I first found out about Merch by Amazon early in 2017. I was in one of my ‘searching for ways to not work in London’ phases, looking for alternative income streams and came across this free article: “How To Sell More Shirts” (or the first three chapters of his e-book of the same subject) from a guy called Michael Essek who is, by all accounts, one of the people smashing it in the t-shirt / print on demand business. I bookmarked his stuff for later (as it turned out, much later) and carried on my mission.
Merch By Amazon
So at this point, I’m going to give you a small outline of what exactly Merch By Amazon is.
We’re all familiar with the brilliantness (it’s a word! Hehe) that is Amazon, right? I remember when Amazon was an online bookstore only. Now look! Whatever products you want, usually delivered quicker than you can say “send it now please”, and more often than not cheaper than anywhere else. I LOVE Amazon! Well, not only have they branched out into more areas than we probably realise, but they are now in the business of selling t-shirts.
You might have seen some fun shirts on Amazon.com and even purchased one or two of them. Maybe you didn’t realise that those t-shirts you saw and bought were designed by people like you and me. Yup. You got that right. Joe Public designs a LOT of the t-shirt products you see on Amazon.com and they do it through the program called Merch by Amazon.
I will go into more detail about the ins and outs of Merch in a later post. Keep an eye out!
So where was I? Oh yes, I had discovered Michael Essek and read his free chapters on how to sell more shirts, had a browse through his website and carried on doing some research on the matter. A million bookmarks and a lot of reading later, I promptly thought “I can’t design shirts – what am I even thinking”, filed it all away under “Side Hustle – Possible” and moved on. I had no graphic design experience and just thought that opportunity was for other people. Who would by a shirt I had designed? Precisely no-one.
In the lead up to summer 2017 I carried on looking for things I could do in addition to the day job which might one day make my work at home dreams come true. I stumbled upon many, many websites offering the usual click-bait drenched titles like “22 Ways To Make Money In Your Sleep” and “47 Businesses You Can Start Now For Free” and they never offered me anything I could do. Yes, if I wanted to be a maths tutor or freelance consultant, great. If not, well…. none of those sites ever offered me anything I could do.
And that is when I put a pin in it.
I had a lovely summer, I got on with my demanding job, and I enjoyed my family.
Next time: how I re-discovered Merch by Amazon, other print on demand services and how I think this opportunity has massive potential to actually change lives (you know what, I know that it has already)
Bye for now x,
(Side Note: I have since discovered a few really good articles of this nature which I would have liked to have found when I was searching last year. I’ll link to some of them in the Resources page.)