Start a T-shirt Business
You’ve designed a killer T-shirt collection … Now what?
Little did anyone know back in 1913 when the United States Navy issued a thin cotton shirt that this would become a billion dollar industry. With so many styles and varieties offered by dozens and dozens of brands, tees are among the most popular apparel items purchased today. There are an estimated 1.4 billion cotton T-shirts are sold annually in the U.S., with a total of more than $18 billion in revenue.
Sounds like your T-shirt business idea is a good one. And, making T-shirts is a fairly simple and largely automated process. Specially designed machines integrate cutting, assembling, and stitching for the most efficient operations. Screen printing is also popular, an innovation that has allowed the expansion of graphics on apparel.
Start a T-shirt Business is a PDF guide written as a step-by-step roadmap to help you plan your business, promote your company, produce your product, and sell to buyers.
Know what you’re up against.
Half of all new businesses survive five years or more and only one-third will survive over a decade. The odds, unfortunately, are not in your favor.
Starting a t-shirts business is more than just putting logos on blanks. You’ll need to understand the operations of a dynamic fashion industry and how your new t-shirt line will expand and thrive in the future.
You’ll need to understand your market size and appropriately communicate a plan to banks and lenders. That said, you’ll need to compose a business plan, organize cost sheets, develop order forms, and, finally, network with industry connections to help you accomplish your sales goals.
Start ups fail because management teams become overwhelmed with death-by-paper-cut administrative duties on top of creative direction. Along with growing debt and unforeseen business expenses, failing to keep a fickle buyer and conscious consumer interested in your product will sink even the most on-trend of fashion vessels.
Start a T-shirts Business keeps you current on rising commodity pricing, like cotton. With fluctuating prices, T-shirt brands are having a hard time pricing out their collections and these costs are taken out of the company’s gross margin, or, passed to the consumer.
Did you know?
Most major designers started at the same place you are in right now? They had a great idea, acquired proper knowledge to execute their plan, built and managed their business, and finally, successfully sold product through the proper sales channels – deepening their brand.
To make things easy for you, we provide the answers to the test. We’ve gathered various business texts, market specific industry data, how-to guides, forms, and supply checklists to make sure you’re covered on fashion business basics.
Start an T-shirt Business is built by industry experts who have been there, done that. This PDF publication is designed to help you plan your company, produce your product, promote your brand, and sell to buyers.
Learn How To
- Write a Business Plan
- Merchandise Your Product
- Edit your line for Presentation
- Exhibit at Trade Shows
- Find a Sales Rep
- Ship and Distribute
- Fill out order forms and cost sheets
- Contact Buyers
- Write a Press Release
- Sell your Product Online - and much more…..
If you want to be taken seriously by finance and investment groups, you’ll need to know the industry inside and out. How do we know? Because we’ve done it ourselves – and believe us, you need all the help and information you can get.
This guide is downloadable immediately as a PDF document.
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