much cheaper than going out and spending thousands and thousands of dollars on equipment that might end up sitting in your basement.
You’ll have a lot of people on the Internet saying that you can’t make money selling t-shirts, or that the market is over saturated. My advice – don’t listen to those clowns. The majority of those folks don’t know what they’re talking about, and most of them have certainly not run a business a day in their lives. These aren’t the type of people you should be listening to for advice.
If you feel you have a great t-shirt design idea that might do well, you owe it to yourself to at least try!