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Progress Thread Quick Hustle: How I made $2,000 on Teespring

Discussion in 'General Entrepreneurship and Startup' started by pledgerar, Nov 3, 2014.

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    If you have $5 and one idea for a Tshirt, you are letting an opportunity pass you by. Will this get you out of the rat race? No. Will it give you some startup and rent-paying cash. ABSOLUTELY.

    I got started by selling T-Shirts and hoodies online using a site called Teespring (if you havent heard of it you are under a virtual rock). We had a graphic designer create our T-Shirt designs on a site called Fiverr (again, if you arent using Fiverr, you are spinning your wheels!)

    For $5, I was able to produce more than 12 profitable T-Shirt campaigns, earning about $2,000 in profit. You have no excuse. Again, here are the resources:

    Fiverr - Use this graphic designer to create your T-Shirt designs. He uses photoshop, and will have your order ready in 24 hours. Just be specific about what you want. ( Click here to check him out)

    Teespring - Launch a campaign here. Start out with a low number (LIKE 5-10) as your goal until you get a feel for it. Click here to launch your campaign.

    Repeat step 1 and 2.


    Need proof I actually did this? Here are Tshirts I targeted at African Americans

    http://teespring.com/unitedstatesofafrica_archive_1
    http://teespring.com/panafricanalliance_archive_1
    http://teespring.com/NYAMEYEOHENE_archive_2

    Now you have no excuse. Lets see how many of you actually do it.
     
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    I am actually willing to try this just because I think your post is hilarious. I can make my own graphic, so - just need a funny idea now. Actually they are already coming in as I type.

    If I execute, for everyone's amusement, I will post here. :)
     
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    Hell, I might even buy one if they are good enough! If you do your own designs, why are you not selling? Do you have a portfolio floating around? A website?
     
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    teespring + advertising on Facebook = guys doing 6 figures a month
     
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    I accidentally got good at design when I wrote my first book and needed a cover. Fiverr wasn't out yet. To have a unique book cover was going to cost me a hundred or so, to have a decent looking cover (but one that everyone else can buy as well) with my title and author name slapped on by the seller was going to cost around $30. I struggled a little bit but produced a decent cover in a couple of days, it went from there! So no portfolio, I don't sell this skill.
     
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    Trying this out now. Will report back, may make my own progress thread. I'm going to design my own and see how that goes. I'm decent with Photoshop. How long did it take you to make 2k? Did you advertise them anywhere?
     
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    Thanks for posting @pledgerar
    Was this your first time creating a campaign? Did any of your tees make it to the featured page?
     
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    Yes, this was my first swing. None of the shirts made it to the featured page. You must be wondering how I marketed? I used targeted niche forums and Facebook (not ads - which suck - but i joined Facebook groups that matched my target market.) Groups with more than 3,000 people had solid conversion.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your experience and resources, a great illustration in creativity and adding value. Also a great illustration of "HUSTLE!" and just getting started on something w/o needing a job. Sure perhaps not [HASHTAG]#Fastlane[/HASHTAG], but HUSTLE is always apart of a Fastlane.
     
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    Ohhh! And now it gets more interesting! This was your first attempt and you banked a couple thousand...over how long?

    Get moving, imagine if you had 50 tees out there. :) Obviously you have good concept ideas and you like the Fiverr person putting them together for you. THINK BIG.
     
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    Holy smokes I'm definitely going to look into this.

    Also, Semper Fi.
     
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    @pledgerar You read my mind, thanks for sharing.
    For those who are interested in creating their own t-shirt company,
    Tee spring + marketing = EASY validation.
     
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    Semper Fi, Brother! Bday is coming up soon. Planning on making a pilgrimage back to PI!
     
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    Hahah I just got out earlier this year. Gonna be a while before I see any red and yellow signs again.

    What's teesprings policy on exclusivity? I've never had a desire to create a t-shirt company, just wondering how long before you can print your own design again.
     
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    Who says I'm not! I just dont want you all "in my lane" lol! I can tell you I currently have 6 sports related shirts and 2 Alcohol related shirts currently selling. 4 have already oversold their goal with about 9 days remaining. Its not fast cash unless you have great designs and a semi-fanatical market. Once you have those two wildcards nailed down, then you can scale up. Im paying my rent this month with my earnings.
     
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    You cant scrape someone elses designs, and if it has been sold on Teespring before under another account, they wont let it fly. As long as you arent being scummy by copying someone elses designs, you should be fine
     
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    So you're only selling on Teespring? You're not taking your designs and doing anything else with them?
     
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    They (or you??) retargeted me on FB with your shirt after I looked at it. That's interesting.

    Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 3.20.56 PM.png

    Update: Teespring ads are following me around all over the place haha
     
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    I have a quick question: I have an idea that for a T-Shirt that has possibilities, but I would have to make the words and the image personalized on each shirt... Does Teespring have the capabilities for that? Hopefully user inputed text and image.

    Also, is it possible to upload your own font for shirts? :)
     
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    If your campaign is successful they will relaunch it for you automatically. (From what i've read)
    http://teespring.com/faq for more details
     
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    LOL I may have misunderstood the question. Right answer, though!
     
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    No. But thats why I suggested you use my design guy here
    http://trkur.com/fv/555
    He does great work, same day turnaround, and I promised I would send him some business for his great work. Try him out for logo design, tshirt design, whatever design work you need.
    http://trkur.com/fv/555
     
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    NOW YOU SEE WHY TEESPRING IS SO POWERFUL!
     
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    I've heard of people doing this. I meant to do this a while back but never got around to doing it.

    In the past, I dunno, hour...

    Created a teespring campaign.
    Created a facebook ad campaign for the week.

    Will be a fun / cool little test just to see what happens.
     
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    :hurray:

    Willing to share your shirt? We want to watch you create something from nothing. :) I understand if you don't feel comfortable sharing.
     
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