In this post we will cover a simple idea of how you can profit from creating a free print on demand store. This type of online business could give you a potentially lucrative passive income stream.
Anybody can start a print on demand store;
- Completely for free.
- Without any experience.
- Without creating a website.
- With no technical skills.
- With no design skills.
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What Is A Print On Demand Store?
A print on demand store is a form of eCommerce business. They are well suited to a beginner due to being accessible and free to start.
The way print on demand stores work is simple and is very similar to dropshipping, except you have a little less control. You register an account with a print on demand company and then you are allocated an online store for free.
These companies have a standard range of blank products you can select from to add to your store. All you need to do is apply your own designs to the available products. Then offer them for sale via your storefront.
All of the printing, packaging, posting and customer service side of things are taken care of by the company. All you need to do is create designs and then promote them.
This business model means you never have to pay for or handle any inventory, storage, delivery or costs of running a website. So is free from financial risk and less time consuming than starting a traditional business. This makes it the ideal first online business to start. It really is as straightforward as that.
In addition to physical products like clothing, many platforms now allow you to sell digital only products from your online store. These include items such as; wallpapers, eBooks, digital colouring books, courses, music, recipes, podcasts and anything else that is digital.
Digital products don’t have the same costs associated with physical products such as higher costs of production, delivery, storage etc., This means they are much more profitable. You are not limited to one type of item – create a range of physical and digital products that you are able to cross sell.
We’ll run through how these platforms work below.
How To Create Designs For Your Print On Demand Store
If you are a creative person then you may enjoy and have the skills to create your own designs and can get started right away. But if you don’t have any design skills this is not a problem as there is a way around this which we will show you further on.
Likewise with the digital products aspect. If you don’t have any technical or creative know-how and can’t create your own digital items, there are also other ways to do this which will be shown further below.
Running A Print On Demand Store With Spring
There are lots of print on demand marketplaces offering quite a similar range of products. For this post we will be focusing on the Spring platform. Spring (formerly known as TeeSpring) is one of the most popular online print on demand services. They offer a wide range of clothing, home-wares, gifts and accessories as well as digital products.
Setting Up Your Spring Store
To begin, create your own free Spring store. Once registered you are provided with a basic domain. You can add your own custom domain to fit with your brand, although this is not essential. It is up to you.
If you decide to purchase your own domain, it is worth using NameCheap as they offer some of the lowest cost domains and web hosting. So you will likely find the same domain name cheaper than purchasing it direct through Spring.
Now you can go to the store editor to set up your store including your branding, site colour scheme and logo. Create a free logo with Hatchful – this is a great free tool. It allows you to download the correct sized logos and icons for all your social media sites.
You can connect your social media sites to your store from the store editor page. Connect directly with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, Discord and TikTok and add links to these on your store footer.
Also create integrations to sell your products directly in your YouTube, Twitch, Streamlabs and Discord accounts. Tracking and conversion pixels can also be added for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Adwords and Google Analytics. These allow easy tracking of your traffic sources and conversion rates.
Start Designing Your Products
To start, go to create from the main menu. From here you can select which type of products you want to design. We will look at the traditional physical products first such as t-shirts and hoodies.
Now we mentioned you don’t need to create your own designs. You can use sites like Unsplash which offers millions of HD quality images. These images are free to use for both your own personal or commercial use. It is completely free to use and you don’t even have to register an account to use it.
There are dozens of categories of images including nature, business, fashion, travel, patterns, wallpapers and lots more. Simply download these and then upload to your product design on your Spring store. Alternatively you could get professional designs made from low cost designers on Fiverr.
Applying Designs To Your Products
As you can see below you can upload an image and then adjust it to fit the design template. From here you can also add text and select multiple colour options. The recommended sale price is set but you can adjust that here. You will see it shows how much profit you would make on each sale as you change the price.
When you have finished, click the continue button to be taken back to the design page. You can continue applying your design to as many of the other products as you wish. Each one you finish editing will show on the collection list ready to be added to your store. Click continue to finalise the details of your collection.
You can create a new store listing for your products or add them to an existing listing. Add a title and description and then hit the publish button to make them live on your store.
If you would prefer not to do the designs manually or you have something specific in mind you wish to create, you could consider hiring a freelancer on Fiverr to accomplish this.
Selling Digital Products On Your Spring Print On Demand Store
Now the second type of products you can sell on your Spring store are digital products. Open up the digital product creation page to begin. You are able to create;
Where To Find Free eBooks To Sell Online
We have previously written posts about how you can create an online business re-selling free PLR products. Read that here; Free PLR products you can re-sell.
Now with your Spring store, you have another outlet to re-sell free PLR products. PLR stands for Private Label Rights and applies to a range of digital products such as eBooks, software and audio files which allows you to resell these free products.
IDPLR is one of the largest PLR websites with access to thousands of items that you can re-sell. You can download the products on this site and upload them to sell on your Spring store.
How To Create Your Own eBooks To Sell On Your Online Store
These should be enough to get you started, however remember you will be competing with other people as you will be selling the same types of products. To take your business to the next level you need to offer more unique content such as eBooks.
The simplest and most cost effective way to do this is with Sqribble, which is a powerful, easy to use eBook creation software allowing you to create unique, compelling content in minutes. Sqribble will ensure your eBooks stand out from the crowd.
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How To Promote Your Online Store
Now you have created your products and published them to your store you are ready to start selling. The only thing you need to do is promote your store, you can utilise both free and paid advertising methods. An easy way to start is by creating social media pages for your store and connect with your customers.
Spring allow you to create promotional offers that you can offer to customers as discount codes and you can always change the price of your items at any time to create special offers. You can create great visual marketing campaigns with a free tool called VisMe.
Another thing to note is that the more units you sell each month the bigger the discount you will get. This will help increase your profit margins. Spring operate a tiered pricing discount structure which can be found on your dashboard.
Remember it never costs you anything as you don’t pay upfront for products – Spring’s cut is simply taken automatically when the buyer pays, you will always see the profit you will receive on the item page. You can keep track of your sales with the analytics tool on your dashboard. Your profits are paid out to you by either PayPal or Payoneer.
Print On Demand Store Conclusion
So if you have been looking to start an online business or just wanted some ideas of how you can make money online then a print on demand store is a great starting point. They are free to set up and easy to operate. It is a great way to create yourself a passive income stream.
As with all businesses the more time and money you are willing to invest in it the bigger you can grow it and the more profitable it will become. So start today and take control of your financial freedom.
Would you like to run an eCommerce business but want full control over your website and products and potentially even greater profitability? Then you might be more interested in a dropshipping store. You can read our post on how to create a dropshipping store. Alternatively there are other ways of making money including selling digital products online.
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