How To Start a Screen Printing Business

Screen printing is a great business because there are so many applications. You can print T-shirts, posters and computer CDs - you can even make signs. You can screen print glass and metal and many other objects. As you can see, there are many things that need screen printing; fortunately, to start this type of business you don't need much money. You just need to know how to run a business, and then you need to learn how the screenprinting process works. 

You will need a few items before starting your screen printing business. You will need a special utility sink with pressure washer, screens, a computer with a scanner, a computer graphics program like Photoshop, screen printing ink, photo emulsion, squeegees, a drying cabinet and a screen printing press.

If you are using a basic screen printing system, then you will need a fabric screen which is stretched over a frame. On that screen, you will place the image you intend to print. Then, place the screen over the product on which you want to print the image.  Put ink on the screen and squeegee the ink so that it goes through the screen in the areas which are supposed to be printed.

Of course, if you plan to open a screen printing business then you should already know how the process works, or you should have worked for a time at a screen printing business.  If you don't have personal experience with the process, it's a good idea to contact someone who does; he can give you tips on improving efficiency and on the best products to use.

Once you know how to screen print you need to decide which area of business you want to go into. Think about whether you want to print posters, T-shirts, glass products, or other types of product. Then shop around for screen printers. Purchase the best one you can afford. Of course, you can start small; a start-up screen printing business can cost as little as a few thousand dollars. Some equipment will come with a readymade press, but if not, then you should purchase or build the press. Once you have all of the equipment you need, it's time to decide upon your price structure. You can do this by visiting other shops in the area and checking with suppliers. Remember to figure in your labor and supply costs, and any delivery costs.

When you set up a screen printing business you must make sure your work quality is perfect. Once you know that your jobs are great then you need to attract your clients. Ask yourself a few simple questions like: Who is it you want to market to? Set up a website to market your products? Advertise using various web methods, and contact the local entertainment newspaper to take out an ad. You will have to set aside some time during your week to market yourself.  To take your business to the next level, you could even take online courses to learn the most innovative, cutting-edge marketing techniques.  If you follow the above steps you should not have a problem starting up your own screen printing business.


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