If you’re hoping to make money for yourself, and even be your own boss, one of the best ways to do that is with selling your own screen printing clothing, t shirt design, or custom patches for hats. It’s a simple prospect, but one with a lot of potential. After all, well over 60% of Americans report that they own more than 10 t shirts already. It’s almost impossible for people to resist buying custom patches for hats, embroidered labels, or screen printed clothing: if those items are cleverly designed. If you want to make money, here’s what you need to know.
Take Advantage of What You Have
You may not have a warehouse where you can store a lot or a state-of-the-art printing machine or screening machine. You might not have access to scads of caps, t-shirts, and materials: but you do have the Internet. In today’s world, anyone from anywhere can find the right company and get printing. You can get your items shipped from nearly anywhere in the world to nearly anywhere in the world, and all with the click of a few buttons. This is powerful stuff: take advantage of it.
Don’t Make Excuses
If you’ve got a great idea for your custom patches for hats or an amazing t shirt design you know will sell, don’t throw up your hands and claim you don’t know where to start. This is a terrible excuse. In the age of Google, everyone has access to what they need to learn. You can figure out who to sell to, how to do it most efficiently, and the right way to reach out.
If you’re not willing to fail, you’ll never succeed. You have to put yourself out there. Some of the campaigns you run and items you try to sell will be duds. You’ll be so sure you had the right audience in your sights, but it just won’t happen. Accept it. Learn from it. Adjust and move on. Too many people think everything will be perfect when they first start out, only to be crushed and demoralized when it fails. No one who has had enormous success in any field ever got there without some embarrassing failures along the way.
Be Obsessed With Your Dream
Just as you have to accept failure, you also have to accept that you’ll need to put in some serious hours. If you’re trying to sell jackets, t shirts, or custom patches for hats, you may find yourself spending your whole waking life–and even some of your dreaming life–thinking about it. You’ll be looking for ideas, reading what other people are saying, finding others to ask questions from, researching strategies, designing, taking out ads and monitoring how well they do, and a hundred other things. You can do it: just accept that it will take some commitment.
Don’t Give Up Easily
There may be a time when you just can’t make a go of it; when you really do have to give up. But that time shouldn’t come easily. You’ve already read about how you will certainly fail.
The key is learning from those failures and moving on. If you’re willing to push, you’ll reach success. Giving up can mean throwing in the towel on the whole project; but it can also just mean giving up on one aspect or another. If you stop putting your best into your designs or stop writing back to that person who is giving you advertising insight, you’ve essentially given up. If you give up in one area like this, you might as well give up the whole thing. You can’t hold up the entire car if one of the tires is off, so make sure all your tires are in good shape. It’ll be hard, but you can do it.
There are many people who have made a great living off of t shirt designs, custom patches for hats, screen printed jackets, and other similar clothes and accessories. They had the drive to do it and the creativity to make the designs people want to buy. That person can be you: do you have what it takes?