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.

21 replies
  1. DNN
    DNN says:

    Selling t-shirts and promoting them on Pinterest would be an ideal side hustle that might make anyone a “side hustle millionaire” in less than 4 years. Pinterest is open season for free advertising and $0 ad spend for instant sales. Just a thought. 🙂

  2. Zwo
    Zwo says:

    1.The ‘goal’ is an old feature (back when there was a minimum to print). Now you only have to sell 1 item and they will fulfill orders for you.
    2.Listings created in the launcher automatically have 3 day print cycles and automatically relaunch–so the product is ‘always available’ and orders are processed every 3 days. You can create limited edition listings too (with a set end date). Learn more here: https://community.teespring.com/answers/print-cycle-settings/

  3. Charles
    Charles says:

    Teespring is a scam. There is no seller support and the items never shipped. I wasted a lot of time creating merchandise and when I emailed them twice so they could change a price (yeah, crazy that you can’t edit the product photo and price) and they never responded. The worst experience I have ever had and after reading reviews, it seems to be the norm for them. They won’t be in business very much longer.

  4. Kim
    Kim says:

    Teespring seemed awesome at first, however the customer service and product quality are equally terrible.

    Product Quality (3 Shirts Ordered):
    -Poor quality material
    -Came apart from the seams after first wash
    -Cheap Material
    -$7 or more for shipping

    Customer Service (After speaking with several reps):
    – Incredibly Rude
    – Ask for private information without any explanation
    – Don’t listen to customer
    – Will not transfer you to a more knowledgeable rep
    – Take a VERY long time to respond
    – Does not provide telephone support

    Here’s my experience:
    I tried to open up a shop and was unable to validate any of the active coupons. I had also received a coupon directly from teespring that also was not working. I tried from an my account, a guest account, and from my phone. None of which worked. I got in touch with the chat. They asked me the same questions over and over again, and told me that the coupon was working fine on their end so they couldn’t help. Obviously I’m not going to make one of my supporters deal with that. So I sent them a private message over twitter hoping to get better support. They asked for some private information without any explanation as to what they were looking up with it. After no luck I asked them to completely delete my account. In order to do so they needed a list of things that I don’t have because I deleted my shop which included, the first listing URL and title, payout amounts, CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, and account creation date. I explained about 5 times that I don’t have much of the information because it doesn’t exist. It took about two hours for them to respond and tell me there was nothing they could do.


  5. Rhiannon D'Agostino
    Rhiannon D'Agostino says:

    Teespring dosent supply the product you purchased. They were responding to my emails up until a week ago. The told me to email them on the 23rd if i didnt receive my product. I emailed them and a week later still no product and no response from them

  6. Liko
    Liko says:

    I will never order another Strictly Dumpling t-shirt from Teespring. I ordered a t-shirt for a mother’s day gift on April 20th and waited & waited. On May 11th, I “chatted” with someone from customer service at Teespring and was told due to Covid-19 it may be delayed. They said ETA was May 18th, but if it doesn’t arrive by then, give it 10 more business days to arrive. WHAT?! REALLY?! I followed up on May 19th & received a response from them via email with tracking info that basically contained no new information. After contacting them yet again on June 6th someone from Teespring told ME to check with my post office to track it! At that point I told them THEY should check the post office. I paid for shipping so why should I have to track their shipment. I told them I think it’s lost and they should send out another t-shirt or refund me immediately. They finally caved and sent out another shirt which arrived on June 20th. So technically two months after I initially placed my order I received the t-shirt. Too bad they didn’t give any forewarning of extremely long delays. My guess is that the t-shirts are coming from out of the country?? Poor way to run a company. Perhaps Strictly Dumpling should look for a different vendor.

  7. Mouzullah
    Mouzullah says:

    Hello Guyz,

    This website TeeSpring is such a big scam, they have hold one of my account without any reason, I have put all my efforts and made a good sale on my TeeSpring account, in few weeks time i made a profit of around $300 and requested for payout. After payout request they have blocked my account and doesnt give a proper response when I ask them for a reason.

    When doing sales for few weeks they haven’t mentioned anything or guidelines, just 2 days after requesting payout they have blocked my account.

    I request all seller to be aware with this scam website. I have got all proofs of their scam.

  8. Joyce A-M
    Joyce A-M says:

    y the way folks, do not order any merchandise through Tee Spring. The company has a terrible refund policy and has yet to refund my money for an item I returned on June 1st! I do have a BBB complaint filed.

    I ordered four items in support of a band that is struggling due to the pandemic. One item was returned. I have yet to get my refund.

    I am getting the word out. 🤬to Tee Spring.

  9. DNN
    DNN says:

    Glad to see and know ya’ll are improving in Google search results and on Amazon’s Alexa.com. I know you’re working hard and creating lots and lots of content. What’s the deal with the t-shirt side hustle? I’ve been thinking of a few different online side hustles and quietly stocking up an inventory of used goods to resell online for a profit.

  10. Paul
    Paul says:

    Looks like Teespring is one to avoid. I think Merch by Amazon is a similar alternative.
    Also for those interested in creating designs that sell Low Content Book Publishing on Amazon KDP.

  11. Wallet Squirrel
    Wallet Squirrel says:

    I think this one could be fun to the creative types, but you’ll waste more time trying to market the shirts yourself. You essentially become a seller for Teespring. So it depends what type of side hustle you want. =P

  12. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    This company sucks, customer service is awful, the shirt quality is not the same as they say and now they have all this weird QAnon stuff everywhere on their site. This is insane, spend your money elsewhere.

  13. DNN
    DNN says:

    this is something I’m definitely interested in. I just recently created a new YouTube channel with no video content you and am looking for a custom T-shirt manufacturer-distributor that’s reasonable on printing custom T-shirts at affordable prices. Is this source affordable?

  14. Wallet Squirrel
    Wallet Squirrel says:

    I havn’t tried it in too much detail. I think the hardest part is finding the right audience to buy your shirts. Otherwise the process is super simple to sell them. =)

  15. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    I ordered the teeshirt “vintage journalist” which I received. The problem is a grammatical error. Being a “vintage journalist” I cannot wear this due to bad grammar.

  16. Stacy Biello
    Stacy Biello says:

    I ordered one shirt through teespring. When I went to place my order it said there was a problem so I tried it again and had the same problem on the third attempt my order went through however I was charged three times on my credit card. No phone number for these people I even tried life chat they tried connecting me with an email to their financial team who is supposed to get back to me in 24 to 48 hours which is today. Still nothing please don’t buy from these people they will rob you blind

  17. Brandon Provo
    Brandon Provo says:

    They do mugs too. I can only comment on the mug. Honestly, blown away with how my shipment arrived. I ordered a glass mug, and it was clearly broken from inside the box. I opened the box and there was no bubble wrap or padding to protect it in the mail. One thing I will say is I cannot believe it was not more destroyed but it was in fact damaged/ chipped an unusable.

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