Start an online side hustle in 5 easy steps
Are you thinking about starting a side hustle or an online business for your passions?
Print-on-demand drop-shipping is one of the best business models to build your side hustle from the comfort of your own home and with a low investment.
In this article, we explain why print-on-demand drop-shipping is the method to start a side hustle and share 5 easy steps to get started.
First, let’s talk about the three reasons why print-on-demand and drop-shipping is the best business model for emerging entrepreneurs and side hustlers.
- It’s cost efficient: Using a print-on-demand drop-shipping supplier, like Slaite, means you can use our service for free - no minimum orders or hidden costs.
- It's virtually risk-free: You don’t have to purchase inventory, warehouses or brick-and-mortar retail supplies. Simply, sign up, design and sell. With on-demand orders, your profits are locked in before your product is manufactured and shipped.
- No expertise needed: If you don’t have the space to house clunky equipment, thousands of products and shipping supplies, then you may be discouraged from starting a business. Print-on-demand drop-shipping allows you to design, sample and sell 24/7 without turning your home into a factory.
Now, let’s talk about the 5 easy steps to starting your business (all from the comfort of your couch).
1. Find your community
Perhaps the most important and most time-consuming step is finding your community. While some may encourage you to “find your niche”, we argue that there are many businesses operating and selling in a niche at any given time. What is most important is finding your community to engage with and sell to. Find the community, research their likes and dislikes and apply your findings to all your business initiatives in the future.
2. Choose your print-on-demand drop-shipping supplier
We may be biased, but we recommend Slaite as your print-on-demand drop-shipping supplier, but you should research suppliers and ensure you’ve found the right fit for your business.
We can tell you that Slaite is committed to being your creative right hand who helps bring your creative vision to life. We strongly believe in research and development for our products and ensuring that your customers are as happy as you are working with us. Plus, we are always looking to onboard new products based on YOUR feedback and suggestions.
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3. Pick and design the products you want to sell
Once you’ve chosen your supplier, you’ll have to spend some time browsing through their catalogue and picking the products for your online business.
If you’re the creative type who is familiar with design tools such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, you can easily design your products with your own designs. If you’re not creative in that way, then you can hire a designer or even make your own designs using free tools like Canva or Crello.
Once you’ve picked and designed the products, you can set the price and start selling!
4. Design your online store
With e-commerce platforms, like Shopify, you can set up your online store pretty quickly without having to be a web developer. Shopify has customizable templates to help you get your store set up quickly. Simple and easy!
5. Promote your business
After a mini-celebration for completing your online store set-up, you can begin promoting your business within your community. Using free social media tools like Instagram, Facebook or TikTok can help catapult your sales by showing off your designs and engaging with your audience. These social media channels have e-commerce features built into functions so you can make it even easier for your customers to purchase.
Knowledge is power
Now you know why print-on-demand drop-shipping is a great business model for starting your online business and you know all the steps to get your business up and running – what are you waiting for? And if you have any troubles, Slaite is always ready to lend a helping hand. Send us an email or DM us on Instagram with any questions. We’re here to help.