7 Legitimate Sites That Pay You To Design T-Shirts

Do you have an awesome t-shirt idea? These 7 Sites Will Pay You To Design It and Sell it!One legitimate way to make money online is by designing t-shirts. It isn’t for everyone; you’ll need creative ideas and need the ability to design the shirt (or pay someone else to do it.)

Below I’ve listed seven legitimate sites that let you submit t-shirt designs; you’ll either get an upfront cash prize or earn a commission on your orders. Most of the sites listed let you set your markup. From what I’ve seen a $5-$12 base price markup is realistic.

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Let’s get started, here’re seven sites that pay you to design t-shirts.

7 Ways To Get Paid To Design T-Shirts


CafePress is one of the most popular sites that lets you upload your design and add it to t-shirts, other types of clothing, stickers, phone cases, and more. When you join, you’ll have your own store that they help promote your products. They give you the base price to create the item, and you choose the markup. Earn the total markup price of each sale and receive bonuses based on volume.



Zazzle is similar to CafePress because they let you create a design and add it clothing and a wide variety of other items. Just like CafePress, they let you open a store and tell you the base price of each item. You have control of the markup and get to keep the whole markup price.



Anyone can sign up for free and create t-shirts using their editor. You can add text or upload your own artwork to add to your shirt. You can set your own price and your pre-order goal, as long as you reach your pre-order goal, they will print and ship your t-shirts for you. You get to keep the profits on all the shirts you sell.

You can also design long sleeve shirts, v-necks, sweatshirts, stickers, and coffee mugs.

I’ve used this site before because you can also create a shirt (or any other available product,) and buy as many as you’d like.



Threadless lets you open a store with your own designs. Similar to CafePress, they tell you the base price, and you set the markup.

They also have themed design challenges where you submit a design and the community votes on it. The top design usually receives over $1,000 cash plus commission on sales. Even if you don’t win first, they may choose to print your design, and you’ll earn commissions.


Skreened – No Longer Available/Recommended

Skreened lets you upload your own designs on t-shirts and a few other products. They give you a base price, and you set the markup.

You earn the total markup price on each sale, and they handle the rest!



Allows you to upload your designs on t-shirts and other products. You can choose to sell your designs to their marketplace, or open a branded store (branded stores are for people who already have a large audience, for example, a popular Youtube channel or blog).

They tell you the base price, and you set the markup.



Upload your t-shirt design and it immediately goes up for sale. It’s sold for $14 for the first 72 hours after the price goes up.

Earn a commission of $2-$8 on each sale based on the type of shirt and price.

Other Ways To Make Money Online

I hope you enjoyed this list of sites that pay you to design t-shirts. Please keep in mind that your products need to sell to make money, but if you put out quality products you can easily make an extra $100-$1000 a month. There’re even people using the sites on this list as a full-time income.

If you’re a creative person, you might be interested in selling on Fiverr. Categories like graphic design and logo creation are extremely popular!

If selling t-shirts isn’t for you check out these other ways that I recommend to make money online:

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Know of any other sites that pay you to design t-shirts? Have experience with these sites? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “7 Legitimate Sites That Pay You To Design T-Shirts”

    • Edmond,

      CafePress and Zazzle are both great options. They will handle the production and shipping of the shirts. In regards to marketing, both sites give you guides and tools to help with marketing but the marketing of your products are basically on you especially when starting out.

      I recommend checking out the FAQs at CafePress they have a whole section on how you can promote your products and what they recommend to be successful.

      Hope this helps,


  1. Hi! I currently own a screen printing company which i have used to my advantage to create a clothing line. I already have my shirts in a few stores. I’m thinking about placing the screen business on hold for a bit do to some personal issues in my life. I don’t wanna lose the profits on my Tshirts as income. Could i connect these shirts to my already existing website or Etsy. Is there consignment possibilities to local shops that i can also profit from. Could i pick the brand and style of the Tshirt or tank? Could i keep my company tradename as the brand on the shirts?

    • Thanks for reading Dawn and great question.

      On the sites listed above, you would not be able to send them the shirts and have them sell them. It looks like you would just have to design the shirt on their site and then they would print new shirts when they sell.

      If you wanted to print the shirts your self, an option would be selling on Amazon. Amazon has a program called Fulfillment by Amazon. Basically, you’d make the listing and print the shirts. You’d then ship all of the shirts to Amazon. When someone orders a shirt they are responsible for the shipping and handling to get it to the customer.

      Of course, there is a small fee for this but compared to shipping everything yourself it’s worth it.

      Hope this helps if you have any other questions let me know.


  2. Hi. I’m a little confused about this, so please don’t laugh at me. When you design the t-shirts, do you have to pay for the physical t-shirt and then sell them and get back the profits? Or do they provide the t-shirts, you upload your design, they sell it, and then they give you a share of the profit?

    • Good question Ben. You’re responsible for creating/uploading the design. When you do, they give you a base price that it costs to create the shirt. On most of the sites, they let you choose the markup and you’ll make the markup for every product sold.

      The companies handle producing the physical product and shipping.

      On these sites design and marketing your designs are the key to making money.

      Hope this helps,



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