Start a T-Shirt Business in 5 Steps

How to Start a T-Shirt Business in Five Easy Steps

You see custom T-shirts everywhere these days–I know Mary and I saw them daily on our recent Great Race travels.  How often have you thought, “I have a great idea for a T-shirt?” How often have you considered a side-hustle to earn some extra money? Did you know that a T-shirt business has very low cost to entry compared to other types of businesses, like a food truck or a donut shop? And there’s always demand for custom T-shirts, whether it be for sports teams, businesses, schools, organizations or events.

In short, there’s never been a better time to start a T-shirt business.

Today, it’s possible to print professional, custom T-shirts in your garage, spare bedroom or living room. You can even do this in an apartment!

Heat transfers and a heat press can help anyone print T-shirts like a pro without a huge investment.

All it takes is a quality heat press and a smart phone or computer.

  • No art skills required!
  • You don’t have to be a business whiz.
  • 5-minute learning curve—so simple!

Get Started with Heat Transfers 

What are transfers? Transfers are designs printed in reverse on a release paper. You place them face down on a shirt, on a heat press. Close the press for a few seconds, open, peel the paper – and presto! Transfers are the quickest, cleanest, easiest way to print a shirt.

When applied with a heat press, transfers look and feel fantastic. And you can easily print a few or dozens!

5 Easy Steps

  1. Create your Own Design

It’s great if you already have an idea or existing artwork on your computer. You can upload it to have a heat transfer made. No artwork or no skills? No worries! Use a free online designer with layout templates. Customize a template in minutes with stock art, fun fonts and shapes. Then select your colors, choose your size and order your transfers.

  1. Order Your Transfers

A heat transfer is your artwork, sized for a shirt, printed with high quality inks ready for you to apply. Custom transfers ship to you in a few days and arrive ready to apply to any apparel.

  1. Buy T-shirts

Order blank T-shirts, tanks or sweatshirts. Yes, you can use shirts you have or buy from a retail store, but if you want a dozen or more of the same color, in different sizes, ordering wholesale or from your transfer supplier can save you money. 

  1. Heat press transfers on shirts

You can press your shirts in as fast as four seconds per shirt! Simply follow the application instructions for time, temperature and pressure which come with the transfers. Sometimes there is an extra transfer included for practice. It’s a lot of fun to press and peel away the carrier. So magical! Once applied properly, you will have a professional quality t-shirt that can be worn and washed for years.

  1. You’re in Business!

See how easy transfers are to use? With transfers, you can bring any design to life and print shirts like a pro. There’s no mess and no clean up. Print on demand, quickly and sell for a healthy profit. Your customers, friends and family will love what you make as much as you’ll love making them!

Learn More about T-Shirt Printing

If you’re considering adding a side-hustle, learn more by downloading this free book from Stahls’. Start a T-shirt Side Hustle 

Next week, I’ll talk about creating one of a kind custom T-shirts using a cutter and Stahls’ CAD-CUT materials.  

There are so many ways to use a heat press to make custom T-shirts. You can truly print on any fabric, any location and any quantity.

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