Still Confused About Starting a T-shirt Business with a Heat Press Machine and Transfers? Watch This Video 

By  Cartess Ross

I’m still getting a ton of e-mails from people with questions about how to best get started with their own t-shirt business using this heat press method and the heat transfers. I created another video below and I’m hoping this will address many of the common questions. For those of you that are new to this website, feel free to read all the posts as I have a ton of video content on this entire t-shirt printing process and how to use it to make money both online and offline.

The t-shirt transfers and the heat press machine is my method of choice and in the video below, I provide a quick-start solution to using this machine to get started in the t-shirt business right away…

I hope the video was helpful… As I indicated in the video, I’ve included some links below to help you find certain posts and topics I talk about in the t-shirt video above.

Cartess Ross

I will guide you through this process and provide you with proven strategies to help you build a t-shirt company. As one of the original pioneers to start selling t-shirts online 20 years ago, I've sold millions of dollars in t shirts to people all over the world. I founded TshirtRiches in 2007 to teach others how to turn their t-shirt ideas into a business. So if you're ready, hop onboard and let's make this money!

Cartess Ross

  • Paula_frog says:

    Thank you this was so helpful and inspiring!

  • Thank you SO much for the video. The way you speak and the sound of your voice has really struck a chord with me, totally amazing! The best way I can describe what you have just done for me, is you have given me a very profound “a ha!” moment. Knock on wood, I think you’ve helped set the motions to finally just go for it and do what I love to do.

  • I love this video NOW i am not Confused anymore About Starting a T-shirt Business with a Heat Press Machine and Transfers.Hoping to have the next video regarding heat press t-shirt business.

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome… I love it when a plan comes together 🙂

    “The A Team”

  • hi Mr. Cartess,

    I am reading your website. Am amazed by how you made it through! I am interested to purchase the heat press machine. Would you be able to ship to Singapore? Will the price still the same?

  • Anonymous says:

    We can ship anywhere but I doubt our machines would work as our ‘voltage’ systems may be different?

  • Sportsaregreat55 says:

    Hi, I was wondering if there is a software that you would suggest for creating your own t-shirt designs or a way to print your design and then tranfer it to the t-shirt using the heat press?

  • i know the quality of the shirts are important, can you recommend a wholesale that has quality shirts from your experience?

  • were do i get good transfer paper

  • Michaelrg2009 says:

    where do you send your custom designs to be made into heat transfers?

  • Aloha bradda Cartess once aain very informative and inspirational in easy to understand straight forward lingo!!! Mahalo, Makue Makaweo , Pono Designs

  • Mr. Floor says:

    You have the best business course I have ever seen. I like how you convey your honesty and you don’t try to force people into buying your course. You tell it like it is. I am a laid off school teacher in Los Angeles and I’m thinking of selling t shirts but I’m not sure what niche I want to pursue. Anyway take care and God Bless

  • Ervin Toliver jr says:

    Hi Mr Ross Im here in Tx and I agree with all the responses that are posted to you and from you but heres the thing with me mind you no excuses but what do you recommend for me being on disability and very low income just about not having extra funds for anything after all the cost of living responsibilies im faced with month to month. Im asking if you think I should start out selling shirts from someone elses ideas to start the foundation for our own business or what.., Thankyou A man with BIG DREAMS but curious to know what you suggest.

    • sandra bloch says:


  • My name is james. I’ve tried silk screening and I was impressed with the finish results. The only thing is it is very expensive if u want a design with alot of colors and u have to get a large amount in order for them to consider making a screen. My concerns with the heat transfeer is how well does the transfer stay on the shirt. How expensive is it to have a design with alot of colors put on transfer paper. Is there a limit to the way a design can be designed. Can the designs looked like they blend out or do they look like they are in a square box. Thank you so very much for answering my concerns.

  • Anonymous says:

    You can expect high costs with transfers as well once you start doing a “bunch of colors”, although it’ll still be much cheaper than screenprinting. THe only way to decrease the cost is to decrease the amount of colors obviously… Another way to decrease the cost significantly is buy purchasing a decent bulk order to bring your costs way down. For those just getting started, I’d suggest limiting the number of colors in your design — Many of you won’t need 9 colors when you can get away with 6 colors if you know what I mean. First determine if you have a seller before pouring an insane amount of money into these high costing color combinations.

    Yes… heat transfers can ‘blend out’ — they will not give you the square box around your images… Make sure to watch the videos where I press t-shirts. You won’t see any boxes — order a sample pack to see the quality if you’d like:

  • Anonymous says:

    Just get started… anyway you can. If that means selling someone else’s designs, that’s fine. Do it. You gotta get money from somewhere to fund your ideas. I started out selling other people’s designs and quite frankly, the bulk of the designs I sell now belong to others. There are some creative people out there that can have more unique designs than I could ever come up with — problem is they don’t do a great job selling, but people like me who don’t mind selling other people’s stuff can make a great sum of money. So yes, sell other people’s designs and before you know it, you’ll be making enough money to eventually buy your own machine, print your own tees, and make your own designs…

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the kind words Mr. Floor.

    The key to being ultra successful is picking out a niche and getting in there to let that ‘niche marketplace’ know what you have. I have a product I’m working on, photo blankets for dog owners — u can see blanket here:

    My photographer took this picture of the blanket because I intend to market and promote it in magazines and websites that cater too dog owners. It’s easier for me to find dog owners once I’ve narrowed down the niche I wish to specialize in. And in this case — when I had this blanket made, I had a female with her dog. I wanted dog owners to identify with the blanket and feel like it’s ‘for them’…

    So… identify a niche and go after them 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve never used any software as I’ve always paid graphic artists to draft my design ideas. I do have a colleague who is developing an easy to use software to help come up with some basic creative design ideas — i’ll post it once she completes it of course.

  • Hello Mr. Ross,

    My name is Keith Shelton President & CEO of http://www.strangeandlovingit.com. An online store that has a collection of unique designs on t-shirts. While browsing on Youtube last week, I came across your video tutorials on how to use the Heat Press Machine and how easy the process is. I found your information very helpful. My questions: Will the outlining of the transfer show on dark colored t-shirts? My designs are normally 14×18 (oversize), which size Heat Press Machine would you consider 16×20 or 16×24? What brand of Inkjet printers do you recommend? Thanks Mr. Ross!

    I played at Kentucky from 2001-2004. During my career we lost to Georgia 4x. Have sympathy for us! lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m glad I could help 🙂

    The outline will not show through the t-shirt at all… I believe in one of my videos I showed several examples of dark tees being printed. I can’t readily find it, but check out this video here:

    For the size shirts you’re printing I’d go with a 16×24

    Keep in mind, no inkjet or laser printers for this process — has to be done by third party screen printer — who actually screen prints your designs onto this release paper — that’s what makes this process so unique; it’s the same inks. Watch this video:

    They do not fade, crack or break… Now some vendors make better quality transfers than others, so it’s possible it could crack or break if you’re dealing with shysters and cheapos who try and cut corners 🙂

    Try a sample pack to see for yourself:

    Also, here is a list of vendors who make these transfers:

  • I live in Australia and was wondering if the company that screen prints sends here or only to US ?

    Love your work Cartess 😀

  • CoCoNelle says:


    I need to know how I can print on the sleeves? All of the designs are in the center of the shirt, however, I need versatility. Can you offer any assistance?


  • mr ross. thanks a lot man. you so generous and surely God will bless ya.

  • Thanks for the kind words…. Yes, many of these companies will ship to where ever you want them to go — the shipping may be slightly higher for international shipping, but just give them a call and they should give u an estimate.

  • I’ve never used mine to print onto sleeves — although it could be done. It’ll be a little more work involved. However, if u plan on doing a lot of sleeves, you’ll be better off buying the right equipment from the start — some machines have attachments whereby u can insert sleeves onto your machine. See the attachment on the link below (it’s near the bottom of the page).


    Give them a call to learn more about how theirs work. It may require purchasing their machine.

  • Cartess,
    I am very close to buying your course. However, I have an important question about advertising on Google or Yahoo. You showed us that with your antique business you were listed first on Yahoo. I’m sure that cost a small fortune to be listed first. A person like me who will be starting out will conceivably be listed on page ( who knows where ). How can I expect any traffic to my site if this is true. What kind of advertising fees do I have to pay to be listed in a reasonable page. Thank You….. John

  • You’ll actually be surprised as too how much it costs to be listed first… I’m in some niches where it only costs me .10 cents per click. Meaning, for every 1,000 people that come to my site, I pay $100 bucks. Some niches, I pay .05 cents and others, I pay as much as $5 per click.

    Yahoo, Google and MSN actually encourages small businesses to try it. You can set a budget of maybe only $100 per month and let your funds exhaust and wait and see the results. The key too making this work is ensuring you select the right keywords, a great description/ad and of course, a site that will convert the visitors once they land…

    For example, I could have an add that says…

    Buy Radical Christian Tees!
    Get access to Christian t-shirts
    online and save on free shipping.

    I can then choose the keywords related to my designs and anytime someone types these phrases into google, yahoo, msn, then my listing would show. Possible keywords would be:

    christian t-shirts
    christian tees
    christian t
    t-shirts for christians
    buy christian t-shirts
    buy christian tees

    religious t-shirts
    religious tees
    religious shirts

    I can also include mispelled words — which are usually cheaper per click — and you’d be surprised how many people misspell words:

    religous t-shirts

    Christan T-shirts

    and so on…

    It’s much more affordable and risk-free than u think.

  • Thank You for your rapid reply. I think you maybe the first legit person I’ve dealt with after searching high and low for years for a home based business.

  • No prob, and thanks for the compliment 🙂

    Unlike the other stuff that’s out there, which many are legit, they have a habit of making it sound extremely easy… I preach the opposite. Any business can be profitable, for those willing to put in the work — and I mean a lot of work. But whatever avenue you choose to go, make sure it’s something you enjoy… Whether it’s t-shirts, detailing cars and or landscaping… You gotta have the passion. Mine is helping others move towards their dreams.

    Good luck in your search John, and if I can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to ask!

  • OK I’m all in ! Just signed up.


  • Hi Cartess, you mention that your replies to me keep bouncing back to you via email, so I thought I’d just post my questions in here. Well It sounds great with my order! Also, will it be arriving via UPS, FedEx, or USPS? I’m hoping the bundle package will arrive this week. (Be anxious for nothing – Philippians 4:6-7)

    Thanks again,

  • It’ll be shipped via UPS… Do you have an alternate e-mail address? For whatever reason, I’m having issues with “aim”. Reply back here, I’ll make sure it doesn’t show up here in your reply.

  • Pauljoyner says:

    whatz the best size heat press for all t-shirt

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello Cartess, in regards to selling T-shirts involving Media News , i noticed in your t-shirt riches book you stated when a news story broke you were able to quickly upload a website and post that particular T-shirt on line. Im a novice when it comes to building a website especially so quickly. How would that process work for me?   Also once i get set up im interested in your company building  a website for me. Would i need to email you to get the particulars?  Thanks

  • i have a t shirt business to sell.  all is included. mainly animals… business name is everything animals. owned two stores at one time in malls. contact me and we can talk. not asking much for all store equiptment, manakins, glass case with lights, so many other items……….sandra    contact CRITTERSONPARADE@COMCAST.NET.

  • Do you have a picture/video of your inventory? I’ll post it on the site — perhaps someone locally may purchase from you. Where are you at (city/state)? Send details so I can post it on the site. The more details/pictures the better — along with your price. E-mail it to: tshirtriches@gmail.com

  • The fastest way would be to get someone to build it for you. As you start building relationships with designers, you can generally call them up to throw up a simple template that you’ll use over and over again. Just keep it simple. Also, check out this new video — you could definitely find someone here for the low-low: http://tshirtriches.com/t-shirt-start-up/

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