Teespring Review: Make Money Designing Custom T-Shirts
This is the second time I ever tried Teespring, but my first time writing a Teespring Review. As a designer, this is a fun way to earn extra money designing fun tee shirts and other gear. You essentially design funny/clever t-shirts and then market them to be sold.
What is TeeSpring?
Teespring is a website where you can design custom tee shirts and other apparel such as hoodies, socks, mugs etc. using their proprietary online design software. Once you create a custom design, you can share a link with your friends who can buy your t-shirt design.
The difference between Teespring and other custom t-shirt design places is the shirts aren’t actually made until you have a minimum order.
This way you don’t have to buy a bunch of shirts you aren’t sure are going to sell or not. Thus filling your garage full of crappy shirts. All you do is create the design and TeeSpring handles all the orders, payments and shipping once a minimum amount of shirts are sold.
Yes, Teespring Pays You!
The biggest bonus to Teespring (and why I wanted to write this Teespring Review) is that once you get the minimum amount of orders and the shirts are sent out. You as the designer get a cut of the profits for creating the design!
Teespring handles all the heavy work, but since you are the one that created the shirt design and marketed it, you get a portion of the money made. Of course, Teespring takes their share, but you get yours too.
It’s a unique sidehuslte if you’re a creative type that can create some clever t-shirts and market them.
How Does Teespring work?
Head over to Teespring.com and hit “Start Designing”. It’ll ask you to create an account with them. It’s just the basic name, email, and password. They don’t ask for any payment information when your first setting up an account or first creating a shirt design.
You’ll then be asked to “Pick Your Canvas”. They have a number of options since they originally started. You can create unique/clever designs on a wide variety of items including:
- Canvas Prints
- Beach Towels
- Phone Cases
- Wall Tapestry
- Posters (12″x24″) & (24″x36″)
- Indoor Pillows
- Tote Bags
I am going to focus on t-shirts for this Teespring Review since that’s what made them famous. So I selected apparel. This takes you immediately to their proprietary design software where you can create a completely unique t-shirt design from scratch. You really just jump right in.
It’s a bit intimidating, I just created a basic word print to go with the design. I obviously didn’t get too crazy, but you have a lot of options of what you can do including uploading your own custom designs.
It’s a really good program. If you don’t have any design software to create a t-shirt design on your own like Adobe Illustrator, I’d definitely recommend checking out Teespring’s online designer. This is what it looks like.
Once you finish a design, Teespring will let you set the price for how much you want to sell the shirt for. You can set the price for whatever you want. Maybe you have a clever design and people want a shirt made by you, so you could set your price at $50. It’s not smart, but you could.
Luckily Teesprings has a recommended sell price.
In addition to what you set the price at, Teespring will show you how much of a profit you’ll make based on how many shirts you sell and the price you set them at. So simple economics, the higher price you set and the more you sell, the more profit you’ll make. In the Teespring Review example below, if 7 shirts are purchased, I would make $70 or $7 per shirt if I sell for $23.99.
Once you set the price you create a profile on your new shirt design with campaign name, t-shirt description and create a custom URL for people to visit. Take some time with this. Giving your campaign/shirt description a clever description can really help sell your shirt to people on the fence of buying.
If you want to check out the t-shirt design I did for this Teespring Review, go to Teespring.com/i-am-a-blogger-teeshirt where you’ll have the option to buy. It’s very basic. I like to set the bar low for you to create your own amazing shirt design!
That’s it. Now anyone can see your shirt and buy it. The biggest thing from here is sending the link to your friends, post on your blog or share to your social network to buy the new shirt.
A big strategy I’ve seen people try, is create a clever t-shirt idea for a specific niche of people like the famous “Don’t worry I’m a ______” tagline and create facebook ads. To give an example, I’ve seen “Don’t worry I’m a Nurse” and people created specific facebook ads for people who listed their occupation as “Nurse”. I believe it’s been really successful.
Teespring Review Pros
- You only have to create the design, Teespring will handle the creating/paying/shipping info on their end. This is a huge space saver from the days you had to store tee shirt inventory in your garage.
- You get paid per t-shirt. You can set your own price for your designs and that profit goes to you. So if you LOVE creating tee shirts, you can make quite a bit of money.
- Their design software is pretty easy to use.
Teespring Review Cons
- Even if you create the best t-shirt design ever, you have to market it completely on your own. Meaning you have to email it to all your friends or create Facebook ads to drive traffic to Teespring’s website for people to buy your t-shirt. You’re basically selling Teespring’s t-shirts for them.
- You have a limited space on the front and back of the shirt for your design. This makes it easier for Teespring to create the t-shirts, but you can’t get super creative creating unique sleeve designs or anything like that.
- Time Limit for your designs. Once you create the design you have nearly 6 days to sell your design or it’s taken down. That’s not a lot of time.
Teespring Review Conclusions
I like the idea of Teespring. It allows you to quickly create a custom t-shirt design to share with all your friends for them to buy. However, it doesn’t seem to be set up for a permanent side hustle. There are a lot of better/easier ways to earn more money.
Once you create the t-shirt design, it takes A LOT of effort and marketing dollars to get those shirts to sell. So unless you have a particular network of people who are willing to buy a specific t-shirt, I wouldn’t recommend this as a permanent side hustle.