T-shirt design is a popular and growing part of the online retail industry. If you’ve decided to start marketing your own t-shirt designs, there are plenty of resources to help you establish a brand and open a t-shirts online store. Designing t-shirts is a great way for artists to get exposure for their work—or, if you’re simply looking to make some extra income, it’s a great channel to break into a successful online retail market.
If you’ve never sold online before, the prospect of getting started might seem daunting. But don’t worry; today’s online technology makes starting your own business a snap. Take a look at the tips below before you jump into selling your product online.
1. Start a T-Shirt Online Store
While popular options with small start-up costs may seem tempting, you should always take a look at the benefits.
For instance, in your search to find the perfect selling channel, you may consider already established t-shirt brands like CafePress or Zazzle. While these sites offer you the opportunity to promote your products under a popular brand, they also take a massive cut of your sales and leave you with a small percentage of the profits. In comparison, shopping cart software with 3DCart will only cost you a flat $19.99 monthly fee and gives you the ability to use built-in marketing features. You’ll have to print the shirts on your own, but the revenue potential with 3DCart is much, much higher.
2. Weigh the cost of shopping cart options
At 3dcart, we encourage you to weigh your options in choosing a shopping cart software because we’re confident we’ll come out on top. One of the biggest cost factors that go into leveraging a hosted shopping cart to open a t-shirts online store is the number of products you have on yotur store.
Some shopping carts will count product variations (including size and color) into the number of products you are charged for hosting. While 3DCart empowers you with tools to easily showcase product variations, we won’t charge you for each variation of the same product.
3. Evaluate the features of your shopping cart software
More goes into starting an online store than setting up a storefront, listing your products and offering customers the ability to pay through the website. You have to be able to market your t-shirts, and not every ecommerce solution is going to give you the right tools to sell tees online.
With 3DCart, you get a full suite of helpful features to get the word out, drive more conversions and offer your customers simple, intuitive ways to buy. You want plenty of product options, multiple images per product, the ability to zoom in on a product, customer product reviews, social bookmarking and bulk discounts, among other features—all of which 3DCart currently offers to customers. Flexible customization features are crucial, and 3DCart has plenty of support resources to help you understand how to sell t-shirts online.