Continuing the series on “Creating your own T-shirt store easily”, let’s talk about another web store that offers services to help you set up your own t-shirt shop. Streetshirts.
Streetshirts is a service similar to Zazzle, CafePress that lets you open your own store (called a Streetshop) through their service and makes managing your online store easy by handling most of the demanding tasks required to run a web store. Basically how it works is, you create a shop after registering with Streetshirts and then customize its look and create and upload your designs on the products you choose to.
When any of your designed products is ordered online, Streetshirts makes the product and usually dispatches it within 48 hours using Royal Mail 1st class delivery. Another important aspect of an online store, customer service is handled by Streetshirts itself and thus it saves you the main troubles of owning an online store that is, payment processing, manufacturing the product, shipping and customer services.
In short Streetshirts handles the following tasks in respect to your Streetshirts shop.
- Order/Payment Processing.
- Producing the item and shipping.
- Customer service/refunds.
- Paying you (the owner of a Streetshirts shop) your commission.
And as the owner of your Streetshirts shop, you will be responsible for the following tasks.
- Setting up your shop. (From creating, naming to customizing the look)
- Creating your designs for the products.
- Organize products and categories.
- Maintaining your Streetshirts shop.
Apart from T-shirts you can also design and sell other items like mugs, badges, hoodies etc. You can either use the online designer to design your tee or you can also create your design on a graphic tool like Adobe Photoshop and upload it in the online designer. One advantage Streetshirts offer compared other similar services is that they don’t put any obtrusive banners and logos branding your Streetshop. The only place where Streetshirts appear is at the bottom of the Streetshop and that should be fine with most Streetshop owners. A Streetshop offers you the ability to change virtually every aspect of your shop allowing you to customize the look of your shop to your liking. What’s more, you can even use your own domain to point to your Streetshop. A Streetshop also have other helpful features, like integration with Google analytics to track visits to your shop, embedding your shop onto another site using iframe etc.
How much you can earn from your Streetshop? Well, depends on how well you sell your products. You get a commission of 15% for all products. That is, you get 15% of the sale price after VAT and postage of £1.50 per item. However you don’t qualify for a commission if the item is returned by the customer. Commission is paid every quarter by check given you earn more than £10. If you earn more than £50 then your commission will be paid at the beginning of the following month.