T-Shirt Business Basics

You can meet the need for unique T-shirts with a home-based T-shirt business.  Start with a business with a business license, a supply of blank T-shirts and some imaginative ideas.  

Here are a few tips that will help you be successful.

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Find a good quality Heat press within your budget.   Don't go for the "Cadillac" of machines until you decide if this business is for you, but I also not would go for the cheapest model you can find either.  Otherwise you will be replacing before you know it.

Bulk T-Shirts

Find a vendor who will offer low prices on quality blank T-shirts. Buying in bulk will save you money. 

What are You Going to Sell?

Decide which type of T-shirts you want to sell from home. For example, you could sell T-shirts with funny or inspirational messages, or use your creativity and designs on your T-shirts. You could also take custom orders from originations such as churches, local sports teams, and businesses.  Most people find the area of custom orders the most profitable.

Where Will You Sell?

Decide where and how you will sell your T-shirts. You could sell them online or at flea markets, fairs and bazaars. 

If you are selling custom t-shirt designs, have labels made that bear your company name and sew them into your T-shirts. This will help you build name recognition for your business.

Once you have a selection of T-shirts to sell, you may also ask local shops that sell complementary clothing to place a few of your T-shirts in their shops on a consignment basis. If your T-shirts are popular, the store owners may agree to stock more of them. 


Set up a website through which to sell your T-shirts. Understand, however, that it is unlikely you will experience immediate success. Instead, you will likely have to market your website through online ads and fliers to draw attention to it. In addition, adding articles that include keywords related to T-shirt sales may help visitors to find you through major search engines.

Make samples of your work to show potential customers. Take pictures of your T-shirts and post them on your website.

Business License

Obtain a business license from your county clerk's office or the department of licenses and inspections in your area. Most jurisdictions will require you to have this, even if you are running a home-based T-shirt business.


Set prices for your business. Research the prices other small T-shirt businesses are charging for comparable T-shirts. Price your T-shirts competitively, but charge more for custom T-shirt work.


Decide the types of payment you will accept. Most people will pay by cash or check in person. If you will sell T-shirts online or frequent bazaars, fairs and flea markets, you may want to accept credit cards as well.

Your Market

Find a niche for your T-shirt business. If you focus on one niche, such as cute T-shirts for kids, you may find it easier to profit and build your business.