Exactly How To Start Your T-Shirt Company

Exactly How to Start a T-Shirt Company in 7 Steps, for 9 Dollars in about an hour.
You’ve heard of the power of Facebook & Instagram advertising?
Guess what? For only $9 you can start a professional t-shirt business and be up and selling on Facebook and Instagram in under an hour.

7 Steps, 9 Dollars & an Hour?

That’s right. You can have a professional store and be ready to advertise and sell on Facebook in less than an hour. To do this you’re going to follow these 7 steps to combine a few services so that you’ve got the basics covered: a way to make products and fulfill orders, a place to sell your products, and a way to advertise so you can grow.

Step 1: Get a PayPal Account

PayPal is how the money moves so if you’re one of the seven people that don’t already have a PayPal account feel shame and then you should go get one.

If you have already joined the digital revolution please proceed to Step 2.

Open a PayPal Account

Step 2: Make a Facebook Page

If you don’t have one already, create a Facebook page for your business – which isn’t the same as your personal Facebook page. You should only feel shame if your business has been around awhile and you don’t already have a Facebook page.

I’ve had to answer this question more than once but in case you aren’t already aware, you can have as many Facebook Pages as you want but you’re supposed to only have one personal Facebook Profile and you have to get the Profile first, make Pages second.

Set Up a Facebook Page

Step 3: Get Shopify Lite

Shopify is the e-commerce platform that will integrate with your Facebook Business Page and Printful.

Shopify is a paid e-commerce platform that easily integrates with Printful as well as many other useful plugins. The $9 per month lite version of Shopify is well worth the money and all you need to get started. The good thing is you get a 14 day free trial to test drive everything. The bad news is you have to activate the account in order to fully test drive everything. The good news is they don’t charge you for the full 14 days so you can cancel the transaction if you feel like selling online is too stressful for you.

Sign Up for Shopify Lite
Connect Shopify & Facebook

Once you sign up and get to the Shopify Dashboard Connect Your Facebook Page

In the left hand navigation, click on Facebook Shop > Account and connect your Facebook account and business page. It won’t let you publish until you create products and pick your plan. You can do that now or you can do that later.

Setting up payment providers by completing the shopify form and setting up PayPal if it isn't already connected.

Next, Handle General Settings

At the bottom left navigate to general settings and make sure your address and contact info is set.

In Payment Providers hook Shopify up with your bank account info so they can deposit your money.

Also verify that PayPal is set up so that customers can pay you.

Step 3: Get Shopify Lite

This is the ecommerce platform that will integrate with your Facebook page and the manufacturer.

Shopify is a paid ecommerce platform that easily integrates with Printful as well as many other useful plugins. The $9 per month lite version of Shopify is well worth the money and all you need to get started. The good thing is you get a 14 day free trial to test drive everything.

Get Shopify Lite

If you go ahead and put your card into Shopify everything will be ready to use but you won’t get charged for 14 days.

Note: If you don’t put your card in until later you won’t be able to get your products on Facebook until you do.

Either way, once you sign up and get to the Shopify Dashboard:

  • Connect Your Facebook Page: In the left hand navigation, click on Facebook Shop > Account and connect your Facebook account and business page. It won’t let you publish until you create products and pick your plan. You can do that now or you can do that later.
  • At the bottom of the left hand navigation, go to Settings and set up your store’s settings.
  • In general settings make sure your address and contact info is set.
  • In Payment Providers hook Shopify up with your bank account info so they can deposit your money.
  • Also verify that PayPal is set up so that customers can pay you.

Step 4: Add Printful

Printful is the magic sauce in this equation. They are fast, good and reasonably priced. You can make money but you’ll also know you’re working with a professional company that provides great customer service.

Sign Up for Printful

  • Once you get to the dashboard Click Choose Platform
  • Connect to Shopify Platform
  • In the Shopify App Store, click Add App
  • Install the App and Connect it to your Printful Store.
  • You should be in your Shopify Apps page with the Printful Dashboard telling you to add your first product.

Now that you’ve got those two connected, you can create tees in either place.

Step 5: Add Your First Product in Printful

I selected Men’s T-Shirts > Unisex Basic Softstyle T-Shirt | Gildan 64000 for $7.95 because it is an inexpensive but good quality t-shirt that I can make a little money on.

I select the white and gray colors and then drop a PDF of this skull thing with a quote from Penny Dreadful that was done in Illustrator. You can use raster or vector files but if you use vector you won’t run into any resolution issues.

Step 6: Publish Your First Product in Shopify

Step 7: Go Sell Your Product on Facebook (and Instagram)

Congratulations! You can now sell and advertise your t-shirts on Facebook and Instagram.

Tell me and my followers about your business on my Facebook page.

Step 1: Get a PayPal Account

PayPal is how the money moves. Shopify & Printful will connect to it so if you don’t have one already, go get one. https://www.paypal.com.

Step 2: Make a Facebook Page

If you don’t have one already, create a Facebook page for your business – which isn’t the same as your personal Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/business/pages/set-up

Step 3: Get Shopify Lite

This is the ecommerce platform that will integrate with your Facebook page and the manufacturer.

Shopify is a paid ecommerce platform that easily integrates with Printful as well as many other useful plugins. The $9 per month lite version of Shopify is well worth the money and all you need to get started. The good thing is you get a 14 day free trial to test drive everything.

Get Shopify Lite

If you go ahead and put your card into Shopify everything will be ready to use but you won’t get charged for 14 days.

Note: If you don’t put your card in until later you won’t be able to get your products on Facebook until you do.

Either way, once you sign up and get to the Shopify Dashboard:

  • Connect Your Facebook Page: In the left hand navigation, click on Facebook Shop > Account and connect your Facebook account and business page. It won’t let you publish until you create products and pick your plan. You can do that now or you can do that later.
  • At the bottom of the left hand navigation, go to Settings and set up your store’s settings.
  • In general settings make sure your address and contact info is set.
  • In Payment Providers hook Shopify up with your bank account info so they can deposit your money.
  • Also verify that PayPal is set up so that customers can pay you.

Step 4: Add Printful

Printful is the magic sauce in this equation. They are fast, good and reasonably priced. You can make money but you’ll also know you’re working with a professional company that provides great customer service.

Sign Up for Printful

  • Once you get to the dashboard Click Choose Platform
  • Connect to Shopify Platform
  • In the Shopify App Store, click Add App
  • Install the App and Connect it to your Printful Store.
  • You should be in your Shopify Apps page with the Printful Dashboard telling you to add your first product.

Now that you’ve got those two connected, you can create tees in either place.

Step 5: Add Your First Product in Printful

I selected Men’s T-Shirts > Unisex Basic Softstyle T-Shirt | Gildan 64000 for $7.95 because it is an inexpensive but good quality t-shirt that I can make a little money on.

I select the white and gray colors and then drop a PDF of this skull thing with a quote from Penny Dreadful that was done in Illustrator. You can use raster or vector files but if you use vector you won’t run into any resolution issues.

Step 6: Publish Your First Product in Shopify

Step 7: Go Sell Your Product on Facebook (and Instagram)

Congratulations! You can now sell and advertise your t-shirts on Facebook and Instagram.

Tell me and my followers about your business on my Facebook page.