When referring new online teachers, I soon realised that these new teachers were going to need a uniform for their job.
That's when I set up the shop to include plain blue t-shirts from Amazon that I found. Then I started experimenting with creating custom t-shirt designs with Teacher Saying T-Shirts.
Teacher T-Shirt Ideas
Rather than buying both a t-shirt and a flash card, why not combine the two and have a teaching prop on your t-shirt such as the alphabet:
How To Make Your Own Custom Design T-Shirts
There are 2 steps to this:
- Make a design
- Upload it to a t-shirt printing company
Making a t-shirt design
For this I use the free graphic design website Canva.
For an tutorial on Canva, check out the video below on how I used it to make my online teaching background. The premise is still the same for making t-shirt designs:
Then it's time to…
Upload it to a T-shirt Printing Company
I use Redbubble.
Redbubble is a company that allows you to upload your design and sell your t-shirt upon their store. They handle the printing through a print-on-demand system.
This means they print the t-shirt once someone has purchased it from their website.
Redbubble Shirt Quality
I selected Redbubble after buying from them in the past and being blown away by the Redbubble quality. You would think that a mass produced t-shirt printing company would be cutting costs, but the shirt quality is fantastic.
Websites like Redbubble
There are many other options such as Teespring and Amazon Merch. However, Amazon Merch takes a long time to get approved and other websites like Redbubble didn't seem to have the shipping capabilities that Redbubble did.
Selling on Redbubble
Cheap T-Shirt Printing
Selling t-shirts in this way means you don't spend heaps of money printing t-shirts that you have no idea if anyone will buy.
This saves you money, as well as storage space in your garage.
The drawbacks of this is you only make a small percentage of the sale once Redbubble takes their cut and remove the printing costs.
You can set your percentage as low or high as you like – but this will affect the price of the t-shirt.
So if you set your percentage too high, then this will make the t-shirt too expensive for anyone to even consider buying.
A good number is between 10-30%.
Here's an example of how the product pricing and your percentage markup effects your profit margin:
I personally think you should keep t-shirts below $20 as it anything more than that puts people off buying it.
1% markup makes the t-shirt cheap, but you only get a small margin of the sale.
So a 10% margin makes an ok margin and keeps the shirt at a reasonable price.
You can play around with this yourself by making an account on Redbubble.
Custom T-Shirt Printing on Redbubble
After I got my pricing sorted at between 1-5% depending on the product (I wanted to make them as cheap as I could because I hate spending a lot on clothes)…I then decided to expand beyond my teacher phrase t-shirts.
I wanted to design simple t-shirts for teachers to wear as uniform. I played around on Canva until I came up with these:
The star and apple represent reward systems for the different companies.
I then thought about my audience of digital nomads and decided to make a DigiNo t-shirt for the hell of it. I did this by simply placing the logo on a t-shirt:
I then wanted to make the most of my Toucan designs I got illustrated for my website. So why not put them on a t-shirt and see if anyone wants them:
Of course, you can find all of these t-shirts by clicking the images of visiting the DigiNo Shop:
Making Money on Redbubble
Making your own t-shirt designs isn't the only way to make money on Redbubble. You can also promote other people's designs as an affiliate.
Read my affiliate marketing guide here:
Redbubble Affiliate on ShareASale
You can become an affiliate for Redbubble through ShareASale and earn 10% each t-shirt you sell.
This is a great way to earn an income for multiple niches that aren't just limited to online ESL.
For instance, you can sell animal t-shirts which are always incredibly popular.
Here's a cat chilling on some books:
This is just a random t-shirt I found on Redbubble. And to that image I have added my ShareASale affiliate link – so if you click on it and purchase it, I will get 10% of the sale. It's that simple.
Cool Dog T-Shirts
You can go one step further and make a whole website dedicated to selling t-shirts using Bluehost.
You could promote and share something like cool dog t-shirts such as this one:
You can find what kind of t-shirt designs people are searching Google for in high volume by using Long Tail Pro.
Here's an example of a website dedicated to selling affiliate t-shirt designs…
Shiba Inu Merch
This website has picked a specific breed of dog rather than just going general. After all, the riches are in the niches! So here are some of the shiba inu t-shirts from InuShiba.org:
All of these are Redbubble designs that I didn't make, but can sell and promote as an affiliate through ShareASale, making money both for me and for the talented artist that made them. Happy days!
Check out Michael Essek – he has a lot of great online t-shirt business content.
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