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We all dream about being able to make money online. But how many of us really know how to do it? It seems like that is the big topic of interest nowadays. How can I make money while I travel? There are tons of ways to make money online, some reliable some well… not so much. But I am going to show you what I did to make money with almost no initial investment.
It is called dropshipping. And it is becoming more and more popular for startup businesses and bloggers. What happens is, you create a design for a t-shirt, mug, hat, hoodie…etc. through a dropshipping company. You connect your dropshipping company to an e-commerce platform where customers can purchase the products you desinged. When an order is placed the dropshipping company is notified, the physical product is created and shipped directly to the customer. You don’t even have to deal with inventory!
The companies I used were Printful (dropshipper) and Etsy (e-commerce platform). I chose these two companies because the customer support is excellent and there are no fees to start up. I literally created my online store for free and was able to start selling my own products. Most of the other e-commerce platforms I saw charged a fee for signing up. Etsy and Printful are free to sign up, the fees only come after you start selling but that’s okay because they are small, and the revenue you earn will easily pay for them.
To start your online store you will first need to create a free account on Printful and Etsy. For Etsy, Make sure you click ‘Sell on Etsy’ when you go to sign up. Then follow the instructions on the page. Note that in order to start your store you will need to add at least one product. For now you can just make one up so that it allows you to complete all required steps. Once the store is setup you can go to your Printful account, click on ‘Stores’ then select ‘Connect to an e-commerce platform’. You will see a list of different platforms including Etsy. Click on Etsy then follow the instructions. Printful has very helpful videos that will guide you through the process. Also their live chat is awesome, talk to them if you have any questions!
After you are connected to the store, you are ready to add your products! Click the stores tab, then find your etsy shop and click ‘Add’ – this is where you go to create your products and sync them with the Etsy shop. From here you have the ability to put anything you want on your products! A great source for royalty free pictures I have been using is pixabay.com.
I have been focusing mainly on shirts for my store. Here are some of my products!
It took me about 5 minutes to design and publish each one of these shirts and cost me virtually nothing. What a great way to earn some extra income! This is something you can easily do on the road, and if you do well it is something that can sustain you.
Take a look at my store for some extra ideas on product design, and what a Printful/Etsy store looks like.
If you wanna support me in my endeavors, buy a shirt, tell your friends to buy a shirt, and tell your grandma to buy a shirt. My grandma bought two!
Also, if you have feedback on my store please let me know!