These are the steps to start a print on demand dropshipping business with a POD platform:
Decide what you want to sell
Go through free or paid market research data on profitable eCommerce and dropshipping niches to determine where you want to participate. Some niches are saturated, but the opportunity to profit with quality custom-designed products at attractive prices remains.
Choose your eCommerce platform/marketplace
Do you want to sell on popular online marketplaces like AliExpress and Amazon or platforms like WooCommerce and Shopify store? You can set up your virtual store quickly on an eCommerce marketplace. And it will take some time to put together your own website. You will, however, have the flexibility to brand your site as you wish.
Connect to a POD platform
Connect your store or online marketplace to the POD platform and import products you wish to sell on your site. Now it’s time to give your product shape and make it a true print on demand offering.
Create your design
Have designs already or need inspiration? Explore design resources such as Canva, Pinterest, Dribble, and Designious for ideas. On your print on demand platform, choose the color, size, image, and text (if needed) you want to add to your product. That’s it!
You’re now ready to accept orders on your site or the online marketplace where you have a store. When a customer places an order, your POD platform will send you the retail price, which includes the production cost, shipping cost, and profit. Pay the production and shipping cost, and the platform will prepare to deliver the order to the customer within the promised time.