Teespring Testimonial : Paul Akande

“In December 2013, I started my Teespring journey with less than $200 to spend on Facebook ads. As you can imagine, I was very careful with how I spent my money on Facebook advertising. Since then, I have not looked back.” – Paul Akande


I am Paul Akande and I live in Lagos, Nigeria. I graduated with a degree in civil engineering. I am currently a part time Teespringer and I would love to share my little story with you all. I it will be a source of inspiration for those who are thinking of starting their Teespring business or for those who are at the verge of giving up.

Just a little background about me: I grew up in an environment where practically nothing works. The education system is not the best, there’s no constant access to electricity, the country’s economy is not thriving, the labor system is corrupt, and financial institutions are not made to help the common man. Salaries are not guaranteed and are often delayed, however it’s crucial to keep working if you don’t want to lose your job. People can barely afford the necessities to live.

As a young man with I had big dreams, aspirations, and a need to support my family. I started to think about how to get out of the mess that I was in. So I got a job in a civil engineering firm, where I was paid less than $250 per month. I thought my life would improve and change for the better.

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Tip Me Baby, One More Time


Relaunching successful campaigns can be a great way to keep your business going, and give your audience more of the products they love!

We know that relaunching campaigns can be tough to do quickly, so we developed an auto-relaunch feature. This means that you will now be able to set a campaign to immediately relaunch after it finishes. The newly relaunched campaign will take on the same products, styles, colors and pricing as the one that just finished. We’ll send you a note to let you know that your campaign is back up.

Relaunch from reservations and manual relaunch will not change, which means that there are now 3 ways to relaunch a campaign:

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Springer of the Week : Katherine Childress

“My group members see me as a person, their friend even. They are more apt to purchase from me and to recommend me to their friends than they would some faceless business out there in internet land.”

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Tell us a little bit more about yourself! Where are you from, what do you do as a career (if not full time springing!) and what are some of your hobbies? I’m 36 years old and from Gilmer, Texas, a small town of about 5,000 in the north eastern part of the state. I have an awesome 15-year-old daughter who keeps me super busy, and I also have two fabulous cats. Besides springing, I make party invitations and decorations and bsrtend in the evenings. I’m also a Netflix junkie, and I love spending time with my parents and large group sisters in my spare time.

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A Completely Redesigned Teespring

This is BIG. We want our community to be the first to see our completely redesigned homepage and business flow. This has been in the works for a long time, but we knew we’d have to get this out in time for Spring 2015. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here’s a small sip of what’s to come with the brand new redesign:


Springer of the Week : MJ Wood

We’re proud to announce MJ Wood as our first ever female Springer of the Week! She’s an incredible seller with the #goldnuggets of wisdom to match!  “View the world through a Teespring lens! There are shirt ideas everywhere!”

How did you first get started with Teespring? What were you doing before you started selling? I’d first like to say that I am eternally grateful to Ty Huls for his generosity of spirit, and his ability to teach and mentor.

The timing of Ty’s arrival into my life was nothing short of an answered prayer.

In 2011 health issues forced me rethink being able to work in an office situation, where honestly, the cubicle life was slowly murdering my spirit. I knew I had to find another path.

I dabbled in mobile marketing for a year or so part-time, and while I was able to manage the technical aspects, I quickly realized, I am NOT a salesperson!

Through some of the contacts I’d made in mobile marketing, I received an email about FB Ads Cracked and was shortly thereafter introduced to t-shirtbomb.com, Ty and Teespring.

What been the hardest part of your Teespring journey so far? How did you get past it? The hardest part is getting through the lows and lulls- not letting them beat me. Knock on wood, so far there have only been a few of those periods, and only one major dry spell, but it was a doozy while it was happening.

At about the 2-week mark, I was beginning to question my Teespring abilities. Those dreadful “little voices” tried whispering stupid nothings into my ear!

Thankfully, I have a very supportive partner who believes in me. She knew the dry spell would pass and kept encouraging me.

Of course, I kept launching – even when nothing was working. It was quite humbling. That’s when I learned from Ty to clone my Facebook pages because they might be “sick”.  I launched the same campaigns to the new twin pages and a few of them tipped finally. One actually did very well.

The other difficult aspect for me is time management. I literally do “Eat. Sleep. Teespring. Repeat”, but hey, no complaints here!

What’s been the best part of your success on Teespring? The best part is that I now own my freedom. My partner works and lives in another state, so being able to come and go as I wish is amazing – and of course, I get to take my Teespring with me! :)

Ok, this part will probably sound cheesy, but I don’t care…! I love Teespring! Everyone there is so devoted. Bridget, Scott, Vince and Yury have been incredibly helpful – at ALL hours of the day and night! (Thank you guys!!) And seeing Walker so invested and involved in the community just reaffirms my knowing that I am in the right place with the right people.

The very first time I emailed Yury to ask for changes to a campaign, I had misspelled his name in the email. I got an email back within a few minutes from Walker that he had taken care of it! After I about died from embarrassment, I thought, “how cool is that?!”

 What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone just starting out? Be patient with yourself, there is so much to learn.

Don’t give up, don’t take failed designs personally. I can’t tell you how many times I almost didn’t launch a shirt because I thought, “oh, that’s just stupid” and it ended up being one of my better or best sellers!

Know that to succeed you will have to put in the time, become friends with Excel and know your numbers.

Keep learning. There is a wealth of knowledge in the Teespring community and there are many great folks that want to see you succeed too.

View the world through a Teespring lens! There are shirt ideas everywhere!

Collaborate With Team Accounts

Many Teespringers work with a business partner – a co-founder who collaborates on ideas, a manager who runs advertising campaigns, a virtual assistant who uploads designs on their behalf and more.

Today, you’ll find Team Accounts in your dashboard.

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With Team Accounts, you’ll have the opportunity to grant choose different levels of access to partners based on each of your unique relationships. Now, you can collaborate with confidence, allowing you to scale your Teespring business to new heights!

You’ll be given the option to grant three different levels of access -– administrator, manager, or launcher.

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Navigate to the “Settings” tab in your dashboard, and choose “Your Team.” Here, you’ll be asked to choose your team name, and to invite team members by email.

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Upon confirming their membership to your team, they’ll be able to login with their email address into your (now shared) account! Similarly, if you’re given access to a shared account you’ll be able to login with whatever email address was used to confirm the team membership.

With Team accounts, you have the ability to build your business on your own terms with the people you trust. Give it a whirl, and let us know what you think!

Two Tiny Products with Big Sales Potential: The Gildan Toddler Tee + The Rabbit Skins Onesie

The Rabbit Skins Onesie

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The Rabbit Skins brand is known for softness and quality, no wonder it’s considered as #1 in infant apparel. It’s also the first ever baby onesie to be offered in the designer!

We know that every detail counts when it comes to kids, and this washable onesie is definitely parent approved with 100% ringspun cotton and reinforced three-snap closure. Available in a rainbow of colors, the Rabbit Skins Onesie will have your tot crawling (or taking those first steps) in style!

The Gildan Toddler Tee 

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And for a second “first ever”, we’re proud to expand our kids’ product offerings even farther with the addition of the toddler tee to the composer.

Featuring 100% preshrunk cotton and a tear-away label, this tee is comfortable and durable enough to outfit any play-date or pee-wee league! It comes in a Crayola box of colors- white, black, sport grey, royal, red, navy, mint green, light pink, and light blue.

Sizing Chart 

AGE NB 6 months 12 months 18 months 24 months 2 years 3 years 4 years 5-6 years 6-8 years 8-9 years 8-11 years 11-12 years

Springer of the Week: Houssem Zaoui

Better know as Houssem Minati of Teespring News, this Springer has a spirit that won’t quit, and has a payout history to match!

How did you first get started with Teespring? What were you doing before you started selling? Well first I want to say thank you to Teespring and everyone on the team, secondly before I started with teespring let me tell you I was broke and was doing adsense, a site that was earning me 900 EURO per month, then it was decreasing in ranking. So, 8th months ago or something around that I started with Teespring. I had heard about it on facebook and saw someone making $$ from a tee, then I started to research about that teespring thing, till I find that there is bunch of $$$ to be made, I started with youtube I checked every case study then started to test things on facebook. I remember my first campaign was for the trance audience. It said something like “ I love trance”. It wasn’t the best design! then I started to try scraping ids (now against Facebook’s TOS) and had nothing serious there, till I saw a quote on google that caught my attention, and just applied it on hockey nich BOOM! First campaign sold 60 shirts, and since then I have been relaunched that campaign many times and have made some serious money! From it then I scaled to other similar niches, none of them working so well, so I started to put a budget of around $500 or so just to test and learn everything about facebook ads and optimization.


What been the hardest part of your Teespring journey so far? How did you get past it?The hardest thing was finding the budget I needed to test, to try, and to scale my campaigns. That part was solved after I got a winning campaign that filled my paypal account with love!

Another thing was how I would learn everything about facebook, optimizing, and scaling in and out as well as how to do proper deeper research. But trust me if you want to master something, learn it yourself. You’ll have to constantly test yourself, and you’ll have to fail and lose till you know that this is A and this is B. Both can never be A!

I tried 20 campaigns before I found success and started to learn how to touch my audience with my designs. I will tell you this: I still fail and lose a lot, but when I find a winner I scale it through the roof!

What’s been the best part of your success on Teespring? Best part was in August 2014. I was bored to death and I dug up a design that I created a while ago and didn’t launched. I was just browsing through my computer, and said to myself “why not?” So I just decided to try it.

Then about 1 hour after I started ads on this design, 25 sold with 40$ spend! The design started to go viral and when I woke up the next morning I saw it had already tipped with incredible CTRs and saw that the time in America was around midnight. I went directly to my report I found that every adset was a winner! I doubled my budget on that time because it’s the best time to double your budget so facebook doesn’t eat it fast.

I kept running that design for weeks, and then relaunched it for 2 months or so. I sold more than 5k hoodies and shirts and earned more than 75k$! The best thing about it- it was only a 1 color design ;).

After that, my earnings from teespring allowed me to buy my first ever new car and also allowed me to take my family to Saudi arabia for OMRA. I’ve also bought myself some new watches now have money to my name to let me do a bunch of good stuff in the future!

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What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone just starting out? In 2010 I completed my university studies-  from that time till 2014 I’d be searching for a job without luck. Teespring has allowed me to live the good lifestyle here, but I am not satisfied with myself. I feel like I am a lazy boy, launching only 2 to 6 designs per month! I get one or two winners every year.. but what will happen if I launch every day? I will do this in 2015 because it’s my YEAR.

Let me tell you I mean YOU who have just started or is beginner: don’t worry and don’t give up on Teespring. This thing will change your life! If you try and lose, don’t tell me you spend 10$ on a campaign w/o sales and give up. BRO 10$ ? I spend like 100$ sometimes only to test, and only to know what interests convert!

Just try more. Don’t go for big niches on first time, because the big boys are there they have big lists of subscribers and bad-ass designs. My advice is to just go to after normal niches- go find them on interests pages on facebook, get one niche and go to google search for saying or quotes that relates to it!

I’d also recommend going to top 3 forums or blogs of that niche to read what people talk about there, and to know more about them. Keep 1 or 2 or 4 sayings and put them on shirts and post them on your page so your audience can choose what saying they’d most like to wear! Another thing is just read this and repeat it: scared money don’t make no money.

Go play with audience insights- it’s #goldnugget to pick interests then try to go deeper and rearrange your interests by affinity. If you have 4 or 5 interests that have high affinity go after them! That really works for me.

And as a last word, remember something that even the best sellers on Teespring know. To be successful, you WILL fail everyday. Don’t be scared of it. When you get a design that has an affect on the hearts of your audience, then you will win big!

Thanks again, Houssem! 

Get from Good to Great

There’s one thing we have, and will continue to obsess over — data! It’s the driving force behind nearly every decision made at Teespring HQ, from new features to new product offerings and everything in between.

We heard from a lot of you that data is a crucial part of your day-to-day, too. Here, we’ve pulled some interesting statistics about campaigns, tools, and what separates the good Springers from the very best.

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Have an idea for some other numbers you’d like us to crunch? Comment below!