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I had this discussion with my buddy David over at SEIBEI. I was thinking about raising my prices to include shipping, mostly so when retailers looked at my site they wouldn't see that we are [...]
This article was on the suffoca blog and I thought it offered good insight into how a designer thinks. Working with clients is another side to my work, here’s a few handy tips i’v learnt [...]
The classic mindset is to try to get a business plan or product 95% right before taking action. This is great in theory, but it rarely works. The alternative is to get your idea about 50% right, then let customers tell you what your mistakes are. Listen, learn, get it 50% right, and put your idea through the process again. Keep at it until your customers say, "Wow!" Instead of debating options internally, you'll be making your idea real, taking it to customers, and learning as it fails.
When selling t-shirts online, a major thing that determines your long term success in the industry is how well your customer service is. Of course your t-shirt designs have to be good in order for [...]
I know what you’re thinking…you have an awesome idea for a shirt, but it’s using a well known, copyrighted character. “Hmm,” you say, “I could probably get away with it, right? I mean, it’s not like [insert major corporation here] own every aspect of the character. Besides, what I’m really doing is a parody and hardly looks like it…yeah, it’ll be ok…right?” Sound familiar? Read this article to understand what is legal and illegal in the world of shirt design.
Here is a post that was recently on an online forum. I changed the name of the company to disguise their identity. Hey, you think you got what it takes to make a shirt or [...]
I have gotten a lot of emails being a freelance designer myself and most people don’t know how to properly contact artists. The worst is when I get an email that say “how much for a design”. Really… that’s all I have to go on. I don’t even know who the person is, what their company does, or if I am even the right person for the job. Please don’t do this if you expect to get any kind of response.
I have individually headed the development of business opportunities, however, in others I have decided to work with partners. I will tell you upfront that I enjoy partnerships more than flying solo. If there is one red flag to mention about partnerships it is that some people get greedy and want all the rewards. Sharing makes a business work. The first piece of advice I am going to give is: Don’t just look at money signs, look at the pleasure you are going to get from building this business and seeing it succeed with the people you are sharing this adventure with. It is very important that if you are only focused on money you are missing out on the big picture of what will truly make you successful.
How to choose between LLC, Corporation, and Sole Proprietorship. Taxes and fees for t-shirt businesses.
I wrote this up several years ago but it might be of some help here on starting a business in the USA. It is weak in some areas but should be a good start for [...]
The real value of creating a business plan is not in having the finished product in hand; rather, the value lies in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way. [...]