Back in the 70s I created about a hundred greeting cards. The only types of cards available back then were sappy, sentimental types. My greeting cards were sarcastic. When I sent my ideas to about 100 different greeting card companies, of the ones who wrote back, variations similar to, "There is no market for these kinds of cards," filled my mailbox. I wanted to scream, "I KNOW! I'm creating the market!"
Fast forward to shortly after that time, sarcastic greeting cards proliferated at an exponential rate – and now – they're everywhere. While I love researching for long articles and now for YouTube, I'm more of a Reader's Digest kind of writer. A get-to-the-point kind of writer. A say-it-and-move-on kind of writer.
So when I started designing cups, t-shirts, tote bags, and more, I found my niche! And how did I discover this new avenue of expression? Through YouTube, where I also decided to start my own channel, Youthful Aging for REAL Women.
By watching YouTube videos, I discovered a variety of ways to make money, one of which, besides my YouTube channel (brand new – I'm not making any money yet), was by designing items for sale, through a company called Teespring! So I revved up my brain and started creating. I have a designing background, so that helps, but all you need to know is how to manipulate fonts and text sizes if you're eager to start. And some programs, like Canva, will allow you to create designs for a small fee.
I was fortunate to find a couple of artists on Facebook who agreed to draw some ideas for me and wait for payment until those items sold, but I'm so excited to begin this new chapter of my life, I can't wait to share what's happening to me with other writers who enjoy short, to-the-point, sayings.
As an example of the types of wording I'm using, samples below appear in these stores on Teespring:
The Love Joy Laugh Shop
The Creative Soul
Pregnancy and Baby Items
Proud to be an American
Totes to Tote
The Writer's Write Shop
And here is an example of one of my totes available in The Writer's Write Shop:
Interested in getting started? Write up several comments you'd like to see on the fronts of t-shirts or tote bags. If you're good at design, you can also design iPhone and Samsung cases. Head over to Teespring.com and start placing your items. The site is simple to follow. Just pay attention to what you're doing. You can get lost – only because you have SO MANY OPTIONS! With one simple design, you can create t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, hoodies, tote bags, cups, and more! With ONE design!
If you're artistically creative, Teespring offers leggings, pillows, and other items to design, too.
For instructions on how to use Teespring, if you have difficulty maneuvering through the site, please watch Greg Gottfried. His instructional videos will walk you through the process. They helped me immensely.
If you become successful with Teespring, please let me know in the comments below!