Getting Your First Sale – I Show You!

In this guide – I will show you how to take a brand new Etsy store and bring in sales.  Everything is authentic, real, and easily repeatable.  

We made Podify in the hope that online entrepreneurs from all over the world will be able to make sizable incomes with our app.

Nothing makes the Podify team happier than to see another successful merchant bring in consistent sales and write to us how they were able to increase their monthly budget, get out of debt, and even quit their jobs all thanks to Podify!

Making money online sure sounds nice.  How cool is it that money is flowing into your bank account 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you never even have to get out of your pajamas?

This has been the dream for millions of people since the dawn of the Internet.  Unfortunately the Internet of the day is more competitive and crowded than ever.  But the tools and platforms of today make it easier than ever to start a real online business.

Why is Print on Demand one of the best ways to make money online in 2021?

  • People have always bought personalized products and the trend has been consistently going up each year since forever.  This is a trend that will never go away
  • An online store is a completely legitimate business.   There are many ways to make money online, but money require luck, fraud, or are too risky to be considered a real business.  With Podify you can build your own fully brandable, real business that customers will come back to for years.  This is a business that can last!
  • People love unique items they cannot find on Amazon or at the mall.  Amazon will probably continue getting bigger and gobble it more eCommerce competition.  That’s ok – fortunately as of 2021 they hardly have hit the POD realm.

In this post I will show you step-by-step how to make your first sale online.  This system has been tested 100s of times and almost every time it has brought in sales.

I can’t promise this will make you filthy rich.

I can’t even promise you will turn a profit.

But I can say with near certainty if you follow these instructions you will get your first sale.  And if you’ve yet to receive your first sale, it is a really good feeling.

And if you work hard really hard, you will learn how to make a sale every single day.  And then 5 sales a day.  And maybe even 20 sales a day.  And so on…

What platform is best to get started?

Many first time sellers start out on Etsy, Amazon, eBay or another giant platform.

This is a fine option for newbies but there are a few reasons why we recommend to NOT start on these channels:

  • Competition is intense.  There are over 2.5 million sellers just on Etsy.  The chance to stand out is very, very difficult.  It’s not impossible but will be difficult to make serious money.  It will be difficult to get sales and if you do get sales it will be very hard to profit due to price cutting.   You are going to work really hard for maybe a cup of coffee.
  • Fees are very high.  These platforms can take as high as 15% off the final price as commission.  So not only will you receive a small amount of money, a lot of it will go straight to Etsy’s/Amazon’s/Ebay’s already very deep pockets
  • Flexibility is limited.  You are bind to the platforms capabilities.  Not all of them are friendly to POD sellers
  • It will be hard to build a brand, market to your audience, and do things the “right” way.

Building a standalone .com website will take more time but the potential is much greater.  You will build an asset that can grow in value for years.  You have greater control over your destiny and not let Etsy algorithms decide your success.

We recommend either:

  • Shopify
  • Wix
  • WooCommerce

So before we even begin with Podify we need to decide what product(s) to sell.  This is the key question here and this is where we need to spend most of our time.  If we pick successfully, the rest of the business will be easy.  If we are not successful we lose a ton of time and money.  We will also get frustrated and maybe give up.  So let’s really look into product selection first.  Spend on it a full waking day if you need to.  Or even a week.  The important thing is to do it correctly.

So what do I mean by selecting the right product?  Ideally we want a product that:

  • Has a significant amount of searches.  A popular product
  • Has fairly low competition
  • Can be resold for significant profit

If our product does not tick the above 3 requirements we are wasting our time.

And again, it may take time to find the right product.  It may be really boring.  I know you are super excited to make some $$$.  But it is the most important thing you can do to maximize your potential.

So now that we have our criteria, let’s go look for our potential winner.

Criteria 1: Finding a popular product

Out of all the criteria this is a bit tricky.  But let’s see what we can do

Criteria 2: Low competition


Criteria 3: Can be resold significant profit

How much can you profit here after all costs are considered?

Can you make $5?  $10?  $20?


Choosing between Personalized or Pre designed

C are searching for 2 types of products:

  1. Personalized products with the customers image.  You give a blank canvas or template.  Customer completes the product with their image / name.
  2. Pre-designed products.  You offer the finished product with your own artwork.

Both have their strengths and weaknesses.

For personalized products you are more likely to have less competition and can be more creative.  But you will have to correspond back and forth maybe across multiple messages.  And you risk the customer not being happy with their purchase due to bad artwork or the picture not printing the way they want.

For predesigned products the process is a lot easier.  You upload products with your artwork.  Customers buy the product as is with no further modifications.  The downside is there is much more competition and it may be difficult to know which artwork will catch.  Because Etsy charges per listing we can’t go too crazy here.


Getting Started with Podify




If you are reading this you probably have installed Podify and are ready to start making serious $$$ with your very own POD business!

We intentionally designed Podify to make it as simple and user friendly as possible so you can get up and running painlessly.

But that doesn’t mean we didn’t include powerful features so you can do some pretty cool things that will supercharge your earnings potential.

Please follow the remainder of our Podify Academy series to make sure you are getting full utility out of Podify.  If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please shoot us a mail at or join us at our Facebook page.

Step 1: Platform Walkthrough

Step 2: Initial Setup

Installing Podify is very easy.  Please note this step is a requirement to enable the make your own products feature but it is not required

Step 3: Adding payment information

At the moment we only accept credit card as a valid form of payment.  All transactions are processed through Stripe and are 100% secure and confidential.  No details are stored on our servers.

Step 4: Customizing your packing slip

You can add your logo and business name / address to help brand your business.  Please note because we work with multiple suppliers not every supplier allows branding, but most do.  If we cannot send a branded packing slip than the packing slip and packaging will arrive unbranded.

Step 5: Setting up collections

In Shopify there are 2 types of collections: automatic and manual.  Automatic collections add products based on 1 or more variables such as price, tags, product title, vendors and other possible factors.  Manual collections products are added individually with no conditions.  For Podify to work products must be added to manual collections.  To create collection go to PRODUCTS > COLLECTIONS

Step 6: Adding your first product

You can add either a MAKE YOUR OWN product, like this, or a pre designed product, like this

Let’s first add a make your own product.

To do so, simply search for the product you would like added and do

To make a pre designed product is very simple.

Step 7: Adjusting prices

By default the suggested price is already set but you are free to set any price you want!

Step 8: Processing orders

By default auto process is set to off.  To enable auto processing please add a valid credit card and set auto process to on.

If auto processing is in than orders are charged and sent to production the same time the order is received on your Shopify store. If you would like to manually review the orders before we begin production we recommend to setting this to on.