Set up a tshirt business in a week

Ok, so this week we are doing something a little different, and not only are we going to set up some technology; we are also going to create and sell a product.

All with #nocode but also without needing a warehouse.

Firstly, we are going to need to set up our t-shirt shop, and for this, we are going to use Shopify.

Next, we need someone to do the printing and fulfilment of our t-shirts, and for this, we are going to use Inkthreadable.

Of course, we could get our t-shirts made overseas and shipped over, but we want to reduce start-up costs initially.

So the customer comes onto our Shopify site, buys the t-shirt, pays us, and Inkthreadable sorts out the printing and shipping for us.

Let's create a t-shirt design. Niche is good for a start, think about what you love to do, in-jokes from the stuff you know. As an example, I am going to borrow from the popular "List of things in Helvetica font with ampersands" design for fans of the Caterham Seven car.

I used a web based "photoshop" tool called Pixlr to create the logo.

https://pixlr.com/editor/

I then used http://shirtmockup.com/ to check it looked ok.

Next, we are going to set up our store, using Shopify. https://www.shopify.co.uk

Shopify has a 15-day free trial (currently $29 a month + commission), but after that, you need to start paying, and the trial ends when you want to sell too.

So signup with your email address, once into Shopify, we are going to link it to our Printing company, Inktheadable - for this we need to go to "App Store" https://apps.shopify.com/inkthreadable so sign up for that as well.

Now to create our first product.

We can upload the logo that we created earlier on and select the style t-shirt we want our logo on. I chose the "Sol Miss" and the "Sol Regent" as good mid-range products, and picked a range of colours that worked well.

And there we have it, we are up and running with our t-shirt shop!

Nigel Godfrey

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Brockham, UK
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