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As a blogger or virtual assistant you want to make sure you don't have all your eggs in one basket. You want to make sure you have more than one stream of income in case something happens to one of them. One of my favorite ways to do that is to have several passive income streams. Passive income is basically you create something (digital items or t-shirts) that you create and sell multiples of it. With that being said let's get on to how you can generate passive income by selling t-shirts.
Decide which Print on Demand Sites you want to use.
Print on demand sites are basically sites that allow you to upload a design and sell via their storefront. The site most people are familiar with is Zazzle or Cafepress. Those aren't the only sites, not by a long shot, but they are highly recommended!
- Merch by Amazon – Sign up for an invite. This might take awhile so check it once a week in case they forget to send you an email.
- RedBubble – Instant approval, lots of designs including dresses!
- TeeSpring – Instant approval and easy to use.
- Society 6 – Instant approval, sell or promote others.
- SunFrog – Instant approval, easy to use and you can promote other designer's shirts as an affiliate.
- Zazzle – Instant approval, has a large amount of products you can put your designs on.
Designing Your T-shirt
I know some of you are cringing right now at the thought of designing anything and that's okay. I got you covered. If you're not good with graphics don't count yourself out just yet. Make text based shirts. You know… catchy phrases, cool fonts and pretty colors. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. But seriously, don't overthink it, anyone can do this. I'll give you the basics of design programs, commercial use fonts and incorporating premade graphics to create your own design.
There are several to choose from that range from free to three figure price tags. If you're just starting out don't go into debt before you ever sell a shirt. Start out with what works for your budget and switch up if you feel the need later on.
- Canva – Best free online software in my opinion. I do a lot of freelance work with it for collaborations and when I'm not on my pc.
- PicMonkey – I haven't used this one in a bit but it has its use and some people swear by it so I added it for those new to all this.
- Canva for Work – Paid version of Canva which I have. It lets you upload your own fonts and save your brand's colors. The uploading of fonts is a must in my book. You want to stand out and use awesome looking commercial fonts.
- Photoshop – $19.99/mo unless you're a student and then its 60% off last I checked. I used my student discount to get the all their software for $21.99/mo.
There are a many more out there but these three are perfect for your needs. Remember, you're trying to make money not give it all away.
From this point on it's about staying fresh and creating t-shirts any chance you get. You can't just create a few designs and call it a day. One of the biggest things to remember is to not steal designs. Whatever you create make it your own and have fun with it. And no… I'm not about to teach a ‘How to Design' course, you're on you're own with that beast lol.