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How to Succeed in Print On Demand E-Commerce Business with Little Investment

Print on demand (POD) is an e-commerce B2C business model that allows you to sell customised products printed after an order has been placed by the customer. 

Print on demand is similar to dropshipping, but the product is printable, such as T-shirts, coffee mugs, bags etc.  You can customise plain printable with your creative designs or according to the customer need.  After taking the order from the customer, the printing and fulfilment will be taken care of by the supplier. There are many print-on-demand service providers available worldwide. You can tie up with a supplier and order on a per-order basis. And you don't need to keep any inventory. You can sell them on your brand name.  It is an easy way to earn as a youngster, provided you need to market your brand.

Potential for Print on Demand

Companies are increasingly using custom-designed t-shirts to brand their company, products, or offerings as a modern branding strategy. Companies use this technique to increase their brand visibility and attract new customers. With a proper marketing strategy, you can get   orders regularly on custom made products. Products exclusively designed for a customer looks unique, and there is a good demand for them. The POD business has excellent potential. 


E-Commerce Site 

You need to have an exclusive e-commerce site with all basic facilities. There are so many options available to choose from. First, I suggest the WordPress platform, which is cheap, easy to develop an e-commerce site. You can also make it on your own.  Similarly, Shopify is an easy to use platform developed exclusively for e-commerce business.

Otherwise, You can sell POD products on social media platforms or online marketplaces like Amazon, Flipkart etc.

Payment Gateway

To receive payments from customers, you need to integrate payment gateways to your website. I suggest a minimum of two payment gateways to a new e-commerce store. You will get it activated in one or two days after submitting the required documents to the payment gateway service providers.

Current Account

Open a current account in a bank exclusively for the e-commerce business and have all your business transactions.

GST  and Legal Business Registration 

To start an online business in India, you need GST registration and appropriate company registration in the beginning itself.  Consult an auditor in your area to get further details.

How to Sell


Initially, Sell these products to your friends, families, and request them to recommend your products to others. This idea will make you establish the business in the initial stages. You need to create an account on all social media platform and start to build subscriptions. You can post new arrivals, discount sale on social media. 

Bulk Orders

You can approach corporate companies, schools, colleges in your area to get bulk orders. Nowadays, they present their logo-printed t-shirts, bags, coffee mugs and other similar products for branding their organisation. 

Advertise on Social Media

You can reach your potential customers through social media advertisements. It is easy, specific and cheap compared to conventional advertisements.

Products You Can Sell

    • T-shirts
    • Coffee mugs
    • Caps
    • Key chains
    • Bags
    • Posters
    • Phone cases
    • Pillowcases
    • Blankets
    • Other similar products

Companies Doing POD Service



  • You can start print-on-demand business with little or no investment
  • It is effortless to start and expand
  • You can sell print on demand products all over the world, with no geographical limitations
  • You don't need to keep any inventory. You will pay only when you get orders from the customers
  • POD Service provider is going to do the fulfilment. You can focus only on advertisements and marketing your products rather than keeping stocks, printing, packing and dispatching the products
  • If you already have an e-commerce business, you can add print-on-demand products as a value addition to your existing store


  • The profit margin is low
  • The business depends mainly on digital marketing 
  • POD has limited product varieties to sell
  • Some service providers do not support cash on delivery. COD is very essential for new businesses. 
  • Some service providers don't support to return of products. 
  • You don't have control over the entire business

Final Thoughts

In this post, I explained how to succeed in print on demand ecommerce business with little investment. It is a perfect business to start and learn the entire e-commerce business model. 

If you have an existing e-commerce store, you can add print-on-demand as a value addition to your current business.

It is suitable for youngsters.

Watch the Video on How to Succeed in Print On Demand E-Commerce Business with Little Investment

Note: In this post, we listed some websites to show you how particular print on demand service functions. We are not recommending or promoting any sites. Also, please ensure the credibility of the websites before registration.  We are not responsible if anything went wrong.


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