How to Succeed In POD Industry With No Design Skills

Have you been looking for ways to make some passive income but you are unsure where to start?

Make passive income using Print On Demand Fulfillment Centers. Sell designs that can be printed on a variety of different products. Products vary from home decor; canvas, posters, and wall flags, drinkware; regular mugs, color-changing mugs to simple tees.

In this article, we will take a look at how you can build a successful Print On Demand Business with no design skills at whatsoever.

The idea being passive income is to get your business running so you can eventually make money while you sleep with little to no effort.

Before we get to the good stuff, you have to understand that, everything has its advantages and disadvantages and Print On Demand industry isn’t any different.

Generally, passive income won’t make you a millionaire overnight but with time and effort, you can build a million-dollar business just from selling products online. 

Absolutely, you can!

Take a look around, online marketplaces such as Amazon and Etsy, they make up the majority of top-sellers.

In fact, text only designs are common among sellers who are just starting out.

We recommend text-only designs until you get the hang of more advanced programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.

You can use popular phrases, jokes, slang ,and puns.

Things you'll need to get started

Anyone can become an e-commerce seller. With Print On Demand, you can start a business with minimal upfront costs and a hard-working mindset in no time.

All you need is; high-speed internet, time, and desire to learn about Print On Demand industry.

Popular design tools

Gimp – a free open source design software, similar to Photoshop. 

Canva – The free version has very limited features. The paid version offers features that are necessary for t-shirts design such as downloading images with a transparent background. 

Creative Market – A source of inexpensive design elements such as fonts, patterns, and graphics. 

DaFont – Download free fonts for your next project.

Design foundation

Anyone can get good at graphic design, you don’t need to get a diploma to be creative, however, there are two things you should keep in mind if you want to create top selling designs.

  • What are you trying to communicate?
  • Who you are communicating to?

How to get your creative juices flowing

This is the first stage of every creative process. Often times it is more imperfect than perfect.

You can dump all your ideas on a whiteboard, sketch it out, or create a mood board to come up with new ideas. 

Why should you create variations of one design

Sometimes you will be faced with a situation when the layout of a design doesn’t feel quite right.

When you are faced with that gut feeling, create different variations of the particular design.

This method can be useful in a way that you’ll end up with five to six designs at the end of the creative process. You can then easily choose your favorite.

This is quite a lengthy process but it is necessary to create designs that pop.

Text-only design rules

  • Embrace the negative space helps the audience to focus on the main message. 
  • Commit to a specific alignment – based on your message: right, center, or left. 
  • Choose fonts carefully – fonts should always compliment the main message.
  • Visual hierarchy matters – pay attention to what portion of a design you want the audience to focus on first. 
  • Colors – take time to understand the usage of colors in different cultures.
color wheel calculator
  • Use two to three colors max – too many colors can distract your audience from the main purpose of the message. 

Choice of fonts matter

Typography is  the most common way to start Print On Demand business. You should ask yourself these three questions: 

  • Is the font legible/readable? 
  • What are the latest trends? 
  • What fonts are others using?
More on this topic at Typography Basics For Print On Demand

Text based design ideas

With Print On Demand, you don’t have to worry about upfront and warehousing costs.

Products that you sell are fulfilled on demand when a customer makes a purchase.

Create as many designs as your creative mind allows, you have nothing to lose if some designs don’t sell.

You may find that a slight design variation becomes your top-seller.

We strongly recommend that you check every phrase you’re thinking of using through the official trademark property office of the country you’re intending to sell in.

Important: This is a general information and is not, nor is intended to be, legal advice. 

Hire a local attorney who can help give you advice in specific scenarios.

Foreign Language

Do you speak another language? Use your skills to create unique designs that only a handful of people will understand. In addition, foreign language phrases have become quite popular among millennials. Anything from food ‘Holy Cannoli’ to basic sayings ‘Caio” makes a fantastic Print On Demand t-shirt design.

Federal Holidays and Observances

Holidays are a big part of every culture, especially in the United State of America. Aside from Federal Holidays, we observe almost anything, from international dog day to chocolate covered everything day, you name it we most likely celebrate it.

Take a peek at some of the major Holidays that are celebrated here.

Good Deed

Are you a lover of our public lands or advocate for ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ movement? With print on demand you have a choice to create designs that fit your beliefs. Take it a step further, donate a percentage of the sales to a foundation or an alliance of your choosing.

Disaster Relief

Our climate is constantly changing. Hurricanes, tsunamis, and wildfires are inevitable.

It’s not too much of a problem when natural disasters happen outside of civilizations, however, that’s not always the case.

Unfortunately, sometimes, we are faced with a situation when disasters hit home.

Design products specific to a disaster, partner up with disaster relief programs and have a portion of proceeds go to that specific relief program.

Inspirational Sayings

Inspirational sayings are much more than entrepreneur and relationship quotes.

You can create sayings based on occupation, hobbies, religious beliefs, country of origin, food & drink favorites, and more.

Jokes

Are you always the one who has the group cracking up? You my friend have a competitive edge over other sellers already. Use what  you got to create designs that everyone will love. 

Pop Culture

Do you often find yourself coming up with new  memes? Take advantage of your interest and create phrases that are ‘currently’ trending.

Schools & Universities

Although you can’t be using school colors, logos, and images you can still become successful in the college market.

Implement sayings that college students talk about such as college debt, drinking, acceptance rates, Adderall, and more. 

When it comes to text only designs do as much research possible – scout Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and other popular marketplaces to see what has been done and pin point your opportunities.

Always go for originality but if you need a little inspiration to get started, search for the best sellers and create a design with the same concept in mind without being a copycat.

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