How do you start a T-shirt business?


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Start a T-shirt business by first coming up with unique designs, and find a good screen printer. Do intensive market research, find financing and finally advertise and market your T-shirt line.

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  1. Come up with a design

    Come up with niche T-shirt ideas and designs. Take a look at what is popular and selling well with your target market.

  2. Find a good screen printer

    Hire a high-quality screen printer to print your designs. Comparison shop and make prototypes before settling on a printer. Ensure that you are happy and confident with the product before making the deal.

  3. Do your research

    Research on competitors, and find out if there are similar designs to yours on the market. Focus on a specific demographic, and ensure that there is enough market space to make your business viable.

  4. Know your market

    Define your market, and focus on your niche. Do not compete with larger retailers, but rather focus on offering a high-quality niche product. Know what your customers want and what they are willing to pay for it.

  5. Sort out your finances

    Prepare your taxes and books well in advance to avoid legal problems. Use the same credit card and bank account for all your business expenses.

  6. Delegate some tasks

    Seek professional help in areas that you are not good at. Delegate the artistry or Web design, for example, to professionals who do a better job.

  7. Advertise and market your T-shirt line

    Advertise your T-shirt line on the Internet, and make fliers and posters. Encourage your clients to tell their family and friends about your products.

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