How long has Teespring been around?
From a small start-up to a company worth millions, Teespring has been making waves in the market since they began. Not much is known about the company, as it has only been around for a few short years. But one thing is for sure, they are changing the way that designers can make money.
Teespring has been around since the spring of 2011. This is when its founders decided to take on the task of crowd funding t-shirts for a local pub that had been closed down. It wasn’t long before other organizations wanted to get in on the action and start making their own t-shirts for their causes. With the right timing and generous investors, Teespring was officially launched in 2012 and have been steadily growing since.
Similar to the Kickstarter program, Teespring allows sellers to design and sell their own shirts (i.e. hoodies, t-shirts, long sleeves, etc.) with no start-up cost or commitment. All it takes is a little bit of creativity to start a campaign and a lot of advertising to make it a successful one. Campaigns vary in length and size, giving the maker a wider opportunity to make their t-shirts more exclusive or widely available.
Teespring’s products are printed and shipped from within the United States, and they boast that only free trade apparel is used in the printing of their makers’ products. This still allows for a wide variety, but it makes it a morally sustainable company as well. Both the printing and apparel are outsourced from US companies, providing more jobs than it might have been thought possible.
Currently, Teespring only offers apparel options to designers, but there are rumours that they are working their way into providing other products to put designs on.
Reach and Success
Since their launch, Teespring has been featured in some renowned publications. Forbes, Techcrunch, and USA Today, all praise the start-up for its ingenuity and huge growth over the few short years that it has been open.
Within the last 3 years, Teespring has gone from a small company making a few hundred shirts to a company making waves in the market. After being accepted into part of a large start-up (Y-Combinator), the potential for the growth Teespring is essentially unlimited.
Teespring is unique in that is very much about both the artist and the buyer. They give artists a place to showcase their work and they give their buyers a large selection of new designs that they might not have otherwise saw. They work hard to help new talent reach their goals, and they help those raising money for good causes. Teespring is a very successful company because they set the standard for all other companies that are similar to them.
They are doing something that has been tried, but making it a successful business in their own way. It just goes to show that just because you are a small company, doesn’t mean that you can’t change the way people think about your market.