I have been in the business for 3 years part time and work out of my home. I started with Press a Print and the portable screen printer and pad printer. I purchased a GT 541 digital printer soon after that. Love the machine and it is fun (I don't know when the last time was that I used the screen printer!). There is always plenty to learn and am looking forward to commnicating with everyone in the field.
Hi Becki, welcome to the forums. I almost went with Press-a-print, but they were out of my price range so i went with sublimation instead. I have an in-home business too and am still trying to locate customers.
It's not easy to locate customers, especially without stepping on other businesses toes. I try to specialize say for instance in festivals, non profits and schools (clubs & PTA's). Because I have the digital printer, I can make a specialized sample and send out a packet with it. It helps because I hate knocking on doors and the reception to a cold call isn't always that enthusiastic (aren't they always busy??). I just follow up about a week or so later to insure that they got the sample. I get maybe 2 jobs out of 10 that way. It's nice because I control how much I want to do in a week.
Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's don't cheat yourself because others are in the business, someone will always be in the business.
What would life be like without choices? Simpler yes but where is the fun in that? welcome home!!
Finding customers are hard . . . but what I have done is come in contact with a embroider that just started out as well. She was offering screen printing but contracting it out to a big company where she wasn't making profit.
Since our business relationship started she still offers screen printing (which I do) and any time that I have an embroidery project it goes her way. It has been a win win situation. We have taken on large accounts and her business is booming. But the KEY is quality. Small business often suffer because quality. Hang in there.
Thanks for the heads up. While we are a "big" city, we are still "small town". Step on someones toes and it is perceived that you are stealing their business.... word gets around and it makes it harder to do business in our town. I used to own a flower shop and while customers moved over on their own, it was difficult to get connected in the community when large accounts moved over. Don't get me wrong,... if they ask come looking, I will sell ;-)!
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