Starting your dropshipping T-shirt business with Printful

If you’re an artist like me, then I’m sure you’ve had tons of creative ideas that would look great on a shirt, but where to start?

You might not have the capital to invest in the standard T-shirt making equipment, or worse yet the pesky unit limits that most local printshops offer are sure to put a hole in any artit’s pocket. Yet there is a solution.

That is where comes in.

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Printful is a dropshipping service that allows you to design all sorts of merchandise, including the ever popular T-shirt. Using state of the art Direct to Garment Printing (DTG for short) they are able to print anything your artistic brain desires.

Wether you are looking to print a personalized T-shirts for your next group meeting,  start your very own T-shirt brand or even create custom t-shirts for your band or local charity, Printful has the tools for you.

Screen shot 2020-06-17 at 6.27.57 PMIt’s fast and easy, and with their Mockup Generator you are able to quickly print your awesome ideas on a T-shirt in no time. Plus the quality is outstanding while still retaining a very low cost, and they deliver everything right to you.


They also offer a wide array of shirts that can fit all sorts of styles, occasions, and genres, so what are you waiting for? Try it out today using this link, and become the custom T-shirt brand you’ve always dreamed off.

Not only that, it is super easy to sync Printful with any ecommerce platform such as Shopify, Wix or WooComerce. So you can start selling shirts right from your website, and with their dropshipping methodology you don’t even have to make room in your home or office for the physical goods.

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If that isn’t enough to get you working with Printful, you’ll be happy to know that they also offer All-Over Printing, as well as custom embroidered T-shirts. So what are you waiting for? Start designing today.

Printful is the perfect tool for anyone looking to start, expand, and improve their personalized t-shirt business. Take it from me, I choose Printful for all my t-shirt business needs.

What is Drop-shipping?

A basic definition of drop-shipping, is “a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product using the drop-shipping model, it purchases the item from a third-party and then ships it directly to the customer. As a result, the seller doesn’t have to handle the product directly.”

Drop-shipping is very powerful because the seller doesn’t need to touch the product. There is no need for a warehouse, storefront, or any other brick and mortar location. Instead, you source your product from a manufacturer or wholesale, set up a digital store, and sell that product to customers all around the world. It is an extremely empowering type of business model, as a single person located anywhere around the world can sell a physical product. There are many different places where you can open a drop-shipping business.

Drop-shipping isn’t a new digital business opportunity, yet the drop-shipping world has experienced some real changes in the past several months. Because of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns, many of us have been doing more of our shopping from home.

According to first-quarter 2020 e-commerce data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, consumers spent $146.5 billion on e-commerce, a 14.5% increase year-over-year. More telling is the fact that this period only captured two weeks of Covid-19’s full effect on U.S. retail. 

All this makes us wonder, if these numbers are already at record highs only a couple of weeks into the pandemic, what lies ahead for drop-shipping businesses and the subsequent small businesses that rely on this sales model? Personally I can only see success in the horizon for anyone that starts their drop-shipping business today and with Printful’s ever growing gallery of merchandise, not only can you sell t-shirts but you can also sell mugs, hats, clocks, bags and all sort of items.

Some extra tips for starting your drop-shipping business and making your first sale:

1- Promote it everywhere: start telling by telling your friends and family on facebook and instagram, then move-on to less personal social media platforms like Twitter, Discord and Tumblr.

2- Pick your images carefully: In most cases I’d rather go with the lifestyle mock-up than the standard human mock-up. Whilst both are shot in very high resolution and their quality are outstanding. I find that unless you are shooting the picture on one of your actual clients, the human mockup will cheapen your page if all the products show the same person, in the same pose, wearing a different shirt. The lifestyle mockup will be much better in this regard and can look great even if repeated throughout the whole site.

3- Take the time to blog about your design: People buy into ideas, brands and concepts that represent them. This is why when you are trying to start a drop-shipping fashion business you need to take the time to tell your audience the why behind your work. Tell them the tools you use to create your designs, why you create them and even how you create them. All of this information will go a step further towards bettering the connection between your potential buyers and their soon to be favorite design.

Apply these 3 tips and soon you will be well on your way to a successful t-shirt and merchandising drop-shipping online business with Printful.

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