As of now, there are over 3.7 billion phone users worldwide which is over 50% of our world population.
Due to this, there is an all-time high in the phone prices reaching well over 1000$ a piece and people are still buying it.
Well, one cannot start a cell phone company right away but can easily start a cell phone accessories company without any investment.
It’s like the old saying ‘let people dig for gold, you sell the tools’.
Most of the people owning cell phones will buy basic accessories like cell phone cases which are affordable and protects their phone from damages.
Why Should You Consider This Business Model
- It is free to get started
- It has a huge demand
- Great profit margins
- A really great passive income source
How To Get Started
To get started you’ll need two basic things, first an Amazon’s sellers account (Free) and second a Printful account (Free).
Sign Up with Printful
Printful is a print on demand company which makes personalized designs on a bunch of stuff like T-shirts, Phone cases, Pillow covers, Coffee cups and a lot more.
As they are a personalized store you can design the products however you like using their editor tool.
They also have a really great integration feature which automatically connects your designs with Amazon and a bunch of other sites like Etsy and eBay.
By integrating you’ll be free from tasks like packing and shipping as Printful will do it for you.
Get an eBay Seller Account
To get started with Designing products you’ll first need an eBay seller account.
In order to do that you’ll need to connect your eBay account to your PayPal account. After that, you’ll need to activate your eBay seller account.
To do that, according to Printful advice create a mock listing which you can delete later just to delete that later.
This will start the identity verification process on eBay and you’ll get your account activated.
To create a mock listing just click on sell on the top right-hand corner and create a product page filling in all the details like the price, image, and description and click on the list item button.
This will activate your eBay seller account.
Connect eBay and Printful
To sell from Printful to eBay you’ll need to connect both.
To do that head over to your eBay account page and set up automatic payment option to PayPal.
By doing this Printful will automatically charge the basic price of the T-shirt when an order is made on eBay, excluding the profits.
Once that’s done head over to Printful and click on the stores option and select eBay as your store.
There are a lot of other store option like Amazon and Etsy but they all charge a monthly fee and eBay doesn’t.
After selecting just sign-in with your eBay seller account and allow access to Printful to connect to eBay.
After that just fill in the basic info like your brand name, PayPal email add and other things.
After this, you are connected to eBay.
Choose a Cover
As of now, there are only 2 cell phone covers available on Printful one is iPhone and other is Samsung which are the two most selling phone in the US.
Choose which phone cover you want to sell and see prices, you will find phone cases in the accessories option.
As the iPhones are more popular in the US I would suggest you to choose the iPhone covers to get more sales.
Once you have selected your cover it’s time to select a design that would look good on the phone cover
Get a Design
There are 3 ways to get a design. The first one is completely free which is designing it yourself.
If you are a graphic designer you can easily design covers that will look good but if you are not then you can try using text-based designs.
There is a lot of demand for text-based phone covers which relates to their hobby or their profession.
The other is hiring a Designer on Fiverr. There are a lot of great designer on Fiverr which can get you good looking designs for as little as 5$.
You can spend more if you want, to get even more enticing designs. On Fiverr, it’s like you’ll get what you pay for.
The other great way to get designs is downloading illustration from stock photo websites like Shutterstock.
You need to be on a subscription plan to download royalty-free images which is a bit costly (49$/M for 10 images) but there are other alternatives like freepik.com which allows you to download royalty-free illustrations for free so you can try them if you want.
Create a Good Looking Cover
After you have your design and a cover the next thing is uploading it on to Printful.
To do that click on add a product and choose the cover you want.
A Designing tool will pop up and there you can upload the image you choose.
You can arrange it however you want and change the color to fit the style.
While uploading you need to see if the image have a quality of at least 150 to 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch) anything less than that will not look good and Printful won’t print the cover even if you get an order as the pixels will stretch and the image will look blurry.
So if you are getting a Designer or Designing it yourself then keep the quality as high as you can
Get Orders through eBay
Once your cover design is ready you need to set a price before putting it on eBay.
To set the price you’ll need to see the making cost Printful charges and set the price accordingly. eBay also takes 10% for every sale so keep that in mind while setting your profits.
Once you have set your price you’ll need to give the product a suitable name for the people to find it instantly when they search for anything related to your product.
This will boost your chances of getting sales and make you more money.
While listing your products on eBay you’ll need to pay a small listing fee of 0.39$ per product this is to make sure that people are not just creating a random listing on their marketplace.
But with Printful your first product listing will be completely free just to get started.
And there you go you’ll have your first product up for sale on eBay.
In this whole process, you’ll only need to spend 0.39$ if you want to add more than one product.
Therefore this is a really great business idea for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money.
You can also start a T-shirt business the same way if phone covers are not your taste.
There are also several other business opportunities which you can start without spending any money.