Unless you're lucky, you will eventually get a "deadbeat" customer. Whether or not you will ultimately receive your money depends on how they scammed you.
If they knowingly wrote you a bad check, your chances for getting your money are reasonably good because that is a criminal offense. But if they stop payment on a credit card or ignore making good on payment from a Purchase Order transaction, receiving your money is more dicey.
One area that can be profitable yet is much misunderstood by many t-shirt printers new to the business is selling to the school market.
While most people believe that schools buy lots of custom printed t-shirts and similar products, this is not always true and more often that not, what schools do buy are often sourced from several different vendors.
Most school markets are very competitive with a great many printers (both local and national) going after their business.
Did you know that there is a printing process that many of your competitors may not know about and could be a great new profit center for you?
It is pad printing.
Pad printing is a process that utilizes a silicon pad, an image that is burned on a plate (also know as a cliche) and specially formulated solvent based inks.
Have a very limited or no budget at all for advertising? That is no reason why you should not be able to advertise your t-shirt printing business.
Here are some "el cheapo" yet effective ways to advertise that you may want to consider.
ASPA Staff and others