In 2014, he was making $85,000 a year as a full-time web developer. Although I was earning enough to cover my living expenses, I felt that I was spending too much time at work.
I knew there were opportunities to earn passive income in e-commerce. So in 2016, after experimenting with “dropshipping” (a business model where sellers don’t need to have any products in stock), I found a reddit post that inspired me to start a print-on-demand side job.
Print-on-demand allows me to sell t-shirts while outsourcing the printing, packaging, and shipping to a third-party vendor. By 2020, I made enough money to quit my job and focus on taking care of my side job full time.
Today, at 33, I earn an average of $14,600 a month in passive income from my print-on-demand business. The best part is that I only work on it an hour a day.
How I got started with no design experience
My first t-shirt design was a poorly drawn Loch Ness monster. I started out using Adobe Photoshop, but found it too difficult to navigate without any formal training.
now i use every sunset, creative factory Y vexels to create my designs. These sites are great for print-on-demand sellers who don’t have a lot of graphic design experience because they can download artwork for commercial use, rather than create it on their own.
Membership prices for All Sunsets start at $59/year, Creative Fabrica at $4/month, and Vexels at $22/month.
When coming up with layouts, I research which keywords are popular with customers using the DS Amazon Quick View Y nice merchandise Chrome extensions. Sometimes I make t-shirts inspired by pop culture moments and upcoming events.
How do I earn passive income through print on demand?
About 50% of my passive income comes from Amazon merchandise on demand, where I sell most of the items. I like this platform because you don’t have to pay money up front for inventory.
The process is simple:
- Create a t-shirt design and save it as a PNG file (a high-quality graphic file format).
- Upload your artwork to Amazon Merch on Demand.
- Choose the type of product and add a description.
- Amazon then creates a 3D Representation of what the shirt would look like in real life.
- Amazon creates a product listing on Amazon.com, making the design available to purchase.
- Every time a customer makes a purchase, Amazon handles production, shipping, and customer service.
Amazon Merch sellers earn a royalty rate between 13% and 37%, depending on product type and listing price. Amazon has default list prices that sellers can choose from.
My best selling product is a standard t-shirt. I charge $19.99 per t-shirt and earn a 26% royalty fee per sale, which equates to $5.23 in profit. Amazon keeps the rest.
In addition to t-shirts, I sell my designs on hoodies, sweatshirts, mugs, hats, and other accessories like stickers and phone cases. I always list my products for at least a $5 profit per sale, but I sell larger items like hoodies for a $10 profit.
Another platform I use is Printful, which is similar to Amazon Merch on Demand and is a cheap way to get my products in front of more people. Print, package and ship designs that I list on eBay and Etsy. It costs $0 to list a design on eBay and $0.20 to list a design on Etsy.
A little creativity and a lot of drive will take you far
During the hours I work, I mainly create new designs, publish products and learn tools that will help me further automate my business.
I have also started a YouTube channel and created online courses to share my knowledge. I want people to know that you don’t need a graphic design degree to be successful in the print-on-demand business. They just need a little creativity and a lot of push.
ryan hogue is a former web developer and adjunct professor who quit both jobs to run his e-commerce business. Their Youtube channel teaches people how to earn passive income using the “Ryan Method”.
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