Design and Sell T-shirts on Redbubble: The Complete Guide

This guide has everything you need to know about designing and selling t-shirts on Redbubble.

If you are new to this online business, I will show you exactly how to get started with this business.

And if you have already an experience, I will reveal advanced tips, tactics and strategies that you can use to double your sales.

If you want to get the most out of this online business module, read the whole guide.

Bottom Line:

This guide is divided into 6 sections that are designed with the help of illustrations, screenshots and videos to give you what you want without the need of googling anything.

Design and Sell T-shirts

Section 1

Basic Information About the T-shirt

Design Business

 


In this section, we are going to learn about the concept of this online business.

Who can design T-shirts?

Why a T-shirt designing business is a good idea?

What the expected profits and costs associated with this type of online business are?

And finally, what the steps are that you have to follow?

information

What Exactly Is the Idea of This Business?

Our idea today is very simple and very easy. It doesn’t need any upfront costs and the profits are high. What we are going to do is to design T-shirts and upload them on print-on-demand websites such as Redbubble.

The idea of the business


Who Can Design T-shirts?

Designing T-shirts is open to everyone – it isn’t as difficult as it sounds. It does need creativity and relevant skills such as using one of the graphics editing tools, but don’t worry because I’ve got you covered with everything here in this article, so after reading the whole article you will be ready to design your first T-shirt in less than an hour without any prior knowledge or experience of any kind.

Who Can Design T-shirts


Why a T-shirt Design Business Is a Good Idea?

There are many reasons that make a T-shirt design business a good idea, such as:

  • There is no upfront cost.

As you know, every online business comes with upfront costs, even if they are small, but the cost of the T-shirt design business is zero – you won’t pay for anything. All that you have to do is upload your designs onto print-on-demand websites that give you this service for free.

 

  • There are no inventory problems or printing required from your side.

The best thing about this online business is that you don’t have to deal with inventory or stock, because the websites that you are going to upload your designs onto will take that responsibility. Moreover, you don’t have to deal with printing, as it will be handled by them too.

 

  • There is no need for customer support, packing, or shipping.

You won’t deal directly with the customers, you won’t pack your T-shirts, and you won’t also ship your product to the customer, because the print-on-demand websites have already their own networks that enable them to do such tasks efficiently and effectively.

 

  • It is an easy online business.

As I said before, selling T-shirt designs is considered one of the easiest ways to make money online. You just need to study the market, know which niches are suitable, and then start designing and selling. Your only task is to focus on designing where it won’t take more than half an hour to make a T-shirt design.

 

  • T-shirt designs are easy to sell.

Do you know that Americans alone spend over 40 billion dollars each year on decorated apparel? Which means this business has a wide base of popularity and people won’t stop buying designs. 

Why a T-shirt Design Business Is a Good Idea


What Are The Expected Profits?

Well, there is no fixed profit you can make each month because it depends on you. In other words, as much as you want. In order to know how you can calculate your profits, let’s understand how Redbubble prices its products.

Each design you upload has a base price deducted from the retail price. The remaining payment will be your profit for the sale by default. The price markup is 20% more than the base price by default.

Let’s break it down:

The Base Price is Redbubble’s cost for the manufacturing and service fee. It varies depends on delivery address, material costs, and taxes.

The Artist Margin is calculated by multiplying the base price by the markup (20%), and it shows how much you make off of a sale.

The Retail Price is the final product’s price and it comes from the combination of the base price and the artist margin.

The Expected Profits

For example, if your product base price is $100, a 20% markup will be added by default, which makes the retail price comes out to $120. So your profits will be $20 for every sale.

example of redbubble's profits

I made $26,000 in nine months. Some people make more or less than that – it depends on how often you work, how many hours a week you work, and how you generate traffic to your store. I was uploading approximately three designs per day, and spending some time on social media marketing my work there. Final word: it is up to you.


What Are The Expected Costs?

As I mentioned above, there is no upfront cost for this type of business because there are no commission charges or fees to list your designs on the Redbubble marketplace.

In addition, you can get royalty-free images and photos to edit them from many free sources that offer them without any subscriptions, permission, or giving credits to the artist.

There are hundreds of free editing tools and software programs, online and offline, which you can use to edit your pictures and add effects without the need to pay anything.

All the photo sources and the editing programs will be discussed in detail in Sections 2 and 3 respectively. 

The Expected Costs


What Are The Steps that You Have to Follow?

There are some steps you have to follow in order to start selling your T-shirt designs and make money, which are:

  • Performing market research and keyword research for the different niches that you are going to create designs for (Section 4).

 

  • Start searching for the available photos and images that can be used for your designs in all different niches you chose (Section 2).

 

  • Start using some graphics editing tools to edit your designs and add text and other effects (Section 3).

 

  • Start uploading your designs onto Redbubble and filling out titles, descriptions, setting up markups and pricing (Section 5).

 

  • Start marketing and exposing your designs in social media platforms such as Pinterest (Section 6).

The steps you follow

Section 2

 Finding Royalty-Free Images

For Your T-shirt Business

 


In this section, we are going to learn how we can find royalty-free images to use, premium images to buy and professional designers to hire.

Section 2 - Finding picture

Where Do I Get Images?

When it comes to getting images, there are many sources that can be good for royalty-free options. Many of them are free, while others come with a small subscription. We will categorize them into three options. The first is Royalty-Free Images where you can get images for free. The second is Premium Images where you can get images for a small subscription. The third is Ask for Images where you can hire someone to design your images. All these options will be discussed in detail.  

3 groups


The Royalty-Free Image Option

In this group, we will learn how we can find royalty-free images from many sources, such as Pixabay.

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos. All content is released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes it safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.

Pixabay

Let’s go to https://pixabay.com/

open pixabay

Scroll down a little to the main menu and then press on “More.”

pixabay main page

You will be redirected to another page where there are many filters that can help you choose a suitable image. In the “Images” filter, you can select between images, photos, vector graphics, illustrations, and videos. Under “Orientation,” you can choose between horizontal and vertical. Under “Category,” you can choose between a lot of picture categories (such as animals, computer, education, industry, places, etc). In “Size,” you can choose the width and height in px. In “Color,” you can choose which color you want.

select options

For example, let’s choose Animals from “Category” and Transparent from “Color.”

select category and color

Let’s say that we want the “Sleeping Bear,” so we will click on its picture.

Sleeping Bear

And then “Free Download.”

Free download

A list with different dimensions will appear. We can choose any dimension for this image – let’s choose “1920×1188,” and then hit the “Download” button.

choose dimensions

And then check on the captcha and then “Download.”

check the captcha

After pressing the “Download” button, the image will be downloaded. All we have to do is to choose where we want to put it on our PC.

open the download file

Pixabay isn’t the only source for royalty-free images, but there are tons of other free websites where you can find high-quality images for free. You can check:

On those sites, you can search for any image in any category and download it for free and use it as a design for your T-shirt business.


The Premium Images Option

In this group, we will learn how we can find premium images that can be good for our business, such as FreePik.

FreePik is a search engine for images and vector designs, which offers users high-quality graphic designs, exclusive illustrations, and graphic resources to provide them with great content that can be used in both personal and commercial projects.

freepik

Let’s go to https://www.freepik.com/

freepik main page

Scroll down to the footer of the page, and press on the “Plans and Pricing” link.

footer

When you press on the link, you will land on this page, where there is a comparison between the free plan and the premium plan. As you can see, you can download any picture you want for free, but you have to attribute and credit the owner of the image wherever you use this image, while in the premium plan, you don’t need to link or credit the owner at all, and that is what we need.

pixabay plans

Scroll down a little to the next section, you will find two options for payments, you can subscribe yearly and pay $7.50/month, or you can pay month by month and in this case, you will pay $9.99/month. In this example, let’s choose one month and press the “Subscribe now” button.

choose 1 month

Now, it is your turn to sign up with your Google account, Facebook account, Twitter account, or your email. After that, follow the step-by-step payment process till you finish it.

Sign up to freepik

When you finish, you will be redirected to the main page of Freepik. In the search box, write any keyword for the image you are looking for, such as “Bear,” and then hit enter.

search for bear

When you hit search, you will find more than 6,710 results for your choice. You can select any image and press on it.

bears collections

After that, press the “Free Download” button.

free download

Two options will appear: the free download option where you can download this picture for free but you have to copy the link below the button to credit the owner, or to download it as a premium license and you won’t pay any extra money except the $9.99 you have already paid when you subscribed.

choose the premium plan

Freepik isn’t the only source for premium images, but there are also many other websites where you can buy high-quality images for a small subscription. You can check:


The Ask for Images Option

In this group, you will learn how you can hire someone to design your image, such as Fiverr.

Fiverr is the world’s largest online marketplace for freelance services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers to offer services to customers worldwide.

Fiverr

We have explained how to be a seller on Fiverr in our article “Sell Animation Online and Earn $2000/Month: A Step-by-Step Guide.” This time we are going to explain how to purchase shirt designs on Fiverr.

Let’s head to https://www.fiverr.com/

Fiverr main page

I assume you have created a Fiverr account before, the previous article. If you haven’t, make sure to sign up and create a Fiverr account. Look at the previous article to learn how to join Fiverr

Sign in to fiverr

After you sign in, go to the search box and write “T-shirt design.”

Write 5-shirt design

Once you perform your search, you will find a list of professional freelancers that you could use to help you with the T-shirt designs.

professional freelancers

In order to decide which freelancer to perform the design, just check their seller level, rate, and the total number of reviews. You should select the highest one among that list.

In our example, this guy looks good because he is a Level 2 seller, he has five stars, and he has more than 100 reviews, which means he is a professional seller. So let’s click on his gig.

level 2 seller

This guy has 373 reviews and 14 orders in his queue, which means that he is very productive and there is a huge demand for his work.

reviews on fiverr

Reviews aren’t the only criteria that you can depend on in order to hire a freelancer. You should check many other criteria, such as their pricing plans, and what they offer in each plan.

plans on fiverr

His previous work samples can tell you a lot, so you must have a look at them.

work samples

You should also spend some time reading the reviews and comments.

comments

If you felt that this freelancer will fit your needs, don’t rush and order from him, just scroll up and put him in your favorites list by pressing on the “Favorite” button. Check other sellers and follow the same steps, collecting three to five sellers. Then select one and start ordering.

press favorite

You can start ordering by pressing on “Proceed to Order.”

proceed to order

On the left-hand side, you can add some extras by checking on them to add to your order if you want. After you finish, just press on the “Proceed to Payment” button.

proceed to payment

On the payment page, you can select to pay with either your credit card or PayPal.

choose payment method

After you finish, just press on the “Make Payment” button, and this will direct you to a processing screen.

processing screen

Once it finishes processing, you should write more information about your order to the seller in order to give them some background about your expectations for the design you want.

Make sure to write a detailed description of what you want in your T-shirt design and then check on the box of the declaration, and then press the “Start Order” button.

Submit requirements

After four days, your order will be ready to be downloaded, if there is any modification required or any issue, just contact the seller before hitting the Rate and Finish buttons. An easy process, isn’t it?!

Fiverr isn’t the only source for hiring a freelancer to create designs. There are many other websites where you can hire other freelancers to make your designs. You can check:

You can start your T-shirt business depending on Royalty-Free Images at first. After you start making some profits, you can shift to Premium Images in order to make your designs more professional. When you reach sufficient sales, you can shift to Ask for Images and hire a professional freelancer to design unique and uncommon designs for you.

Section 3

Using a Free Photo Editor

To Design Your T-shirts

 


In this section, we are going to learn where we can find a free photo editor to create designs.

How can we use Photopea?

How to remove backgrounds?

And finally, how can we add text?

Photo Editor

Where to Find a Free Photo Editor to Create T-shirts?

Of course the best software you can use to make professional designs is Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately, Photoshop isn’t free, but there are many free software options that you can depend on if you can’t afford Photoshop. One of these online software programs is Photopea.

Photopea

Photopea is an advanced image editor, which can work with both raster and vector graphics. You can use it for simple tasks, such as resizing images, as well as complex tasks, such as designing web pages, creating illustrations, processing photographs, and more.


How to Use Photopea?

The first step is to go to https://www.photopea.com/

Photopea main page

Then press the “Open From Computer” option.

open from computer

Choose any picture you want from your computer.

Let’s assume that we have downloaded a free image from the previous section that has a background, and we want to remove its background and add some text.

giraffe image

After we open the picture, let’s remove the yellow background.

giraffe background


How to Remove Backgrounds?

In order to remove any background you want, just select the “Magic Wand” icon and choose “Magic Wand.”

Magic wand

After that, click on the background till you find a dotted selection around your picture.

remove background

Then press the “Delete” button on your keyboard, and you will find that the yellow color has disappeared.

background transparent

Now, it is time to write some text on the picture.


How To Add Text to The Pictures?

In order to add text to your picture, just press on the “Type” icon.

Type icon

When you press on it, you can choose the font you like, italic or bold, the size of the font, the color, and the alignment you want.

choose your preferences

After you set your preferences, write the text you want.

add text

And then press on File and “Save as PSD” in order to save the project to your computer.

Save as PSD

Now, it is time to export your picture. Press on “File” again, and then “Export as” and then choose “PNG” extension, in order to put it on any T-shirt color you want.

Save as PNG

After that, another pop-up window will appear. You can change the width, the height, and the quality if you want, and then press “Save.”

Save the picture

When you click “Save,” your picture will be downloaded. Just choose where you want to save it on your computer in order to use it later.

Section 4

Performing Adequate Market Research

& Keyword Research

 


In this section, we are going to learn how we can create a niche list.

How we can perform market research using Google Trends and Amazon.

And finally, we will learn how we can create powerful keywords using Google Keyword Planner, Amazon, and Scientific Seller.

Market Research

In order to create successful designs and increase your sales, you must first know your target market and niche. That is why you should perform adequate market research for each design you make, which means determining what is popular right now (current trends), and what products have good customer demand. You should also perform keyword research in order to add those keywords in the title and the description of your designs to improve searchability and to make customers find your T-shirts easily. All these points will be discussed in due course.

How to Create Your Niche List?

Before you start doing market research, you have to first come up with a niche list ideas where you determine which designs you want to run market research on.

In order to create a good niche list, you must think about the main niche you want to create designs for. Let’s say “Animals.” After that, come up with a sub-niche for the main niche – let’s say “Dogs.” The last step is to think about the micro-niche. We can choose for example “Golden Retriever.” We make a sub-niche and micro-niche in order to reach a specific audience.

You can create another list like the one above. Let’s say you will choose “Sports” as the main niche. “American Sports” for a sub-niche. “Basketball” for the micro-niche.

Make sure to brainstorm as many niches, sub-niches, and micro-niches as you can for your T-shirt designs, before you start to perform market research on them.

Your Niche List


How to Do Your Market Research?

Performing market research isn’t a difficult thing, because there are many sources where you can get information. The best two sources which you can depend on are Google Trends and Amazon.

Market Research

In Google Trends, you can find real-time trending topics of any subject you want. While on Amazon, you can get ideas about which T-shirt designs are selling the best. By combing those two sources, you can easily find the best choice for your T-shirt designs. Let’s have them one by one.

1. Google Trends

Google Trends is a useful online search tool that allows the user to see how often specific keywords, subjects, and phrases have been queried over a specific period of time.

Google Trends

When you use Google Trends, it will be easier to see current trends and other valuable information on any topic. We are going to use Google Trends in order to see how many people are interested in a particular market.

Let’s head over to https://trends.google.com/trends/

Google Trends Main Page

Now, let’s start researching the niches on our list. Let’s start with our first idea, which is “Dogs,” so in the search box, let’s write our micro-niche “Golden Retriever” and choose the dog breed from the drop-down list.

write in the search box

When you select your choice, you will be taken to a page where you can see the current data in interest over time for that topic. The fluctuation of the chart seems good for that category.

fluctuation

Underneath that, you can see interest by region. From the data shown below, we can see that the United States has a ton of interest for that topic, which is perfect since we are going to sell our T-shirt designs in the United States.

interest by region

Under that, you can see the related topics and queries which can be used as keywords in your descriptions.

related topic

Now let’s go up again, and this time we will use another great option in Google Trends which is the comparison. Google Trends allows you to compare multiple topics at the same time and on the same chart. So, let’s type “Basketball” in the compare option and then select “Sport” from the drop-down list.

Basketball

From the chart, we can see that the Basketball topic has a lot more interest than Golden Retriever. That means more people are interested in Basketball – but that doesn’t mean Golden Retriever is a bad topic.

basketball is better than dogs

So from the comparison we did, Basketball seems the winning topic. That means when you create two designs, one for Golden Retriever and one for Basketball, the sales of your Basketball design will outweigh the sales of your Golden Retriever design.

You can apply this method for all the lists you’ve created, and compare all the niches to find the best-performing topics.

2.Amazon

Amazon is one of the largest online shopping websites in the world. It is well known for its wide selection of books, electronics, music, furniture, and apparel.

amazon

Amazon can help you research what niches and products are in demand.

In order to do good market research for our niches on Amazon, we need first to know the best seller rank (BSR) for each item on Amazon in order to determine the best choice.

BSR shows how well a product is selling relative to other products in the same category. That means a product with sales rank #1 is currently the most purchased product in that category, while a product with sales rank #2 is the second most purchased product in that category.

For example, if you see a product that has a current rank of 20, then it means there are 19 other products in the same category that have a higher sales volume.

So BSR gives you an indication of how quickly an item is selling. So the question is: how do you find the BSR for each item on Amazon?

In order to check the BSR, you have to manually click on each product and search the information underneath it.

Fortunately, there is another way that you can use in order to know the BSR in seconds, without the need for clicking each product. This method will save you tons of time.

We will need to download a free Chrome extension that will enable us to see each product BSR on the search page without the need to open each product.

First, make sure you use Google Chrome as a browser. If you don’t have Google Chrome, you can download it for free by typing in the search box of your browser “Google Chrome Download” and then download it and make it your default browser.

After that, let’s download the Chrome extension. So we need to go to Google search box and type “AMZ seller browser.”

AMZ seller browser

After you hit search, click on the “AMZ Seller Browser – Chrome Web Store” link.

chrome web store

After you reach the AMZ Seller Browser app page, just press the “+ ADD TO CHROME” button.

add to chrome

After you add this extension to your Google Chrome, go to Amazon to perform your market research, so go to https://www.amazon.com/

amazon main page again

Now let’s check our two examples: “Golden Retriever” and “Basketball” designs on Amazon, and know how they are doing. To do so, let’s write in the search bar this sentence:

Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem (Your Niche Keyword)

So, if we want to search for “Basketball” we will write in the search box:

Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem Basketball

Lightweight, Classic fit,

After you hit search, you will find a gray box under each product’s photo that shows the T-shirt BSR ranking. That gray box is a result of the Chrome extension app that we have downloaded. Without it, we would have to open each product independently and search for this information on each page.

grey box

Now, let’s see which topics are selling the best on Amazon using the BSR. There is an equation you have to know in order to decide which products are good, which is: the lower the BSR number, the more units of that product sell per day.

So on page 1, find the markets where products have the lowest BSR. When you scroll down to see the rest of the product, you will notice that the BSR is always under 1,000,000 BSR, which is really good because it means this design is being sold from two to three times per month. Sometimes you won’t find a BSR for a certain product, which means they are brand new or they haven’t yet made any sales.

BSR

Now, let’s apply the same steps for “Golden Retriever,” so in the search box we will write:

Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem Golden Retriever

From the gray box, we can see that the BSR for “Golden Retriever” is more than 3,000,000 and 5,000,000, which means they have very high BSR, so the number of sales for this design will be so low (maybe only one sale per month) which isn’t a good sign for this type of topic.

Golden Retriever

So according to those two examples, Golden Retriever might not seem the best choice, so you can cross it off from your list and select the Basketball design instead.

You can apply this method for all the niche lists you have created in order to decide which topics will be good to make high sales.


How to Perform Keyword Research?

Performing keyword research is an indispensable thing that you have to know, because you need to make your products display in the search results, in order to make it easy for people to find you. Otherwise, they will land on one of the many other pages of your competitors. Implementing SEO keywords will help your design store rank above your competitors, hence your sales will be increased.

In order to perform keyword research, we will depend on three sources, which are Google Keyword Planner, Amazon, and Scientific Seller. Those three sources will help us to create an excellent list of keywords.

perform keyword research

Now let’s learn how we can use each one to perform a good keyword research.

 1. Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner is a very useful tool for generating keyword ideas and building strong keyword lists.

Google Keyword Planner

When we get some useful keywords, we can put them in our T-shirt title, bullet points, and in the description, so let’s now go to http://google.com/adwords

keyword planner main page

Click on “Tools” in the top menu bar.

tools

And then click on “Keyword Planner.”

keyword planner

Then go ahead and click on the “Start Using Keyword Planner” button at the bottom of the page.

Start Using keyword planner

Since we’ve decided to choose the “Basketball” niche from the last step (Market Research), we will write “Basketball” in the keyword search box and then hit enter or the “Get Started” button.

basketball keyword

When you hit enter, you will find the search results of the keyword “Basketball” you have entered. Now search for the keywords with the highest average monthly searches that seem to fit your T-shirt niche and make a check in front of them to add them to the list.

check the keywords

Make sure to spend some time choosing the best keywords that fit. After that, press “Adding to new ad group” and then name the group and press the “Create” button.

add to group basketball

After you create the group, press the “Add to plan” button.

add to plan

When you click on “Add to plan,” you will notice a green symbol appear beside your selected keywords, which means those keywords have been selected in your plan. In order to see your plan, just go to the left-hand side and press on “Plan overview.”

plan overview

For simplicity, I just chose six keywords. In your case, you have to select as many keywords as you can in order to raise the chances of being searched for in Google search. Now, click the “Download Plan” button in order to download your keywords in an Excel sheet.

download plan

When you hit the download button, an Excel sheet with your selected keywords will be downloaded. Make sure to save it to your computer. You can make a lot of lists based in your selected niches and add those keywords in your descriptions, as we will see in Section 5

download keyword plan file

 

2. Amazon

We covered Amazon earlier when we wanted to do market research, and we learned how we can do that. Now, let’s use Amazon again in order to spy on our competitors and steal some of their keywords and put them in our title, points, and description.

So let’s go to Amazon again and write in the search box:

Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem Basketball

Amazon main page again

Now, look for all the T-shirt designs that have a BSR less than 500,000 and open them.

BSR 500000

Now, look at the title and try to find some keywords that may work well in your listing. For this example, I would take “Dabbing” and “USA Basketballer Gift”

Title Keyword

After we’ve taken some keywords from the title, let’s take some keywords from the bullet points. This guy wrote a lot of keywords that seem so good when people start searching (such as “your son, daughter, husband, wife, brother, sister, cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, bf, gf, aunt, uncle,” “plays basketball,” and “the USA basketball team.” Make sure to put those keywords in your bullet points when you start writing them.

description keywords

Now, it is time to select some keywords too, from the product description, so let’s scroll down a little. “Perfect gift” and “Basketball lovers” seem perfect.

product description

When you finish, go back again to the main search page and select another seller that has a BSR lower than 500,000, and repeat the same steps till you have a lot of powerful keywords that can be used in your product listings.

Lower BSR

 

3. Scientific Seller 

Scientific Seller is a great tool that provides keyword suggestions for Amazon listings, generated from an initial seed word or phrase.

Scientific Seller

Scientific Seller will help you to easily check other buyers’ keywords for any product or niche. Whenever you know the other buyers’ keywords, your monthly sales will be increased by more than 10%, so this is a great tool that can’t be neglected.

So let’s head to https://app.scientificseller.com/#/

scientific seller main page

In the search box, write your keyword niche. In our example, we will write “Basketball” and then press the “Start My Keyword Search” button.

basketball keyword

After you hit search, you will be taken to a page where you can view all Amazon buyers’ keywords and stuff words. Make sure to add the keywords that aren’t already in your keyword list.

scientific seller keywords

Well, this was the “Performing Adequate Market Research and Keyword Research” section. At the end of it, I hope you learned how you can perform adequate market research and keyword research in order to choose the best niche and products.

Section 5

Creating a Redbubble Account

& Uploading Your Designs 

 


In this section, we are going to learn what Redbubble is.

How it works?

How to create a Redbubble account?

How to upload our designs to the Redbubble platform?

And finally, how to beat the competition with other sellers?

Redbubble t-shirt

What Is Redbubble?

Redbubble is a global online marketplace for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork. It allows its members to sell their artwork as decorations on a variety of product such as T-shirts, hoodies, cushions, duvet covers, leggings, stickers, skirts, and scarves. Not only that, but it also allows its members to set their own profit margin for their products.

If you want to read more about Redbubble, you can find the company information on their About us page.

Redbubble


How Does Redbubble work?

Redbubble gives its members the opportunity to set up their store for free and upload their designs, and then it prints the designs and sends orders right to buyers all around the world.

The three-step picture below is taken from their help page.

how does Redbubble work

In bullets:

  1. Create and upload your designs.

Your only mission is to create your designs and upload them to your Redbubble store.

 

  1. Redbubble will handle the transactions.

Redbubble has a huge online marketplace which thousands of visitors come to visit every day, so when a purchase transaction happens, they handle the payment for you.

 

  1. Redbubble coordinates the printing.

They will be responsible for printing your designs on miscellaneous products with their huge machines.

 

  1. Redbubble arranges for delivery.

They will ship your products to your customer safely.

 

  1. Redbubble handles any issue for you.

They have a world-class customer service team ready to handle any issue that happens.

advantages of Redbubble


How to Create a Redbubble Account?

In order to create a Redbubble account, just go to https://www.redbubble.com/

Redbubble main page

And then press “Sell Your Art” from the upper main menu.

Sell your art

After you hit it, a new window will appear. Just scroll down a little and press “Get Started, It’s Free.”

get started

Now, it is time to fill out your data, so write your email, your username, and your password, and then hit the “Sign Up Now” button.

sign up now

Now you’ve signed up with Redbubble, before doing anything, make sure to activate your account. Redbubble will send you a confirmation email, so go to your email inbox and activate your Redbubble account by clicking on the link.

check your mail

When you hit the link, you will be redirected to Redbubble again, but this time to your account details page.

Edit your profile

On this page, it is desirable to fill out your personal details like your first name, last name, display name, your short bio, and any other personal data. This will make you a trustworthy seller when people come to visit your shop.

If you can’t write your short bio, I recommend you open other seller’s profile and take a look at their bios and then try to come up with your own words.

fill your data

It is better if you upload a cover image for your profile and choose a good avatar.

choose a good avatar

You don’t need me in the previous two steps, because you can fill out your personal details by yourself and you won’t face any trouble.

You may just need my help when you edit your payment details, so click on this to open the page.

edit payment details

When you open that page, you will find four sections. The first section is your personal details. If you have filled them before, you won’t need to fill them again.

edit personal details

The second section is your residential address such as your street address, your city or town, your zip or postcode and finally your country. All those details are mandatory in order to edit your payment details.

edit residential details

The third section is called “Getting Paid.” In this section, you have to determine how you will be paid. You can be paid in Euros, Canadian Dollars, Pounds Sterling, or United States Dollars. Let’s choose USD.

getting paid

When you choose it, two payment options will be shown. The first option is to get a deposit into your verified PayPal account, and the second option is to get an ACH direct bank deposit. Let’s choose Option 1.

choose option 1

Option 1 allows you to deposit the payment right into your PayPal account, and that’s why you have to write your PayPal email address. If you don’t have one, make sure to go to https://www.paypal.com/eg/home and create an account.

paypal

The fourth section is the User Agreement. You don’t need to do anything except making sure that the checkbox is checked and you agree to their user agreement. After that hit the “Save Changes” button.

save changes


How to Upload Your Designs?

In previous sections, we learned how to find pictures, how to create designs, and how to perform market and keyword research, and we found that the “Basketball” topic would be great according to our market research. So let’s assume that we have created a design as we learned before using Pixabay for royalty-free images and Photopea to create our design, and now we want to upload it to Redbubble.

I am amphibious

To do so, let’s go back to the Redbubble home page.

back to Redbubble

And to upload your design, just press on the icon in the top right.

Click on Icon

And then choose “Add new work” from the drop-down list.

add new work

So here is the page where you add your designs to Redbubble. To upload your design, press “Upload to all products.”

upload to all products

Now, find and open the design that you want to upload from your computer.

choose your design

Once your design is uploaded, scroll down to see all the different products that can be sold with your design. The best thing in Redbubble is that you can sell your design on many products such as T-shirts, dresses, stickers, phone skins, pillows, cards, and many other things.

Redbubble T-shirts

Now, scroll down again till you reach the section where you find the title, the description, and the tags.

Scroll down

In the title, we need to add four to eight words at least. We can go back to our keyword list we made previously and select a word or two to include them in our title.

fill out the title

When it comes to writing the description, make sure to add a lot of keywords that you have obtained from the three sources – we covered them earlier.

fill out the description

In the Tags section, you can add up to 50 keyword tags. Make sure to include the keywords that you have got from Google Keyword Planner and add them in here, separating them with commas.

fill out the tags

After you finish, scroll down to the bottom till you reach “Default View” and then press the drop-down menu.

image only

From the drop-down list, choose “Men’s Premium T-Shirts” since we want to sell T-shirts only.

choose Men's T-shirts

After that, make sure that anybody (Public) can view this work, and under “mature content,” click on “No,” and the last thing to do is check the select box beside the Redbubble agreement. Then, click on the “Save Work” button. 

save work

Once your artwork has finished processing, you will be directed to your listing page.

listing page

When people reach your page, they can choose among multiple sizes, and they can also choose between more than four colors.

choose sizes and colors

If they scroll down a little, they will see the features of your T-shirt.

scroll down to features

If they scroll a little more, they will see the title and description you have written.

scroll to description

That is how you can upload your design onto the Redbubble platform. An easy process, isn’t it?


How to Beat the Competition?

As we talked before about Redbubble markups and pricing and how they are being calculated in Section 1, now we are going to learn how to change them in order to beat the competition.

As you are a new seller in Redbubble, you need to sell your products at a lower price than other sellers in order to beat the competition. Don’t worry, you will apply this step only for the new products you list. Then you can change them back after a short period of time. In order to set up a new markup, just go to Redbubble’s main page and click on your icon profile in the top right corner.

press on main icon

From the drop-down list, choose “Manage portfolio.”

manage portfolio

Once you click on it, you will be directed to a page where you will find a list of the designs you have uploaded. At the top corner of your design, press on the Settings icon.

setting icon

From the drop-down list, choose “Edit.”

edit

When you click on Edit, you will be taken to a page that is full of your design products. Since we want to change the markup of a T-shirt, press on “Edit” under the “Standard Print Clothing.”

edit standard clothing

After you click the button, scroll down a little and you will see a large menu where you can change the size and the color of your design on the product. As we want to change the markup price, just press on the Markup menu on the right-hand side of your product.

markup menu

When you click on it, you will see all the items under standard print clothing that you can edit.

standard print clothing

As you can see, all the markups start at 20% by default. Let’s decrease the markup a little for Classic T-shirt. You can adjust all the product markupsand change them all as you want.

make it 15%

Now, scroll down a little and press “Apply Changes.”

apply changes

The last step: scroll down again to the bottom of the page, agree to the Redbubble Terms and Conditions and then hit the “Save Work” button.

save work

As I said earlier, you should decrease the markup a little when you upload a new design so as to make people come to your products and buy more from you. Then you can change the markup again to its default price after some time. By doing this, you will have a big chance to beat the competition and sell more.

At the end of this section, I hope you learned how you can use Redbubble, upload designs, and adjust the markups.

Section 6

Promote Your Designs & Generate

Traffic to Your Shop

 


In this section, we are going to learn how to promote our designs by using Pinterest?

How to create our account on Pinterest?

How to create boards and sections?

And how to generate traffic from Pinterest?

Pinterest t-shirt

In any online business, you need to attract customers and visitors to your work and build a long-lasting relationship – this is what most people fail to do. In this business idea, you need to get a lot of people and potential buyers to buy your designs. If you have failed to get them, you won’t sell anything, unfortunately, even if your designs are good. That is why I am going to reveal how I was getting visitors to my Redbubble shop and making a lot of sales each month. Actually, I was depending on Pinterest. Let’s talk a little about it and know how we can generate automatic traffic to our shops.

What Is Pinterest?

Pinterest will be our main source of traffic for this online business, because the most popular pins on Pinterest are fashion, food, and home decorating, so if we can stimulate people who are interested in fashion and design, we will be able to get thousands of thousands of visitors each month.

For those people who don’t know what Pinterest is, Pinterest is a kind of online pinboard system where you can create as many pinboards as you want. For instance, if you are interested in animals, you can create a board and label it “Animals” and you can put all animals’ pins you want in that pinboard. If you are interested in fashion, you can create a board and add all the fashion designs in it.

The interaction between Pinterest users is very high through liking, commenting, and repinning each other’s stuff. That is what makes it such a popular social network. Besides that, it has over 70 million users where 500,000 of those are business accounts, so it will be a goldmine for you.

Pinterest


How to Create Your Account on Pinterest?

Now let’s learn how we can start using Pinterest step by step by going to https://www.pinterest.com/

welcome to Pinterest

You can create a profile with a Facebook or Google account. If you are a member already, please log in to your account.

sign up to Pinterest

If you want to register with your email, just fill out your email and create a password. After that, a pop-up menu will appear. Make sure to choose your language and your country and then press “Next.”

press next

The second step will ask you to choose which areas are you interested in. You should select at least 5. Don’t ever pick any random topics, just make sure to choose any topic that is related to your business. For example, I will choose Art, Design, Men’s Outfits, Men’s Style, Men’s Fashion and Men’s Apparel.

choose your areas of interest

After you choose your areas of interest, hit “Done.”

hit done

The last step is to choose whether you want a hand browser button to save and pin any image or picture around the web or not. If you want, you can press “Get it now.” If you don’t want it, you can select “Skip.”

press skip

When you finish, you will be directed to the Pinterest home page. On this page, press on the Settings icon from the upper right hand.

pinterest home page

From the drop-down menu, choose “Edit settings.”

edit settings

When you press the edit button, you will go to your personal details page, I recommend you spend some time filling out all the required details such as your first name, last name, your picture, about you, and your location. For simplicity, I will just change the picture and go on as Moneycatalogue, but in your case, try to be yourself and not just a brand or commercial name, and try to add your personal picture too.

fill your personal details


How to Create a Board on Pinterest?

After you finish, it is time to create your first board, so press on your account name in the top menu.

create a board

This will lead you to your dashboard. Now click on “Boards.”

press on boards

In order to create a board, just press on the cross icon to start creating your first board.

start creating your boards

Add your board name – let’s name it “T-Shirt Designs” – and then hit “Create.”

name your board

Once you are inside your board, press on “+ Add section.”

add section

Let’s call this section “Basketball Designs,” and hit “Done.”

hit done

Once you click on Done, you will be redirected again to your board. In case you want to add more sections, just click on “+ Add section.” You can add multiple sections according to your niches and designs. For simplicity, we have just created one section, so let’s press on it.

add more sections

Now, we are inside our section, let’s press on the cross icon to create pins.

create pin

When you start creating a pin, just add your T-shirt design, your Redbubble shop link, and in the description, you can add the Redbubble product description you wrote previously.

fill out the data

As you can see, I’ve added the T-shirt design (I downloaded the picture from Redbubble). I added my Redbubble website link and finally, I added the same description I wrote in the previous section. Let’s hit “Done.”

fill and hit done

After that, choose which board you would like to link this pin to. In our situation, we have only one board, which is T-Shirt Designs. So let’s click on it.

click on T-shirt design

And then select our section “Basketball Designs.”

select basketball designs

When you finish, a new pop-up will appear. Just click the “See it now” button from that window.

see it now

As you can see, your T-shirt with your price and the type of your T-shirt have already appeared automatically.

the price

If you scroll down a little, you will find your Redbubble link, and the description you have written.

redbubble link

If you scroll down again to the bottom of the page, you will find other people’s Redbubble products.

more items


How to Generate Traffic From Pinterest?

After you’ve learned how to upload your work on Pinterest, it is time to learn how you can get thousands of followers for your Pinterest profile, so they can view your pins and visit your Redbubble shop.

In order to do that, let’s go back to our Pinterest main page.

Pinterest main page again

In the search box, write the targeted niche keyword of your design, so we will write “Basketball” and hit enter.

write your keyword

After you choose Basketball from the drop-down list, all the basketball’s pins will be shown. What you have to do next is to select “All Pins” and choose “People” from the drop-down list.

choose people

After you select People from the drop-down list, you will come across of list of people who are interested in Basketball in general. Now, press on every group board that has a lot of followers – so for example, let’s pick “Basketball fans,” which has more than 9.1k followers.

basketball fans

When you open the group board, click “Followers.”

choose followers

As you can see, a bunch of followers appear – 9.1k for this group alone. Now follow all the people inside that group board by clicking the “Follow” button beside each one.

follow followers

What will happen is that those people will receive a notification that you have started following them, and when they get this notification, some of them will click on it and visit your profile to find out who is following them.

When they visit your profile, they will see that you have some content they like, so they will tend to follow you back.

You can follow this strategy and try to follow 20-50 followers per day. Don’t ever try to follow more than that per day, because your profile will be temporally blocked if you followed too many people in a short period of time.

After you finish this group board, you can go back and select another group board and follow all the followers in this group in the same way.

choose another group

After a while, you will have tons of followers on Pinterest, and those followers will visit your Redbubble shop whenever you save a new pin on Pinterest.

As I said before, when people find content they love on your board, they will follow you and visit your website or shop, so you have to make sure that you put pins which will make them interested in your board. That is why you shouldn’t always save your pins only – try to save others’ pins to your boards.

To do that, write in the search box your niche keyword, which is “Basketball,” and hit enter. Make sure that you select “All Pins,” and then select any pin that appeals.

select all pins

Once you open the pin, make sure that it has sufficient comments, which means that this pin is good, and then press “Save” button at the top of the pin.

save pin

And then choose your board.

choose board

And then your section, which is “Basketball Designs.”

choose section

If you go to the “Basketball Designs” section on your “T-Shirt Designs” board, you will find the new pin.

your new pin

You should save from 5 to 10 pins each day. After few days, your board will be full of miscellaneous pins that can satisfy all tastes.

Besides that, comment on others’ pins at least five times per day to be an active user on Pinterest. By doing so, you will grow your audience and followers, and turn them into potential buyers for your designs.

 

To conclude this article, I hope you have learned how you can design and sell T-shirts. If you have any further questions, please contact me.

 

 

 

After reading the guide …..

Are you willing to take the challenge and start your T-shirt designs business? 

 Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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Great article. Very good information on niche and market research. Thank you!