Teespring Review: Make Money Designing Custom T-Shirts

Teespring Review - Make Money Designing Custom T-Shirts

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 by 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 legit 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 directly on Teespring. The money, printing and shipping are all handled by Teespring.

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’re not sure will 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. Then you as the designer get a small profit off the orders sold.

Is Teespring Legit?

Absolutely! We’ve personally used Teespring and found numerous positive reviews about the company. They’ve been around for years and built up a solid reputation. Even Forbes mentioned them as a great way to make money by selling well-made t-shirts and other gear.

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. You as the designer get a cut of the profits for creating the design!

Teespring handles all the heavy work (collecting money, printing, shipping), 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 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″)
  • Flags
  • Indoor Pillows
  • Socks
  • Apparel
  • Stickers
  • Tote Bags
  • Mugs

I am going to focus on t-shirts for this Teespring Review since that’s what they’re famous for.

I select apparel. This takes you immediately to their online design software where you can create a completely unique t-shirt design from scratch.

It’s a bit intimidating, I just created a basic word print design (I find inspiration from Amazon’s funny shirts). I obviously didn’t get too crazy, but you have a lot of options for what you can do including uploading your own custom designs.

I was impressed with the variety in Teespring’s online software program, it really was impressive. It’ll work great for beginners if you don’t have your own design software like Adobe Illustrator. This is what their online software 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 could set the price for $50 per shirt if you’d like. It may be more than people want to buy a shirt for, but it’s up to you.

You’ll start off with Teespring’s 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 the number of shirts and the selling price. 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.

After you set the price, you will create a profile on your new shirt design. This is what people will see when they view your shirt on Teespring.

  • T-Shirt Title
  • Profile
  • Custom URL

Take some time with this. Giving your campaign/shirt description a clever description can really help sell shirts to people on the fence.

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 with your social network to buy the new shirt.

A popular strategy I’ve seen, create a clever t-shirt idea for a specific niche of people. For instance, the famous “Don’t worry I’m a ______” tagline. 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.
  • If you’re organizing shirts for a large group, you can create the shirts on Teespring and have everyone pay on their own via the link you send. Way less chaos.

 

 

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’re limited on the amount of space you can design on the front/back of the shirt. This makes it easier for Teespring to print onto shirts, but prohibits super creative designs that take up the entire shirt. So no sleeve designs or anything like that.

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.

Yes, We Actually Gave Someone $100 To Start Investing

If you’ve seen our little pop-up or emails, we made a deal with our readers. We promised if you signed up for our email list, we’d do a drawing and a lucky person would win $100 to start investing. We’re doing this!

Remember these pop-ups?

Why Are We Doing This?

Lots of websites do different give-a-ways to encourage people to join their email newsletter. We wanted to try this, but actually, do something cool.

We didn’t want to create a “90 Ways To Save Money” pdf to give away or anything like that for new sign-ups. Frankly it was overdone and in reality, the easiest way to save money is not to spend it. There, that’s my free pdf.

So I asked myself, what do our readers actually want. Well, they want more money to invest with and pay off bills. So what if we gave (PayPal) someone $100 to use to invest. If they used that money to invest, it would grow to a lot more than $100.

I liked this idea.

How The Competition Worked

It was easy, if you signed up for our email list at any point, and still a member by the end of 2017, you would be eligible to win. We would do a drawing at the end of 2017 (actually this week) and whoever was selected, we would PayPal you $100 to do whatever they wanted.

Yes, you could use that $100 to invest, pay down bills or buy new shoes. We obviously can’t control what you will spend that money on, but we will STRONGLY encourage you to invest it. Investing is cool!

Either buy stocks with the Robinhood App, have all your investing done automatically with Betterment or lend it and make interest with Lending Club. It’s completely up to you!

How We Selected A Winner

I’m going to do something no one ever does. Share how many email subscribers they have. It’s a bit scary sharing this because if it doesn’t seem like a lot, you can easily judge us based on how many other people subscribe. So vulnerable moment, go!

We currently have 290 email subscribers to Wallet Squirrel. All of them are eligible to win the $100!

To select a winner, I went to Mailchimp and reviewed the complete list of email addresses we had. This is how I discovered we had 290 email sign-ups. That is freaking awesome!!!!!

Then I went to Google’s Random Generator, basically, just typed “Random Number Generator” in Google, try it here! At the top of the page, there is a generator where you enter the min/max amount and hit “GENERATE. I got “17”.

So at this point, I scrolled down Mailchimp’s list to locate number #17.

 

I’m now shooting them an email to let them know they won! Plus to see if this email works for their Paypal account. So check your email because I may have money for you!

Is The Competition Now Over?

Not even close, I REALLY like this idea. It’s a great way to encourage people to sign up for our email list and everyone gets a chance to win some money to do what you want (investing suggested). =P

In 2018, we’re doing this again but it’s for a chance to win $200 at the end of the year. Sign up and enter!

Web Marketing – How to Increase Website Traffic Now!

Over the past few months, Andrew and I have been working very hard to increase website traffic to Wallet Squirrel. I can successfully say that we have accomplished that with our web marketing strategy! We are nowhere near some of the bigger bloggers but our traffic growth is aggressively pointing upward with a 65% gain between June and July! Overall, we have increased our viewership by 545% since changing our strategy in February.

In my latest SEO post, I suggested that I would be coming out with a marketing guide. Well, here it is! I am going to lay it all out here to help you gain more traffic now!

The Goal of Web Marketing

Overall, you want web marketing to increase the exposure of your content and website. The more you can share your content with others on various platforms, the more likely you are to reach new people. These new visitors are the people that could turn into loyal followers.

You also want to make sure the platforms that you are sharing on are worth your time and effort. Marketing takes a lot of time and effort which most people do not have. I know I do not have that much time with a little eight-month-old crawling all around the house. This is why I have come with this guide, to save you the time as well as the effort of guessing and checking based on what Andrew and I have already gone through.

Here you will find the techniques that we find the most useful and gain the most traffic from.

Social Media

Using social media to increase website traffic is a no-brainer. Being persistent and dedicated to social media can really expand your contents reach. The challenge with social media it is tough to stay consistent with posting every day. This is why we recently purchased CoSchedule to help us post on all of the social media platforms. CoSchedule allows you to create templates for Tweets, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn then it will automatically post them on a particular schedule.

Another thing to remember about social media is that it is not only about sending out these automated posts. Social media is also about creating conversations. I try to get on Twitter several times a day to see if I can create a conversation with someone. These conversations create a more memorable moment for people versus a traditional tweet.

Check out Andrew’s review of Coschedule and how we use it for our social media web marketing.

CoSchedule

Syndication

Andrew has had a lot of success with getting our articles syndicated on some major publications such as the AOL Finance Collective and Seeking Alpha. We continue to search for new places to get our articles hosted somewhere else. Using syndication for web marketing increases the footprint of every article written which in turn increases website traffic. It is like we are borrowing their audience.

The trick with syndication is that every article must be written with extra care. Really you should do this for every article if you want to be taken as a professional (no one is perfect though). But since you are publishing this article on a high-end professional publication it needs to look like your best work. Take some extra time to review the content. Maybe even download the Grammarly application to help you find hidden mistakes in your writing. I know this application has really helped me find some boneheaded mistakes!

Social Platforms

We have had good success using Quora to gain some more exposure around the internet. Quora is only one of several social platforms I want to play with. Others include Slideshare, Reddit, and Blogger. I’m particularly excited to try out Slideshare which allows you to create a presentation on any topic you would like.

With any social platform you will want to find trending topics then conquer that topic with a mind-blowing presentation (Slideshare) or answer (Quora). You might ask, “How do you find these trending topics?” That is a great question! Well, Quora makes it super easy as you can see the analytics of questions. For other platforms, I use social media to help me with that. With Twitter, you can easily see what people are talking about and how rigorous that conversation is.

web marketing with Quora to increase website traffic

Strong Headlines

Creating strong headlines to catch the eyes of potential viewers is very important to marketing any post. If the headline does not create some sort of intrigue then no one will want to click on the link. Through CoSchedule, I use their headline analyzer to help determine if my headlines are strong or not. This analyzer will tell you if the headline has a good balance of words within it or not. It also gives the headline an overall grade, the higher the grade the better the headline is. Creating a catchy and intriguing headline is one of the simplest web marketing techniques and an easy way to increase website traffic to your blog.

Finding a Pain Point

To increase website traffic, you need to find a reason for people to visit your website. This web marketing technique requires you to find a pain point for your new visitors.  A pain point is something that the visitor must need to make their life better such as “How to market their website properly”. These pain points are subjects that can be cultural trends (Pokemon Go last summer) or a pain point that is always there such as website performance. If you can find the right pain point then apply strong marketing and SEO strategies, you will see an increase in website traffic.

So What’s Next for Wallet Squirrel?

There are some areas that we need to increase focus on. We really have not gotten to these yet because they are lower on the priority list as we have worked on incorporating the above tasks into our routine. As I have said in many other articles such as in my Getting Rid of Distractions post. Do not just stack the whole pile of tasks on your to-do list at once. We have been working on one task at a time, incorporating it into our routine, then adding another one on top of it once complete. Taking everything on all at once is a dangerous move because it increases the chances of failure and burning you out.

Infographics

Infographics keep growing in popularity as a form of web marketing. They are easy for others to share the story they want to tell. Creating relevant infographics can take a little time but in its self is your whole article portrayed as an image. This allows your viewer to easily summarize your article just by sharing one image. Every time that image is shared so is your brand. As you can see in the example below that Andrew made for his What Happens to Debt When You Die article, the Wallet Squirrel brand is clearly displayed.

We need to continue to create more infographics as well as make them easy to share. I believe this form of web marketing will increase the spread of the Wallet Squirrel brand around the internet. In turn, this will increase website traffic for Wallet Squirrel.

 

Guest Posting

We have been so focused on other things we have not made that much time for guest posting. In fact, Andrew has had to turn down several opportunities because time has slipped away. Guest posting is a very similar technique to syndication. Really the only difference is that you are posting on a fellow bloggers website instead of a publication. You gain viewership from guest posting because you are letting that blog’s visitors know you exist.

SEO is still crucial

All of this goes without saying that you cannot have web marketing without good SEO. Good SEO practices are just as important as a good web marketing strategy. We gain about half of our traffic because of good SEO and the other half because of our web marketing efforts.

Now that you have the web marketing half. Go read my two posts on SEO. The Ultimate SEO Strategy for 2017 and An SEO Strategy – What Works and What Does Not.  Within these posts, I talk about how to increase the SEO of your entire website as well as each blog post you publish.

 

Below you will find an infographic summarizing our Web Marketing strategy plus our SEO strategy. Feel free to love, like, share, post, tweet, or whatever else floats your boat. If you can, just give us credit by linking back.

Web Marketing Inforgraphic