How to become a T-shirt Printer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

T-shirt printers produce garments to order for consumer, trade and corporate customers, charities and other organisations requiring personalised, promotional or branded T-shirts. Sports teams, schools and colleges are key customer groups, as are individuals requiring personalised T-shirts for special events such as stag and hen parties.

Most T-shirt printers operate online, enabling customers to create and order garments customised to their own designs. Some T-shirt printers also print other garments and promotional items, such as sweatshirts, hoodies, caps and mugs.

T-shirts are typically printed using screen printing, digital printing (known as direct-to-garment printing), sublimation printing or thermal transfers. Some T-shirt printers also provide artwork design services, or customised garment labels and packaging, for example for trade customers such as fashion brands.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a T-shirt printer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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