Selling your own products is great for monetizing nearly any type of content. Any creator—whether they’re a dancer, singer, or comedian—can make and sell merch to their most loyal fans.
And with a wide variety of print-on-demand companies, there’s a ton of merchandise to choose from. You might sell t-shirts, tote bags, pillow cases, hats, coffee mugs, stickers, notebooks—or any combination of products.
Selling print-on-demand products even has benefits beyond revenue. Owning branded merch gives your fans a more personal connection to your work, and every follower that wears your gear in public creates new opportunities to spread the word about your brand wherever they go.
Clothing brand Unxpectd was originally conceived as a school project for six high school seniors. But when the group took to TikTok to promote the clothing they were hand-crafting in their parents’ basements, their lives changed forever.
Unxpectd’s TikTok account had its first viral hit in December 2020, and in just a few months, the size of its following skyrocketed. Since graduating, the team has relocated to Los Angeles, where they still dye and embroider their own products—when they’re not creating fresh TikTok content.
What works about Unxpectd’s TikTok account is that it’s rarely used to directly promote its products. Instead, Unxpectd invites followers to get to know the brand’s founders on a more personal level, bringing them along for its brand-building journey.