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Starting an ecommerce store has never been easier. Not only are people buying things online more than ever before, but there are also countless tools to help you grow your online business.
If you’re looking to sell printed merchandise, one of the best ways to get started is by using print-on-demand dropshipping. That’s what Printful does—we take care of all the production, packaging, and shipping (with no order minimums). And you’re free to focus on making your business the best it can be!
To use Printful, you’ll need to connect your store to an ecommerce platform. Printful integrates with a bunch of different platforms, and Shopify is one of the best, most intuitive options. In fact, thousands of merchants use Shopify every day to power their businesses.
By connecting your Shopify store to Printful, here’s just some of what you’ll get:
No upfront costs – you won’t have to worry about investing in costly inventory
Automatic order fulfillment – you never have to process an order manually again
Customized branding – we make it look like you sent it out
Now that you know what Shopify is and how you can use it together with Printful, let’s go through the process of connecting the two.
This is super easy and only takes a few minutes. Just click Sign Up from Printful’s homepage and you’ll be taken here:
All you need is your name, email, and password, and you’re ready for the next step.
Log in to your Shopify account and go to the Apps menu on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Then click Add apps.
A pop-up window with a selection of top Shopify apps will appear. Find the Printful: Print on Demand app.
Click on the Printful app.
Next click Add app and confirm the installation.
Click Install app and you’re ready for the next part!
After you install the app, you’ll be asked to log into both your Shopify and Printful accounts. Just follow the steps and connect the two together.
Go to Printful and under Stores in your Dashboard, go to your store that you just connected. Click Add product. This will take you to Printful’s Product Catalog where you can choose what products to sell.
As soon as you’ve chosen your products, you’re ready to start designing. If you’re just starting out, there are plenty of features you can use in Printful’s Design Maker. Add text, clipart, or try out Quick Designs that are prepared by our own Graphics team.
If you want to get more creative, you can use your own designs for creating merchandise. While the most popular tool for this is Photoshop, there are plenty of free Photoshop alternatives, too.
Once you have an image you want to place on a product, you can just import it by clicking Choose file and it’ll appear on the mockup. There you can adjust it further, if necessary.
Finally, you’ll want to add a product description. Printful products come with a standard product description, but you’re free to change it however you wish.
Use this opportunity to showcase your brand voice and let customers know what kind of experience they’ll have if they purchase your product.
Printful also lets you set your own retail price, so you can change your margins depending on what works best for your ecommerce store.
Once you’ve finished adding your products, they’ll be visible in your Shopify store. You can click View in Shopify to see the product.
If you go back to (or just refresh) your store page within the Printful dashboard, the product will appear synced.
For every order that’s made in your store and is also configured in Printful, an automatic order will be made. You don’t have to worry about it!
So give it a try, and set up your Shopify store. You’re free to play around and experiment with products as much as you want. One thing you’ll need to do before you can actually start selling is adding a billing method. After you’ve done that, you’re ready to make your first sale.
Do you have any questions we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll be sure to address them.
Aleksandra is the editor of the Printful Blog. Coming from a background in communication studies, she's passionate about all things marketing. In her spare time, she runs her own print-on-demand business.
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