Starting a t-shirt business is fairly easy to do, but one must be willing to stop with all of the excuses. In this post, I’m going to address some of the common reasons why people say they can’t get started in the business; and then I’ll provide my response for how you CAN get started within the next 24-hours.
#1) I don’t have enough money saved up to start right now, or I’m broke!
Don’t let that stop you from getting started… It doesn’t cost any money to actually get started. Much of the equipment needed to get started won’t be needed till the end. For example, the heat press machine we use to press tees is literally the last thing you need. What good is the heat press machine if you don’t already have your design ideas sketched out?
You see, most folks don’t even have designs made up yet…. In fact, most folks don’t even know what type of designs they’re going to make, and many more don’t even know who they plan to sell their tees too.
So, here’s what I recommend.
Get started right now… Right where you’re at!!! It won’t cost you a dime to go find paper and pencil and start writing out your plan.
In other words, start sketching out those ideas you have in your head. Put it on paper. Just the act of ‘getting started’ puts you in business today.
Start drafting out a plan for who your audience is going to be…
- Who are you going to sell to?
- How do you plan to get your t-shirts out to the public?
- Do you plan to put them in local stores?
- Sell online?
- Sell to churches?
Write it out…don’t just think about this stuff – put it on paper. This is what being a business owner is all about.
Planning is everything.
Start calculating all the costs so you’ll know how much money you’ll actually need to get started – you might be surprised that you can get started with much less than you thought.
Take your ideas/sketches to a screen printer so you can get an actual t-shirt made — that’ll inspire you when you actually see your design printed on a t-shirt.
Our goal here is to simply get your samples in hand so you can start showcasing them. It’s harder to get orders when you don’t have anything to show right???
Get some inventory on hand — have something to show. Have something to put online. Get some professional pictures of your tees so you can mail them out in the form of brochures to show potential vendors.
You won’t get far without anything to show…. One big order is all you need to get the money you need to purchase your equipment.
And if you really don’t have any money, don’t you think it’ll be easier to ask relatives and friends for a loan or investment in your business if you have an actual business and marketing plan written up?
Wouldn’t it be easier to get someone to invest when you can actually show them 3- 6 of your designs on an actual t-shirt?
I wouldn’t invest a dime in anyone’s dream if all I hear is a bunch of talk and no concrete plan.
Show them you’re serious, and a completed business plan is the best place to start.
One of our members did everything I just outlined here and someone ended up buying the rights to her designs and she didn’t have any equipment whatsoever.
But if she just sat around complaining about why she couldn’t get started, she would have never been able to sell anybody anything.
As you can see, there is SOOOOO much you can do in terms of preparation before you ever buy that heat press machine or printer.
Over the next few days, I’ll come back and post the 2nd excuse I hear most often and it ain’t even a real excuse… Just folks looking for a reason not to bet on themselves.
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