Printify has taken advantage of the recent uptick in ecommerce sales, and has given more options to people looking to get involved with dropshipping.
But you might be wondering: can you really make money with Printify?
Printify is a drop shipping platform that connects you with on-demand printers. Their subscription fees range from free to $29.99 per month, with the potential for product discounts. You can reasonably expect to make between $225-$300 with them, although it depends on how much product you sell.
Let’s take a closer look at what Printify is, how you can make money with it, and how much you can expect to earn!
What is Printify?
Printify is an on-demand print network that was founded in 2015 by James Berdigans and Artis Kehris.
It’s a little confusing at first, but the idea is that there are people who want to sell customized clothing, but don’t want to (or can’t) run a full-time clothing store or silk-screening business..
This is where the idea of print on-demand comes in.
Printing on-demand is where the merchandise only gets made once it’s been purchased. This is great for people who don’t have the cash or space to stock up on tons of inventory and wait for sales.
So, it’s basically drop shipping – a retail fulfillment system where you purchase the item from a third party who then sends it to the customer.
In essence, you run your online store (whether it be on Etsy, your own website, or whatever) and sell your own clothing designs. When a customer purchases from your store, all that info gets sent over to a third party who fulfills the order and ships it out.
Printify connects you with printers from all around the world – those are the “third party” people who would be actually making and shipping the product you designed.
This means less work for you, as well as less overhead and inventory costs.
Printify has over 90 printers worldwide and generates over 10,000 products per day.
The process of integrating dropshipping into your business can be really confusing, so let’s take a closer look at how it works.
How Do You Make Money With Printify?
If you are a designer looking to utilize the network of printers that work with Printify, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s easy to sign up for them.
Now, before you get involved with Printify, you should have your online store already set up. Printify can easily be integrated into sites like:
So, your online store should already have all the products on it that you want to sell. And it doesn’t have to be just clothing. Printify also offers things like phone cases and mugs, too.
They have over 200 products for you to choose from, so you can pick out exactly what items you want to sell.
After you’ve decided what type of merchandise you want, you’ll need to create your design and upload it to the mockup generator on Printify to get an idea of how it will look.
They do recommend you order a sample before you publish the design on your store so that you’ll know if you want to make any tweaks to it, like changing the material or size of the design.
One neat thing with this company is, because they work with so many different printers, you can actually order samples from multiple different ones and pick which one you want to end up going with.
This way you can ensure consistent, vetted quality each time you make a sale, as opposed to a multitude of different printers providing you with a variety of different quality standards each time an order gets fulfilled.
Once you’ve gotten your sample and are satisfied with everything, then you’re ready to publish it on your site.
Then you’re basically done – Printify will take care of the rest for you.
Once you make a sale on your website, Printify will be notified of it. Then, once the product is printed and passes quality control, your product will be shipped directly from the printer to the customer without you ever having to deal with it.
This saves you a lot of time and money. No need to deal with double shipping costs or worrying about production speed and costs.
Of course, to use this company, you’ll need to get a subscription. But there are multiple tiers, and the bottom tier is free.
With the free subscription, you’ll get:
- Printify integration into five of your online stores
- Unlimited designs
- Mockup generator
- Integration with Shopify, Etsy, eBay and more
- Manual order creation
- 24/7 merchant support
- Self-serve help center
These features are great if you’re just looking to do something for fun, or are just getting started and aren’t planning on doing a lot of business with them.
However, if you’re going for a full-time business, then there is a Premium subscription.
This Premium subscription costs $29/month and comes with all of the features of the free version, plus:
- Printify integration into ten online stores (instead of five)
- Custom order import
- Up to 20% discount on all products
Obviously, the main bonus is the 20% discount, which will significantly increase your profit margins. There’s also an Enterprise subscription if you’re expecting over 10,000 orders per day.
That comes with custom pricing depending on the situation, and has features more finely tuned to a very large-scale operation.
How Much Can You Make With Printify?
How much money you earn with Printify all depends on how much you sell your products for.
But, the average profit margins for drop shipping businesses are between 15-20%. So, if you were to sell 100 products a month for $15 apiece, assuming those profit margins, you’d make between $225-$300 per month.
Selling customized clothing designs comes with the flexibility of creating your own prices. When you browse through Printify’s catalog to pick out which merchandise you’d like to sell, you’ll be able to see the price of the item and the shipping cost.
You’ll also be able to compare prices from different printers to see which one is the cheapest (although cheapest doesn’t always equate to best quality).
For example: a men’s short sleeve shirt in the United States starts at $7.30, plus $4.00 (starting price) for shipping one item. So, right off the bat you have an $11.30 cost for a T-shirt (although, if you had the premium subscription, it would be $9.84).
T-shirts on sites like Etsy can easily sell for $10-$15, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think you could make a couple dollars profit.
And, of course, if you have a really unique design, you could try selling it upwards of $30. It all just depends on your market.
If you’re going through sites like Etsy, they take a 5% fee. And if you use Etsy payments, they’ll take an extra 3% plus another $0.25. So, between fees and the actual cost of the shirt, you’re looking at a cost of around $11.30 for the shirt (if you sold it for $15).
As you can see, if you’re going to go this route, you’ll need to market it towards the higher-end of the spectrum, otherwise you simply won’t make enough of a profit.
And of course, you’ll need some good marketing in order to sell more. The more you sell, the more you’ll make!
All in all, you could definitely make some money with Printify. It just depends on what you sell your products for, how much it costs to make them, and how good you are at marketing your store.
Whatever you choose to do, hopefully this article was helpful!