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How I’m Using SVG Files To Start A DIY T-Shirt Business

I’ve been super busy behind the scenes over the past few weeks, because I’m excited to announce that I’ve got a new project that I’m getting my teeth stuck in… I’m starting my very own DIY t-shirt business. After years of being a big crafter in my spare time, I’m working on putting the skills I’ve learned into action by producing and selling my creations from my kitchen table.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a huge task to undertake, and that you need some serious design and entrepreneurial nous to make it work. It’s true that I expect there to be some hard work ahead, and there are many elements of the process that require serious thought – from selecting a great niche, to managing the logistics, to ensuring that there’s a great level of customer service.

Because I’m using an SVG vector, much of the heavy lifting has been taken away, and this decision has saved me a whole load of time and hassle. Let me tell you more…

Wait… What exactly is an SVG file?

Okay, so let’s go right back to basics here! I’m pleased you’ve asked, because if you’re interested in making your own crafty creations – whether just for pleasure or because you want to start your own business – then discovering SVG files is like a dream come true.

It’s short for ‘scalable vector graphics’, and these files can be scaled to different sizes without having an impact on resolution quality or the end product. This makes them super user friendly, and a great choice for new and seasoned crafters alike.

The best part? You can buy SVG files from talented designers all around the world, and use them as the basis for your creations. Whether you want to produce t-shirts that appeal to young gamers, or embroidery designs for proud homemakers, there’ll be something out there that’s right up your street. This makes SVG bundles a great option for those who don’t consider themselves designers, or who would simply focus more on other elements of the process. I highly recommend checking them out, as they really do open up a world of opportunity for crafters and independent makers.

So how will you produce the t-shirts?

I’m in the very early stages of this new business, and there are still elements of it that I need to iron out – pardon the pun! But a key consideration has been getting the t-shirts printed. There are several options here, and they all have their pros and cons.

I could have the designs turned into transfers, and apply them at home. This could prove to be deeply time intensive though, so it’s not the route that I’m planning to take.

Another more attractive option is to use the services of a print on demand company. This means that I won’t have to hold any stock in my home, and once an order is made, the t-shirt printing, packaging, and shipping is taken care of on my behalf, even if I’m sleeping or on holiday.

I’m so excited to start this new venture, and I’ll be keeping you up to date with how things work out, and the challenges that I’ll no doubt face along the way.

In the mean time, I highly recommend that you check out SVG files – I think you’ll be impressed!