There’s a new cat in town and it’s name is Bubble..GearBubble that is.
If you’ve ever wanted to sell your own brand’s merchandise with no upfront costs, no production costs, no shipping and handling costs and not have to worry about any customer service inquires then you’re in for a treat!
First off, GearBubble is absolutely 100% free to join and they take care of everything!
You get paid by either PayPal which is free to join (if you don’t already have an account) OR direct deposit and they typically pay out every 12-14 days, so that means you don’t have to wait a very long time to get your profits paid out.How To Sell Your Merchandise With No Upfront Cost! #eccommerce #sales #branding Click To Tweet
So, once you have your account set up, the first thing you’ll see is your dashboard which will look like this:
I will be teaching you about each tab shortly but for now the first thing you’ll want to do is to click on the green button that says, ‘Launch Campaign.’
Once you click there you’ll then be taken to this page:
Now, at the time of writing this blog post, you won’t be able to choose the hat or beanie to sell until you have at least 100 sales in your account, but until then you can choose any of the other ones. So let’s go ahead and pick the shirt/hoodie icon, click next and you’ll then see this page:
Now, I’m guessing that you already have a logo or a picture that you’d like to upload onto your merchandise but if not then you can head on over to a site called Fiverr and look for ‘t-shirt designers’ in the search bar, you’ll find some very talented designers that can hook you up with something very affordable.
You see when you click on ‘upload design’ that a pop up shows up and gives you some details which you should make note of or let your designer be aware of. Of course your background to your design needs to be transparent and be a PNG image so that you can upload it and print it onto clothing. Most designers already know the basics so you will be good to go. Once you upload your design or logo onto the shirt, you’ll have a sort of cropping tool (which will be located on the bottom of the image) that will let you re-size the image to fit the requirements and they will let you know, so if the dotted lines go outside of the main box, then you’ve probably gone too far, but you really want to focus on how your image looks on the shirt.
There is a drop down menu to pick which type of T-shirt or Tank top, I always choose the premium tee because it looks the best. You also have a wide range of colors to choose from, you always want to make sure it looks good with your design.
You can set the price to whatever you want, they show your profit on the side of your base cost and GearBubble takes a small cut for production costs but only until AFTER you sell something.
Now you do have the option to put something else on the back of your shirt, but that’s only going to raise the price of production leaving you with very little profit. Also note that the more colors and/or graphics will also raise up the cost of production.
Now that we have our picture uploaded onto our shirt, we’re going to go to the next step:
This is where you’ll set your campaign title (what your customers see) the description of your product, tags and selling price and the button text which I like to put as, ‘Buy It Now.’
I usually leave the description as is or you can add anything you like in there. I also keep the selling price at default but you can sell cheaper or raise the price as high as you want. That’s it! Once you hit ‘save changes’ you’ll then have your first item ready to be sold. Also note that there is no minimum purchase requirement, so if someone buys just 1 item or you get 50 items sold, it doesn’t matter either way, you’ll still get paid on time and the item will be shipped out within one or two weeks. One thing I forgot to mention is that you can set the campaign length to one day or more. I always set the campaign time for 3 days on an evergreen basis, you really don’t want to set it anything higher than that because then your customer will have to wait forever to get their purchase.
I’d like to briefly point out each of the buttons you saw up in your dashboard and what they are.
First up is ‘Campaigns.’ That is going to be a list of all of your products in your account.
You then have the ‘Get Paid’ tab. This is where you’ll see how much profit you’ve made and where you can request to be paid.
Next tab is ‘Stores.’ You can have as many stores as you want and as many products in a store that you want.
As you can see, you can add discounts to products and when you click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ you’ll be taken to a page where you can set up retargeting.
I mean they have seriously thought of everything when they launched GB and they are adding more things all the time.
Let’s go back to the stores tab and click on the green button, ‘create store.’
You have three stores to choose from and they’re all free unlike others. If you’re just starting out you can choose the first store that you see there and then add another one later on once you get the hang of things.
Setting up a store is easy, all you have to do is put in the store name, description, categories, choose the name of the store then click ‘next step.’ From then on you’ll have the option to add your products to your store. If you don’t want a store then you can send your customers to just a T-shirt page with the option to have an upsell. So, let’s say for instance, you sell them a t-shirt with an upsell to a coffee cup because you have the option to do that too.
When you click on some of the GearBubble words in my post, you’ll be sent to extra training videos to really get you familiar with the site.
Now, the next button is ‘Invites.’ As I’ll be inviting you to join the site you can do so for your followers/friends.
Next up is ‘Discounts.’ Pretty self explanatory, here you’ll set up a discount link for any product you want to sell at a discount and then you have your ‘reports’ tab that will show you how many hits and sales you’re getting to which products.
Now they added a dropship program, you can find that link right under ‘Launch Campaign.’
They have a free option to dropship but if you’re serious about it then you’ll want one of the paid options.
Here’s something that I absolutely love about them, once someone orders something then you get to keep that lead and export those leads into your autoresponder or just email them from inside of your account. There is just so much you can do with this site as opposed to others and it’s free. I really wanted to get this post out there because I know not many people even know about it. It’s a great way to add another income stream to your business and to get your brand out there with literally no cost to you.
So, in the comments below let me know if you need any help with anything and I’ll add it to this post.