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I am in the process of getting my Graphic T-Shirt Design (True Color Teez) company started.

I have my plan all set out but I need the money to purchase expensive design programs and money to host my website. I do all the web design myself. Can anyone help me ?

I've tried searching for grants and asking my family, but ..... they have no money.

 

P.S. - Im 15 & a junior in high school...

 

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I'm sorry... I didn't mean to confuse anyone. But here's my plan:
-i start up my own website (which i've owned 2 before making myspace layouts) i create them on my own !
-i offer STRICTLY custom designs for shirts (dance teams, bands, parties & events) This is what I'd be getting paid for...
-i create the image and take it to a partner my mom knows who owns his own T-Shirt PRINTING company
-i pay him maybe $2-$3 dollars for every shirt he prints for me... depending on the colors.
*** i don't want my own Brand ! Basically all I need is my own laptop and Adobe programs to create the image. Thats about it. This is what I need money for... and that'll be my business.

Is there anything wrong with my plan or something I can improve on ??? This is just what I have in mind.

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Email me and ets meet and I will walk you through this.

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One suggestion is (although out of the box) is to build a network of other young entrepenures that will start this plan with you. www.20plusplan.com if you don't have jobs then run it by your church leaders or look for local nonprofits for the start up cost. This plan will teach you and other young people to build a financial investment plan and it will begin to give you more than enough money for the things you need. You can call me with questions so I can explain it better.

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thanks ! Great idea...
The t-shirt business is a very difficult one to enter, especially if you have little start-up money. The cost to produce shirts is high due to several factors: the amount of colors in the design, the amount of places you want graphics to appear on the shirt, the color of the shirt itself, the quality and cut of the shirt, and then the different sizes which range from XS-4X, depending on how wide a market you want to cater to. Then you have to have hang tags, neck labels and packaging. The neck labels need to correspond to the various sizes and must be produced separately from the printing of the shirts. You have to pay a fee to have the labels sewn into your finished t-shirts. The fewer shirts you order, the more expensive they are to produce, leaving little room to mark-up for a profit. And I didn't even get into what it takes to create an innovative design, a thorough marketing plan, and a bulletproof distribution system that is needed to make back any investment money you put out, and to continue to produce new designs.

The market competition is outrageous because everyone and their mama thinks they can start a t-shirt line but huge companies like Walmart and Target, who can order units in the millions and produce overseas, really make it difficult to compete. People just wont pay that much for a t-shirt that comes from an unknown brand and your price per shirt will be comparatively high if you intend to make back your money and a profit.

Still there are microlenders out there. Check with your local small business service, usually a city agency that offers free advice and leads to financing start-ups. I just attended an alternative financing meeting today and they are some great lenders out there who will give you money without a co-signer or excellent credit...

Hope this has been helpful. Just speaking from my experiences having produced a number of graphic apparel and taken a loss every time!
~Jocelyn M. Goode
www.jgoodecreative.com
Thanks for all that advice, but my service will only be to design the shirt. That's it ! I won't need my own label and such. I searched on t-shirt wholesale websites and the prices ranged from 1.69 & up for plain tees that i could simply put my design on.
My mother has contacts and I was thinking maybe I could pay the man (who owns his own shop) ____ amount of dollars for every shirt he prints for me.
I like and agree with Jocelyn's reply. It is good to offer words of encouragement and support but a shot of honest reality about the difficulties of starting up a business is also a good thing. Check out Daymond John's new book called The Brand within. He is the man that started a million dollar company after starting out by selling t-shirts. FUBU is his brand. I have a friend who is starting a t-shirt business he says that the book offers some good solid advice regarding that business and business in general. Particularly the importance of building a brand which some people may not realize the value of building one.
First off, kudos to all the young entrepreneurs out there. I used to read a blog called IttyBiz for a while but got turned off for the cussing. Naomi, the blog owner, however did come up with gems and one of them was an hour-long webinar on the very topic of affording your business.

It would have been uploaded here but I don't recall if I paid for the webinar or if Naomi would mind. Instead, I went to her blog to find posts where she talked about similar issues.

The basic idea is to *really* question your lack of cashflow for your business...

http://ittybiz.com/money-for-entrepreneurs-can-you-afford-it/

...by being brutally honest with yourself, Joslyn. Once done, if you still need more resources (because it's not about cold hard cash all the time), then consider bartering...

http://ittybiz.com/who-needs-money-barter-for-fun-and-profit-well-f...

That and some financial (re)education with something simple like Dave Ramsey's "Baby Steps"...

http://www.daveramsey.com/new/baby-steps/

...works for people of all ages (like me when I found it at 29) but could turn dreams into reality for someone as young and enterprising as you, Joslyn.

And once you get started on getting your stuff together, girl, and business is swinging you're going to have to deal with broke folks so read this now...

http://ittybiz.com/customers-cant-afford-it/

...to prepare ;-)

Whatever happens, hang on to the dream and grind. You're at an age right now where every experience - positive or negative - will only fuel your growth, compassion, confidence, smarts and talent. Good. For. You!

Natasha Vincent
http://mydreadlocks.com
thanksss a bunch. def. something to think about !
I'm sorry... I didn't mean to confuse anyone. But here's my plan:
-i start up my own website (which i've owned 2 before making myspace layouts) i create them on my own !
-i offer STRICTLY custom designs for shirts (dance teams, bands, parties & events) This is what I'd be getting paid for...
-i create the image and take it to a partner my mom knows who owns his own T-Shirt PRINTING company
-i pay him maybe $2-$3 dollars for every shirt he prints for me... depending on the colors.
*** i don't want my own Brand ! Basically all I need is my own laptop and Adobe programs to create the image. Thats about it. This is what I need money for... and that'll be my business.

Is there anything wrong with my plan or something I can improve on ??? This is just what I have in mind.
Don't know much about the t shirt business. Off the top of my head I would think pricing would be a problem. To customize your t-shirts and make a profit it seems like you would have to charge a high price. Who are your customers that would be willing to pay that price? You may need to research the market on this. Find another company that customizes t-shirts, who they market to and how much they charge. That is where I would start. And yes you still need to brand yourself because it puts a focus on your business, makes you distinctive and let's people know why they should do business with you.

Branding yourself is not about having your own brand of t-shirt but more about personalizing yourself and your company and building an image that people think of whenever they think of your company. This is a very brief explanation of branding. You may want to consider it.
Adobe is not as easy as people think...you have trained on using it properly to get affect of profit out of it. Dont know that is one of them...if its your passion, your passion will grow your business.
yea, thankfully I took a graphic design class at a career academy and learned all that good stuff adobe does! :)

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