Help! (film

is a 1965 Britishadventurefilm directed byRichard Lester, starringthe BeatlesJohn LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge HarrisonandRingo Starrand featuringLeo McKernEleanor BronVictor SpinettiJohn BluthalRoy KinnearandPatrick Cargill. The second film starring The Beatles following Lesterssees the group come up against an evilcult.The soundtrack was released as an album, also called

The film had its Royal World Premiere at theLondon PavilionTheatre in theWest End of Londonon 29 July 1965 in the presence ofPrincess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and theEarl of Snowdon. While not reviewed at the time with the same high level of admiration as their first film, the film is regarded a half century later as being influential, including in the subsequent development ofmusic videos.

An(a parody of theThuggeecult) is about to sacrifice a woman to thegoddessKaili. Just as she is about to be killed, the high priestess of the cult, Ahme, notices that she is not wearing the sacrificial ring.Ringo Starr, drummer ofthe Beatles, has the ring and is wearing it; it was secretly sent to him by the victim in a fan letter. Determined to retrieve the ring and sacrifice the woman, the greatSwamiClang, Ahme, and several cult members including Bhuta, leave for London. After several failed attempts to steal the ring, they confront the Beatles in an Indian restaurant. Ringo learns that if he does not return the ring soon, he will become the next sacrifice. Ringo then discovers that the ring is stuck on his finger.

The Beatles go to a jeweller to remove the ring, but the tools he uses all break. They then go to a mad scientist, Foot, and his assistant Algernon. In a lab full of American-made equipment, they attempt to expand the rings molecules so it can slide off Ringos finger. But the machines only manage to remove all his other rings. Astonished that his equipment has no effect on the ring, Foot decides that he, too, must have it. While they bumble with trying to get a laser together, Ahme crashes the lab and holds the scientists at gunpoint while she lets the Beatles escape.

Back home, Ahme tells the group that her sisters time has passed and she is now out of danger and Ringo is now the sacrificial victim. She prepares a special solution intended to shrink Ringos finger so she can get the ring off. But then Clang and his henchmen crash the house, causing Ahme to drop the syringe on Pauls leg. While a shrunken Paul hides in an ashtray, the cult attack the other Beatles and pour red paint on Ringo (as part of the sacrifice). Foot and Algernon come in, shoots a warning shot with hisWebleyand scares the cult away, Ahme in tow. Paul unshrinks and John subsequently starts to swing a lamp at Foot who tries to shoot him, but his gun misfires. Blaming this on the fact that the gun is British made, Foot retreats. The boys are left to sort things out.

The band flees to the Austrian Alps for refuge but both thugs and Foot follow in pursuit. The Beatles practise skiing, then participate in a game ofcurling. Foot and Algernon booby-trap one of the curling stones with a bomb; George sees the fiendish thingy and tells everyone to run. The bomb eventually goes off after a delay, creating a big hole in the ice from which a Channel swimmer (Mal Evans) emerges and asks directions to the White Cliffs of Dover. The boys ski down a slope fleeing from Clang, directed by Ahme, who then misdirects Clang to the take-off ramp for a Ski jumping contest. Clang is the winner, and is forced to the winners platform to receive a gold medal.

The group escapes back to England and they ask for protection fromScotland Yard; and get it in the form of a cowardlyInspector(Cargill). After being attacked while recording in the middle ofSalisbury Plainsurrounded by theBritish Army, they hide in A Well Known Palace (Buckingham Palace) until they are almost captured by Foot.

While on a walk with the police, the group step into a small pub, where Clang is disguised as a barman. After being served beer, Ringo cannot pick his glass up from the table, so George tips it over, unknowingly opening atrapdoorto the cellar that Clang set up, into which Ringo drops. Inside the cellar is a door with a broken knob, a broken ladder and atiger. They go summon the Inspector who tells them to sing the Ode to Joy fromBeethovens 9th Symphonyto the tiger in order to tame it; everyone inside and outside the pub joins in.

The Beatles put out in the press that theyre going to theBahamasto throw the cult off their scent, but Ringo wants to go there anyway. The Beatles arrive, followed by Scotland Yard officers, Foot and Clang. After Ringo is nearly captured, the other Beatles pose as him in order to lure the cult members, who are then arrested by theBahamas Police. Despite their best efforts, Ringo is captured by Foot, who takes him on to a ship intending to cut off his finger to get the ring.

Ahme rescues Ringo from Foot by exchanging him for a vial of the distilled essence of certain orchids. The two try to escape the ship by jumping into the water; however, Ringo cannot swim. They are captured by the cult and tied down on the beach where they are surrounded by two battalions ofKukhri Rifles. Clang begins the ceremony to sacrifice Ringo, with cult members prepared to attack the rest of the Beatles and police when they come to the rescue.

Ringo and Ahme manage to untie themselves, and the ring slips off his finger as he tries to wave to his band mates to warn them away. He puts the ring on Clangs hand, and Ahme declares Clang as the next sacrifice. A final brawl ensues between the Beatles, the cult, and the police. Clang manages to get the ring off himself and gives it to Foot and Algernon. They, however, leave the ring in the sand in favour of the shrinking solution. The ring ends up on the greedy Bhutas finger and he becomes the target for sacrifice to the put-upon Clangs obvious glee; meanwhile, the Channel swimmer reappears on the beach and once again asks for directions to the White Cliffs of Dover. The movie ends with a dedication toElias Howe, who, in 1846, invented thesewing machine.

The credits feature the characters acting up in front of the camera, with the jewel of the ring being placed in front of the lens. The music playing during the credits is the Overture ofThe Barber of SevillebyGioachino Rossini, with The Beatles adding their own laughing and comments.

The Beatles said the film was inspired by theMarx BrothersclassicDuck Soup;4it was also directly satirical of theJames Bondseries of films.5At the time of the original release ofHelp!, its distributor,United Artists, also held the rights to the Bond series.

The humour of the film is strongly influenced by the abstract humour ofThe Goon Show, in which the director had personal and direct experience in the conversion of the radio format to television, and personal working experience withPeter Sellersin particular.6Beatles recording producerGeorge Martinhad also produced records for theGoon Showteam. McCartney has always said that the Beatles style of humour was taken from theGoon Show. Many of the films concepts are derived fromGoon Shows, such as the presence of wild animals, music,fourth wall-breaking jokes and abstractions such as the closing statement that concludes the film.

The original working title for the film wasEight Arms to Hold You. This title was printed on the single Ticket to Ride as an upcoming movie. Because of this, the phrase has been used as a title for an album byVeruca Saltand for songs byThe Gooniesand by The Brittles, a Beatles-pastiche band.

Patrick Cargillas Superintendent Gluck

Mal Evansas Channel Swimmer (uncredited)

Gretchen Franklinas Neighbor (uncredited)

Dandy Nicholsas Neighbor (uncredited)

Jeremy Lloydas Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

According to interviews conducted withPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison, and Ringo Starr forThe Beatles Anthology, director Richard Lester was given a larger budget for this film than he had forA Hard Days Night, thanks to the commercial success of the latter. Thus, this feature film was in colour and was shot on several exotic foreign locations. It was also given a fuller musical score thanA Hard Days Night, provided by a full orchestra, and including pieces of well known classical music:WagnersLohengrin, Act III Overture,Tchaikovsky1812 OvertureBeethovenNinth Symphony(Ode to Joy), and, during the end credits and with their own comic vocal interpretation,RossiniBarber of Sevilleoverture. The original title for the film only changed toHelp!very near to its release wasEight Arms To Hold You.7

Help!was shot in London,Salisbury Plain, theNew Providence IslandandParadise Islandin the Bahamas andTwickenham Film Studios, beginning in the Bahamas on 23 February 1965. Starr commented inThe Beatles Anthologythat they were in the Bahamas for the hot weather scenes, and therefore had to wear light clothing even though it was rather cold. Tony Bramwell, the assistant to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, stated in his bookA Magical Mystery Tourthat Epstein chose the Bahamas for tax reasons. According toThe Beatles Anthology, during the restaurant sequence filmed in early April, George began to discoverIndian-style music, which would be a key element in future songs such asNorwegian Wood. Filming finished on 14 April at Ailsa Avenue inTwickenham.

The ski scenes were shot atObertauern, a small village in Austria. One reason this location was chosen was that the stars of the movie were less likely to be recognized there than at one of the larger resorts with many British tourists. The Beatles were in Obertauern for about two weeks in March 1965 along with a film crew of around 60 people. Locals served as ski stunt doubles for the Beatles who stayed at the hotel Edelweiss. Most of the crew were based in the hotel Marieta, where one night the Beatles gave an impromptu concert on the occasion of a directors assistants birthday. This was the only time they ever played on stage in Austria.8

The Beatles did not particularly enjoy the filming of the movie, nor were they pleased with the end product. In 1970,John Lennonsaid they felt like extras in their own movie.

The movie was out of our control. WithA Hard Days Night, we had a lot of input, and it was semi-realistic. But withHelp!, Dick Lester didnt tell us what it was all about.

Ten years later Lennon was more charitable:9

I realize, looking back, how advanced it was. It was a precursor to theBatmanPow! Wow! on TVthat kind of stuff. But [Lester] never explained it to us. Partly, maybe, because we hadnt spent a lot of time together betweenA Hard Days NightandHelp!, and partly because we were smoking marijuana for breakfast during that period. Nobody could communicate with us, it was all glazed eyes and giggling all the time. In our own world. Its like doing nothing most of the time, but still having to rise at 7am, so we became bored.

A contributing factor was exhaustion attributable to their busy schedule of writing, recording and touring. Afterward they were hesitant to begin another film project, and indeedHelp!was their last full-length scripted theatrical film. Their obligation for a third film to United Artists was met by the 1970 documentary filmLet It Be. The 1968 animated filmYellow Submarinedid not meet contractual obligations because it did not star the Beatles, and their only live appearance was featured for less than two minutes at the films conclusion.

The Beatles later said the film was shot in a haze of marijuana. According to Starrs interviews inThe Beatles Anthology, during the Austrian Alps film shooting, he and McCartney ran off over the hill from thecurlingscene set to smoke a joint.

A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun… In one of the scenes, Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear are playing curling: sliding along those big stones. One of the stones has a bomb in it and we find out that its going to blow up, and have to run away. Well, Paul and I ran about seven miles, we ran and ran, just so we could stop and have a joint before we came back. We could have run all the way to Switzerland. If you look at pictures of us you can see a lot of red-eyed shots; they were red from the dope we were smoking. And these were those clean-cut boys! Dick Lester knew that very little would get done after lunch. In the afternoon we very seldom got past the first line of the script. We had such hysterics that no one could do anything. Dick Lester would say, No, boys, could we do it again? It was just that we had a lot of fun a lot of fun in those days.

In theBeatles Anthology Directors Cut, Harrison admitted that they were smoking marijuana on the plane ride all the way to the Bahamas.

McCartney also shared some of his memories of when they were filmingHelp!:

We showed up a bit stoned, smiled a lot and hoped wed get through it. We giggled a lot. I remember one time at Cliveden (Lord Astors place, where theChristine Keeler/Profumo scandalwent on); we were filming theBuckingham Palacescene where we were all supposed to have our hands up. It was after lunch, which was fatal because someone might have brought out a glass of wine as well. We were all a bit merry and all had our backs to the camera and the giggles set in. All we had to do was turn around and look amazed, or something. But every time wed turn round to the camera there were tears streaming down our faces. Its OK to get the giggles anywhere else but in films, because the technicians get pissed off with you. They think, Theyre not very professional. Then you start thinking, This isnt very professional but were having a great laugh.

John did once offer me a joint. And I obligingly tried to take a little puff. I knew there was some special way of doing it but I dont smoke anyway. So I took a little puff and then thought, This is so expensive. I mustnt waste it! And gave it back to him. So thats your definition of naïve, I think.

The photographerMichael Petowas commissioned in 1965 to take still photographs during the making of the film; these became known for their candid and expressive quality. During the digitisation of the Michael Peto Collection, which is held by Archive Services,University of Dundee, in 2002, 500 previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles taken during the making ofHelp!were reported to have been uncovered.10111213Now These Days are Gone, a limited edition volume of Petos photographs focusing on the Beatles images was produced in 2006 with deluxe editions of the book signed byRichard Lester. An exhibition of the photographs to mark the books launch was held at Hoopers Gallery, Clerkenwell, in January 2006.1415Another exhibition of the photographs was held at theUniversity of Dundeein 2007 as part of the Universitys 40th anniversary celebrations, with the exhibition then moving to the National Conservation Centre,Liverpool.1617In 2011 the photographs were exhibited in Dundee, as part of the Scottish Beatles Weekend, and at the Proud Gallery,Camden.1819

The songs played during the film are:

Shes a Woman(heard in the background, on a tape machine, and underground in the Salisbury Plain scene)

A Hard Days Night(played by Indian band and as an instrumental)

Im Happy Just to Dance with You(played by a band during the bike-riding scene)

You Cant Do That(played as an instrumental during the Austrian Alps sequence)

The seven main songs formed the first side of the British release of theHelp!album. The second side consisted of other new Beatles songs recorded at the same time or shortly afterwards.

Critical opinion at the time of release was generally positive, but many critics feel that this big budget effort was not as strong asA Hard Days Night.Leslie Halliwelldescribes it as an

[e]xhausting attempt to outdoA Hard Days Nightin lunatic frenzy, which goes to show that some talents work best on low budgets. The humour is a frantic cross betweenHellzapoppin,The GoonsGoofyMr. Magooand the shade ofMonty Pythonto come. It looks good but becomes too tiresome to entertain.20

Allmovies Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr. describes it as

…a forerunner to music videos….Lesterseemed to find the right tone forHelp!, creating an enjoyable portrait of the Beatles and never allowing the film to take itself too seriously. His style would later be co-opted byBob Rafaelsonsic forthe Monkeestelevision series in the 60s and has continued to influence rock musicals likeSpice Worldin 1998.21

In a contemporary review inThe New York TimesBosley Crowther was not impressed:

…Its a fiasco of farcical whimseys that are thrown together in this filma clutter of mechancial gimmicks and madcap chases…. Funny? Exciting? Different? Well, theres nothing in Help! to compare with that wild ballet of the Beatles racing across a playground in A Hard Days Night, nothing as wistful as the ramble of Ringo around London all alone…. The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant anddare I say it?dull.22

AnovelisationentitledThe Beatles in Help!was written by Al Hine and published byDellin 1965.

A sequence featuringFrankie HowerdandWendy Richardwas filmed but left out of final editing owing to its length. However, the sequence was left in the film novelisation.

LikeA Hard Days Night,Help!was originally distributed theatrically byUnited Artists the company handled distribution from 1965 to the end of 1980. In January 1981, rights to the movie reverted from UA to producer Walter Shenson, and the movie was withdrawn from circulation.

Help!was released several times in different video formats by MPI Home Video andThe Criterion Collection. A version was released in February 1987 in VHS and Beta through MPI, along with a reissue ofA Hard Days Nightthe very same day, and was followed by a special-edition release on 31 October 1995. MPI also issued a CLV laserdisc in 1995 and two releases on DVD, the first as a single DVD release on 12 November 1997 and the second as part ofThe Beatles DVD Collectors Seton 8 August 2000.

LaserDisc releases include a Criterion CAV laserdisc and a Voyager CLV laserdisc in 1987, each of which had three pressings. The first pressings had noUPCon the gatefold covers while the other two had the UPC either as a sticker or printed directly on the jacket.

The films transfer on the CAV laserdiscs was done correctly so that no blending of frames occurs and thus movements are not blurry. The supplemental section, which, with few exceptions, has never been available on any other home video release, contains the following:

original theatrical trailer (which includes deleted scenes)

silent home movie footage of the film set and of the world premiere

still photos, some of which are introduced by text describing the production history of the film

radio ads (on audio during the silent footage)

an open interview, originally designed for disc jockeys. By reading prompts on the screen, one can pretend to talk to the Beatles.

In June 2007, a version ofHelp!, sub-titled in Korean, became available on m. However, by July 2007, all home video versions of the film were pulled from the market because of rights issues involving Apple Corps now the full rights holders to the film. The rights issues were eventually resolved and Apple Corps/EMI/Capitol released a new double DVD version with a fully restored film negative and newly remixed in 2.0 stereo andsound of the film. This came in standard 2xDVD packaging and 2xDVD deluxe edition box set on 30 October 2007 in the UK and 6 November 2007 in America.23This latest release contains new featurettes, three trailers (one of which is in Spanish), and the aforementioned radio ads carried over from the Criterion LaserDisc issue. The film was released on Blu-ray format in June 2013 byUniversal Music, current owners of Capitol Records, using the 2007 restoration.24

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Again, there are many variables here. An example would be, you can create a simple design, and the t-shirt will run you $19.95, then you set the percentage of your royalty rate. So if you choose a 20% royalty rate, your shirt will sell for $23.95, earning you a profit of $4.55 per shirt after the 24 cent transaction fee (which only applies when your royalty rate is set at 20% or above). Sell 50 shirts, earn about $227.

Spreadshirt allows you to upload a design to the Marketplace and sell to the Spreadshirt audience or open your own online shop for FREE and sell your designs directly to your target audience. You set your own commissions. At Spreadshirt, accounts are free forever, and you control your profit margin.

With over 150 products for you to choose from, theres sure to be something for everyone!

If you have mad design skills, you can create your own designs and earn anywhere from $1.50 and more on each design sold (which means another creator purchases and uses your design on their product).

You can also create tees, either with your designs or the designs of others. I created a simple t-shirt that cost $14.20, then added a design for $4.50, so the cost to make the shirt was $18.70. At that point, you tack on your commission whatever amount youd like based on your design and what you think you can earn. I would stick around the same pricing as the other sites to stay competitive, so I chose a commission of $4.00 per shirt, bringing the selling price up to $22.70. Selling 50 shirts would net me a profit of 200 dollars.

See your artwork on t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, posters, and bumper stickers. You can sell in the Cafepress Marketplace for free or set up your own branded online shop to sell on your website for around $5-$10 a month, depending on the options you choose.

Big brands are using Cafe Press; youll find the likes of ABC, Paramount, Sprout, and National Geographic among the shop owners.

Cafepress also offers crowdfunded custom t-shirts and apparel through their platform, Tfund. There are no upfront costs; just design your product, create your campaign, set a goal, and sell t-shirts! Spread the word via email and social media, and once you reach your goal, collect your profits.

Selling through Tfund allows you to set your own pricing as well, and the more you sell, the more you make. Prices vary to create a shirt depending on your design and text, but I created a simple shirt with text and a graphic and listed it for $20. You can earn profit even with as few as 10 shirts ($63.10). Selling 50 shirts would net a whopping $410! (And remember, thats on a $20 shirt!) This is a great option if youre looking to crowdfund.

Blue Cotton has 20 years of experience and guarantees their quality, which is nice to hear nowadays. They are a custom print t-shirt shop that has an amazing design studio. For the most part, individuals order shirts for personal use or to have stock on hand, like in a physical storefront. While they dont offer an online store option for you to sell your shirts, they do offer campaigns as a way for you to make money.

With campaigns, there is no risk and no inventory. You design the t-shirts, set the price, add a description, and set your goal. Then get to work at sharing your campaign on your social media channels, on your blog or website, in emails, and with friends and family. When your campaign in over, your customers will receive their shirts, and youll receive a nice check (or PayPal deposit) with the profits.

Printful gives you the benefits of running a store without all the hassle. There are no minimum purchases, monthly fees, or inventory. If you already have a store or are planning on opening one, this is an excellent choice as you can connect it with Printful. They integrate with Shopify, Amazon, Storenvy, Woo Commerce, and more. That being said, if you dont have a store or arent planning on having one, then this wont be an option for you. T-Shirt prices start at $9.99. They also have a whole lineup of items you can put your designs on including leggings, pillows, posters, tote bags, cell phone cases, and more.

At Threadless, you make art, and theyll do the rest! You can open your completely customizable artist shop for free and sell anywhere in the world. You set your prices and earn a profit on anything over the base cost of the merchandise. T-shirts and tanks have a base cost of $15, so if you sell them for $25, youre earning $10 bucks on every single shirt. Thats not too bad! There are no minimums, no shipping fees, and they handle inventory and customer care.

A Global Marketplace for Independent Artists, at Redbubble, you create and upload your designs to sell on t-shirts, vinyl stickers, posters, device cases, and more. They give you total control of what you sell your art for, just add your margin to their base price and list your products. Most artists earn an average of 17%, but its totally up to you to decide. Redbubble does all the heavy lifting including handling the sale transactions, coordinating the printing, arranging for delivery, and providing customer service. With no monthly fees and free sign up, its another great way to get started earning money online designing t-shirts.

TeePublic is a good option even if youre not an artist or designer per se. You can make money with this t-shirt company two ways. First, you can create your own designs and upload them to products for your store. This earns you a set price commission that varies depending on the product but ranges from $2.00-$8.00 on shirts, tanks, and hoodies.

Second, you can become a partner and have a merch store. This is a neat option because you can feature shirts with designs from other artists. You get to choose what you like and what to carry in your store. You earn a generous 31% commission on sales of your own merchandise and 11% on existing TeePublic designs. So even if youre not a designer, you can make money online selling t-shirts!

Even though Society 6 is for primarily selling art prints, you can add t-shirts to the mix once you have uploaded your design for a print. We wanted to include it here because many people who design t-shirts are artists, so this could be a viable option as a way to sell your artwork on many different items, including t-shirts.

One thing that might be considered a downfall is that although you can set your own prices on your art prints, the rest of the products such as t-shirts, travel mugs, and throw pillows have a set price. So you will still earn a profit, but it will be a commission that is paid on their base price that varies depending on the product. For example, t-shirts earn a profit of $2.40, tank tops $2.20, and long sleeve shirts $2.80. Still, with no minimums and no cost to sign up, it might be worth a try if youre an artist. You simply share your unique creator link with friends, family, and followers through email or on your favorite social media platforms and get a cut of their purchase profits.

Hopefully, these companies that can help you make money by designing t-shirts online. Do you know of any other good t-shirt designing resources? Let us know in the comments.

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For t-shirts, Represent and Society6 are websites Ive patronized.

If one is doing other sorts of art, DeviantArt is a possibility for prints, mugs, mousepads and such.

Thanks for an excellent article. I appreciate your research.

Glad you enjoyed the article, Judy. Thanks for sharing the other sites.

I trust FreshMonk for selling custom t-shirts. Making money by designing t-shirts has become the latest fad, and this sudden interest is truly justified too, considering the profit and creative satisfaction this field provides.

Thank you for this informative listicle!

Thanks for sharing, Gunshi. Sounds like youve had some success with this moneymaking opportunity good for you!

Great list, but it has been rumored that Cafepress exploits its designers. In fact, a petition has been made in concern with their greediness.

I hadnt heard that before. Do you have a link to the petition?

Question can i spread out my designs amongst all these sites

Yes, you can use multiple sites at the same time.

Thanks for this article! It is very informative & useful. I enjoy designing & crafting things, & I have been really thinking about tshirt designing. I have heard of & seen some of the sites mentioned but I never knew they provided these start-up opportunities. Wonderful ideas! 🙂

Glad you enjoyed the list. Good luck and keep us posted!

You can also check out cool t-shirt designs 🙂

Please. No. This is spec work. This is anti-designer. Sites like 99Designs explout working creatives. No way to make a living there. Boycott.

Agreed! Say no to spec. This is why Im sitting here starving, about to be homeless. Now Im joining a stampede of former graphic designers who have to design yard sale junk for a couple dollars a week.

Absolutely avoid sites like 99 Designs. Like Erin said spec work (not paid unless your design wins contest against other designers), and anti-designer.

RafTshirt design the Tshirts with custom designs which you guys order. Ordering a design on T shirts takes less than 2 minutes and delivery of your favourite design on T shirt will take place within 48 hours.

Thanks for the great article! Just a few quick questions. So, is around $3.00-$4.00 a pretty reasonable royalty price? And, when I upload my designs, are they still my designs? as in, I still have the rights to them?

Im not sure on that, Kerry. Youll need to read each sites terms of service. Good luck!

7 is the average on amazon Merch. Depends on your own pricing.

Holly, I would love to hear what you think of our site

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for sharing all the reserch! Here are a few factors that are important to me as well.

-Design placement range. I like to put my logo on the upper back, far enough up to clear a full back image. I think Cafe Press didnt have the template for this, but Custom Ink did. Alas, Custom Ink has no plans for opening up personal stores.

-Black shirt print quality. Cafe Press and Zazzle fell far behind on this one when I experimented.

-Personal store name. I would love the ability to choose an easy to remember web domain, and even the ability to have category subdivisions.

So far, Ive been the most impressed with TeeSpring as far as design capabilities are concerned. I just wish Custom Ink would join this personal market trend!

gReally a very nice post, Teespring is doing a great job its a great income opportunity to earn from tee income. Thanks for sharing your experiences here. Facebook advert. is a good way to get sales and good percentage of ROI

This is a stupid question but if you already have a design and everything for tee spring who prints out the shirts.

HiGreat article. I have stores in all of your mention sites and a few more. I love making designs using photoshop but many of these business you can use their artwork. I have been making money for about 5 years using these concepts. I started with Zazzle give up for a while then went back and started making some sales. This is a good way to make extra money but it is not easy. You have to really market your product and website and have some knowledge on SEO. If you are good at advertising and marketing this is a great way to make extra cash. So far zazzle and customizedgirl are the only ones making money without much effort.

Hi Carol, Thanks for sharing your experience!

Do you own the rights to your designs Carol?

Hi holly. I interested make design in t shirts. I have some ideas, how to hosting my ideas please suggest right website.

I havent used any of these platforms personally. Youll have to read their terms and see which one makes the most sense for you. Good luck and keep us posted!

Thanks for this article. Ive order from Teespring and the quality of the print was not good at all and doesnt last. Just ordered from Customcat and the quality is very good and holds up nice!

Hi Brandy, Bummer. I know you can pick various qualities of t-shirts, I wonder if that makes a difference on how well the overlay stays on. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Can i upload one same design on more than 1 websites?

Yes, you upload the same design to multiple platforms. But, you need to own the rights to the design.

Be careful when you use a few of these. The quality sometimes isnt the best. I used teespring once in the past to order shirts and was a bit disappointed. They may have improved since then however.

Thanks for sharing your experience, Tyler.

Can you tell me the real best one weasite for me holly

I havent tried any of them personally, but theyre all free to try out. Good luck and keep us posted.

Zazzle has been so far the best money maker for me. I havent done much work lately with it either. other than adding new designs. I also make a little money, but not as much on Cafe Press. I had recently started with Spoonflower and been a bit impressed with sales. You make the less money with that one, 5% 🙁 and plus you must proof your design before selling. Meaning you much order it to see it personally. Yikes! Which really is a good idea, but who can order every single design first before selling! But I have less than 12 designs on there now and already have a nice 1 seller. Keeps me on the site and occasionally proofing the designs as I add more along the way

What do you guys think about Threadless? Im currently using it but looking at other options.

Thats a new one to me, Ill have to check it out.

Im not sure youll have to check their terms of service.

Thanks a lot for your article, very interesting!

I recently discovered a French on-demand printing service ( that could be interesting for creative people who want to have their designs printed and distributed in France/Europe 🙂

Very nice tips, I had no idea about this! A few months ago, I started learning to design t shirts by following this guide: it started mainly as a hobby, but thru time I got pretty good, and now I am thinking about making a business out of it but I didnt know where to start, and now I do. Thank you for putting me in the right direction 🙂 Wish me luck!

Thats awesome, Susan! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

FYI Skreened better work on their rating at BBB

Ill have to check that out. There has been an explosion of t-shirt design companies in the past few years, so I may have to replace them with another company.

Great list. If you are looking for creative and brilliant designs or you want to create your own design on your t-shirts, I also recommend you Being the oldest t-shirt company in the world we have learned many tips and tricks.

You can share your ideas in our live chat, We are available 24*7.

I think you need to update this article. You should mention m and sunfrog.com. These are two of the biggest T-shirt sales websites

Thanks for sharing those! Well have to update the post =)

Teechip is an absolute rip off . I ordered shirts from them after without paying close enough attention and thinking it was teespring ( happy with everything I have gotten from them)

When I received shirts, the 2x was smaller than the large. Emailed multiple times, tried to call, sent them pics.. nothing .. thankfully I paid with PayPal .. the company didnt respond to them either.. so PayPal did the refund. They have horrible reviews all over the place..

Thanks for sharing your experience, Jenn! Good information to know.

They rip off of artists and use their designs. DONT DO IT!

Although nearly a year and a half old, Benny Hsus Tee Spring article on his netting over $100k selling Ts inspires in its honesty. (Internet traffic would probably be halved if all links to Make $10,000 in One Week were removed.) Hsus work lets us see some of what is really necessary to succeed.

Ive been reading and following up on several of your blog / emails your work is consistently thorough. I second MyfrogTees June 5th 2017 suggestion of updating this article. For instance, Ive seen grumblings about CafePress too (mentioned here in replies); and the pinkytee.com site seems stale nothing on the home page, and the last news post is dated December 26, 2016 as Benny Hsu efforts clearly shows, it takes a good number of failures before making it. Thats certainly true for internet businesses as well.

P.S. Does The WAH Woman have a T shirt line ? :))

Glad you enjoyed the article, Howard! I dont have t-shirt line yet. Its something Ive thought about, but, Im terrible at design, so I would need to hire a designer to create something for me.

Hey Holly, email me if youd like some suggestions for Ts you have material already! H

You forget one of biggest companies: Amazon (

Do any of these platforms allow you to upload a video? My t-shirt involves customizing and so without a video to demonstrate, it will not give it justice. Thank you for a very helpful article.

Hi David, Ive only played around with Teespring and their storefront doesnt have video capability (at least yet). Youll have to test out the other platforms to see if they allow video. Good luck!

hi is this opportunity open to people outside of the U.S cos am based in Nigeria

The Work at Home Woman is geared for U.S. residents.

Take a look at FlexJobs for international work-at-home jobs:

Hi, I have a shop on Etsy, currently designing t-shirts via CustomInk and the only problem is that its expensive itself, so it forces me to set prices high so that I can still make a profit. Obviously these high prices most likely make people turn away. Are any of these sites good for designing shirts and then selling them on a different site for a more reasonable price?

My name is shannon, and I just put up my website for the millionth time, only this time i intend for it to stay, and forsee it doing so, because I am adding things as i go along. i have a section called business tips and networking, and I would love to include your link in that section. I have immensely enjoyed the chatter on the t-shirt making businesses, because as a henna artist, i am looking to make some tees.

I look forward to reading more of your articles, and only hope that it can help my audience.

Thanks for the article. I tried my first T-shirt project using Teespring. I use their design tools to put quotes on a shirt and I think the final product on the screen looks cheap and amateurish because theres not many options when using their design tools. I probably wouldnt buy if I saw a Teespring ad for quotes on a shirt. But your article gave me other resources which I may pursue.

Nice list Holly! but still the most important thing isnt what platform to choose but how good my shirt is and if theres an audience for it?, most people focus on facebook ads and ignore the t-shirt design which is more important at the beginning, people wont buy ugly t-shirts.

Those are important aspects too. But you want to confirm that the platform that you choose has good quality products, ink that doesnt bleed, and prompt delivery of the products.

Is it a good idea to upload my design to all this pages? or it will be better to focus on one and advertise it properly?

I would focus on one platform and then spend your time promoting your products.

Sayings are really big sellers now. not a copyright issue. But what do you suggest to protect your design. some shops have the right to keep your design and keep producing it. Any advice on protecting designs? For now I would send designs im not attached to. Save my line for my site while submitting clever shirts on multiple sites and not worrying about the design. Do most sites advertise for you and you get a percentage? Is anyone using and having success with shopify? Facebook advertising?

Yes, sayings are popular right now, but you always need to do your due diligence and make sure youre not using someones copyrighted phrase or materials.

To protect your designs, I would look into trademarking your material.

Each site had different terms so youll need to read through all of them.

Teespring has a good article on understanding intellectual property:

And here is another article on protecting your designs:

When in doubt, I always suggest talking with your lawyer. Good luck!

What about designbyhumans ? Is that a good site?

so many t-shirt selling platform out there, im so excited to get in, i dont know if i should start design and upload to all those platform or i should focus on one? cause more mean more opportunity

How do I become an artist/designer so I can do try these websites out?

You dont need any special software. Just click on the links to the websites and everything you need will be supplied via their portals.

I have interest in designing the special occasion dresses and wondering if you have any idea about such websites where i can share my designs and earn some money in return

Take a look at this post for starting your fashion line:

Hi great article, thank you. I have a question though. You choose a crowd fund situation campaign and you have a set goal What happens if orders continue to come in beyond your goal? Can you continue selling said design for quite awhile or is it closed out and the end of campaign?

And I really my point is with the above situation or in general is volume something any of these companies on your list can handle if your design T-shirt and/or bumper sticker goes viral?

Yes, you can continuing selling beyond your goal. I would assume they would be able to handle the volume.

Nymbl just rolled out our public beta for our print-on-demand e-commerce platform and we have a pretty awesome deal for all new users:

You get a free domain (with setup)

Up to 12 free designs (from a pro artist 1/mo)

Free site customization & marketing support

Check out our new site at more details and to signup.

Some of our coolest & unique features:

Open source CMS, cloud of self-hosted

Single-seller store or multi-seller marketplace configuration available

50+ products and we are capable to generate unique, customized & automated mockups (photoshop based) in just minutes for all our available products

Many other features check out the site for additional info.

Feel free to ask me anything you like and either I or a member of the team can get your answers.

Thanks for the article. Ive been looking for other sites besides Tee Spring.

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We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; and to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm.

Your information collected through the Service may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Instagram, its Affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities.

Instagram, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction.

By registering for and using the Service you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or to any other country in which Instagram, its Affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

We use commercially reasonable safeguards to help keep the information collected through the Service secure and take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. However, Instagram cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to Instagram or guarantee that information on the Service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.

Please do your part to help us. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to emails between you and Instagram, at all times. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes the social media services you connect to Instagram make to their services. We are not responsible for the functionality, privacy, or security measures of any other organization.

5. YOUR CHOICES ABOUT YOUR INFORMATION

Your account information and profile/privacy settings:

Update your account at any time by logging in and changing your profile settings.

Unsubscribe from email communications from us by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided in such communications. As noted above, you may not opt out of Service-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices).

Learn moreabout reviewing or modifying your account information.

How long we keep your User Content:

Following termination or deactivation of your account, Instagram, its Affiliates, or its Service Providers may retain information (including your profile information) and User Content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes.

Learn moreabout deleting your account.

Instagram does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Service. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, pleasecontact us.

We are not responsible for the practices employed by any websites or services linked to or from our Service, including the information or content contained within them. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Service to another website or service, our Privacy Policy does not apply to those third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link on our website, are subject to that third partys own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and do not have control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third-party website or service and you allow them to access your User Content you do so at your own risk.

In the event of the death of an Instagram User, pleasecontact us. We will usually conduct our communication via email; should we require any other information, we will contact you at the email address you have provided in your request.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Service, please find the appropriate support channel in the Help Center at which to contact us.

Instagram may modify or update this Privacy Policy from time to time, so please review it periodically. We may provide you additional forms of notice of modifications or updates as appropriate under the circumstances. Your continued use of Instagram or the Service after any modification to this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such modification.

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