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I was wondering about starting a company and if anyone can answer or help answer please do.

1) Is it better to start by yourself or with a partner?
2) Is it easier hiring designers or doing the work yourself?
3) What are all the legal things you need to do?
4) Is outsourcing cheaper then printing in the US? Also what countries are good for outsourcing or are better?
5) Is it a good idea to go to companies who used recycled material or are "go green" companies even though it may be more expensive.

Any answers would help thanks.
 

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Is it better to start by yourself or with a partner?
It really depends on the situation. Do you need the help? Are you really prepared to split the profits?

Start writing down all of the tasks that need to be done to start up and operate your business (ie Legal, Financial, Design, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Production, Marketing, Sales, Distribution). The figure out which areas you are good at and want to focus on. Then figure out which areas you can outsource to professionals. If there are no areas left, then you can start by yourself. If there is a gaping hole that needs to be filled, then maybe finding a partner is a good way to go.

The biggest value of a partnership is when each partner brings a different skill set to the table that ultimately compliments each other to make the business successful. Just make sure you document what each partner invests and what each partners responsibilities are. And then based on that, figure out what each partners ownership percentage should be. And each partner should understand that ownership includes being liable for expenses and losses, not just revenue and profit.

Is it easier hiring designers or doing the work yourself?
Are you a talented, professional designer who can create artwork that specifically fits the target audience of your brand? If so, then do it yourself. If not, then hire a designer.

What are all the legal things you need to do?
Do a Google search for "starting a business in (your state)." You will find plenty of resources with great info on what you need to get started.

But generally, you need to register your business, apply for tax id number and apply for a sellers permit.

Is outsourcing cheaper then printing in the US? Also what countries are good for outsourcing or are better?
Overseas production is usually cheaper than domestic production. But, minimums are very high and there are shipping and import costs as well. Unless you are ordering thousands of units, you are better off using US suppliers and local printshops.

If you did want to outsource overseas, China and India seem to be the most common. If you wanted to look into South America production, Honduras is pretty common.

Is it a good idea to go to companies who used recycled material or are "go green" companies even though it may be more expensive.
Depends on your target market. Are you developing a brand targeted towards consumers who will value - and pay extra for - an eco friendly product?
 

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well yeah just the thought of having tht eco friendly product makes people want to spend tht extra amount to support the cause
 

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From my experience with having a partner was not worth my time. He is a friend of more than 20 years, and when I explained the idea of opening a company, he was all gun ho for it. But when it came time to put in the work, I found my self doing it all. I started my business all by my self and at the end of the year, I bought him out. What i learned from it was, if you want to do something, do it yourself, nobody will have the drive like you have. Good Luck with your new venture!
 

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Totally agree with Dee! If you CAN do it yourself, do it yourself. Other people can help you out but they can also slow things down and you have to agree on everything all the time to move forward. If you need advice about somthing.. just come here :)
 

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Is a lot better to make $50 all by yourself than make $150 with someone else. Beside I enjoy making my OWN rules and breaking my OWN rules. You can't do that if you have a partner.
 

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Is a lot better to make $50 all by yourself than make $150 with someone else. Beside I enjoy making my OWN rules and breaking my OWN rules. You can't do that if you have a partner.
I recently started my second clothing company. The first one was with a long time friend, and I'll tell you, nothing destroys a friendship like starting a business together. You can't always rely on a partner to pull their own weight. Since I've been on my own I've made triple the $$$, clients, and contacts. Having two people represent your business isn't always good. I lost a lot of clients due to my partner coming off "too strong" during meetings. Here is some advice; Nothing ruins a friendship like being roommates, business partners, and women.
 

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What is everyones take on using online printers and shippers, like zazzle or spreadshirt, over companies that do bulk orders? keeping your own inventory, shipping, all that.
 

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First of all i am saying sorry for my bad English
Just tried to give you some advice from my long experience.But i am new in this forum.:)

Q:1) Is it better to start by yourself or with a partner?

Ans: Actually it is totally depend on you.If you think your target business can be start with your own capital and you don't need anyone for giving any suggestion to you and you can take all the advantage and disadvantage alone then you should do business alone.
But if you think your current capital is not enough for start your targeted business then you can take someone as your business partner .But always try to remember one think that ,always keep a professional relationship in business with your partner even if he is your own brother.cz where come the issue of $$$ there don't work any humanity and feelings .and you both should be sacrifice mentality.

Q.2) Is it easier hiring designers or doing the work yourself?

Ans:If you think that your mind have the quality of making design then do it without break.But also take some help of other designer also cz different people has different thought and different people has different choice .And you will do business not for exhibition of your design.so ,no problem to buy another good design.

Q.3)3) What are all the legal things you need to do?
Trade license ,Hosting ,Domain<Bank account,Tax paper.IRC etc. also depend on country where you live.

Also try to hire some online marketing expert if you sell your products on t-shirt

Q.4) Is outsourcing cheaper then printing in the US? Also what countries are good for outsourcing or are better?

Its depend on your order quantity .But always outsourcing is cheaper and all the bigboy do that.
in my printing house we pay only $50 per month salary to our labors.is it possible in usa ?thats why we sometime face problem to delivery products on time .where my workers works 24hours a day.8 hours each shift.
i am from Bangladesh

Q.5) Is it a good idea to go to companies who used recycled material or are "go green" companies even though it may be more expensive.


Ans:Think big .Do green .dream to become a brand owner one day.But at first for taking experience you can use company who do recycle .


Sorry for all mistakes my expert brothers in this forum .:)
 

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What is everyones take on using online printers and shippers, like zazzle or spreadshirt, over companies that do bulk orders? keeping your own inventory, shipping, all that.
Online printers are great never had a problem with them. I use to use printmojo, but when I started learning the ropes I decided to do it on my own. My customers they love the fact that each shirt is worked on just for them, not just some mass produced shirt I have sitting in a box waiting to be sold. But online printers are a good way to go if you are boot strapping and if you want to spend more time focusing on the nuts and bolts of the business.
 
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