20 Print On Demand Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

20 Print On Demand Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a print on demand business in 2021?

We put together 20 of the best print on demand businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other print on demand businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a screen printing business ($960K/year)

Adam Tanaka from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Life and Limb Printing over 11 years ago, a screen printing business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

I was all over the place with what I wanted to do with my life - anywhere from a radio DJ, to creating zines, then going to college for biology, dropping out, all the while playing music and touring in bands since I was 14.

From scrubbing those floors to working in their eCommerce department, I learned the inner workings of the production side of the business and knew I was ready to figure out how to launch my own company in merch.

The music I listened to in the 90’s played a major role in what I ended up doing as my career. I remember stuffing cash into an envelope and sending it to some of my favorite bands' addresses and within 2 to 4 weeks, I'd get a shirt in the mail. After opening the package, I would immediately feel the print and it was a mystery to me of how that print got on a shirt.

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Adam Tanaka, on starting Life and Limb Printing ($80,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a 3d printing business ($3.96M/year)

Roy Kirchner from Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine started Ultimate 3D Printing Store over 6 years ago, a 3d printing business.

  • Revenue: $330,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine

In 2014, I was one-half of a partnership working primarily in advertising and marketing. At that time, my partner and I were successful and wanted to explore other verticals. We began working with a client who had a product that we believed was singular and unique throughout the world, and we put forward a significant amount of capital out of our own pockets to try and develop that product, only to reach a point where the deal went south and litigation ensued.

Make plans to do things as a family, and do your best not to let work interfere with those moments, but know that there are going to be times when you will have to sacrifice an outing, a dinner date, a holiday weekend.

In trying to think outside the box and figure out a way to create a similar product, I found myself for the first time in an innovation lab in Tampa, Florida, where I saw a 3D printer in operation for the first time. I couldn’t look away. I realized immediately that 3D printing had the potential to change the world as it became more integrated into daily business activities such as manufacturing. That’s when I decided to leap of faith.

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Roy Kirchner, on starting Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($330,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a framed prints ecommerce ($4.8K/year)

Bawuah Boakye from Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana started Revved Interior Co over 2 years ago, a framed prints ecommerce.

  • Revenue: $400/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

From my childhood, I’ve always had a strong artistic side to my personality, sketching portraits of family and friends were very natural skills for me. Growing up and engulfing myself in design and graphics, I learned a couple of tricks that I used to earn income while in senior high school and college. I then thought I couldn’t possibly do this for my whole life and sought more out of my talents.

It is easy for entrepreneurs and people to start new businesses with new ideas to feel overwhelmed with a lot of responsibility, trials, and difficulties. Not every day is a good day, but being disciplined always helps me move forward.

Every product starts with an idea, depending on what I want to portray. It may be a new artistic technique or a picture I’ve taken from a different perspective. Every artist takes time on their craft, trying to reach perfection, but I have found that most times you will never attain perfection and in that space, you decide to put out the idea. That makes the beauty in art. After designs are ready, our manufacturers receive high-quality resolution image files which they print out and frame with the best materials for the budget. Revved Interior seeks to help anyone begin their journey in the art and interior design world, our products try to undercut market prices to allow everyone to find and purchase what they want.

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Bawuah Boakye, on starting Revved Interior Co ($400/month) full story ➜

4. Start a custom prints business ($300K/year)

Zach Katz from New York, New York, USA started Framed Tweets over 4 years ago, a custom prints business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I dreamed up the idea for Framed Tweets a year prior to starting it.

It was December 2015, and I was holed up in my room, avoiding the New Year’s party my parents were hosting downstairs. I was scrolling through Twitter, when suddenly, I thought, “what if you could frame a tweet?” (Honestly, that’s how most ideas come about, at least for me. They just randomly happen.)

That night, I tweeted the link to some random people who I found by searching Twitter. The next morning, I woke up to find Framed Tweets featured on Product Hunt, Mashable, Uncrate, and a few other websites.

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Zach Katz, on starting Framed Tweets ($25,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a photo printing business ($18M/year)

Jainam Shah from Georgia started CanvasChamp over 9 years ago, a photo printing business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 180
  • Location: Georgia

It’s so happened that one beautiful day, I was just hanging out with my father an evening while we were discussing our family photos. My father suddenly picked up one photo from the album and said, “This is one of the best photos of us. How amazing would it had been that we could find a way to frame our favorite photos artistically.”

I had zero experience, but I did know from my previous job in college that I was good at learning and collecting from data, setting up and building experiments over and over again, and making business decisions with the information provided to me. I believe that this is one of the most important qualities you can have to be a successful entrepreneur.

Suddenly it dawned on me that I should get the photo that my father likes so much, framed. But I checked out the market and saw that the market had split between low-cost providers that would personalize your products very cheaply (of questionable quality) and designers who would personalize your products very expensively (and still of dubious quality). And I only found an opportunity for business in personalized products that way. So I thought to focus on filling a gap which delivered more premium products but well below the designer prices.

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Jainam Shah, on starting CanvasChamp ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an online art prints business

Examples of a successful online art prints business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online art prints business ➜

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7. Start a digital printing business ($6.48M/year)

Examples of a successful digital printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a digital printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a digital printing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Abhishek Agarwal's story on creating DesignNBuy INC a read:

Hello. I am Abhishek Agarwal the CMO of two successful IT business ventures - Design’N’Buy & DesignRiver.co.

Our hard work and struggle helped us earn a turnover of 1.5 million dollars and 1000+ clients across 60+ countries currently and now we are expecting a growth of 50% in 2021-22 financial year.

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Abhishek Agarwal, on starting DesignNBuy INC ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a large prints design business

Examples of a successful large prints design business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a large prints design business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a large prints design business ➜

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9. Start an art prints business

Examples of a successful art prints business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a art prints business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an art prints business ➜

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10. Start a security printing business

Examples of a successful security printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a security printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a print communication business

Examples of a successful print communication business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a print communication business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a print communication business ➜

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12. Start a printable sales business

Examples of a successful printable sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a printable sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a printable sales business ➜

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13. Start a postcard printing business

Examples of a successful postcard printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a postcard printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a postcard printing business ➜

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14. Start a removable wallpaper and prints

Examples of a successful removable wallpaper and prints:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a removable wallpaper and prints:

Learn more about starting a removable wallpaper and prints ➜

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15. Start a business cards printing business

Examples of a successful business cards printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a business cards printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a business cards printing business ➜

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16. Start a self-publisher business

Examples of a successful self-publisher business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a self-publisher business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a self-publisher business ➜

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17. Start a newspaper publishing business

Examples of a successful newspaper publishing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a newspaper publishing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a newspaper publishing business ➜

18. Start a sports magazine publishing business ($114K/year)

Examples of a successful sports magazine publishing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports magazine publishing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sports magazine publishing business ➜

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19. Start a training manuals printing business

Examples of a successful training manuals printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a training manuals printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a training manuals printing business ➜

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20. Start a brochures printing business

Examples of a successful brochures printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a brochures printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a brochures printing business ➜

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