This is my Merch by Amazon Resource Page. It’ll have links to my Merch blog posts and to the tools & services that I use.
April 1, 2017 Update: Today I learned that I’m at the 100 tier-level. My two 2nd quarter goals are to have 100 designs listed on Merch and to explore other t-shirt sites.
To help with getting my design volume up, I signed up for Make-Merch to quickly create t-shirt designs. I also purchased Jacob Topping’s Book, Merch and the World of Print on Demand to learn about other Print On Demand opportunities.
Tools and Services
Merch Informer: Great way to find design ideas. I use it to find “sayings” and niches that have low-competition.
Make-Merch: The easiest way to make t-shirts designs! Just type your text into one of their templates, choose your colors, fonts and optional images and you have a Merch-Ready shirt.
Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud: I subscribe to the Individual->Photography plan. I’m not a PhotoShop expert but learned enough to create designs on there. My most advanced one is a photo that I took of my bird and I removed the background on it and added in some text. It sold! That was a great feeling considering that six months ago, I knew nothing about Photoshop.
VA Rentals 25 Designs and Keywords: Use them to purchase designs and optional titles and bullet points. I purchased their 25-design package when I was first approved for Merch.
VA Rentals / EPS General Link: Scroll down to see other Merch packages. I have also used them for shoe/clothing lists.
MerchReady Designs: Purchase designs one at a time. All designs are all Merch-Ready and ready to download immediately. Prices average around $10 and it’s a great way to get t-shirt designs quickly and without committing to a larger package.
Trademarkia: To check to see if a word or phrase is trademarked.
Proven Merch Course: This is a video course from Chris Green and it just came out in March 2017. I believe this is some of the same material from his Merch Udemy Courses that I watched last year. This is a good starting point for you to learn Merch. In the future, there will be a more advanced Merch course.
Merch and the World of Print on Demand: Print on Demand (POD) book by Jacob Topping. You don’t need to be approved on Merch to benefit from his book because he covers 30+ POD platforms! His book tells you how to get started with POD and also covers marketing and outsourcing.
How to Sell More Shirts!: Michael Essek’s newly updated book that’s filled with strategies, tips and tricks to help you grow a successful t-shirt business.
Please feel free to contact me on my Facebook Page or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or Merch tips!