Online side hustle for free

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Want to start an online side hustle for free? We’ll show you how.

Print on demand T shirt

There are many print on demand T shirt opportunities online.

We are going to talk about 3 of these opportunities. The three print on demand t shirt options are Redbubble, Teespring and Merch by Amazon.

These companies are non exclusive, allowing you to market your designs on many different markets.

All you need to set up any of these side hustles is a computer with internet access. If you are artistic, you can design your own shirts. However if you aren’t any good at designing, you can use websites like Fiverr. Fiverr is a freelancer marketplace where you can hire a designer to make you designs.

There are free apps that you can use to make designs such as Canva. Canva has many templates and resources such as images and text that you can design your shirts with.

Once you have your designs, go to each of your print on demand partners and enter your artwork.

You then share your T shirts on social media, Pinterest and your website if you have one.

I have found this side hustle to be one of the best options to increase your sources of income.


Redbubble is the print on demand that is easy to set up and enter your artwork into.

You can sign up by going through their sign up page. Once you have signed up, you can start entering your art work.

Redbubble is easy to use and allows you to edit your designs on their products. Besides T shirts there are many other products you can market such as mugs, phone covers, home decor items.

Besides your efforts at marketing, Redbubble also markets your products.

There is no limit to the amount of products you can have on your Redbubble account, so you can design unlimited products.

When you sell an item, Redbubble invoices you for the manufacturing costs of your product. But these costs are covered in the selling price, and you get the remainder of the profits. Effectively this means your products don’t cost anything to produce.

Redbubble pays out on the 15th of each month into your designated account.

Besides selling products through Redbubble, you can also become an affiliate for Redbubble. Information on becoming a Redbubble affiliate can be found on Redbubble’s website.


Teespring is another print on demand company that you can sell T shirts and other products with your designs on.

You can check my post on Teespring to see how easy it is to set up.

How to set up an online T shirt shop #lotaincome

On Teespring you can set up multiple shopfronts for each niche you want to market.

Again you design your artwork or outsource you artwork needs to Fiverr. Then you enter your artwork into Teespring’s editor and fine tune your products. When you are happy with your product design, you publish the finished product.

Again you can market your products through social media or your website or email campaigns.

Merch by Amazon

Merch by Amazon is a print on demand option run through Amazon. It is a invitation process to join up to. By that, you apply for an account and wait to be accepted. This process can take a few weeks to be accepted.

Once your accepted you can submit your artwork. Unlike Redbubble and Tespring, Merch by Amazon is set up as a tier system, starting on tier 10, which requires you to sell approx. 10 shirts to be able to go to the next tier. the next tier is 25, then tier 50 and so forth. You are restricted to the amount of designs you can market depending on which tier you are on.

You will see good results once you get to tier 100. As you progress through the tiers, you receive other benefits.

The biggest benefit of Merch by Amazon is the size of the Amazon business. Being one of the largest online markets in the world, your products will be available to millions of buyers.

Your designs have a 365 day life on Merch by Amazon. This means if the design doesn’t sell in a year, it will be mothballed by Merch by Amazon. It may be re activated if you wish.


To set up an online side hustle for free, I recommend all these 3 options.

It is not an overnight result, it will take time, but it is possible.

Your original design can be placed on each of these programs to reach a wide market as they are not exclusive in their requirements. As with any designs, you cannot use others work as your own, and will be removed from the program.

Of the 3 programs discussed, I have found Redbubble to offer the best results so far.

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