My Print On Demand Journey
Over the last 18 months I have been living with a business dilemma. One that has really tugged on my hearts strings. I am not the type of person who can make a decision, drop what I am currently doing, and change everything in one hit. I am talking making brutal decisions about my business that could cause problems and financial risk.
I have been making physical products for 8 years. Personalised products for kids, babies and all of your loved ones. I am a digital illustrator and use my designs to make wall art prints, personalised cushions, pillowcases, tote bags, heat packs, and Santa Sacks. I have been fortunate enough to own a direct to garment digital printer, that I never really used for clothing, haha, just bedroom decor. I have had the luxury of printing everything on demand myself, so I had complete control. I tell you what, it has served me well and I do not regret any of it.
However the last 18 months a part of me has wanted to move on. I didn't want to make anything, pack anything, ship anything or buy anything anymore. I had had enough. However my love of design & digital drawing was still there, I honestly couldn't imagine doing anything else.
I have goals one day of being the digital nomad. I want to be able to work from anywhere with just my laptop, iPad or phone, whether it be from home, a cafe or the other side of the world.
So my journey started to find another way.
I discovered print on demand products, also know as POD, and my heart literally skipped a beat with excitement. I found another way that I could still run my personalised product business, create art and NOT have to make or ship any products. No inventory, no labour, no trips to the post office, I do not have to touch anything. I have literally researched as much as I could about print on demand, and have come across so many hurdles, but so many other positive ways to operate this way, and of course make money. Being in Australia has cause some sticky problems, as everything is in US dollars, but I have overcome them and come out the other side smiling, and making money. Just over 10 months ago I started small, and started using 1 print on demand product, then 2, and now 3 and I am happy to say as of 8 weeks ago I do not touch anymore products. I am positive there is still so much to learn, and I am looking forward to continue learning, but my goal here is to share tips, tricks and help others who are also keen to operate a business like this.
I would love you to follow along on my journey.
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