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How to Start a Home Printing Business

Aug 17, 2007
Are you overwhelmed with the thought of starting a business, but don't have the slightest idea of how to go about it? If you have overlooked what a computer can do besides answering e-mails and endless surfing, you have not banked upon the opportunities available. With a minimum investment and a PC you can produce professional looking documents. Whether you are a high school student looking for some extra money, a homemaker, or a retiree, a wealth of opportunities are available just a click away. You can create a successful printing business by being a little creative and working upon a concrete plan.

Services to be provided
The type of service you provide has to be decided first. It is your prerogative to base your decision on the scale of the business and your managing ability. You can provide simple services like designing a resume, creating a newsletter, or typing jobs. If you are interested in graphic designing, you can even create logos and add designing to your list of services provided.

Printing Methods
Commercial printing employs many different methods. The kind of printing method you choose should be based on requirement of your type of business. Flexography is a method that involves long printing. Printing newspapers involves a method known as gravure printing. Lithography is the cheapest method available. Printing on fabric is known as screen printing. Digital printing, not suitable for long printing, usually involves color printing jobs.

There are various factors to be kept in mind while deciding upon the printing method. You must not only assess the material on which the printing has to be done but also how much printing is required. Time and price are important issues to be considered with this regard. You must evaluate the rate for the printing job along with the time it will take to complete it. Businesses have to complete the job within the given time or they shall suffer financial losses.

Advertising Your Home Printing Company
You can advertise your business by placing the advertisement in the newspaper or by distributing fliers. Apart from this, you can take the inter-net route to advertising by creating websites, which provide information about your company and the services you provide. The advertisements should be able to convey the details in a simple and easy manner. It should hold only relevant information. The customer doesn't have much time to go through highly messy and unorganized data where he is not even able to find the contact information. You can even post boards and advertise in E-magazines, which allow free advertising

While working from home, if you can provide decent quality work on time at a reasonable rate, the customers may not only be satisfied but may also return to you with more work. The satisfied customers may also tell their friends about your firm and this might gradually increase the amount of work you get.

Incorporating Your Printing Company
There are services and professional help available in the market to help aspiring entrepreneurs. One such service is incorporation. Listing all the benefits of incorporating would be an article on its own, but for more information you can look at Corporate Manager Software provided by Instructional Software Incorporated. Download a free trial version and see all the advantages of incorporating your home printing company.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes afree weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com
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