Wondering which eCommerce business to invest on in 2019? Read this blog introducing you to the world of Print On Demand products.
You probably have heard about eCom businesses that are called POD and DOD. But what are they short for? DOD stands for Design On Demand and POD means Print On Demand. You use these terms when you sell custom design products online. The products of a POD business can vary from T-Shirts, Mugs to Jewelries and Pillows.
One good thing about this business is that you don’t even need to have a printing device to get started. Rather than that, it requires a printing supplier on demand. Once you have found one, send them your requested designs and they’ll print it out on your chosen product (apparels, mugs, jewelries…). Then, the supplier will deliver it directly to your customer – a method known as ‘dropshipping’ where you can save lots of storage.
You are sure to find tons of advantages by running a business in POD. Save time and energy dealing with shipping process alone. There’s a high chance for you to start your business right this instant without having to buy the stocks beforehand. But more important, how about the risk level of doing this? All risks are reduced to the minimum because POD business doesn’t require to spend money upfront for the stocks, so if you cannot sell the product, it wouldn’t impact too much on your budget. Isn’t it the most ideal business for anyone to start with?
Next up might be your questions about this. How can you attract customers just with your home-based small business? Where to sell those designed products? A printing supplier? And what if you don’t even have a single idea on how to create a design? I will tell you everything you need to know about POD eCommerce business in 2019 below, so let’s begin!
Shopify is basically the most favorable eCommerce platform for anyone to set up their POD business. You don’t need to be a techie to build a Shopify store as it only requires you to drag-and-drop and clicking buttons in order to create and manage one. Having an online store is important to list all your Print On Demand products. Then, when guests visit your store, they can make purchase from you and make payment immediately if they’re interested in the product.
You must have at least one POD supplier who you could rely on and collaborate with. One tip is to find reputable suppliers to ensure they can deliver good quality final works. This is a huge step towards customers’ satisfaction. To self-judge the product quality, you can place order of your own design and have it delivered to you. That way you can decide whether it’s good enough for you to collaborate with that supplier.
Because POD business revolves around custom design, you will need to provide yours to the supplier. If you already have great graphic design skills, that’s good news as you can turn customers’ imagination into life by yourself. But if you don’t, don’t be nervous. The Internet has served you with multiple platforms to find other designers to have your work done by them.
Marketing is the heartbeat of your Print On Demand business. Without proper advertising plan, your newborn online store will never be known by anyone. There are popular platforms that offer you major loads of traffic to your store. They’re Facebook and Instagram, if you want to attract customers, just rely on the Ads feature of them. Spread the word about your business to thousands by using famous social medias.