So a couple of years ago I heard that people were making a lot of money using Teespring & Facebook. I gave it a try. After I tried it I hated everything about it.
1st of all the learning curve is really steep. Facebook ads and groups are very complex to learn about for a beginner.
2nd I always hated facebook, because it's a massive privacy invader.
3rd, the kind of designs they market on Facebook are disgusting to me. They're all about jobs, families, and their pet dogs. They are mostly text based and they're extremely bombastic and crude. I really dislike those designs and I don't want to make designs like them. I didn't take art classes so I could make crude text designs about jobs, grandmothers, and pet dogs.
4th, one of the highest selling categories of designs is about nurses, and I couldn't care less about nurses, or any of the other topics that they typically make designs about and market on facebook. I would hate to make a lot of designs about nurses and other such things just to make a buck.
5th, in order to make a decent amount of money you have to actually be social for real on facebook and you have to make a group, such as a group about nurses, and pretend that you care about it and interact with people and put out regular content for your group. That's way to much work and something I would hate to do. Plus it's far too fake, and I hate being fake. Also I don't want to socialize to sell shirts. I just want to make designs.
6th, the business model isn't passive income at all. It's the extreme opposite: it's highly active income. You have to work a lot of hours every day to be successful. You have to create and advertise many designs until you find one that's a great seller, and all the other designs are failures that lose money. This is a lot of work every day.
7th, facebook advertising is overpriced. They charge you a lot of money for ads even if there's no competition. I put out a facebook ad for which I had zero competition, but they still charged me a lot of money per click anyway, just like Google adwords does.
8th, I joined a Teespring group and found that most people had a very hard time selling even 1 shirt using Teespring's business model. So much for making a million dollars.
9th, the whole scene was very cold and calculating and full of scammers. They were just in it for the money and I didn't see any love of art or t-shirt designs. There were so many people trying to make money by selling scammy courses on how to make money with Teespring & Facebook. I think there's a lot of liars, lying about how much money they made with Teespring.
Back when I was a kid, what I loved about t-shirts with designs printed on them was the graphics. Like for example there were cool designs with monsters & cars by Ed Roth. To me that's what printed t-shirts are all about.