Typography T-shirt Design as a side hustle

I’ve been recently creating designs for a T-shirt for Motivational, Seasonal, and Faith-based. Recently added T-shirt designs to Teespring, Redbubble (Australia), Printful (USA & Europe), Amazon (USA), and just this week at Fundr (Philippines).

As a Filipino, I’m just so happy and proud to use Fundr, a Filipino-based Print-On-Demand (POD) system, and hopeful that they could add other merchandise items like mugs, caps, etc.

So, what you could do and what are those facts to creating T-shirt in POD website?

  1. Most of the Print-On-Demands (POD) like TeeSpring that I know is for free, so you could easily set up your own store with a specific niche of your desired T-shirt design.
  2. Each Print-On-Demand (POD) has its own system, they’re not the same, but you’ll get the hang of it once you’re familiar with your selected Print-On-Demand (POD) site.
  3. You can create your own T-shirt or other merchandise design (depends on each POD offerings), just make sure you read their policy and image requirement. An example in Amazon, they require 4500px by 5400 px, so you better follow the image dimension.
  4. Reading the policy is vital. When I first created a design for Amazon, the t-shirt design was rejected, and since then, I have carefully read their policy to avoid suspension or rejection.
  5. You can make money or as side-hustle by commission or mark-ups. They usually have this based-price, and you’ll add some for your mark-up.

So, when is the best to time to create a Print-On-Demand store?

I say, do it now, like in Amazon, because it was almost a year before I got accepted.

What are those POD websites?

Zazzle – an American online marketplace that allows designers and customers to create their own products with independent manufacturers, as well as use images from participating companies. (Source: Wikipedia)

Cafepress – an American online retailer of stock and user-customized on demand products. (Source: Wikipedia)

Printful print-on-demand drop shipping for custom printed and embroidered products. Shipping under your brand from the USA and Europe with no minimums. (Source: Wikipedia)

Teespring – Teespring is a platform for custom apparel. The company was founded by Walker Williams and Evan Stites-Clayton in 2011 in Providence, RI as a way to simplify the process of selling custom T-shirts. (Source: Wikipedia)

Redbubble –  is a global online marketplace for print on demand products based on user-submitted artwork. (Source: Wikipedia)

Fundr – is an all-in-one online platform for a hassle-free, no cash-out/no capital t-shirt fundraising! All you’ll need to do is create your shirt designs and market your products while Fundr handles the production, payments and delivery. (Source: Fundr)

Amazon MerchMerch by Amazon is Amazon’s newest platform and it allows ANYONE to create print-on-demand t-shirts! All you need is an image, a little understanding of their platform, and you’ll have your shirts available for sale on Amazon.com.  (Source: Amazon)

There are a lot of PODs available nowadays, but those are the PODs that I tried checking and uploading my designs.

Which POD site that I could recommend for starters like me?

That actually depends on your target market location. So if you’re located in the Philippines, then you better start with Fundr because it’s based in the Philippines. Why? Because of the shipping charges, so it may be wise to understand your target market.

Sample creation via Amazon and Fundr:

Viva Senyor Santo Nino De Cebu Devotee T-shirt via Amazon

Keep Me Tshirt via Fundr


Now, I’m thinking of creating tips on how to create simple typography design for T-shirts. Would you be interested?  I’d be glad to hear your comments.

Founder of Teofedd Digital Services.
Specialty: Video, Music, Graphics Design, and Animation

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