How to start an online business with Creative Fabrica
Are you looking to make some extra money, or even a full-time income, online? We all know that huge companies are raking it in when it comes to online sales, from both physical products and digital offerings. Since it’s not the year 2000 anymore, you might think that it’s not that easy to make money online anymore, and that all the potential markets and avenues for growth are hyper-competitive and saturated. Wrong! There’s still plenty of room to make money online, and with just a little know-how you can do it too!
Print-on-demand, together with Creative Fabrica and Printify, allows you to fully embrace the digital revolution happening in online earnings. Various innovations over the past few years, such as 4G internet and more powerful mobile phones, have driven new channels for growth, like Youtube and Instagram. It’s an entirely new experience to have 4k videos available to nearly everyone on the planet, and cheap cameras and audio equipment enable nearly anyone to take advantage of this. This revolution has meant that opportunities for merch sales in the POD field have exploded in the past few years. Legitimate online superstars, with huge online brands are making hand over fist online, and it’s all because of the availability of new technologies that have become available the past few years.
Let’s talk about how you can get in on this success!
#1 Get Inspired
First, think about what drives you. The easiest path to income is to think about your own brand, and whether or not you think it can be marketable online. The most popular merch salespeople are those that have a well-developed online presence and personal brand. These sellers have monetized other channels, and have branched-out to find other paths to generate online income, and have become wildly successful at merch sales.
This might not be the path for you – maybe you’re camera shy or maybe you just don’t want to be the face of your website – that’s no problem! Plenty of merch sites operate in niche markets, and you don’t have to necessarily present yourself as ‘The Mommy’ behind mommysellsmerch.com to make merch sales. However, you will need to have a niche to operate in, so think of something inspiring, or start with your passions – these are the things that are the most likely to drive sales for you because your passion will shine through.
Your idea doesn’t need to be complex either, most design themes that sell well are very simple and don’t involve a ton of design work!
#2 Choose the perfect design
Speaking of designs – it’s now easier than ever to get that idea off the ground, because there are thousands of designs to choose from at Creative Fabrica! In the past, if you had an idea for a product that you wanted to sell , your only options were to hire a graphic designer, or make the design yourself.
Now, Creative Fabrica can do the hard for you – we have thousands of designs and fonts to choose from, made by real and authentic designers from all over the world! They range from simple to elegant, funny to artistic and poetic – all at your fingertips! Browse our POD library to get inspired on where you can take your next idea or collection!
#3 Log into Printify
Once you’ve sorted out your designs, it’s time to log in to Printify. Printify is the world’s first and only online marketplace for print shops. You’ll get the best, most sustainable products from local providers – and you’ll be able to sell without any inventory.
#4 Making your first product
Making your first print on demand product is easy! Don’t let stress get to you, we can tell you that the most popular items are standard, unisex tees. This is because they’re available in a wide selection of sizes and colors. The most popular design placement is front and center. Start your first design like this – then branch out from there! Printify’s design guide has all the information you need to get technical on your first design – but most JPEG files will work just fine! Their product designer will indicate what your DPI count is as you scale the image up or down, and generally, 300 dpi is best.
Don’t know what DPI is? Check out the must-read design guide to learn everything you need to know about the simple process of making products.
#5 Publish your products
Once you’ve got your products nicely lined up, you’ll want to publish them to your site. It’s easy with Printify! Once you’ve connected your platform or shop (Shopify, Etsy, eBay or WordPress site with Woocommerce), you can get started by hitting “Publish” on the design generator – then wait for the status to go live. Of course, Printify wants to go through some quality assurance steps first, and it’s also a good idea for you to get a sample of your product to see how it looks. If you’re happy with the way it looks, you’re good to go!
#6 Make that money!
Now that you’ve got your products published and listed on your site, nothing is stopping you from promoting it! If you’re a Youtuber or Instagrammer, the best thing to do it to show off that merch. Wear it in all of your videos, and let it be seen. If you’re a brand or promoting funny products, the principle is the same – put it front and center where it can be seen by your audience. If you’re on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, then craft a post with the merch for your audience. The idea is to drive traffic to your site, and create avenues for your audience to support you – because they want to!
We’ve taken you from start to finish on the basics of getting started with POD online by using Creative Fabrica and Printify. Now it’s your turn – start selling today