POD Weekly #34: Local Merch Problems



Last week, we discussed using print-on-demand to find ways to work with local businesses, providing both upfront consulting fees and ongoing revenue from t-shirt sales. We heard back from some readers with some questions.

One of the biggest concerns was why local businesses would be willing to pay someone else to do this for them rather than doing it on their own. There are many reasons, including owners and managers not having enough time, not knowing about the overhead-free possibilities of print-on-demand, lack of knowledge of how to get it done, etc.

Regardless of the reason, the point is that there is an opportunity to work with local businesses by providing value. Look for the businesses that are already running ads and promotions, brainstorm ways that print-on-demand could benefit them, and find a way to present the opportunity.

As we mentioned, Mike Gual has used this method to earn over $400,000 in royalties in a single month. Of course, he didn’t start there and only found his way by looking at how local businesses could benefit from print-on-demand.





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— As we’ve discussed numerous times, it’s tough to stand out on sites like Merch by Amazon given the ever-growing number of sellers. Listen to this interview to get tips on how to build your own niche websites and drive your own traffic.

Get tips on “creating niche affiliate websites around his best selling shirts…to control the traffic and the data”

Merch Minds Podcast – Episode 090: Niche Affiliate Website with Alex Park
Merch Minds Podcast with Glen and Yong

“Yong met Alex back in May and they discussed how niche sites can help with Merch sales during the slow times. It’s more than Merch sales. When you pick the right niche you can double dip on other products through the Amazon Associates program.”1


—  This infographic from KITE shows exactly how print-on-demand works. Whether you’re a little unclear or need to explain things to a potential client, this is an easy-to-read summary. 

“many savvy entrepreneurs and brands already consider [print on demand] to be the next big thing in the world of eCommerce”

Infographic “How Does Print-on-Demand Merchandise Work?”
Jonno KITE

“So what’s all the fuss about – and how exactly does it work? We’ve created this infographic to help explain what POD is.”2


— A report from Credence Research projects the custom t-shirt printing industry will grow to a $10 billion annual business by 2025. 

New report from Credence Research projects “custom t-shirt printing will reach $10 billion by 2025”

Custom T-shirt Printing market size, share and Forecast 2026: Leading players are CustomInk, LLC, Vista Group, Threadbird, Printful, Printaholic, InkGarden, CafePress, International Screen Printing and Embroidery
akshay2405 Tampa Bay Review

“Some about the key players in this market consist of CustomInk, LLC, Vista Group, Threadbird, Printful, Printaholic, InkGarden, CafePress, International Screen Printing and Embroidery, Touch and Print Pte. Ltd, Butter Prints, Thai T-shirt Factory, The Private Way, TMaker, Gecko, Transfer it, JollyPrints, CustomThreads and EL Print Pte Ltd..
These companies are gradually focusing on expanding their production potential to achieve a competitive advantage thus enhancing their customer’s service. The substantial investments into R&D, observed by large expansions in the manufacturing units were the most preferred strategies by the top players of 2017”3

— If you’re working on any of your own designs, check out this guide from RedBubble on how to choose the best fonts. 

“learn how different fonts affect the feel and message of your piece”

How To Pick Your Fonts: The Basics
Kirsten Winkelbauer Redbubble Blog

“Using fonts effectively is a skill, and is something you’ll get better at the longer you do it. All aspects of design take time to get comfortable with, and over time you’ll start to get a natural feel for what looks good and what doesn’t. These tips are just the tip of the iceberg – the rest of it comes from continually creating pieces and experimenting!”4


— While on the topic of fonts, here’s a guide from marketer Neil Patel on where to look for great free fonts.

“While I can’t tell you which font to choose, I can show you where to find unique fonts.

These are my top 11 places to find free fonts.”

My Favorite 11 Platforms for Finding Free Fonts
Neil Patel Quick Sprout

“There is seemingly an endless number of fonts available online. Tons of various sources offer fonts for download.
I’ve narrowed down my favorite platforms for finding free fonts. Refer to the list above to give you some guidance.
But I know there are many other font resources.
What’s your favorite platform for downloading free fonts on the Internet?”5


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  1. http://merchminds.libsyn.com/merch-minds-podcast-episode-090-niche-affiliate-website-with-alex-park
  2. https://www.kite.ly/blog/infographic-how-does-print-on-demand-merchandise-work/
  3. http://www.tampabayreview.com/news/business/custom-t-shirt-printing-market-size-share-forecast-2026-leading-players-customink-llc-vista-group-threadbird-printful-printaholic-inkgarden-cafepress-international-screen-printing/13157/
  4. https://blog.redbubble.com/2018/07/how-to-pick-your-fonts-the-basics/
  5. https://www.quicksprout.com/2018/07/23/my-favorite-11-platforms-for-finding-free-fonts/

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