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My goal at Tshirt Riches is to provide you with both the pros and cons of starting your own t-shirt business.

With that said, let’s get all of the negatives out of the way first and then I’ll redeem myself with all of the positives!

You’ll find a lot of sites that’ll convince you that the t-shirt business is the easiest biz in the world. I’m here to tell you the exact OPPOSITE.

It’s WORK, WORK and more WORK… Truth be told, it’ll likely be the most challenging thing you’ll ever get involved with. It’ll require your consistent time and dedication. It still requires WORK.

If you’ve spent most of your time working for someone else, this will most definitely surprise you. Don’t get it twisted, my 12 year old daughter can make and sell t-shirts, so it’s not an all boys club. In fact, females tend to do better with their start-ups, even without wearing wet t-shirts…

But in order to be successful in this business, you gotta conquer the start-up obstacles many will run into when getting started.

Starting a t-shirt business will require licensing, permits, insurance, finding a wholesale supplier… You’ll require some inventory and the services of graphic designers, you’ll need a website, some money for marketing and advertising. A lot of people don’t think they need to market and promote their designs, but it’s an necessary evil if you wish to be successful in the business.

Relying on a number one position on Google’s front page ain’t gonna ensure you success.

You must be willing to work around the clock to build your business…Especially during the start-up phase. If you already work a full-time job, then you’ll need to be willing to stay up late to get things done!

I’ve had a car repossessed a time or two… I’ve been evicted. I’ve eaten pinto beans and cornbread for weeks at a time, all in an effort to get my business going. I didn’t have anyone to show me the ropes like you do now.

Some of the obstacles you’ll deal with when getting started can be a bit overwhelming at times. Like – how to get your shirts selling and what not… We cover that in some other videos on the site, so don’t give up just yet. I just want you to know that there will be some challenges once you get started, but that’s all the ‘bad’ in a nutshell. That’s it…

If you’re a self-motivated person, you can make this work. SELF-MOTIVATED is the keyword here.

When you’re in business by yourself, no one will toss you out of bed each morning. There’s no one standing over your back telling you when and how to do something. So you MUST be self-motivated.

Now let’s talk about all of the positives to starting your own t-shirt business.

Can you make good money selling t-shirts? Absolutely! And how much is good money?

For some of you, $200 per week would be great. For some, $200 per day would be a wonderful day. And for others, an additional $55,000.00 per year would be amazing.

Truth be told, all of the figures mentioned are achievable goals for anyone willing to put in the time, effort and energy required to build a successful t-shirt business.

Will it be easy?

Absolutely NOT… But it’s doable.

Having a t-shirt business allows you to make your own schedule. You can work 3 days a week or you can work 9 days a week ?

You can take any week off that you want… Remember, you’re the boss. You’ve officially become ‘The Man’. And for many people, this can be a dangerous thing, so I must warn you now… If you’re not self-motivated, then don’t even bother getting into this business.

You’ll end up with a lot of equipment that’ll sit in your basement or garage collecting dust.

Another positive is that you can start this business with very little money. I use a heat press machine and custom screen printed transfers and this will allow you to get started in the t-shirt business with much less capital that would be required if you went the screen printing route. Plus the learning curve required to do screen printing can be a NIGHTMARE. Not to mention the costs, space and equipment required to get this going.

My method requires a heat press machine and you can buy these new or used from sites like or eBay. I give lots of tips on this in my FREE T-shirt Start-up Mini Course on my website at

So… Here’s what we have so far:

There’s FREEDOM that comes with owning your own t-shirt business and it can be financially rewarding for you and your family.

This isn’t one of those things where you have to be lucky to cash in. If you put in the effort and have the determination, you too can succeed in this business.

I’ve easily sold tens of thousands of t-shirts all over the world. I have customers in countries I can’t even spell or pronounce. And there are plenty of customers who are willing to buy your t-shirt designs as well. Let me show you how!

There are many who’ve struggled for months and years trying to build a successful t shirt business. But yet, there are others who were able to walk away from their jobs their first year in the business.

Bottom line: although challenging, the t-shirt business will allow you to create your own job security, while allowing you to write your own check…

I don’t know if the t-shirt business is for you… But I want you to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision before getting started in the business.

I’ve put together a FREE quick-start course that’ll answer most of your questions about the heat press machine, custom screen printed transfers and I even explain and show the machine in action.

If you want to jump right in and get the full step-by-step t-shirt business startup course, click here!

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