Teespring: Social Crowdfunding

Posted by on August 8, 2013 • Filed Under Geekiness, General

These days, social media is the best way to get involved and have a sense of community. With this advantage, no wonder people are using it as a way to fund projects and achieve promotion on services, websites or organizations.

Teespring is one website that makes this happen. If you have a group, event, cause, community or non-profit, this is one of the best ways to use crowd-funding to your advantage. The goal of this website is for you to design a shirt and sell it through social media. You get to keep all the profit made on purchases, which is perfect for fundraising. There are no upfront costs, your buyers are the ones that fund the creation of the shirts. This way, the exact quantity of shirts needed are ordered, which are the ones that people already bought.

You also avoid the problem of shirt sizes, when people buy them, they select the size they want. You don’t have to worry about organizing them because they are shipped directly to the buyer. Another great thing about Teespring is that they use good quality material for their shirts, using the shirt designer you’re able to choose the material you want to use.

Teespring: Design Shirt Feature

I played around with the Shirt Designer tool, as you can see on the picture above. It has several options to choose from:

  • Style & quality: You get to choose the shirt material and style. Just remember, the higher the quality, the higher the price for the shirt.
  • Color: You can choose a shirt color from the ones on the list. I went with white for the example because it was the one that looked the best with the logo I used.
  • Text: You can add text to your shirt, you have several fonts to choose from.
  • Custom Art: You can use a custom image or logo for your shirt, you can upload it to the designer and then edit the proportions as you see fit. I used the logo for the non-profit organization I co-direct with my boyfriend as the example on the shirt.

If we ever do an event or campaign for our non-profit organization, I would definitely use Teespring to design the shirts. It makes the process easier for us and we can have fun promoting it on social media.



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