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Starting A T Shirt Printing Business

Updated on March 30, 2015

What's behind t shirt printing?

Starting a T shirt printing business

You might think that starting a t shirt printing business means that you have to invest a lot of money on expensive equipment, fabric and ink. You might think that to run a t shirt business, one needs to have a heightened sense of fashion and some really deep pockets. But the truth is quite contrary to that belief. A t shirt printing business can be run by a person with pedestrian knowledge of business techniques and all that fancy hanky-panky.

You can always start small in this business because the starting capital needed is not a big one. One of the first to things to consider is the name of the company, opening a bank account, looking for a sufficient work area and the basic equipment needed to print t shirts. You also need a clear concept of what you want to do with the business, the target audience and the pricing and selling strategy of your business.

Since you are just starting your small scale business, the most viable printing styles for you would be transfer printing, vinyl transfers and sublimation printing. These styles do not need expensive machinery and extensive labor. What you have to remember in this business is that you must have a specific niche wherein you base the products that you produce. Whether it is printed men’s t shirts, printed ladies t shirts or printed kids t shirts, there should be a specific niche to which the concept of the products clings to.

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Additional measures on starting a t shirt printing business

You can also build a website to promote your products and accept orders online. This will give your business a huge boost as you will be reaching a larger group of people. You should also consider innovation and change and how these can be incorporated into your clothing line. Simple printed tops can evolve into printed hooded tops.

Now you know the basics of starting a t shirt printing business. Why not go out there and try it out?


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      Evolter 3 years ago

      Hi, Can u please give me a quote of your machine. my email address is and my number is 076 8026 038.

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      wiliez 5 years ago

      what equipments are needed?

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      Sushil 5 years ago

      How much these machines cost?

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      kanyisa shabane 6 years ago

      my friends and I are thinking of selling printed t-shirts in our neighbourhood(ekasi).we are certain it's going to be a success just need business advice

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      peggy 6 years ago

      Thank you for suggestion on t shirts, always wanted to do shirts for family reunions.

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      peggy 6 years ago

      Thank you for suggestion on t shirts, always wanted to do shirts for family reunions.

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      tshepo k 6 years ago

      I'm seling kasi style t-shirt plz buy some for your selfm.

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      BanjDog 7 years ago from Travel Around

      Great article! I've been thinking of making t-shirts but not for commercial purposes. I just have many ideas on great t-shirts and thought it would be great to make them for myself. They would also make such wonderful gifts!

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      Tammy Love 8 years ago from Brisbane

      Great article for starting a small business. Thanks!