SELL CLOTHING WITH YOUR BRAND ON IT
If you are starting a clothing line, there are quite a few shopify apps that you can install onto your ecommerce store that can help you get started at almost no cost (still have to pay for shopify website). Two apps that I have tested out are printful and printify. Both work great but have different price points and quality. These are not only apps that you could use, so if your research tells you to go with a different app, that’s fine as well.
The way these apps work is this. You upload your own designs to the app on your store, then you pick out the material that you want your product to be made out of. Then you pick sizes and push the product to your store. If you are creative enough, opportunities with these apps are endless.
You could browse online for design ideas and see if there is anything similar to what you would like to do. I usually go to etsy.com to get some good ideas for my products. Then by using those ideas I create a design myself or outsource it to fiverr.com or upwork.com.
You can sell more than just t-shirts. You could sell towels, coffee mugs, hats, etc. This would be a great way to test out your product ideas without burning through a lot of cash. Once you see someone performing well, you can put money together and buy a bulk shipment.
You could literally start a store without investing any money in it besides paying for shopify store. That is if you do not spend any money on ads. The goal here once again is, to grow as much as possible and use your follower base to get your posts high engagement rate and be shown to a broader audience.
When you upload a post with your product in it, your followers will engage with the post. Because your follower base is large, it will be much easier to spread through Instagram than it would for an account that’s just starting up.