Making Money with TeePublic as a Freelance Graphic Designer

If you are looking to sell shirt designs and make money in the process, be sure to check out TeePublic, a curated community of the world’s best designers.

Steps to Making Money on TeePublic


Like Redbubble you just need to upload your designs and TeePublic will do the rest for you, from printing all the way to shipping. In fact, a quick Google Search reveals that TeePublic is actually owned by Redbubble.

TeePublic, a platform to sell your designs and make money

What’s unique about TeePublic is that every new design you upload is put on sale for the first 72 hours and featured under New $14 Tees. The site will also hold sitewide sales from time to time. You will consequently earn less commission, but it’s a great way to build a following for your designs.

Unfortunately, you can’t set your own margins on TeePublic and product prices are fixed. Instead, the site pays you a flat commission based on the product you sell and whether it’s on sale at the time. However, they are confident that you won’t find competitors that pay designers a higher percentage of commissions.

Besides shirts, other products include tank tops, hoodies, posters and phone cases.


Anyone can sign up on TeePublic. To add a new design, you will need to upload a PNG with a transparent background of at least 1500 pixels wide x 1995 pixels tall for apparel and 4500 pixels wide x 5400 pixels tall for art prints. TeePublic will use the single image for printing as well as to generate mockups.

Add New Design
Adding a new design to TeePublic

Once done, you have to provide some information about the design which includes a title, description and relevant tags. You can then enable or disable individual apparel items, select their default colors, add additional colors, and configure other products. For that purpose, TeePublic provides an interface that is simple and easy-to-use.

Configuring Your Design

Finally, publish your design and show it to the world!


Payment is made monthly through PayPal, and usually on the first week of each month. As such, you must have a PayPal account in order to make money on TeePublic.

Although it’s easy to upload designs, be aware that TeePublic reserves the right to remove designs that are in poor taste or violate copyright laws.

You will probably make a few sales from time to time without any promotion. However, it’s always a good idea to promote your designs on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Also, you might notice that many of the designs featured on the front page are related to pop culture, so consider using that as inspiration.

Designs based on pop culture seem to sell well on TeePublic


I love TeePublic. It’s so easy to upload designs there and they always paid on time. Furthermore, even though I haven’t done any advertising at all, I have earned a little over $500 from around 100 designs so far — my biggest month was when someone bought over 70 mugs of one of my designs.

My earnings so far on TeePublic


TeePublic makes it easy for you to upload and sell your designs on t-shirts and other products. It can definitely be a source of passive income if your designs are of high quality and appeal to buyers.

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