The 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching an Online T-Shirt Business

Here are my Top 10 Tips on mistakes to avoid when launching your Online T-shirt Business.

1.Understanding your target market. Often people think they can be everything to everyone however knowing every detail about YOUR specific target market is one of the keys to success. From their age, gender, interests, friendship circles, what they read, what websites and forums they look at, what clubs they attend etc. This will come in handy when you’re starting to sell your t-shirts and for target marketing.

2. Set realistic goals about what you want to achieve and the money you would like to make. T-shirt success does not usually happen overnight but rather over a few years. Be realistic with what you can achieve. For example; one goal may be print 50 t-shirts by a certain date. Another goal maybe to sell at least 25 t-shirts to stores by a certain date. Set goals by month so you keep on track and stay motivated.

3.Know when to hold and know when to fold. You have to own your mistakes. It’s important that you recognize if a t-shirt is not selling, then try to sell in a different avenue such as eBay or Etsy and move on. It’s not worth pushing something that’s not working. Every retailer has best sellers and worst sellers and when they don’t perform, they are marked down and new product is ranged.

4. Knowing how much money you should invest. In my experience, the best advice is work out an estimate of how much you think it will cost initially to start your business and then double it, as this is probably more realistic. People forget about the smaller things such as postage, shipping costs, petrol, website hosting etc. These little things add up.

5.Test your product before you start to heavily invest. This is an important one and given the current Internet opportunities that are out there, it’s easily achievable. If you can make some customized t-shirts from an online website then you can see if people are liking what you are doing. Get your product in photos, organize competitions, give samples to friends to wear and use social websites to show off your t-shirt designs. There are many things you can try, to see if your style works and people like it.

6.Take your time when making important decisions. We are human and we can be impulsive and make quick decisions that may not be the right ones for us. Business is quite tough these days, people will want to rush you and will say anything to try to get you to commit so they have an order. Take your time and weigh up the pros and cons and be informed. Do your research and then make the decision – it will end up saving you time and money!

7.Some opportunities are sometimes not worth it. When you are starting out, you will come across people who will try to challenge your pricing, product and brand. For example, an online retailer may want your product but will only order it, if it’s $10 less than your current wholesale cost. If you are making little or no margin on a job, it is OK to say no. In my experience, be willing in some cases to achieve a lower margin, if it means you will get more business from it. Sometimes it’s a marketing exercise that is well worth the cost cutting.

8.It’s OK to start small. I know myself that as soon as I get a great idea in my head you think ‘that’s it!’ I then start going crazy and spending loads of money. You may buy a machine or other equipment that is quite expensive. Take your time, test different processes and then decide which way you want to go.

It’s really important that you do some samples and see the results first before investing a lot of money into equipment and other things that may not be want you wanted after all.

9.Do your homework. If you’re thinking of investing in a printing machine, then look at all the costs associated with this process. It’s usually not that clear cut and you will find that there will be inks or paper for example, which cost a lot of money and you had not accounted for it.

10.You will be your own Boss! As much as this is super fantastic and you can’t wait to be the boss, there are also average tasks as well. You are the only person that can answer to customer complaints and any issues that come up when running the business. It would be great to become part of a network or forum for weekly support. As a single person boss, you also have to start to know everything about anything; from taxes to sales, marketing to design, from dealing with stores and selling online. You have to be able to master and wear many hats that in my opinion can be quite challenging but also exciting.

Best Acne Products – What Works For You?

Tried and testedSo what do you do when in doubt? Well, you could always consult the experts some more and no harm in that, but you could also take a veteran’s (Me! Me!) word for it and try some of the acne products that I have done. I do not say this lightly, because from experience, I know exactly the kind of suffering that acne causes its victims. Therefore, when I recommend an acne product, you may be sure that not only have I tried it myself, but also gone through some extensive feedback from users as well as experts regarding the product’s efficacy.And before I launch into my list of what I think are the best acne products, please rest assured that nobody is paying me to advertise them. It’s just that I have found these products to work in cases that have not responded to other methods, and hence think they are worth a try.Magic of ThreeThe Exposed Skincare System: It is an unfortunate truth that most acne treatments that work usually end up being harsh on your skin. This is where the Exposed system is different, because it is a collaborative effort between dermatologists, naturopaths and chemists, and that means you get a full-spectrum approach to treating your acne. What I like best about the Exposed system is that it seems to be the perfect balance of science and nature, so while the chances of future breakouts are reduced, you also acquire healthy and brighter skin.The ClearPores Skin Cleansing System: This range of acne products is particularly effective for those with long-term acne, and I ought to know. The system works equally well for men and women, and its uniqueness lies in its three-pronged strategy to fight acne bacteria from inside and out. Not only will the ClearPores three-part system give you unblemished skin, but also impact any redness, swelling, or scarring.The TriClear System: As the name suggests, acne products from this range once again encompass the three-pronged approach, and the TriClear advanced Acne Solution System works to clear up existing acne blemishes, eliminate excess oil and help prevent future breakouts. The big thing about TriClear is that it is pretty tough on acne, but seems not to affect skin the same way. In fact, it contains special skincare ingredients that actually strengthen and protect the skin.Apart from these, I have also used Proactiv Solution and found it to be pretty effective. However, given the choice, I would stick to the three acne product ranges that I have mentioned.

Product Creation – How to Create Profitable Product Offers That Pile on the Profits

One crucial facet of making a success of your online marketing business is to create offers that people want and that people buy. Create desirable products and incessantly market them and you will never be found wanting for cash.

You have to question whether if you were a consumer in that market, would you buy your own product? Trust your own intuition. If you wouldn’t, then shelve the product.

Here are four ways to create hot-selling offers that your target market will snap up in double quick time:

1. Load Up On The Bonuses

An offer with lots of free bonuses will be markedly more appealing than an offer without one. That goes without saying! However, you do need to keep a balance between having too many bonuses and having just enough to get the sale.

2. Put A Time Limit On Your Offer

This is one of the most effective ways to trigger an explosion of sales. If time is running out on your offer, you can be sure that people will start snapping them up in a mad rush! So set a time limit on your offer if you can (and I don’t see why you can’t!).

3. Create A Limited Quantity Of Your Product

This is an awesome scarcity tactic for boosting your sales almost instantly. By having a limited quantity, this immediately makes your product seem more valuable to your customer.

4. Offer Discounts For Special Seasons

Offer special discounts for special seasons and holidays. This will give your customers the best bang for their buck and you will make more sales.