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« on: May 01, 2008 08:40:00 PM »

Does anyone make/sell:  Magnets, Business Cards, Labels, Stickers?  This is just something I thought about getting into with a friend of mine.  She used to work and a sign shop and knows more that I do.  As far as starting one of these types of businesses from home, what kind of equipment would I need?  Where do you buy your supplies?  Any other advice or information would be very helpful.  Also, if you have a website I would love to check it out!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention silkscreened/screen printing shirt.
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008 08:18:44 AM »

It depends on what kind of quality you're interested in producing. If you're just going to print white-border business cards off a flimsy Avery-type perforated page, you don't need a whole lot. If you're looking for full bleeds on good paper, you'll need a precision printer - it doesn't sound like you're a point to consider a press - among other things like paper and precision slicers.

Basically you have to list the things you want to make, and go through the steps of making a product: you need some kind of paper, whether it's labels, biz card forms or something else; you need to print them, either laser or inkjet (and both have their pros and cons; plus, the paper you buy may need to be/or is laser or inkjet specific). Then, you need to cut them out, or alternatively buy pre-cut forms, which have cost vs. time issues to think about.

People say time is free. It is not. You can't make money if you can't keep up with production. It can be time consuming, and people have many ways to get cheap printing done these days. All things to think about before taking the plunge, not that I discourage it. I would love to get into printing myself, but I'm currently occupied...

Sorry, don't know anything about screen printing.
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