Start Your Own T-shirt Business with Shopify and Printful

Start Your Own T-shirt Business with Shopify and Printful
If you have designs on starting your own t-shirt business but neither have the startup capital or the distribution then i have the perfect solution for you in the form of Shopify and the Printful App.

You will know by now, I think, just how easily Shopify makes starting a retail business online but many still struggle with the capital outlay and distribution needs of fulfilling your customers orders when dealing with physical product.  This is where providers such as Printful and Inkthreadable​ come in and this is the BEAUTY of Dropshipping.

Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn't keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a product is sold, the seller purchases the item from, for example: Printful and has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, you never see or handle the goods, you merely handle the customer and keep the margin.

The biggest difference between dropshipping and the standard retail model is that the selling merchant doesn't stock or own inventory. Instead, the merchant purchases inventory as needed from a third party – usually a wholesaler or manufacturer – to fulfill orders.

This model is fantastic but it's not without it's risks so it's not a stress-free way to build a successful business. The model has some advantages but comes with a number of built-in complexities and problems you'll need to be able to address. such as Low Margins, Stock Issues, Shipping Matters and Supplier problems but then if you sell anything online as a middle-man this is nothing new and it's a volume game if you want to get rich.

So who should you use to create your potential 'T-hemoth'? I recommend both as with Shopify you can integrate two stores.

InkThreadable is a UK business created by Amy Dunn and Alex Cunliffe when they were 14.  Now handling thousands of orders and many beyond just T-shirts, Inkthreadable will custom print, label and package your orders to reselble your business brand, enabling you to also dropship without the cost. With InkThreadable, you get the order from the customer, and then all you have left to do is notify them - you pay them after the customers pays you.

Printful is a US print monster and can proove a more cost effective option as they can offer low-cost shipping within the USA (if thats your demographic).  Other reasons to add them to your armoury are:

  • No upfront costs – no need to stock inventory, buy equipment, or pay monthly fees
  • No manual orders – easily integrate your store and all orders are automatically sent to us for fulfilment
  • Extra perks – access to our designers, photographers, white label service, and hundreds of product choices



If you're looking to launch a comprehensive online store there really is nothing like it.  True you could get a developer to build you a humdinger of a site but you're paying for that to be maintained and that ain't cheap.

Nigel, The Hosting Guy.


Now i only recommend services that benefit my customers and my physical clients and as such i have no issue at all recommending Shopify.  In addition to offering a 14-day trial - WITHOUT THE NEED FOR CREDIT CARD DETAILS - they also enable you to do this:

  • Shopify is the world's fastest growing commerce platform with over 100,000 active global retailers 
  • You can sell online, offline and on-the-go using Shopify's powerful technology 
  • Use your own domain name 
  • Sell gift cards and generate coupon codes 
  • Use its integrated blogging platform to create blog posts 
  • Process credit card payments directly through Shopify, or other gateways 
  • Process in-store purchases with Shopify POS 
  • Process purchases with your smartphone using Shopify Mobile 
  • Receive 24/7 onboarding and technical support from Shopify Gurus 
  • Access ecommerce analytics 
  • Use built-in SEO 
  • Rely on fast servers, industry-leading response times, and cutting edge infrastructure
  • Keep your customer's data secure with PCI Level 1 Compliant checkout 
  • Sell unlimited SKUs Shopify is always adding free new features to help you sell
Signup today, have a play with it, there is absolutely no risk.  If you decide you love it choose your plan and get started.  Not for you?  Well as you're not giving credit card details to start the trial you can't be billed.  Give Shopify a go now.


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Tuesday, 13 November 2018