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5 Steps to Starting your own T-Shirt Business

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5 Steps to Starting your own T-Shirt Business

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5 Steps to Starting your own T-Shirt Business

Are you ready to make your dream a reality? Target Transfers are here to help you bring your designs to life and create high quality products you'll be proud of. Whether you're looking to start your first side hustle or ready to expand your current business, we can make it happen.


1. Decide which garment you want to sell and order blank stock.

Whether it's t-shirts, sportswear, everyday apparel or accessoires, finalise your ideal product range and order stock of your blank garments.

There are many companies who provide blank apparel including Ralawise, Mantis World and XXX.


2. Finalise your design

Decide on the branding and style of designs you want to apply to your garments. It may be simple letters and shapes or you may want to create detailed, full colour designs.

Here at Target Transfers we can turn any design into a transfer to be applied to garments, so be creative!


3. Order your equipment

The main piece of equipment you will need to apply your designs to your garments is a Heat Press. A Heat Press is a machine used to print a variety of Heat Transfers onto substrates like T-shirts, bags, jerseys and more.

Target Transfers is the UK Home of Stahls' Hotronix, the world's leading Heat Presses. We have a wide range available to suit every business no matter what stage you're at.

Click here to browse the full Hotronix Heat Press range.

hotronix heat presses - banner

You may also want to consider any accessories you may need. Some examples are:

Cover sheets and release paper - used while fusing to protect both the transfer and the press.

Additional Lower Platens - used to isolate the fusing area of a product such as a neck label, a leg or a chest print. In order to achieve an accurate fuse you must have a flat surface on the platen and having the approproate size platen for your garment makes this a lot quicker and easier.

Platen Protectors - not only do they protect your heat press platens and save you money by preventing you from having to replace the platens, they also make it much quicker and easier to load and remove garments from the heat press, speeding up your overall production process. Meaning you can create more products in less time, increasing your overall profits.

Click Here to view the full range of Accessories.


4. Order your transfers

Custom Heat Transfers are the quickest, easiest, most cost effective way to apply your designs to blank garments. Here at Target Transfers we are proud to offer our customers the world's leading heat transfers. With a two day turnaround, you can order your designs and have them applied to the product and ready to go in no time!

We have a range of transfer types available depending on your design and the products you'll be applying to.


Created with ink, screen printed transfers are printed onto release paper and applied with a heat press. They are great for large jobs over 50 pieces and graphics with 5 or less colours. Screen printed benefits include:

  • Soft finish makes them feel like part of the garment
  • Neon and Metallic finishes available
  • Great for fine detail
  • Easy To Apply – Ready in 10 seconds
  • 60+ Washes
  • 24 Hour Manufacturing

screen printed heat transfers

Are a combination of the best qualities of screen and digital. Get the soft, detailed finish of screen with the unlimited colour and gradients of digital. This eco-friendly transfer is fast becoming one of the most sought-after transfer choices.  UltraColour Benefits include:

  • Unlimited colour options
  • Tones and Gradients
  • Photo-realistic compatible 
  • 60+ Washes – The NEW industry standard
  • 24 Hour Manufacturing
  • Green Certified Water Based Transfers - The longest lasting eco-friendly Heat Transfers available

ultracolour transfers

The first line of defence for dye blocking sportswear and sublimated garments. SubliBlocker Heat Transfers are designed specifically to completley block out dye from sublimated garments. Keep heat transfer designs true to their original colours with both Screen and UltraColour SubliBlocker Heat Transfers.

subli blocker transfers

Click here to learn more about Custom Heat Transfers.


5. Fuse you transfers to your garments using your heat press.

Your're now ready to start selling your products to your customers! Custom Heat Transfers are super simple and quick to apply, simply fuse your transfer to the chosen garment for 10-12 seconds and that's it!

*Full application instructions are provided within your order.

ultracolour fuse with hotronix heat press

What's the most Cost Effective way to start a T-Shirt Business?

A Hotronix Heat Press and Custom Heat Transfers are the quickest and most cost effective way to start your apparel business. Target Transfers have built a range of bundles to allow our customers to start and expand their businesses whilst saving on the investment cost.


The Day-One Bundle.

the day one bundle - target transfers

Included in the Bundle:

  • Stahls' Clam Basic Heat Press 40 x 50 cm
  • £100 Heat Transfer Credit
  • Quick Slip Lower Platen Protector 40x50cm
  • Heat Tape
  • Release Paper

*Available until 30th June 2021



The Start Up Bundle

the start up bundle - target transfers

Included in the Bundle:

  • Hotronix MAXX Heat Press 40 x 50 cm
  • £200 Heat Transfer Credit
  • Counter Caddie
  • 40x40cm Lower Platen
  • Quick Slip Lower Platen Protector 40x50cm
  • Heat Tape
  • Release Paper
  • Free UK Delivery

*Available until 30th June 2021


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