Black Owned and Operated
Black Owned and Operated
How hard could it be selling
graphic tees? Well, the truth is, VERY hard, especially if you don't know what you're doing. The first thing you'll need is an original idea, and just because you love it doesn't guarantee the customers will. Then you'll need a talented artist, and it would help if you had some concept of how you'd like your design to look because HE doesn't have time to be your mind reader. Don't forget to hire a skilled printer who knows what he's busy doing or NOT doing. You may want to consider printing the t-shirts yourself.
I also forgot to tell you that you will need to be in reasonable shape. Try lifting six dozen shirts or standing 10 hours consistently, it just looks easy, but it's not. You'll need some sales and customer service skills who wants to deal with an impatient idiot. You may also need to take a few bookkeeping and accounting courses if you're planning on making a profit and paying taxes. Last but NOT least, you may also want to consider employee management/development classes unless you plan on selling the merchandise by yourself.
NONE of the above guarantees you'll make a buck, but at least you will look good trying.
If you don't have a plan, you're wasting your time and everyone around you. Forget working eight hours per day you can throw that thought out the window. Depending on how aggressive you are, you can throw those Holidays and Weekends out too.
Are you in a relationship, oh really? Hopefully, they'll be on the same page as yourself and help you build the t-shirt business instead of grinding your time away doing NON-productive activities. All of this sounds boring and NOT fun....sometimes it is.
So the moral of the story is this, there are NO cheerleaders, so you better be self-motivated. No one is "writing you up" or "waking you up," so you better have self-discipline. No one cares about hearing your SAD STORIES, so you may want to think like a WINNER and see the good in EVERY SITUATION!
I'm sure someone is thinking WHY is he giving us ALL this information....and MY answer is WHY NOT! Somewhere out there someone has a dream to finish school, read a book, join a gym, reconnect with a love one, leave a job, walk away from an unfulfilling relationship, or start a t-shirt business.
I told my story to remind someone to GET STARTED and others to DON'T QUIT! Living a successful life requires making a decision and having the discipline to see it to the END! Many equate success with fame and fortune. The truth is success means different things to different people. The QUESTION is are you willing to live in your truth? Are you willing to sacrifice the moment for your future? Are you willing to DREAM and DREAM BIG, and are you willing to share your DREAMS WORLDWIDE?
Good Luck On Your Journey
Tarey G. Thompson
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