Ecommerce is one of the best ways to make money online. In the past couple of years it has become increasingly popular because of the internet gurus that claim you can make 100k per month if you buy their course.
One of the most popular business ideas that they recently started talking about is “Print on Demand”. It is said to be the holy grail of ecommerce businesses and that you can become a millionaire if you jump on the hype train.
Needless to say, making money with ecommerce is not as easy as they make it seem. BUT before you go and watch your 74th YouTube video for the day, know that it’s still possible to start an ecommerce business.
Implementing the steps needed to succeed is not easy. But the process is actually not that hard. With the right tools, you can realistically build a profitable Print on Demand business and make passive income.
Some Print On Demand sites are better than others and if you’re here to find out which ones should you choose, then you’re in the right place! By the end of this article, you will know exactly what the best platforms for Print on Demand are, as well as which one you should start off with.
What Is Print On Demand?
Print on Demand is a way to do dropshipping.
Have you ever seen a cool T-shirt or coffee mug that you just said to yourself “That looks so cool! I could probably make so much money with that”? Well, know that this is definitely possible.
With Print on Demand, you will design an image (or pay someone else to do it) and place it on a product that is already in someone’s stock (a hoodie, a T-shirt, a canvas, etc.)
So, how does it work? Well, as soon as someone places an order on your website, the manufacturer will print your image on the product that was ordered and ship it to the customer.(1)
For example, if your supplier’s price for a T-shirt is $10 and you list it with your design on your website for $30, your profit will be $20. This is obviously without the cost of traffic (keep in mind you should consider getting into paid traffic, as it’s much faster)
Once you set your website up, then your only job will be to drive traffic to your offers. If you get good at Facebook ads, or any other form of paid traffic, you just rinse and repeat. You will start working less and less once you get better at it. Believe me, I’ve been doing this for 7 years.
Is Print On Demand Profitable?
Yes, print on demand can be profitable. Like in any type of business (including the offline ones), it all depends on you. If you have the necessary skills and work hard, there is a very high chance that you will reach your financial goals.(2)
On the other hand, if you treat it like a 9 to 5 and do the minimum amount of work possible, then … you will get the minimum money for your efforts. But you are probably smart enough to realize this.
In my opinion, if you allocate a couple of hours per day for your business, then you should start seeing profit in as little as a couple of months or even weeks. It’s all on you.
7 Best Print On Demand Sites
In the past couple of years, we tried A LOT of print on demand platforms. Some of them are good, others are … not so good.(3)
That’s why we compiled a list with the best ones that you should try for yourself. Let’s jump straight into it:
Spreadshirt is a very good option when you’re first starting out. Their website is very intuitive and you will probably not have a hard time getting used to it.
In stead of building your own website (which can be a bit intimidating for beginners), Speadshirt gives you the option to sell your designs directly from their platform.
Another cool thing about it is that once you upload your designs to their website, everyone on the platform can sell your products and you get a commission out of every sale.
If you ask me, that’s a very good opportunity. If you are a graphic designer, or you pay someone to make unique and nice looking designs, you can literally make money without actually doing anything. Because other people will sell your designs for you.
If you want more authority over your designs, you can open your own “Spreadshop”. This way, you will be the only one that sells your designs and you will keep all the profits.
The only real downside of this platform is that your options in terms of products are quite limited. As you can imagine, you are allowed to sell only products manufactured by Spreadshirt, which can be a deal breaker for some people.
If that doesn’t bother you and you don’t really want to deal with suppliers and manufacturers, then Spreadshirt is a very good option for you.
Zazzle is another great option for beginners, as well as for advanced entrepreneurs. It is one of the most popular options in terms of print on demand services because of the way it is structured.
You will just need to upload your designs on their platform, set the price at which you want to sell your products and earn commissions based on the sales other people make.
This is one of the best business models at the moment, as you have the opportunity to earn a nice passive income if you have desirable designs.
Some platforms get a small percentage of your profits when you want to get a payout. That’s not the case with Zazzle, as you will receive exactly the amount of money that you expect.
The downside is that if you want to create your own store, you don’t really have that option. You can only sell products from the Zazzle marketplace.
What you can do in stead, is post your designs on Facebook or other social media platforms in order to get more traffic, and therefore more sales.
Zazzle has a ton of options in terms of products. They don’t only sell T-shirts and hoodies like other platforms. In stead, they also have mugs, office supplies and even wallets.
You’ve probably heard of Printful. It’s the platform that most online gurus recommend, and this case, I completely agree with them.
It’s probably the best option for beginners, as their website is very easy to use. If you get lost in any way, they also have a series of video tutorials to help you get started.
Also, they have a variety of options in terms of the marketplaces you can sell your designs on. You can either start your own shop, sell on the Printful marketplace or even on other platforms.
If you choose to create your own website and sell your designs there, Printful will still do all the printing and shipping. This is great because you will then have more free time for creating more designs. Or in case you started making money consistently, travel or spend time with your loved ones!
They even have an option to include your logo on the package or write a short message on a piece of paper that your customers can read. This is great because we all know that branding is one of the most important aspects of a business.
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Redbubble is another great option when you’re first starting out. They have an enormous following online and for a good reason.
Unlike other print on demand platforms, Redbubble allows you to sell to multiple countries, therefore having more chances to succeed. You can upload your designs on the marketplace, which is great because there are a ton of people there that you can sell to.
In my opinion, this might be the best option for you if you are a beginner. Redbubble has a lot of traffic and if you manage to show up in the search results, you will most likely make a ton of money.
That is, of course if you have good designs and don’t do the minimum amount of work necessary (like in your 9 to 5).
Teerepublic is known for having high quality products. Also, you can put your designs on a variety of products ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to posters and mugs.
Again, like in the case of most websites on this list, you will have the opportunity to post your designs directly on their platform. This is always a great option, as you will need to pay less money for Facebook ads or any other type of traffic.
There’s nothing better than letting other people do the packaging and shipping for you, and Teerepublic does a great job at fulfilling your orders. If you want high quality products and good customer service, then you should really consider this platform.
CafePress is another popular option in the Print on Demand space. They probably have the biggest variety of products out of all the platforms on this mlist.
You can post your designs on hoodies, mugs, posters, wallets, and everything else you expect from such a website. Not only that, but you can also sell clocks, calendars and stuffed animals. You didn’t expect this, right?
Probably the best thing about CafePress is that you can designs with characters from TV shows. As one of the oldest and most established platforms in the ecommerce industry, CafePress negotiated with the people that own the copyright to allow the users to sell their products.
However, there are specific rules if you want to sell mugs with Seinfeld or Star Trek. So you should be a bit careful.
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If you’ve been watching YouTube videos about ecommerce, you’ve surely heard about Shopify. It’s the most recommended platform for dropshipping, print on demand and ecommerce in general.
The best part about Shopify is that you have the ability to control your website’s design and have your own domain. Also, they have a variety of training videos in case you get stuck.
Shopify gives you the ability to track your sales with analytics, offer discounts to your customers and they have a very good customer suport. In case you want to extend your reach and sell something other than print on demand products, Shopify is a very good choice.
The downside is that it costs $29 per month after you’ve completed a 30 day free trial. It’s not free, so make sure you have a budget.
Starting an ecommerce business can be truly lifechanging. Making money while you’re on vacation is one of the best feelings in the world.
With that goal in mind, you need to work as much as possible in the beginning in order to have the highest chances of success. Also, you will need a qualitytraining in order to set everything up propperly.
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