Last fall Amazon quietly rolled out a new print on demand program called Merch by Amazon. Merch by Amazon was initially designed for app developers who wished to have some print on demand ‘merch’ like t-shirts to sell to the users of their Amazon mobile games. But the good news is that invitations to this new program are open to everyone.
The concept is simple. You upload a t-shirt design to Amazon’s Merch by Amazon platform. You choose the price, colours and sizes you want it to be available in. Once Amazon has approved it, the t-shirt is listed for sale on Amazon.com, a process that usually takes no more than a few hours.
When a t-shirt is sold, Amazon takes a black t-shirt from its warehouse, prints the t-shirt with your design, and then posts this out with prime shipping to the customer. If the cost of the t-shirt was $19.99 to buy, the t-shirt designer gets just over $7 for every t-shirt sold.
There is no inventory to buy, no monthly fees to pay and Amazon takes care of all of the shipping and customer service. You get paid automatically once a month straight to your bank account.
Over the past year, entrepreneurs from all over the USA and overseas have been quietly designing art for these new print on demand t-shirts that Amazon is selling on its main Amazon.com website.
At the beginning you are allowed to upload 25 t-shirt designs. You cannot upload any more until you sell at least 25 t-shirts. After this you level up and Amazon will increase the number of designs you can upload.
So how much money can you expect to make?
In my first month on MBA I earned just over $40. In my second month on MBA I earned over $1400. In October I made over $6542 profit with MBA. You can learn more here.And the numbers have continued to increase.
The good news is that you don’t need to be a graphic designer to do this. This opportunity to upload designs for free to one of the biggest online stores in the world is available to everyone.
The type of designs that are successful cover a broad range. You are looking to build on niches that people are really passionate about. Some of my best t-shirts have been created for families, seasonal celebrations like Halloween and Thanksgiving and job professions.
Some successful t-shirts have complex design elements, but many t-shirts are just simple text that passions to the passions or sense of humor of the customer.
If you are looking to start a side hustle, or earn some extra money each month, creating designs for t-shirts and selling them on one of the biggest websites in the world is a great opportunity. Learn more about selling t-shirts on Amazon with the Merch Entrepreneur podcast and get free resources and case studies at the Merch Entrepreneur blog.