Are you looking to raise money for a certain cause or possibly for your own venture? Fundraising has become so hard to do with the climate we are in right now. Thankfully, everyone has worked hard to bring about easier options when it comes to raising funds for your cause. As society continues to move towards becoming more technologically advanced, we have seen an increase in the amount of online shopping. This has brought about new opportunities for small businesses to reach out to more than just their community, but the whole world. A new trend started by this popularity are online fundraisers! Surprisingly, we here at American Tees has been creating online stores and fundraisers for quite a few years now. This has given us the inspiration to write this specific blog article to get you started and three ways to help you do just that. With easy access and unlimited reach, our online fundraising stores will become your best friend when attempting to reach your goal. When letting us create your online store, you will have nothing to worry about. The only job you have is choosing your products, marketing your store, and collecting the cash!
Marketing your store
One of the first steps when it comes to fundraising is choosing a great cause to get behind. Some online stores we have had supported causes such as, mission trips, schools, churches, adoptions, and nonprofits. You want to make for sure that you have a very strong cause that will stand out to others within your community or surrounding cities.
This will draw more people in when it comes time to buy from your online store. According to an article written by Abby Jarvis for Qgiv, 18% of Americans say that the most important cause for them to buy from are fundraisers that support family and youth causes. Coming in second at 12%, were causes that supported animals and medical research. Third at 11% were causes supporting education. So just make sure that when you are choosing a reason to start your fundraiser it is one you are passionate about giving back to. People will see this passion and will want to support you and your cause.
Marketing your online store is very simple and safe. Compared to where you used to have to find people to sell items, now all you have to do is share the link to your store via text, social media, or email. This also gives you a chance to reach out further into the community than just your circle of friends and family. From there your link can continually be shared by others making it extremely easy to participate in. This will help in maximizing the amount of sales you will make within your store.
Choosing your Products
What you decide to include in your store can also make a big difference. You don’t want to add too many items when picking what will be on your store, that might overwhelm supporters when they visit your site. Instead, add a few different products to choose from that have price rates ranging from low to high. This will give supporters options to choose from while not breaking their bank. T-shirts are a great first option to have with a simple, yet stylish, design right in the center of your page. Other great items you can add would be fleece wear. We offer hoodies, jackets, sweatpants, beanies, and scarves. Fleece is a great option to have, especially if you’re conducting your fundraiser in the fall or winter season! Drinkware would be your next best idea. With engravable tumblers available on your website, it will give a nice variety to choose from outside of embellished apparel. If you’re wanting to take a more professional route with your website, we also offer an array of name brand items. Some of these include Carhartt, The North-Face, and Eddie Bauer. Having some of these items in your store will truly take your fundraiser to the next level. If you just want to have a few simple items on your site, we suggest sticking to a t-shirt, hoodie, and long sleeve option. This will give you three price points that won’t be hard to choose from.
You also want to make sure the design you choose for us to embellish on your apparel summarizes the essence of your cause with only a few words. Working with our art department, we will be able to give you tips on how to really encompass the heart of your fundraiser while also creating a design people will love to wear! The colors of the products will also have a big impact on your sales as well. You will want to choose colors that will target the audience you’re trying to reach. If your target is any, and everyone, just make sure you look at the current clothes trends to choose your colors and how the design will tie into them.
Collecting your cash
Clearly, what you are really trying to achieve with your fundraiser isn’t just choosing cool products and creating a marketing strategy, but it’s to collect money for your cause! As soon as your store is published you will receive a login code to the admin side of the website. This gives you the ability to check in on how many sales you’re making while seeing the amount of commission you are drawing in. Once your store is over, you will be given a check with all of the profits you made. You get to keep every 100% of the profits, American Tees won’t take any of it away from you! We want to make sure that you get all of the benefits that come with creating an online store with us!
So when you are looking to start a fundraiser make sure you look no further than right here at American Tees. We will be right beside you from start to finish including sorting the orders and shipping them out for you! Click the button below to get your Online Fundraiser started today.