For many owning your own business is a dream come true. Being your own boss, deciding your hours and creating the perfect work-life balance is a great motivator but with this idyllic plan comes hard work. If you’re a creative type and have always wanted to showcase your designs on clothing or products, starting your own t-shirt business may be a perfect option. It’s not all plain sailing and you need some business acumen to approach your goals in a realistic way but getting started with an online shop may push your business aspirations to the next level.

T-shirts are a staple item that never goes out of trend. In recent fashion seasons, we’ve actually seen this basic garment make a huge resurgence with retailers sticking slogans, embellishments and also cropping them to fulfill this new style. So the downside to starting your own t-shirt business is the competition. Everyone seems to be cashing in on this popular gig so what makes your brand stand out.

Key business goals

When starting your new brand, there are several things to consider. These elements will make up the foundations of your business and are fundamental steps to consider closely as you build and grow your brand.

Firstly you need to identify your niche in the market. This information will help you market to a specific audience and attract potential customers with the same values and interest. Next up, you need to plan your designs. You may want to offer a variety of designs but initially focusing on key products give you the chance to sell in your brand to the audience. Part of this planning process will involve connecting with people to gage interests, opinions and personalities. As sometimes although your design may be amazing, it may not resonate with your paying customers.

Another aspect to consider is the quality of the t-shirts you will be selling. Choosing a suitable supplier can be the success of potential failure of your business. You may think it’s just a t-shirt but you don’t want your brand to be remembered for terrible quality fabric or print, as your customers may not repurchase. Last but never least is defining your brand. Your brand is the face of your products and with a highly competitive fashion market; you’ll want to stand out above the rest. Create a unique and likeable image that resonates with an audience, making your customers come back time and time again

The easy part

Setting up shop especially if you are just online is the easy bit. There are plenty of platforms to turn your design dreams into a reality, even if you have very little knowledge of the technical aspects to creating a website.

Design and production aspects

Dependent on your budget, production of your t-shirts or products can happen in a variety of ways. If you’re just looking to produce the designs and not worry about printing and packing your wares, you could opt for a dropship service to deliver your products straight to the customer. For brands looking to have more control over the whole process from design to the finished product, choosing to partner with screen-printing software experts for your business management needs is another option to consider.

Create a buzz

One of the easiest ways to start engaging a potential customer base, is via social media. The opportunities created on the internet have opened up doors to a host of unique and inspirational brands showcasing their products. From your initial idea, start building momentum and create platforms on the main networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and start engaging with people. Update everyone on your progress, announce launch dates and offer promotional incentives to start gaining traction. It’s also important to make sure you’re being seen in the right places especially on Google. So make sure you set your website up correctly utilizing keywords and creating engaging content to attract search engine results. If this side of things isn’t your strong point, hire the help of an expert who’ll help get you on the fashion map.

Lastly, don’t forget to wear your t-shirts. One of the best ways to get your brand and designs out there is for people to see them. Word of mouth is extremely powerful and showing off your new brand might be one of your best and easiest marketing tools.