How to start a t-shirt business without money

Posted by needtshirtsnow 06/23/2016 27 Comment(s)

Start a T-shirt business with little to no money



Want to know how to start a t-shirt business with no cash? Don't worry we will explain.

Learn how to start a t-shirt business with little to no money


To start this off. Having your own T-shirt business is not as easy as it may seem. There are a lot of decisions that will need to be made that can affect the outcome of your success. It will take a lot of hard work and late nights. Don't be discouraged we will help you. 


If you would like to start a t-shirt business with little to no money, you can do so by using a t-shirt fulfillment company. What a t-shirt fulfillment company will do is, print your design and ship your item directly to your customer. You can start off by selling shirts for free using a free website builder, such as Wix or Weebly to name a couple. You can start a Free facebook business page to share your designs or try to sell them to family and friends directly on Facebook. You can ask your Facebook friends to share your mockups and tag you and/or your business.


Now maybe, you are a graphic design artist and you thought about buying your own equipment. Unless you absolutely love printing yourself it is best to leave it to the professionals until you grow your sales. That money for equipment can be used for marketing to make sure that your ideas are working first. You can learn more in our article on how to start a successful T-shirt business. Also, you will need to know what t-shirt printing methods you will need.


You can open up a free Paypal account and link it to your bank account. You can even request a PayPal debit card. Paypal also has a device that you hook into the aux port on your phone that you can take credit card payments on the go. Once you finally sell a shirt you then place your order with the fulfillment company, such as us Need T-shirts Now  or our parent company Your Digital Creator LLC. After you place your order we will ship the shirt to you or your customers. You will want to sign up for a DTG dropship account so that an invoice is not included in the package. Or simply put in your notes, "do not include invoice". 


You can purchase a white shirt for $7.99 each from Your Digital Creator. USPS first class Shipping is around $3 to $4. Your total cost will be around $11 to $12. You can retail a shirt for $25 or sell them at a lower price around $19.99 each and offer your customer free shipping and still profit around $7 to $8 a shirt without the need to purchase equipment or ever touching the shirt.



This is one of the many ways on how you can start a t-shirt business with little to no money. There are other ways that we will cover at a different time. Thanks for reading. If there is something you think we missed let us know and we will consider adding. 



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27 Comment(s)

07/04/2016, 01:28:40 PM

This is an interesting concept. I do think that this can be a good start if you want to start your own business, but you have to keep in mind of the money you will lose for the third party printing and shipping. There is nothing clear at the percentage so I would be mindful before taking action.

07/04/2016, 04:06:34 PM

A tee shirt company would be a great side business. I actually know someone who makes tee shirts! They're so unique!
05/10/2017, 10:25:41 PM

I am good supply t_shirt pls, communication by mail . I need t_ shirt buyer.Thanks, Zahid

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations:
07/04/2016, 05:40:34 PM,

My husband wants to do this. I think we will. Thanks for the tips. :)

04/04/2017, 08:45:41 PM

so did u and your husband start the business???

Jenn @ EngineerMommy:
07/04/2016, 06:18:29 PM,

This is interesting information. I had no idea how easy it was to start a tshirt business. I will share thispost with a friend, who is looking to start a business.

Vikash Kumar:
03/04/2017, 10:48:16 AM

I want to start a new business of t-shirt company.

Angelic Sinova:
07/04/2016, 06:30:45 PM

Great tips! I actually know something who had a T-shirt business as her side business and it was so profitable it became her full-time job.

kendra polk:
04/04/2017, 08:46:38 PM is she really successful

07/04/2016, 06:53:48 PM

This is great, I'd never think to do this! It would probably be something my husband would be interested in so I'll have to let him know! Thanks for the great tips

07/05/2016, 12:27:10 AM,

Interesting, I have always wondered about starting a t-shirt business and how difficult (or easy) it would be! Appreciate the info!

Up Run For Life:
07/05/2016, 12:06:35 PM,

We have considered doing something similar to this. I just had no idea on how easy it could be too. Thank you for the information.

07/05/2016, 05:44:22 PM,

If there is a will there's a way. I have never thought of owning a t-shirt company, might be a cool idea. Great info.

07/05/2016, 10:27:47 PM,

this came at a great time, my mom wants to team up with me and make tees to sell... thanks for the info : )

Stephanie Pass:
07/05/2016, 11:15:27 PM,

This is great information. My teenager was just talking about doing this. I'll be keeping this as a resource.

07/10/2016, 09:33:43 AM

A lovely idea and great tips too, I have a friend who was looking into this before. I will share the post

Meredith Wood:
12/14/2016, 12:59:29 PM,

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Shaji P Mathew:
01/17/2017, 03:29:49 AM

Great idea. Looking to bring up a brand name on tees. Exporting is also in list once it get on track. Raw material is easily can accessible in India. Hope to connect with more people for the business.

02/01/2017, 09:11:29 AM,

I'd like to start a tshirt company featuring horse and equestrian art designs. I had some shirts with Chuck DeHaan horse art many years ago. The companies I ordered them from shut down. I would like to start my own shop with those designs. I assume I simply contact the artist to obtain a license to print their art on tshirts to sell? If these companies were able to do it, I am sure I can too.

William Benn:
02/15/2017, 03:31:57 AM,

Its a beautiful page thanks we liked it.

Robert Paul:
02/20/2017, 12:38:14 AM,

Hey really nice article very informational.

Caroline Quimby:
04/12/2017, 05:45:27 AM,

Its a beautiful page thanks we liked it.

Moses Tait:
04/13/2017, 05:25:47 AM,

Hey really nice article very informational.

Victor Clinton:
04/13/2017, 05:38:28 AM,

Its very interesting article, thanks we liked it.

05/11/2017, 01:20:14 PM

I would like to know if my daughter draws my image to go along with my phrase, how much would it be to have it transferred into a screen print?

Juan Bell:
05/13/2017, 04:03:44 AM,

Such a nice article, we liked it very much.

Danielle Ramage:
06/14/2017, 05:36:52 AM,

Hey really nice article very informational.

John Curry:
06/14/2017, 05:46:48 AM,

Thank you for this article, very useful and informational

Brian Schomp:
01/09/2018, 10:22:01 AM

I'm actually really serious about doing this. My friend and I(well mostly him) puts on basketball tournaments almost weekly. And I have been to many that have someone there selling t-shirts. They have their press there and even some bring vinyl printers to do more custom stuff, but hey make a killing off of selling them.

09/04/2018, 10:02:18 PM

Nice article, It is very informative and useful for me. Thanks for sharing

suvash kumar barman:
11/15/2018, 11:50:36 AM

Thank for good ideas

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