Print on demand is a business model that allows you to create, publish and sell books, images, and other creative work to interested customers. It is the easiest way to start your own business as a publisher and make money while you sleep.
Starting a POD (Print-on-Demand) business like a printing company, or a drop shipping website is an attractive option for many people. Sending out a printed product is not something you can do on your own, but you can make money from it.
There are thousands of POD(Print-on-Demand) businesses out there. With the increased popularity over the last few years, it's becoming easier to create and run your own POD(Print-on-Demand) business.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a print on demand business:
1. 3D Universe, LLC ($3.6M/year)
Jeremy Simon (from Algonquin) started 3D Universe, LLC about 9 years ago.
I’m Jeremy Simon, one of the founders of 3D Universe, a company dedicated to making 3D printing and digital fabrication accessible to everyday people and professionals alike. 3D Universe was founded in late 2013, along with my two partners, Aleks Jones and Alina Dragu.
3D Universe currently generates about $300,000 per month in revenues, with a growth of around 300% over the last three years.
2. Robo 3D ($1.8M/year)
Braydon Moreno (from San Diego, California, USA) started Robo 3D almost 6 years ago.
Today, with customers all over the world, we are being empowered on a daily basis by their individual stories - a firefighter designing things to improve his department, a 5th grade teacher implementing design thinking in the classroom, a father who uses his printer to teach his blind daughter about the world… The list goes on and on and we couldn’t be more proud of the community of users we have built up in such a short amount of time.
3. The Cause ($96K/year)
Antoine Taylor (from Los Angeles, California, USA) started The Cause almost 6 years ago.
My name is Antoine Taylor and I own an apparel and printing company called The Cause International that donates a percentage of its profits back to those in need.
Since the start of our company we have given back to The Boy & Girls Club of South Side Chicago, Skid Row, Flint Michigan, and our most recent giveback was to Guatemala where we installed water filtration systems to villages that did not have clean water.
4. Life and Limb Printing ($960K/year)
Adam Tanaka (from Nashville, Tennessee, USA) started Life and Limb Printing over 12 years ago.
Hello! My name is Adam Tanaka and I own a company called Life and Limb Printing. We are a screen printing and full-service merch company that specializes in merch production for breweries, outdoor clothing companies, and restaurants with a little bit of everything else sprinkled in.
Since officially launching the business in 2010, we had our best month last year in October 2018 at $80,000 and now we are set to hit 1M by the end of 2019.
5. The Canvas Works ($420K/year)
Patrick Ryan (from Ireland) started The Canvas Works almost 16 years ago.
Hello! I’m Patrick Ryan and I’m the founder and MD of The Canvas Works. We’re a small, independent photo printing website based out of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland.
For what was always intended to be a lifestyle business, we’ve grown it to a reasonably comfortable monthly income of $35k with peak months hitting $50k but we’ve still got a long way to go and there is great potential for scalability and growth.
6. Underground Printing ($36M/year)
Rishi Narayan (from Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) started Underground Printing almost 22 years ago.
I am Rishi Narayan, co-founder of Underground Printing (UGP), a national custom printing apparel and promotional products provider, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. UGP offers screenprinting, digital printing, and embroidery on a wide variety of apparel and promotional products. We have stores throughout the nation in the heart of communities we serve. At UGP, it’s our goal to make your order process as convenient and hands-on as possible.
Since launching the company in 2001 while sophomores in college, UGP has 35+ locations across the country. All of our garment print production is done in our state-of-the-art 55,000 sq. ft. production facility and warehouse, located in southeast Michigan. Our technology and infrastructure allow us to provide the best quality, the lowest prices, and with the shortest turnarounds in the industry. It is these traits that have propelled our growth, allowing us to be ranked among Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies for 3 years running.
7. Toybox ($2.4M/year)
Ben Baltes (from Oakland, California, USA) started Toybox over 5 years ago.
My founders and I all LOVE building. We’re freaking obsessed with it and it’s an incredibly empowering experience to us. It’s the reason we all bonded as friends.
- 3d printers were wayyyyy too expensive
- The status quo of the 3d printing experience sucked for kids (it took us months to get comfortable with it as highly technical adults). We figured if we could figure out how to build this thing at a low price and with great user experience, then we could absolutely take the market by storm. Luckily, we were all user experience engineers with a knack for hardware. So we set out to do it.
8. Astrography ($1.08M/year)
Adam Jesionkiewicz (from Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland) started Astrography almost 4 years ago.
Hi, my name is Artur Kurasinski and I'm a co-owner of Astrography - a company dealing with printing and selling fine arts related to space. During the last 20 years, Adam (CEO) and I have established a lot of different companies and businesses. Many of them have not survived and we have gained a lot of experience in setting up and running startups (mostly technological).
Since we had a bad experience with loans and investors we agreed to finance and develop the company only from current revenues. We agreed that we did not want to create a huge entity but a small, family business. The times of dreams about creating a unicorn are behind us :)
9. Raghaus ($300K/year)
Markus Hartel (from Newburgh, New York, USA) started Raghaus almost 8 years ago.
Hi there! My name is Markus Hartel and I started Raghaus Studios, a boutique letterpress print shop and graphic design studio five years ago after moving to a new domicile with nothing but a dream, no customers, and little cash in my pocket.
The Raghaus product line includes irreverent beverage coasters, fun comment cards, rad stash boxes and the latest addition to my portfolio are motivational candles.
10. Sheedo Paper ($480K/year)
Gonzalo Mestre (from Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain) started Sheedo Paper about 5 years ago.
My name is Gonzalo and with my partner Gala, we run a business called Sheedo.
We started this project around 2 years ago, the first moments were taught, but nowadays we are growing and setting about 40K€ per month and have worked for big brands such as Coca-cola, Inditex, Sony, Deloitte or Air France.
11. Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($3.96M/year)
Roy Kirchner (from Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine) started Ultimate 3D Printing Store over 7 years ago.
My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.
I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.
12. Front Signs ($9.6M/year)
Gevorg Hambardzumyan (from Burbank, CA, USA) started Front Signs about 6 years ago.
Hello, my name is Gevorg Hambardzumyan and I’m the CEO and co-founder of Front Signs. I started the company along with three of my friends back in 2016. Now it’s one of the lead sign-making companies in Los Angeles and the largest in Burbank, CA.
We’ve built our business from the ground up with our own funds. At first, we were alone, just four of us. Now we have 42 employees and our team continues to grow with our company bringing in average monthly revenue of $800,000.
13. Printful ($289M/year)
Dāvis Siksnāns (from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) started Printful almost 10 years ago.
Davis Siksnans and Lauris Liberts are the co-founders of Printful, a market leader in print-on-demand and dropshipping solutions for establishing brands and running large-scale enterprises.
They use industry-leading technology to fulfill orders for more than 1 million items each month after investing over $83.7 million in equipment.
They have ten fulfillment centers across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico and partner locations in Japan, Australia, and Brazil.
Printful dropships t-shirts and more than 400 other products to end customers for online e-commerce stores.
This brand became the first Latvian unicorn after its foundation in 2013 and expanded to a team of 1,600+ employees and $289M in revenue in 2021.
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14. The Foundry Screen Print and Embroidery Shop ($1M/year)
Forrest Wedmore (from Seattle, WA, USA) started The Foundry Screen Print and Embroidery Shop over 12 years ago.
- Forrest Wedmore and Clint Graham started The Foundry in 2010 as a custom t-shirt company.
- The screen printing company that they were using was struggling and sold them the screen printing equipment for $10,000.
- 11 years later the Foundry is making nearly $1m per year!
15. CATSIVERSE ($2.4K/year)
Timm (from Mönchengladbach, Deutschland) started CATSIVERSE 8 months ago.
Hi guys! I am Timm and I’m the founder of CATSIVERSE - Your Cat Universe. I started the business 4 months ago. It all started with building a niche community on Instagram last year. For cat lovers who want to help save cats and protect the planet, CATSIVERSE provides a custom cat portrait service and premium sustainable artwear - because we want to create a better future for all living beings.
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