10 Things To Do BEFORE You Start A Print On Demand Store… (Beginner Mistakes to AVOID)

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50 thoughts on “10 Things To Do BEFORE You Start A Print On Demand Store… (Beginner Mistakes to AVOID)”

    1. Hi I have a question. I want to sale t shirts with a photo that I took, for example I took a photo of a street but it shows a wall with street art do I have to ask for permission of the artist?

    2. Hi, is there anyway i can contact you? Email id or any social media platform? I just have few small queries and it will be a great help. Hope you don’t mind helping me out.

    3. Can you please let me know how can I get the stickers on the product? Any specific website or app????

  1. German Egyptian Couple

    Wow you’re a genius and life saver, Sarah!! I was wondering these days what am I doing wrong in my recently opened Etsy store and BOOM there you come with all the answers! Your advices are worth GOLD my dear, I sometimes literally bingewatch your videos! Haha. Thank you so so much! 🙂

  2. The Failed Scientist

    Everything she says, yes, yes, yes. I started my print on demand shop a year ago…i started making sales last month. Word to the wise its a lot of trial and error. I made the mistake of choosing a print provider on printify that was out of the UK, as a result, my first tshirt sale which was ordered on sept 17th may not arrive until nov 1st…lesson learned and its my most popular shirt as far as views. I had to remake the entire thing with a new print provider in the US. Im super upset about it. 🙁That print provider also doesnt give you tracking details. Make sure when you are choosing the print provider you pay attention. Wish i would have seen this video six months ago lol i could have saved myself a headache.

    1. juan camilo amaya reyes

      Highly recommend Teespring. Maybe you dont have full supermega complete access to customize your store but at least the part of the shipping, tracking, customer service (for both sellers and buyers) are quite great and the time you invest doing all of that about the webpage, fulfilment and management, that you can invest it on advertising and really great designs.
      TIP: It is better to focus on a USA audiences due to the shipping.

    2. Yes! I’ve had TERRIBLE experiences with UK sellers. I have no idea what’s wrong with that country’s shipping but I’ve had MULTIPLE products that never arrived and never got my money back.

  3. 00:58
    One: Only add a maximum
    of five color variations to your product.

    02:04 Two: Check your print provider options before selling internationally.

    03:20 Three: Make sure that you have a credit card or money set aside before you start a store.

    05:34 Four: Check if your written phrase is trademarked, and avoid copyrights.
    Five: Have lifestyle photos for your products, not just generic mockups.

    12:28 Six: Don’t just opt for selling t-shirts.

    13:48 Seven: Check to see if your design can be printed onto a different product.

    15:23 Eight: Add scarcity, but not to every product.

    16:34 Nine: Check to see if your niche is banned on Facebook.

    18:10 Ten: Find your most honest friend or family member to get their feedback.

  4. Thank You so Much for your information!! I have dreams of opening a thing for foster kids and I have all the plans for that but one of the things I have not been able to figure out is how to afford it. With your direction and teaching, I’m actually seeing this as a real possibility!!! I have been studying drop shipping and POD for about 6 months and I wish I had someone over my shoulder but I’m giving it my all!! Thank you for your info!

  5. Hi Sarah! Thanks for all the amazing tips! As an Australian, should I set up Etsy / Ebay stores as US stores/currency?

  6. Im still watching the video as I start this, but I wanted to say even after the first tip Ive learned a very valuable lesson! I always tend to have too many color options, but now that I know its a huge no-no, I can change that!

  7. I’ve just started watching your videos and I am excited. I’ll admit I’m having trouble finding time even to watch the videos let alone do the work required. It’s understood that most businesses fail or even begin due to lack of commitment. I’ve set a start date for Dec. 31, 2019 I’ve committed, now to keep the motivation going and I’m not sure if you know it or not, but your videos are probably the biggest motivation we can find. You’ve become a motivational speaker of sorts. Please don’t stop. Thank You…

  8. So I Started my print on demand store this month on November 15th after looking at endless videos by Sarah and others by Eva. I really wanted to do drop shipping but as Sarah pointed out in many of her vids, you need quite a bit of Cash in hand before you start that. Etsy allows you to list your items and charges at the end of the month so Yay to that.

    I quickly populated my store with T Shirts. Probably around 30 listings by the end of the first week, using Canva. By the end of the first week, NO Sales 😀 but i continued populating the store still. on Eva’s video she mentions SEO a lot so using SEO tools like KW Finder, I realized Baby Yoda was trending so I immediately started using that key word and creating Baby Yoda prints on T Shirts and Mugs. The views to my store increased drastically within 1 day. Still No Sales.

    I remembered this exact lesson of Sarah saying ask your friends to purchase and leave an honest review. I asked one friend and he made a purchase of a Christmas T Shirt that he liked that also had quite a bit of views. He hasn’t received the item yet and hasn’t left his review but oddly enough, that one sale icon on etsy , was enough to encourage buyer confidence in my store.

    On the 26th I made my first organic sale. 11 days after opening. It didn’t stop there, I made 7 more sales on the 26th and Today on the 27th, I’ve already made 5. It’s a really awesome feeling. So, take the advice from the videos, they are legit. Do research and find what’s trending, use SEO effectively, Get those friends to leave honest reviews and have fun coming up with new Items for your store listing.

    1. 6:18. Dude you can’t be selling baby Yoda shirts. You ain’t Disney. It’s not your character. Your profiting from something that someone else owns it’s illegal.

  9. This video was so helpful! We’re dancing around the idea of selling merch and this definitely opened up our eyes about the many different aspects we’ll have to think about. Thanks for the valuable information!

  10. When I’m in a store and practically every item is Almost out of Stock, I’m like “What the hell is this… zombie apocalypse?”

  11. Claudia Shannon

    This is one of my favorite videos that you have down, if not my absolute number one favorite for it is just packed with useful information. Thanks for compiling these special sessions 😀💖

  12. I’m very suprised and amazed, just knowing I found someone who can talk while smiling at the same time 😁😎

  13. Very enlightening! I’m at the beginning of my print sales journey and this video really put some things in perspective. Thank you immensely for taking the initiative to create it.

  14. THIS!! This video was sooo detailed and I started to get nervous again but told myself I can do this!! Thank you so much!! I’m a fan literally now and I just scrolled up on this video🙏🏾

  15. Sarah, the amount of value you create with your videos is absolutely priceless! And for the record, kiwi accent cuteness does not qualify as speech impairment! 🙂

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