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How To Start A Successful T-Shirt Business

One of the more straightforward businesses to start would have to be a t-shirt business. Now, that’s not saying that it’s going to be a guaranteed moneymaker, nor that the process of creating and actuating a profitable idea are easy, but it is straightforward. With e-commerce platforms in Canada like Shopify, there isn’t even much of a need for the traditional brick and mortar setup, and with our t shirt printing services in Toronto and other big Canadian cities, producing the shirts is a cinch.

There are a few steps involved in ensuring that your t-shirt business is successful, which we will detail in this post, but what they essentially boil down to is that you want to target quality at every step of the process, from the idea generating phase, all the way through to having your shirts screen printed.

Generating Ideas

This is the very first step on the road to opening a t-shirt store, and it involves recognizing a vacancy in the current market and carving out a niche. Go on Instagram and you will find very successful t-shirt businesses that create hip Simpsons t-shirts, or Toronto TTC shirts, or t-shirts based on 80s morning cartoons. Ideas are limitless, and this phase requires only that you brainstorm ideas and then verify that the ideas have not been done before.

Validating Those Ideas

Of course, you represent a very small statistical sample, and what you find attractive or marketable might not fit a broader taste. You want to validate your ideas, both with your own personal network of friends and follower as well as strangers. Reddit can be a very useful tool for procuring strangers’ feedback, as can Kickstarter. If your first ideas don’t happen to fly with people, don’t be bull-headed and press on with them, but also don’t be discouraged. Just head back to the drawing board.

Creating Designs

For this stage, you can either use online templates, or follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial on t-shirt design. If you have a larger bankroll, you can also pay a designer to help with this stage, which will ensure that the design is finished properly and can be scaled to fit different items of apparel.

Choosing Quality T-Shirts And Printing

This is where we at R&P Prints are happy to help. Sourcing quality clothing can be difficult, but we stock the best brands at the best prices. Pair that with our superior t shirt printing services in Montreal and Toronto and you get a foolproof, quality, affordable experience. You don’t want to go through all the effort of validating and creating your designs, only to create low quality productions of them. And, as an added benefit, you can do all this from the comfort of your computer by ordering custom t shirts online through our website.

Deciding How To Sell Your T-Shirts

As mentioned, you can sell your t-shirts through an E-commerce platform and save on overhead costs, or you can open a pop-up store in the city. Try collaborating with an existing business, like a coffee shop, bike shop or bookstore to save money.

Marketing

The modern way to go about marketing a t-shirt company is to take to social media, integrating Instagram, creating a Facebook store and buying ads on both those platforms. This is a proven method for generating interest, but you can also couple it with some old school, word-of-mouth tactics. Take out a table at one of the many street festivals in the city and show off your new creations.

If you want to start a profitable business, or if you simply want an outlet for self-expression, a t-shirt business can be a low-stakes, fun and easy way of doing that. We at R&P Prints will make the process easier on you by ensuring quality materials, impeccable service and a quick turnaround time. Contact us today with your ideas!

Gear Up For Your Summer Golf Tournament The Right Way

You might be wondering why you’re reading a golf tournament article in the midst of winter – that’s understandable. But in order to successfully put on a golf tournament, you need to start with months of planning, countless hours spent cold calling sponsors, securing volunteers and schmoozing with a golf course president in order to secure your day. Likely, a lot of that stuff was done months ago, as were the food and beverage menus and much of the actual planning of the day. Now, with just a few months to go until the sunny summer weather, it’s time to start turning your attention to the smaller details: the newsletters, flyers, email blasts and, yes… the custom apparel.

There’s a lot to order for a golf tournament – items that we’ll be looking at in further detail this blog post – and at R&P Prints we know the importance of a quick turnaround. The sooner you have your custom apparel and accessories, the better peace of mind you’ll have and the better marketing you’ll be able to do.

Custom apparel and accessories are of vital importance to a golf tournament because they offer ticket buyers a tangible return for their money. Even if your tournament is a fundraiser (which they generally are), it’s still important to show gratitude to participants by giving them some swag, and, being able to play with custom wearable products bearing the tournament name, they will feel more as though they are contributing to something important.

For shirts, you have a number of tees and polos to choose from, whether the Nike Mobility Heather Pique Polo we offer, to the Basic Solid Polo, or the A-Game Colour Block T-shirt – those are just a few of many, many shirt options we offer. You can also decide whether you’d rather have the shirts screen printed or embroidered. It all depends on the look you’re going for, and the budget you’re working with.

Of course, as part of the participant arrival package, you’ll also want custom branded hats. After all, the hot summer sun is going to be out (knock on wood!) and participants will definitely appreciate the protection. For a great basic, check out the Flexfit Pro-formance Cap we offer, which comes in an array of colours, or for something slightly sportier you can take a look at the Contrast Stitch Sideline Cap we offer. The added benefit of distributing hats is that there is a high likelihood that your participants will wear that hat year round: if you run an annual event, that amounts to some great advertising during the off-season!

And to house the whole arrival package, take a peek at the bags we offer. The Big Dome Duffel Bag and Crunch Duffel Bag are both prime examples of great swag, and we’ll make sure your tournament logo and name are branded in big, bright, crisp colours on the bag. Tournament-goers can easily cart around balls, beverages and personal belongings throughout the day in these bags, and, just like the hats and shirts, they’ll be able to use the bags year-round, whether for travelling or hitting the golf course.

With a couple months to go before the big day, it’s definitely time to make use of our custom screen printing services for your bags, shirts and hats. You want to create a professional, unified and classy event, and the best way to do that – at least from a style perspective – is with custom apparel. Not only will the participants be grateful, but you’ll get some sly advertising for next year as well. It’s a cheesy old line, but we’ll say it anyways: make this year’s tournament a hole in one.

What Does Your Upcoming Event Need To Be A Smashing Success?

As the weather here in Toronto teases us with warmer days – days when we can leave the house without gloves and a scarf – we start to think about spring and summer, about the multitude of interesting events it contains. For the organizers of these events, however, this time of year can be a season of panic, of wondering what steps to take in order to wow event-goers with smooth, well-attended festivities.

Whether it’s your event’s first run or its 101st run, there’s always some room for improvement, and we at R&P Prints are excited to help. We believe that with the right branded apparel, you can fine-tune your event every step of the way, making it a profitable endeavor (either for your charity or organization) and a smashing success.

The first thing on any event organizers mind is promotion – how do you market your event to stand out above all the rest. As we mentioned, the sunny season is replete with events, so your first order of business needs to be marketing. Social media marketing can be a wonderful, modern tool for promotion, playing a sheer numbers game to reach a specific demographic. But in order to engage people and drum up excitement, you need a viral campaign that centres on old-fashioned promotional apparel.

Ideally, this was done at least year’s event (if there was a last year) in the form of giveaways or shirt sales, but it’s not too late to give away tote bags, hats, toques or make use of the custom t shirt printing and embroidery services we offer. Getting your branded apparel printed early allows you more time for event marketing, starting early and going all the way up to the event itself. Handing out, or selling, branded apparel at your event will drum up interest even as the even takes place; people around town, who might’ve missed your earlier advertising, will see the apparel and take note.

And not only does custom apparel help advertise your event, but it also helps please your advertisers. That’s right, most – if not all – events rely at least in part on sponsors, and those sponsors like to know that their own name and brand is getting out there. Offering your sponsors a spot on the branded apparel will sweeten the deal, especially if you’re beginning your marketing campaign early. There’s nothing an affiliate business likes more than good exposure – and there’s no better exposure than a walking logo!

Finally, there’s the matter of actually ensuring that the event runs smoothly. Creating an event plan early makes delegation easier, as well as allowing you to choose the dates and locations you want. When the big day rolls around, though, that delegation needs to be visible in some way – giving your volunteers and event staff screen printed t-shirts will help you and other organizers pick them out of the crowd easily. It will also help event-goers identify staff in case they have a question or an emergency. As the go-to expert screen printing company in Toronto we can help you design these shirts to denote different responsibilities or sections.

There are a lot of fine, almost microscopic considerations involved with planning a successful event, from the advertising to the funding to the delegation. It’s amazing that something as simple and humble as quality, custom made screen printed apparel can help through each of those considerations. Together, let’s make this year’s event the event of the season, one that people will be talking about for the rest of 2018, and beyond.

Premium custom apparel, Name brand clothing, Printed to order

At R&P Prints, everything is about quality: quality apparel, quality production, and quality service. We sell premium custom apparel, popular name brands, and a product line that ranges from active wear, to outerwear, to head-wear.  Our customers depend on us for quick turnaround, great print results, and a guarantee of satisfaction on every project.  Best of all, we work with our customers, step by step, making sure that deadlines are accommodated and everything stays on budget. Continue reading

Dress To Impress Toronto – With R&P Embroidery Services!

Nothing makes a statement like the perfect outfit!
And no outfit is complete without the right print or embroidery to show off its brand, cause, or organization.
The initiative and positive attitude that goes into wearing the attire that best represents your brand, is the sure way to exude the confidence and pride that goes hand in hand with the success that you aspire to! Continue reading