In recent years there has been an explosion in the t-shirt and apparel industry. The internet has taken the t-shirt industry by storm lately with the integration of clothing designers and POD (print on demand) companies. There has also been a huge niche market explosion of crafters making their own shirts with hobby vinyl cutters and t-shirt heat transfer vinyl and selling their witty shirts on sites like eBay or Etsy. So if you are wanting in on the action we don’t blame you. In fact, we want to help you. In this article I want to try and explain the different business models you can mix, match or choose from when starting your t-shirt business.
The fastest and least expensive way to get in the t-shirt business is to be a designer (assuming you own a computer). As a designer your overhead is much smaller. You have a computer, your software and your time. The “industry” standard design software is Corel Draw, Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. However there is a price you pay for premium design software, and although I highly recommend you adopt one or more of those software options as soon as you can, it is still possible to design t-shirts with free editing software such as Inkscape.