If you have attended the concerts of your favorite bands and musicians, you probably noticed or even bought some of their merchandise. This merchandise can range from T-shirts and hats to posters and key chains. If you are in a band, band merchandise can increase your earnings and your popularity with fans. Sell your merchandise at concerts or post them on your band's website for sale.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Design software
- X-Acto Knife
- Screen printing screen kit that includes ink, screens and squeegee
- Color Pencils
Decide with your band members the type of merchandise you want to sell -- T-shirts, posters, hats or a combination. Search online for a design software program for your computer such as Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw Suite and Art Explosion T-Shirt Factory. Expect to pay $30 for Art Explosion T-Shirt Factory -- which has template designs -- and up to a minimum of $400 for Adobe Photoshop as of January 2011.
Create a design, which may include a logo, for your band by drawing a basic design on plain white paper. Use a pencil, color pencils or crayons. Ask a friend or someone you know who is an artist to draw your design if you are uncomfortable with your art skills. Consider hiring a graphic designer if you want an especially appealing design. Consider hiring a designer who has experience creating designs for other bands as she will know how the design should help to distinguish and market your band. Ask members of bands in your community who have merchandise to refer you to a graphic designer. Expect to pay an average of $65 to $75, according to CostHelper.com
Buy T-shirts, mugs, posters and any other merchandise you want to sell from a wholesaler. Search online for wholesalers or merchandising companies such as Branders, Bandwear and Cafe Press. Purchase a screen printing screen, which is usually made of silk or another fine substance to permit the penetration of ink and typically costs about $40 on retail shelves. Also purchase an X-Acto knife, which costs under $10. Purchase a squeegee, also under $10.
Place your T-shirt under the printing screen and place some cardboard in the shirt to prevent ink from bleeding through the shirt. Draw the design you created or had created on the printing screen to create your T-shirt and cut it out.
Tape your design to the screen and hold the screen over the shirt and use the squeegee to press the ink over the screen. Check to make sure that the ink has been applied by lifting the screen from one side. Remove the screen and let the shirt dry.
Contact your wholesaler or merchandising company to order shirts, hats or coffee mugs. Start with an order that you can afford, ensuring that you will make enough profit to invest some of the money from sales in ordering more merchandise. (Shirts can range from $25 a shirt to as little as $4; hats from $4 to $15, and coffee mugs from $2 to $15). Follow their instructions for providing them your design, which could include mailing a copy of the design on a T-shirt or emailing a document containing your design. Find out if there are any discounts for bulk orders.
Contact CD reproduction companies such as Discmakers and Nationwide Disc to purchase posters. (These companies normally have deals offering 100 to 200 posters or more for approximately $100 as of January 2011).
Check with your band members to ensure that everyone is happy with the merchandise before making any final payments or selling the merchandise.