How To Sell T-Shirts Online With No Experience
This guide will help anyone who has little to ZERO dollars and want to sell t-shirts online. The experience I will share is solely based off the success of our “Pretty Elephant” t shirt design which sold out in a week after releasing it via our online shop.This guide is for anyone just that wants to sell online!. More
My brand was without movement and progress for about 1 year before I decided to get up and start doing the necessary things for it to grow. There were times when I asked myself if this was really what I wanted to do being that I had a decent job and moving up in my company was and still is very achievable especially for a go-getter like myself. It took a close friend crying to me over a very deep phone call to boost my motivation enough to continue on with this brand. From that point on, I realized that the path to success is very clear – and very easy!
The problem was the brand was stagnant, there was little to no traffic to the site for months – and during that time, i didn't really use any of our social media accounts to progressively stay current with our followers. I was definitely in a rut. The only pieces we released were the OG LOGO (logo changed after that) and the Au Gold t shirts. What was the correct way to rejuvenate a stale brand or for the sake of argument let’s ask “Why would anyone buy from our brand?”
The budget we had for any new release at that time was ZERO. During that time, I relocated to Philly with my company and spent all my resources (time, money, value) making myself more marketable to suit them. There wasn't even enough money to pay for my website hosting. I lost all viable contacts and didn't preserve any of our early relationships with printers, artists or customers.
The reason I wanted to share that story was to give you an idea of where the state of the brand was and how possible it is to overcome and get back on track even if you tried, failed and failed some more. The point is that if you are trying to build your brand from scratch you will have more pitfalls than victories but the bigger the failure – the sweeter the rewards.
Remember, we had ZERO budget and some old designs stashed away from 2011. I still knew that I wanted to sell my t shirt design online
The good thing to note is that designs are only old to you if never released. I remember feeling like I was not succeeding because I didn't have any fresh new designs to release but then I realized that you can pretty much use what you already have and make it work. PERIOD.
Before we continue to the selling aspect of this guide lets sidestep to the changes you have to make within yourself first. Ideas come to those who are open to receive, utilize and execute them with definitive actions behind it. It was this past June when I decided to take 100% responsibility for my thoughts and actions without complaining or blaming others for the circumstances I was in. Once I stopped complaining and saying things like, “This will never be what I want,” “I don’t have the money for a collection.” “Who is going to buy from us now” or “Is this design even good enough to release” – amazing things started to take shape in my personal life, which ultimately is a mirror reflection of my brand’s life.
Instead of focusing on the problems, I geared all my energy in allowing for positive solutions and as a result, I completely transformed how I think. I remember I would start believing in my brand and visualize an email that stated YOU OUR OUT OF STOCK – ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD OUT. I took the focus off of what others were doing to free up my mind space for my own personal and entrepreneurial goals. If you are visiting the websites of top brands in your market – just stop. They are not focused on you. If you look at them as competition then they are, but if you look at them as sharing space equally with you in a win-win situation then they will.
Tell your own story, and cultivate your own space.
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