I hope this series has treated you well and you have already created the foundation to what we are going to get done today. To catch up read my roundup post: The Ultimate Guide to an Online Store. In this post, I created a roundup of Printful’s best guides to getting your online store set up. This is the technical guide to getting your stores synced and getting some products onto your site.
This is the final stage of the series!
Online Store Set Up
Getting Started with Printful
Although there is a video on this, I feel like it is unnecessary because it was all fluff. All you need to do to get started with Printful is create an account and set up your billing information. After that, everything you will need to learn will be in the following videos. If there are some missing pieces and you have questions please ask me and I will answer them!
Connecting Printful with your Platform
I have attached three videos on connecting Printful to an e-commerce platform. The options are for either Etsy, Shopify or TicTail. Although Printful does integrate with so many more platforms I think these are the best for getting started at all levels. All my choices have the “push generator” feature which will save you so much time (more on that below). Let’s go through my choices and then you can watch the video for the platform you think is best for your business. For a full list of their platforms see this page.
I HAD to add Etsy on my top three. It is such a great place to get started and if you already have a shop or are thinking of selling your hand made items then why not sell both? Etsy is easy to set up and has a wide variety of options. This is a great platform if you are looking for an easy place to start selling as soon as you launch. Since Etsy has a marketplace interface, your products are always available to anyone looking for a product like yours! Interested? Check out the video below to integrate Etsy with Printful.
Shopify is an amazing platform if you are looking for an all in one package. They have so many features like fully customizable websites, you can sell through Pinterest with them, secure payments directly via credit card (no PayPal needed) and so much more! This is a great investment! The only catch is that you will have to pay monthly for a Shopify account. I love Shopify but I understand that not everyone can afford to pay for monthly memberships.
Now to my all time favorite: Tic Tail! Why is Tic Tail my favorite? Well because Tic Tail has EVERYTHING! They have a marketplace, you can sell on social channels, it has 100% risk free pricing and honestly I can go on. This is the perfect platform for anyone that needs something easy and ready to go and most importantly it’s FREE! Even if you decide to upgrade, the monthly membership is only like $10! I’m sure by reading all this you can hear my excitement and now you’re ready to also dive right in. Am I right? See how to integrate your Printful account with TicTail by watching the video below.
After you Get Synced Up
Remember earlier when I mentioned the “push generator?” Well voila! You are going to be so happy to here how easy it is going to be to get products onto your website. I know as moms we are limited on time so choosing a platform for you that has this feature was essential. The Push Generator allows you to create the products on Printful’s platform (kind of like when you make a mock-up) and send it directly to your store (ie. TicTail, Shopify, Etsy,). In addition to this magic, you can edit your description details and price from Printful directly! What does this mean to you? You only have to create a product once! Normally you would have to upload everything manually AFTER creating it on Printful but YOU don’t have to do that. See the video below to get a better idea!
You are basically done my friends! After you have uploaded and synced all your products, all you will need to do after are the finishing touches on your website. Need some examples? Check out the list below:
- Choosing your website theme
- Adding your branding to your website (logos, headers, etc)
- Creating product pages (ie. you would want to create one for different products like mugs versus t-shirts)
- Making final tweaks like product descriptions, retail prices, order of products…
- Customize your website (CSS or HTML)
- Adding Analytics from Pinterest, Google or Facebook
- Creating your shipping rates
These are just some examples on what you need to do before you launch! Once you feel like your website is ready then you can start selling and start making money – YAY.