So i signed up with placeit.net a few days ago so i could put my t-shirt designs on models to post to my social media page to help build my brand and drive traffic. It turns out that they also have a design template option which lets you create your designs by inserting your slogan, changing the text colour, choosing an image etc. It's a great way to move on from just slogans. Some of my design ideas just need an image to work. The designs are optimized for uploading to the POD sites so its a bit easier.
If there's anyone who has been putting off trying this because of a lack of design skills this could really help. It's £28 a month and £90 a year, i think. There might also be a free trial. You could sign up, create a design, put it on a model and then post it straight to social media.
Here's my affiliate link if anyone wants to try it. https://placeit.refersion.com/affiliate
It's about a month since I started Print on demand. I have about 65 designs up on teespring and I've filled my first 10 designs slots on Amazon Merch. No sales yet but I'm trying to be patient because I know I still have a lot to learn. I deleted half a dozen of my early designs because I can see that they weren't good. I have so much that I want to learn in terms of designing and marketing that it seems a bit overwhelming. I know that learning to do everything will take time but hopefully it will be worth it in the end. Learning Photoshop is a valuable skill even if you aren't doing POD.
It's been 6 weeks since I first started the print on demand thing and I finally made my first sale. It was a pop socket design on Amazon. I did cheat somewhat. Amazon has a tier system which only allows newbies to list 10 designs. Each design is manually reviewed to check for copywrite or other issues and if all your designs are accepted you have to sell 10 to move up to the next tier where you can list 25. I gave it about a month and I switched out some designs to try different things but I didn't want to wait months so I bought my own items. That gave them a boost in the rankings and one finally sold.
I wouldn't have minded taking my time, trying different designs while I work on improving my design skills but the Christmas season is coming up and I want to get as many items up as possible to improve my chances of making sales. Amazon only let you put one or two items up per day in the lower tiers so there is a time constraint.
I've also just started uploading to Redbubble which so far I prefer to Teespring. The upload process is easier and they have more products. I also got 100 followers on Instagram so I'm going to post a discount code for Teespring and hopefully get things moving on there.
The POD thing can be a lot of hard work and it can be hard to stay motivated if you're not making money for a while but I am still enjoying it so luckily I have managed to stay motivated.
Theres an absolutely fab FB group called Inkthreadable Hub. Its linked to POD supplier called Inkthreadable so I suppose it might be a bit cheeky to post questions if you dont use them. But they integrate with Etsy and Shopify so it might be worth joining to get a few ideas from other POD 'ers and consider if you could use them with etsy etc.