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Joining the T-shirt business need help and advice!

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Recently I have been looking at starting up a T-shirt business. I would do this out of my home with just me working and possibly having family help every now and then if possible. I am a 21 year old College student in a music industry management program for some background.

I am definitely not in this for any kind of money but rather the experience and not to mention it would look pretty good on my resume for what I am going into.

I would probably start with heat press with shirts from somewhere like American Apparel. As of now I am in the process of coming up with some different designs just so I have something set up. If anyone has any advice on heat press or if there is a better quality way please tell me!

I realize there is a going to be a big start up cost but I am ok with that because this is what I want to do! If anyone can please fill me in with some ideas of costs and other advice I would greatly appreciate it! Im sure I did not provide enough info but I dont want to make this a novel! Thank you!
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Any tips at all? I think I'm going to go with plastisol heat press but I would like to do waterbase screen printing but I feel like it will be a lot more difficult to master rather than a heat press
If your going for an american made shirt there are a lot more companies other than AA that are of the same quality and have much better prices. if your not concerned with where the shirts come from then options are endless and a lot of them are surprisingly good quality. try Gildan, Hanes, Anvil. AA is one of the highest out there. heat press would be the way to start as far as simplicity. you could check out YUDU its a great screen printer for not a lot of money and if your doing it out of your house it is a great way to start and keep costs low. if your doing a lot of sales tho you will need to stock up on ink and extra screens. just takes some computer knowledge, patience, and the ability to read and follow directions. I would say starting slow and getting the hang of it is a good way to go and you could do it for less that $2,000 easy. big thing is getting a business plan or atleast writing up some plans and goals and keeping it all within reason. get 1 or 2 blanks from a few different companies to start and see what works best for you. some shirts really absorb the ink so you might like it at first but then it soaks in and the colors might fade a bit and need an extra layer. Id say for doin it at home and on your own using the YUDU machine is one of the best and cheapest ways to go with just a little knowledge. I hope this was helpful.
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I'm excited for you! I"m sure everyone here is too. The way I started out which was a very longtime ago. With that said, If I was starting out now, I'd first and foremost get a good 16x20 press. There are only 2 sources I'd recommend to you. One is Heatpressnation. The other one is Heat Inc. They have the most affordable Heat Presses out there. You don't need to "By A Name" #2 check out Airwaves. They have Heat Applied Transfer already screened for you. #3 Start looking around for business. You would be surprise at all the businesses you walk by or drive by daily. #4 Churches always need sometime. # Pet grooming is another one. You can make your own business cards up and give them out. I could go on and on. But, first the heat press. Next Airwaves they have great Ideas. Their transfers come 12 to a pack for pennies on the dollar and they are so nice. You can Heat Press onto Light, Dark Shirts too. I forgot to mention blanks. Everyone has their favorites. I only deal with the Mills. I don't like Middlemen. Americana Sports I feel is lower than any of the others. Hanes to me, is the best shirt going. Most folks want quality. If you can give them quality they will buy it. Last but not least, You have to have great art work too. Good luck. Oh! Look for a local screen printer too. Look for one that can do up to 6 colors. Also, get samples!
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You might want to look into plastisol heat transfers since you are on a budget. It is a great way to deliver a quality product to your customer without having to mess with ink and emulsion. Then you can save more money and get into direct printing or using a DTG Machine. If you want to do more novelty designs and not custom based logos check out Pro World they have a lot of stock logos.
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