How to Start a T-Shirt Printing Business in Nigeria

Everybody wears a T-Shirt, my grandfather has an Orange T-shirt which he loves to wear, and a few more in his wardrobe.

You will agree with me that 7 out of 10 people have at least two T-shirts in their closet Including Men, Women and Children. This is because it is an easy, casual and formal clothing suitable for any event or occasion.

What I am trying to say is that; T shirts are not likely to go out of trend anytime soon, so if you are interested in T shirt printing, you are about to hit it big with the right amount of seriousness.

Before starting a shirt printing business you must choose a niche, and a brand name. Think of it like a company name, like Gucci, only that you are not there yet of course.

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How to Start a T-Shirt Printing Business in Nigeria

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So now what do I need to start a T shirt business?

1. As little as two thousand naira

2. A good Android phone or a Laptop

3. Social media account; Facebook and Instagram preferably.

 Those are the necessary things you need to start up a simple shirt printing business. Now below are the guidelines to starting your own T-shirt printing business;

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1. Do Your Research

There are a lot of shirt designs available on different platforms, all over the physical markets and electronic ones too. So in order to stand out, you must create something unique and at the same time appealing.

Do your simple research on established companies and their brands, and find out designs you could add, to make it more customer-friendly and better.

You could also exploit potential markets and trends, for example;

On twitter, and all over the world especially in the United States where the movement was born, the phrase #Blacklivesmatter is common, and during a demonstration you could make a whole lot of money by printing and selling good attractive designs of the phrase on a shirt. You can make it your own contribution to the peaceful movement.

In Nigeria, trends tend to change a lot, hashtags too. So it is quite difficult to pin point and hold down a particular design on a trend. However, you can make the most of any one of those trends while they last.

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2. Find a Good Printing Company

 This is one of the hardest parts because, finding a company with a good printing machine that will print your shirts without any troubles or errors is quite difficult.

However, with a good search you will find two or more companies willing to print designs on your shirt at affordable prices.

In Onitsha, a good printing company charges between #500 to #1000 per print. So take your time to find a good printing company to print your design on the T-shirts with no or minimal errors.

This will go a long way in fast tracking the rate at which your business blooms. A good printing company equals good business for you. Make the right choice.

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3. Buy Plain T-Shirts From the Market

Now that you must have found a suitable printing company, to print the designs you desire on your shirts, it’s time for the next step.

You will need to buy plain T-Shirts from your local market. I will advice that you get at least two for the start, to test yourself and of course your printing partner.

As at the first quarter of this year a single plain shirt went for #300, #400 in Aba, Abia State. Choose quality over quantity because nobody will buy a shirt without quality.

  4. Download a T-Shirt Design APP on your Device

There are so many kinds of apps for this cause available on the Internet. They are made available for different operating systems including; IOS, Android, Mac, Microsoft e.t.c.

However, my favorite and highly recommended app for the job is Snaptee. It is very user friendly and you can actually sell your design on the platform as well.

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You can get it from App stores on your mobile device (be it i-Store or Google Play store), or from different downloading sites on the Internet.

Below is an example of a T-shirt sample designed with the Snaptee app.

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