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How to Grow a Print-on-Demand Business from Zero to Hero | Fuel POD

Michelle G.
June 30, 2021

The business world is now online. Here we’ll teach you how to start a print-on-demand business, so you can easily enter this world. 

Anyone can create a website to sell a product online. You may be wondering, but what if I don't have products to offer and don't know how to start an online store? Fortunately, print-on-demand products are here to help you build your e-commerce business. 

Let’s start from the beginning. 

What is Print-on-Demand?

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Print-on-demand (POD) business is about selling custom products, such as t-shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, caps, beanies, phone cases, mugs, posters, and other products with your designs on your e-commerce site. 

POD is perfect if you don’t have or don’t want to acquire inventory, because you can use a platform like Shopify to easily create an online store.

Here is where Fuel shines. 

You can connect your Shopify account to our custom print-on-demand app with one click, upload your artwork, select the products you want to sell, and leave the rest to us! With Fuel, you don't need to worry about printing and shipping your orders; we print and deliver them to your customers’ doors! Sellers, you’ll enjoy crazy high-profit margins thanks to our rock-bottom base and shipping prices! 

Benefits of creating a POD online store

If you need extra motivation to start selling online, check some of the benefits you’ll enjoy: 

  • No inventory, low cost 

Fuel has the guaranteed lowest prices around because there is no inventory and no warehouse expenses! 

  • Risk-free 

The only thing you need to pay for is what you sell, so there’s no risk of losing your profits with this business model. 

  • Get a free trial

Shopify allows you to have a one-week free trial before you need to pay for your account. You can check out how Fuel works during that time.

  • Customer support

At Fuel, we have a fantastic customer support team to respond to all your questions about shipments, prints, products, and anything else. We want you to have a tremendous experience with Fuel and to help you reach your goals efficiently! 

How to start your print-on-demand business?

Before selling any custom product, it is important to have an idea of what you want to achieve. 

Here are some things that you'll want to consider: 

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  • Decide what you are going to sell and who you will be selling to: 

The advantage of using POD business is that you can create all the products you want. You need a fresh and eye-catching design for your site. 

  • Create customized products that sell: 

With Fuel, you can upload any design. We accept your designs in PNG, JPG, SVG, or GIF formats. However, you must think about your target market, what would they like to buy? 

  • Set a price: 

We give you a suggested sale price for the most profitable and popular items on the market. However, you decide the exact price to put on your products. 

💡 Fuel tip: Don't forget the customers when choosing this! 

How to set up shipping in Shopify? 

If you already chose to create your own Shopify print-on-demand store, you need to set up a shipping option. 

First of all, remember that you are about to create a store with no inventory, so the best option is to ally with a provider. So, set your store with Fuel POD App, create all your designs, and add them to your catalog. Once a customer buys a product from your store, the rest of the process is automated. All you need to do is double-check the information! 

Why choosing Fuel as a print-on-demand partner?

Remember that your business will depend entirely on the quality that your provider gives you. It means that you'll have to choose the best print-on-demand sites to achieve it.

Why is Fuel the right choice for you?

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  • Our technology enables us to offer the lowest prices, so you can maximize profits on every sale you make.
  • You can spend less time designing your products and more time marketing them. 
  • We have quick and reliable manufacturing from our multiple fulfillment locations. We have three main printing facilities located within the USA - two in Indianapolis, IN, and one in Dallas, TX.
  • Our production is fast. The estimated production times for different products are as follows: 
  • Apparel: 3-5 business days
  • Mugs, posters, & phone cases: 1 business day
  • Embroidered hats & beanies: 3-5 business days

Last things to take into consideration

Like any other business, you should consider the following before you launch a new online store:

  • You can start anytime with no experience. However, we recommend spending some time creating strategies to increase your sales. You should consider learning everything you can about SEO to position your site on the web. 
  • Develop a marketing strategy to increase the visibility of your business online. A brand doesn’t exist without marketing
  • Remember that you won’t have complete control over the fulfillment of your order. Although you don’t have any warehousing, you still depend on your partner to make the printings and the orders.
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A POD business with Fuel as your partner will help you to achieve your goals while enjoying high-profit margins.


Now you know what effort you need to put into starting your online store. All you need is to take a chance to try something new. And remember, we are here to help you! 

Keep developing your business strategy reading: Step by step guide: How to price your products online.

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