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Starting a T-shirt Company..Advice?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by ibmethatswhoib, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. ibmethatswhoib

    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'm starting up a t-shirt company with a friend, he's good at drawing and I"m going to market it we have some pretty good ideas. I know there is a lot of competition but I think we have solid branding we can do. Just wanted to ask someone that has done this any advice they have.

    Also I'm setting up the eCommerce site and was wondering if something like open cart is a good free open source shopping platform to work with a wordpress theme.

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  2. SeeGoldTees

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    Are you screen printing your own tees?
     
  3. ibmethatswhoib

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    No we won't be printing them ourselves at first, going to outsource that.
     
  4. jholla006

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    I am thinking of doing the same thing... i would definitely looking into gettign your ecommerce site up and running before hand.
     
  5. Virtualz

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    promote the t shirts on local CL
     
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    Used to be an affiliate manager for one. Extremely difficult market to crack. In hindsight I would have recommended to the CEO they try to rank for words like "funny t-shirts", etc. or something with low competition but full of buyers. The co. I worked for didn't have their IM strategy together at all and was hoping on word-of-mouth to spread the brand which never manifested.

    Oddly enough the biggest complaint was the quality of the t-shirt that the design was printed on. If it's low quality it will effect sales.
     
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    I suggest you outsource it all...buy from asian markets and sell with higher price in your home country.
     
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    The quality of the your product play a major role
     
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    I started the same thing some day ago, on facebook. I'm trying to promote it first a little, and then launch a website soon.
    I don't know if it will work, but I focus only on quality T-shirt with quality designs, and the prices are little too high because of that (around 20e), but I hope I'll be lucky, or anyone has any ideas?
     
  10. ibmethatswhoib

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    Ya that's a good idea.

    Ya I'm going to rank it but not too many searches on shirts, I'm going to go the social media/word of mouth/festivals route.

    Ya gotta go high quality and guess will have to charge a little more for it, haven't looked at the cost price yet which is next.


    Were not reselling some generic shirts, they will be all custom.
     
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    I would recommend using text/sms marketing through mobile phones. Have a mobile version of your site also. You can offer discounts to mobile customers to start with.
     
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  12. j hustle

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    i wouldnt waste the time, i have a freind who started his own, long story short he had sick designs and everything too, spent countless hours, and its still going no where. he is professional and has everything a normal company would. and still barly making it. your really one in hundreds of thousands of others starting clothing company. trust me dont waste your time.
     
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  13. j hustle

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    dont waste your time trying to invent a wheel, but you can always make it rounder.
     
  14. ibmethatswhoib

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    I hear you and you might be right, I had a friend start one and he had sick designs but he gave up too soon. He tried really hard at first but gave up on it, I think if you target people with the same mindset/style you're going after and just hit that market hard you can do it. But what do I know I haven't done it yet.

     
  15. mrtwister_65

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    In apparel manufacturing money is in promotion deals. Used to work for one or two.

    If you want to make money you need to start building network of agents (cloths affiliates to you) around your country. They already exist and they work with existing printers. Of course nothing stopping you from setting up a new people for your biz.

    They will aproach local businesses (company promo tshirts, caps, pens) and stores in their area and get the deals for you for a cut from a deal. Better give them percentage. That will motivate them greately to work harder.
     
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    Hey man i know that your probably all into the owning a clothing company thing i have been through that phase before too, but only do it if that is what you want, and not money.
     
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    Work Hard and invest alot of that dough back to the business. Before you start to make real profit. That's the key when you first start a T-Shirt Business man.
     
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    I was in that business for 20 years. Had the full factory and 8 designers on the payroll. My suggestion is to watch the movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop".
     
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    If we all that attitude, we would be broke. just because your friend can make t-shirts that doesn't mean he can sell them.

    Creating a product and marketing a product to be sold is 2 different things.
     
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    Creating a product is an easy task, just that marketing it is really hard.