If you’re looking to expand your creativity without the hassle of packaging hundreds of products, this is for you!
If you’ve been thinking about creating an online business, but you’re not sure where to start, let me introduce you to print on demand.
I’m obsessed with digital products. I love the idea that I never have to deal with packaging and shipping. I love working from my laptop and being fully mobile!
But there’s also a part of me that LOVES the idea of being able to create products that people can physically hold. So, I started doing some research on the different ways to make this happen.
Was it possible to still have a DIGITAL, lap-top only business and create products?
I soon found out that the answer was a big fat YES!
You CAN sell products…from your laptop…that you create…without ever touching them.
In fact, there’s a huge market for it and tons of success stories like these:
Now, if those aren’t motivating enough…just check out the rest of the awesome stories all over YouTube about how you can create a print on demand business from your laptop.
So…let’s get into it!
WHAT IS PRINT ON DEMAND?
Print on demand means that an outside party is handing your printing and distribution of your products. That means NO warehouse or room in your house stuffed full of unsold products! (amazing right?)
HOW DOES PRINT ON DEMAND WORK?
STEP 1: Decide what you want to create (t-shirt, jewelry, phone cases, leggings, etc)
STEP 2: Choose a print on demand service (I personally like Printful) I’ve created phone cases and shirts with them. The quality is awesome and the shipping is fast!
STEP 3: Next, create your design. If you’re designing clothing, you can use Canva for free and create your designs there! Or, if you choose to do jewelry, Printful has built in a design program to help you create your jewelry.
STEP 5: You can choose to integrate your Printful designs into your website or to Etsy. If you don’t have a website, I suggest using Etsy as it’s easy to get set up and they already have a built-in customer base! Win-win!
STEP 6: Start marketing! 🙂 This is where the magic happens. You can use mock up images of your designs to help you sell to your audience, or even run ads to your products. Check out Plactit.net for help creating your mockups! Then, use these mockups on your social media accounts (even better, though, would be to order a sample for yourself and take images of YOU in your designs. That can really help you build connection with your audience and make them more likely to buy from you!
How do you start getting sales?!
You can get super creative with your marketing efforts. In fact, TikTok is a HUGE platform that is fairly easy to go viral on. I’ve never seen a social platform that can make someone go viral as quickly as TikTok.
Another way you can choose to market is with influencer marketing and sending your product to people with large followings in return for a shoutout to your brand.
I’ve personally done that with an Instagram page that had about 125K following. I paid $25 for a 24 hour shoutout spot and made several sales. So the investment was definitely worth it and it’s a quick way to grow your following as well!
Get creative with your marketing – you can do it!
That’s POD (print on demand) in a nutshell! What do you think? Is this something you’d like to try? Comment below and let me know!
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