Smartphones become more popular every year: over the past 10 years, global sales have grown from $472 million (in 2011) to more than $1.5 billion (in 2021). It is obvious that the market of protective accessories for smartphones does not stand still too: in 2019, it was estimated at $81.4 billion, and it promises to increase by nearly $71 billion by 2029. In such circumstances, starting a phone case business is quite profitable, including printing to order. In this article, we will look at why it is beneficial and how to start POD in 8 easy steps.

Is phone cases business profitable?
The POD business of selling phone covers opens up ample opportunities for modern business people to develop, conquer new markets, and attract profits.

This is due to the following factors:

The population is growing: according to UN forecasts, it may reach 8.5 billion people by 2030.
More people wish to have phones: in January 2020 — January 2021, mobile users increased by 1.8% (+93 million).
Smartphones are becoming more affordable for purchase: options with the best price and quality appear every day.
Mobile Internet is taking over the world: 9 out of 10 users admit that they use smartphones to access the Internet.
The modern consumer strives to always have a phone at hand, especially in a pandemic. Smartphones are now a tool for making fast online purchases and secure electronic payments.

All of the above factors affect the market situation positively. In such realities, a POD startup to manufacture phone cases has every chance to become a large recognizable company in its field.

However, there are also some obstacles: competition among phone cases brands, especially iPhone, and unstable demand among different audiences (boomers, villagers) who use smartphones less actively. To avoid problems, it is worth thinking over a development strategy in advance.

Can you start your POD company without any inventory?

How to start a phone case company in 8 steps
Identify your target niche
A business starts with an idea, and an idea starts with a need. Therefore, the first step should be analysis, finding a balance between demand and competition. Focus on areas that big brands did not capture, such as hand-embroidered items or the eco POD phone cases.

This is exactly what Andrew Moore, the owner of Felony Case, did in his time. He opted for fashionable iPhone cases because he noticed a high demand in the market. It became the foundation for a profitable business.

Your marketing research plan might look like this:

Analyze industry brands and high-income companies, their assortment, and business strategies.
Find your target audience to focus on when choosing a design for covers and preparing ads.
Study the audience's requirements for accessories: phone models, style, material, prints, price, etc.
The obtained data will be helpful to you when you will select the characteristics of accessories and develop a strategy for the best print-on-demand phone cases.

Choose types of phone cases
This is another step towards choosing a path in a niche. And here, you cannot omit analysis as well. To find out more about popular cases, use Google Trends and analyze requests, take a look at marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Etsy) and social networks (Pinterest, etc.). You will understand what products and background images are in demand.

Popular cover types:

Bumper: worn around the perimeter of the device for side protection.
Back cover: protects the sides of the smartphone and the rear part, so buttons and connectors remain accessible.
Book/wallet: covers the gadget on all sides and often has separate pockets for money.
Flip: differs from the previous one in that its cover opens vertically downward.
Battery: pad or book with built-in battery for charging.
Wrist: Has an arm mount for sports activities.
You can choose one cover type or several, depending on the target audience. For example, a wrist cover is relevant for athletes, and a mirror phone case is suitable for teenagers. Wallet phone cases win in terms of design opportunities as they completely cover the smartphone.

Design phone case
Choose the material for the production: this will determine your possibilities in the design. To make your own phone cases inexpensively or test a drawing, you may choose plastic, silicone, or rubber. Plastic is convenient for drawing patterns of any complexity.

If you choose leather, leatherette, or suede, you will have to abandon standard patterns in favor of expensive options, for example, hand embroidery. Want to make an eco-friendly wooden case for a phone? Get ready to handle complex engraving orders.

To develop a style, take ideas from Google, social networks, and stores. You can involve your team to do it faster. Don't forget that the style should appeal to customers and be associated with your brand...

Author's Bio: 

Software Development for Your Company's Growth