Hi, my name is John and I’ve been in the computer consulting business one way or another for over 30 years. Started out setting up accounting systems for small businesses, spent the next 12 years doing work for several large corporations on major projects, and then in 2000’s spent a couple of years doing IT auditing for the government but just got tired of being a Road Warrior. Went back to working with small businesses and non profits in 2004 doing websites. Around 2008 finally decided go with the front end of Web Design rather than working with the databases and etc (the back end is more coding). Working with clients and training one on one is a lot more fun.
I got into the T-Shirt business due to a client I had who wanted to jump into the 2008 Presidential Race and support Obama. He was the producer of a major Sitcom on TV. So he wanted me to design some T-Shirts to give out on many university campus rallies. At the time it was pretty new on the Internet, there were only 1 or 2 providers. Anyway, it all went pretty well and he gave away thousands of T-Shirts that year. Since that time, due to my Website Design Business, I’ve done T-Shirts for many companies for promotions and give-aways.
Last year I decided to start a different website just for T-Shirts and sell them on demand (we don’t keep inventory, we make them as they are ordered). We have two suppliers that we use, one mainly for the T-Shirts and clothes items, the other to do all sorts of merchandise like coffee cups, water bottles, etc. The other day we even got an order for invitations for a Super Bowl LIV Party. So there are lot of different items you can print on these days and you never know what people will order. You can read more about our process on our T-Shirts or Merchandise sections. You might want to also check out our Custom Services since we do a lot of custom stuff for individuals and companies.
When we decided to go all the way with the Print On Demand T-Shirts we wanted to have the best possible products for our customers. Many of our T-Shirt clients were companies who ordered the same design but on many different sizes. We did some one offs but the majority of orders were for larger quantities of one design.
So with the larger orders we used the tried and true silk screen printing methods due to the much better costs. This allowed us to give our clients much better prices and a huge selection of different types of T-Shirt material to print. most print on demand T-Shirts use the DTG (direct to garment) printing process. Think of a big commercial printer that looks like a laser printer (which of course it is). After reviewing the equipment we decided that it would be much better to contract the actual printing, paying, and delivery that we could provide in-house. And give our clients better pricing and delivery times too.
We still do all the design and prep work and let our vendor take it from there. Now all we had to do is find the best vendor, and that was far more involved than we had expected. There are over 15 different vendors we narrowed it down to and then tested each one on quality, prices, delivery, and support. Boy, that was a lot of work, time, and money.
Another big reason we went to storefronts on existing websites is the effort it takes to track and pay 50 states worth of Sales Tax collections. In June of 2018 the states finally won a court case and so now even if you don’t have a physical presence in a state, if you run over the dollar amount limit, you have to collect and pay any sales tax of that state. It’s a big deal to online stores and involves some rather crazy bookkeeping. Our two vendors take care of all that too. And that is a very good reason all in it self to not sell from our website.
The bottom line is that this method works better for both us and our clients. One of the things I’ve learned in the past 20 or so years of online business is that the customer comes first and we do everything we can to provide the best products and services.
We mentioned this on our Custom Services section so we’ll try it here too. OK, after having several conversations about putting an email link on our website we finally succumbed and decided to give it a try. The reason we don’t want to do it is due to all the spam bots raging on the Internet. Seriously, it’s estimated that up to 80% of all emails delivered is spam!
Yea, and if you have multiple websites, some as old as 20 years, the amount of spam is ridiculous. So I’m going to spell out the email address with blanks, which means you need to remove the blanks when you enter our email. Here’s our email on any general information if you want more moreinfo @ badboystyles . com. We’ll give it a try for 90 days and see how it works out.
How We Came Up With Our Name
You may notice that funny looking guy sitting in my lap, his name is Baily, and he’s my main hobby. Baily is half Pomeranian and half Yorkie, and weighs in at about 8 lbs. Baily likes to go with me everywhere and meet new people, he’s quite the character. He has no fear (thinks he’s an 80 lb bad boy – hence the name Bad Boy Styles) and
likes every person he sees. Especially females, human and dog. And he is definitely an Alpha, that loves to hunt anything from a birds to large animals but then runs behind me when there’s trouble. And he doesn’t like pit bulls, yea, that can be a big problem. Luckily most of the pit bulls think he’s a big cat and are wary of him, but it can get pretty exciting.
I plan on getting Baily more involved with the designing part soon since we are going to start offering Pet Clothes this year. Baily likes sweaters and T-Shirts but he’s not a fan of the boots you see in the picture below. You can certainly tell by the look on his face. He already helps out with the action cam but has destroyed two of them so I’m thinking this may not be his best job. Not to mention that watching the videos can make you sea-sick since they are so shaky due to his habit of chasing squirrels. He’ll probably do much better at modeling our new line of Pet T-Shirts.
Baily in his carrier ready to go!
Got to have a good pair of boots that
glow in the dark for those cold days.
And he’s my backup cameraman.