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Startup Pad Printing Business

Posted on Sun, 1 Sep 2002 at 5:02



Hi All,
I'm writing to see what advice I can get on starting up a pad printing business out of my own residence. I have been looking at one company in particular, called Press-A-Print out of Idaho that sells complete packages. They check out ok so far. Is any-one familiar with them, or an owner/operator of their manual system, or know anyone who is?
I've read articles on everything from art file preparation to real eye-opening stuff on business management, to looking at the existing competition. Well I wasn't scared off, but am still searching for input from those already doing this type work professionally. I've been working in the printing industry in different areas for about eight years now, as everything from a copy operator to a prepress production monkey. Any responses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Brian Barnett

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Anonymous says: Jenn: Are you still interested in learning more about Promotions First, LLC.? I haven't heard back from you. Vince Whaley vince@promotionsfirst.com www.promotionsfirst.com posted on: Fri, 11/01/2002 - 3:06pm
Anonymous says: Hi I checked out the printmaker.com site and it was in England. Can you supply the printmaker details again as I am interested in the multiprinter you mentioned. Thanks Steve posted on: Mon, 11/04/2002 - 11:26pm
Anonymous says: I am interested in starting a pad printing operation. I am currently manufacturing and importing a variety of promotional products including Pens, Calculators, Stress Ball etc. I am looking to control ...

I am interested in starting a pad printing operation. I am currently manufacturing and importing a variety of promotional products including Pens, Calculators, Stress Ball etc. I am looking to control the decoration process and would like to get some feedback on a company Printy out of China. Has anyone used thier equipment? if so what is your opinion.

Thanks,

Gary

Please email me: gary@uticaapparel.com

posted on: Sun, 11/10/2002 - 2:57pm
Anonymous says: thank you all for this subject...really helped me steve posted on: Wed, 12/11/2002 - 12:08am
Anonymous says: Steve, I've just been looking at Press a Print too - interested to her how your decision turned out? Did you get into the business (with them or another way)? Any feedback a few months on? Thanks posted on: Thu, 04/17/2003 - 9:17pm
Anonymous says: Sorry that last one should have been addressed to the threadstarter, Brian! posted on: Thu, 04/17/2003 - 9:18pm
Anonymous says: I've been looking into starting my own print/marketing business, too. There are many things to consider. I say be sure and do a reality check by talking first-hand to those already doing what you are ...

I've been looking into starting my own print/marketing business, too. There are many things to consider. I say be sure and do a reality check by talking first-hand to those already doing what you are considering. And don't talk only to those names supplied by the business opportunity principals, as they are only going to give you names of those who are happy or who are willing to act happy about their decision, etc.

Of course, even that is only a guide, not an answer. There are always people who have complaints, and always those who don't. There are so many factors that go into a person's feelings and experiences that you don't want to take any one of those as gospel. Get several opinions and see how it all looks on balance. It's not much different than asking people how they like a particular car or how they like working for a particular company, only I believe many people are going to be much more honest about a business investment (assuming they aren't gaining anything by being falsely positive) because most of us want to save others from unneeded pain. If the news is bad, we want to warn others and keep the slick sales companies from gaining more profits from unwary people. In any case, you are certain to find a mix of opinions and you just need to consider them as a whole. Look for trends or preponderances, etc. and try to get behind the answers a little to see why they say what they do. Some people are never happy and have one dumb excuse after another, while others are just giddy about everything!

Also see SBA and BBB sites. Great info there.

As for me... I've done my research and am going with Press-A-Print. I'll come back here in a year if I can remember, and say how all has gone. Feel free to email me about this if you want and I'll try and respond.

posted on: Tue, 10/11/2005 - 1:17pm
robynlynn007 says: Karl~ How is it going with Press-a-Print. I have spent the last 2weeks scouring all my resources for info. Can you add to the response? What investment package did you go with, have you had any success ...

Karl~

How is it going with Press-a-Print. I have spent the last 2weeks scouring all my resources for info. Can you add to the response? What investment package did you go with, have you had any success yet, are you happy with your decision?

Thanks so much,
Robyn

robynlynn 007 at yahoo.com

posted on: Fri, 01/26/2007 - 1:42pm
padprinterfla says: I recommend you take a look at the product line you plan to offer. Are you going to be a contract pad printer or are you going to have your own products to print? Consider the size of the logos you will ...

I recommend you take a look at the product line you plan to offer. Are you going to be a contract pad printer or are you going to have your own products to print? Consider the size of the logos you will print on these parts. Bite the bullet and get an automatic machine that will allow you to print the size image you need. Find a machine supplier in the U.S. that will return your phone calls. Don't fall for those "I'll get you everything" plans that are being offered. You have to take control of the business from the begining and not tie yourself in with anybody that is not going to support your plan. Also, find a good supplier for your consumables. Plates, Inks,
Are you going to make your own plates? Do you have a source for artwork preparation? Just some questions.

posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 5:16pm
priya01 says: Good post. I am using wildfire 2 and would like to do the second method. Do you have a process showing how a logo can be added inside a sketcher? The text part is no problem. promotional products ...

Good post. I am using wildfire 2 and would like to do the second method. Do you have a process showing how a logo can be added inside a sketcher? The text part is no problem.
promotional products perth

posted on: Thu, 02/10/2011 - 5:50am

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