In today’s article, I’m sharing with you guys my current, complete list of paid subscription tools for print on demand.
Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another article. If you’re new here, I like to talk about t-shirt designs ideas and sharing the essential resources that I wish I had along my journey.
First things first, print on demand can be completely free, and you do not need to pay for any tools or any paid courses to have success. From years of experience, I found three tools that I recommend and think are worth the cost.
The absolute main reason they’re worth the cost is that they will ultimately save you time, whether creating designs that will sell, choosing profitable niches, or wasting your time from doing manual tasks every day.
Now when we look at the other side of not using any paid tools, yes, you can do this, everything will still be done the same way, but it will take a lot more time and effort on your part. With the use of a couple of these paid tools, things are either quick and easy, or they’re completely automated.
Plus, it takes the guesswork out of choosing good niches. It’s up to you to decide if you want to spend your time or your money. For many of you, I know that this will be up to your situation and your financial budget, but as a quick look forward, if you go all-in on all three of the tools that I use and recommend, it’ll cost you $20.69 per month with the discount codes that I’ll talk about later in this article. To take that a step further, it’s only $13.74 a month combined if you buy a year’s worth of these tools upfront.
I will be keeping the price in mind as we go throughout this article and show you how you can keep costs as low as possible for each of these three paid tools that I recommend.
I’ll show you what the paid tool is, what free alternatives are if you don’t have a budget at all, how to use the paid tool when to use the paid tool, whom I recommend it for, and lastly, the discount codes if you are going to sign up for the paid tools. And to make this easy, so you guys have a place to reference for all of these links.
So with all that being said, before we get into the three paid tools, there are three stages of print on demand, and it’s important to know what they are before considering where you need to add in paid tools. The three stages are simple.
Stage one is choosing niches to create designs about. Stage two is making the actual designs, and stage three is marketing your creations. Stage three of selling your designs is only in the beginning phases when you need to get a few sales on your account. Then, after this, you no longer have to do this phase. And later on in this article, I’ll explain that a bit further.
Stages one and stage two, where you’re choosing niches and creating designs, are continuous. As long as you’re growing your print on demand business, you’re going to continue doing these. With that said, let’s get into the three tools I use and recommend for you guys.
1 Merch Informer
The first tool is called Merch Informer. This tool is for stage one because it shows us which niches are profitable, so we know what kind of designs to be spending our time creating.
Yes, it is a paid tool coming in at $9.99 per month or $8.32 per month if you sign up for an annual plan. To use Merch Informer, you type in the niches you are considering going into, and it’ll tell you, based on accurate data, about print on demand, if it’s a good idea, or if it’s a complete waste of your time.
That in itself should be enough of a reason to get it. But additionally, it’s going to show you the current top 10 best-selling designs in that niche so that you have an idea of what type of designs to create that are currently selling well.
When to use this tool, I recommend using this tool whenever you are ready to make new designs. Typically I do this in batches. I’ll spend an hour or two creating an extensive list of good niches to bring into stage two of creating designs with me.
As far as I recommend this tool, I recommend this tool to everyone in print on demand because it’s a brainer, and it comes with a three-day free trial. Even if you’re someone who has no budget for a paid tool, you can use a three-day free trial to make an extensive list of good niches. And there are unlimited searches while you’re on the free go, so you’re not limited.
This will be one of the tools I recommend keeping for the long run because it proves to pay for itself by guiding your time spent creating designs towards profitable niches. Now, if you’ve used the three-day trial and you don’t have the budget to afford it, let’s talk about a free alternative.
What this is kwfinder.com. KWFinder used to have a free plan where you could use it entirely for free, but now they offer ten-day trials for each new email you sign up with. So you can use the ten days, sign up with a new email, get ten days, and then after the free trial, it goes up to $29 per month. So with that said, I don’t recommend it at the $29 a month. I only recommend it for putting in new emails and using the ten-day trial.
Something that needs to be noted between the two here is that Merch Informer uses print-on-demand data for their results. KWFinder uses Google search data for their products, so you have to read between the lines a bit more. Merch Informer will be more accurate for us, but KWFinder is an excellent free option that has a more extended free trial for us to use if you don’t have a budget at all.
Now with that said, for the first batch of searches, I recommend using the Merch Informer free trial because you’ll have three days to do unlimited searches and create an extensive list of good niches.
So that was the first tool, Merch Informer. Now let’s move into tool number two. This is placeit.net. This tool comes in stages two and three because it allows us to create incredible designs quickly, but it also allows us to create model mock-up photos of models wearing your designs on shirts. Yes, again, this is a paid tool, and it comes in at $14.99 per month or $8.33 per month if you sign up for an annual plan.
Now, as far as how to use placeit.net, remember we have the two features. You have created designs, and you have to make the model mock-up photos. To create t-shirt designs with it, you can browse all of their templates. They’re constantly adding new ones. You can change the text. You can add images.
You can add your images, graphics, change colours. You can do everything; then, once you’re done, you can download that right to your computer. And with that design file on your computer, you can upload it to any print on demand websites. Now the other feature is their model mock-up photos.
You can browse all of their models, and then you can upload the design you created. It’ll be essentially photoshopped onto their shirt, and then you can pick the colour of the shirt that they’re wearing. Download that right to your computer. Now you have this image on a computer that you can upload anywhere for your marketing. Something significant to note about placeit.net is that anything and everything you create on placeit.Net comes with full commercial usage rights. What this means is you can use this for your business and profit from it.
Keep in mind that not all design tools have that. Now, as far as when to use this tool, I recommend using this tool whenever you create designs or create content for social media marketing. When you’re using their device to create designs, it will save you much time and give you the ability to create designs that historically were very hard to do.
You had to have the skill to do it, and it took much time even if you had those skills. These will be graphic-heavy designs, not just simple text designs that you can create on any essential tool. With that said, I recommend this tool to almost everyone in print on demand because it’s a no brainer. And again, the designs that you create from it will pay for the actual subscription to the service.
So essentially, by having the subscription, you should create designs that will pay for the subscription and then some. Also, I think it’s such a good recommendation because most people creating designs for print on demand are like myself, where we don’t have extensive graphic design experience.
By having a tool like this, we can create those graphic designs that previously we weren’t able to develop. The only people that I don’t recommend placeit.net for are those who have a unique style to your artwork, something like freehand drawing or painting, et cetera, different things that aren’t precisely standard designs or graphics-based designs. With that said, even for those people, the model mock-up will be helpful because you can upload those unique designs that you created along with any other designs you make and put them onto models without having to hire models and then take photos of them with a professional photographer.
The model mock-up feature on Placeit is outstanding. And I don’t want to downgrade talking about that because we’re talking about the ability to create t-shirt designs. Just know that both of those features, creating designs and the model mock-up feature, both come with your placeit.net subscription, and they’re both accommodating. Now on placeit.net, there is no free trial, unfortunately, but speaking of free, there is a free alternative if you do need one.
A free alternative to this would be canva.com. That’s the one that I recommend because it’s computer-based. Now, if you are going to use Canva as a free alternative here, know that you’ll be able to create designs on Canva, but you will not be able to create model mock-up photos. That’s only on Placeit. Additionally, Canva will be very limited compared to placeit.net, as far as templates and your creative ability.
Also, you’re going to be required to do a few extra steps, like removing the background from the design, and that’s something that Placeit does for you just with the click of a button. Things like this are things to consider when comparing adding a paid tool to your toolbox of tools that you’ll be able to use every day.
If it’s going to save you five minutes every time you have to remove the background from a photo, it might just be worth it if you’re talking about creating 10, 15, 20 designs per day. Lastly, so that finishes up number two, that is placeit.net. I can’t recommend that enough to you guys. It is a powerful tool.
Now let’s move into number three. This is later.com. This tool is for stage three explicitly because it allows you to schedule and automates the posting of marketing photos to your social media accounts without having to do it manually. Yes, it is a paid tool coming in at $9 a month, or if you pay annually, it’s only $7.50 a month. However, they have a free forever plan, and I’ve tested it, and it has all of the features we need for this purpose.
So you can use the free forever plan and not have to pay for a paid plan at all. If that’s not worth a like on this article, then I don’t know what is. I do appreciate it. Now in regards to scheduling out and automating posts for social media later, all you have to do is go online to later.com, sign in to your account, link it to your different social media profiles, and then upload photos of the posts you want to use.
And you can drag those out onto Later’s calendar, on which days you want it to post, add in your description of what you want to go along with that photo, and then you’re done. Later, every day, whenever you scheduled that out, you will automatically post that content to that social media account. When to use this tool, I recommend using it when you are just starting, and you need to drive traffic to your shirts using social media. Using later.com is simply going to save you much time from having to manually go into your phone or your computer and posting to all these social media accounts every day.
You can do what I do, and that’s sit down once at the beginning of every month, spend an hour to upload all of your photos, write out all of your captions, and schedule out the whole month’s posting of social media content. As far as whom I recommend this tool for, I recommend this for people who are new to print on demand, and they still need to get those first few sales from their marketing.
As far as I don’t recommend later.com, I don’t recommend it and don’t think it’s necessary for those of you who already have sales and traffic coming into your shirts, so you don’t have to use your social media marketing anymore. As far as the discount link, since this tool is free, you can use the free forever plan.
If you guys enjoyed this article. And as always, if you guys have any questions at all, let me know down in the comments, and I’ll be seeing you guys all in the following article.
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