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What Equipment Do I Need To Start A Printing Business?

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Kath08 | 16:28 Thu 21st Apr 2022 | Business & Finance
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I just want to start my own printing business because I have the opportunity to get good printers at affordable prices. Tell me, what else do I need to start, besides printers? Thank you


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What sort of printing?
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DTG printing for t shirts
As this post comes from a new member, I hope that we're not going to see another new member posting soon, with the 'perfect solution' to the questioner's needs. (i.e. the old two-part spam trick).

However, assuming for the moment that this is a genuine post, then there's not really a great deal more needed other than:
1. Suitable premises to conduct the business from (or, say, planning consent to operate the business from home) ;
2. An appropriate power supply to operate the printing machine(s) and any other equipment needed ;
3. Limited company status if there would otherwise be a major risk to the business owner's finances if anything went wrong ;
4. Possibly third-party business insurance to cover risks such as a customer suing on the grounds that a T-shirt, or the inks used on it, has resulted in a skin problem ;
5. A contract with a courier company to be able to despatch items at the lowest costs ;
6. Depending upon the scale of the operation, possibly some packaging machinery (although, initially, just a supply of cardboard boxes, etc might be all that's required) ;
7. A banking arrangement to accept payment by debit/credit cards ;
8. A stock of T-shirts, in a decent range of colours and covering all sizes from a small child's one up to an XXXL ;
9. Loads of stock designs which customers can choose from and modify ;
10. Software which will allow customers to design their own products online ;
11. A website, with an online sales facility, to sell the T-shirts through; and/or
12. An account with an online sales platform (e.g. Etsy or Folksy) to sell your products through.
^that sounds easy enough..I think I'll start myself!
PS: You'll also need to study the market, to find out what your competitors are charging for similar products. For example, I had this T-shirt printed for a young friend's birthday:
As you'll see, it didn't cost me a lot:
You'll have to be able to compete with those sort of prices, so it might take quite some time to recoup your capital expenditure on the business!
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Nothing personal, but it's fun to hear about the two-part spam trick and see a random link to a t-shirt site :)

It's better to see insurance company recommendations of course (thanks a lot for this tip! I didn't think anything of that at all), or links to manufacturers of quality T-shirts or some useful software, because I want to offer my personal prints.
Buenchico is a respected poster on here. His answer with a link does not break Site Rules.
Countless spammers post on here and another/or the same one with different name answers
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I'm not saying that a spammer :) It just turned out funny :)
Good answer, I’m even writing that I didn’t think about insurance.
I think your designs will your main USP; if people like them it may permit you to sell at higher prices than the competition.
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