Horror and Devastation
Apart from the health terror and disruption caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic, its effect on businesses worldwide has been equally devastating. The hardest hit? Small businesses. Those with fewer than 20 employees have suffered the most. Why? Many smaller companies often do not have the cash flow or capital reserves to weather a long term loss of customers and the financial downturn that comes with it. In fact, because of the “stay-at-home” and “social distancing” mandates imposed by many state governments, conducting business has been made virtually impossible for many types of businesses. Retail shops, hair salons, restaurants, home improvement contractors and many other firms that provide “hands-on” personal service have had to learn how (if possible) to provide service in this “new world.” It hasn't been easy. Thousands of businesses have failed, closing their doors forever.
A Resurgence in Business Start-ups...
According to The Economist magazine, The United States has seen a surge in start-up businesses during the corona virus pandemic, according to data from the federal government. In September 2020 alone, nearly 100,000 business applications were processed for the week ending Sept. 19, representing a 41.5 percent year-over-year jump. It's apparent that some displaced business owners are adapting and their entrepreneurial spirit is going “full steam ahead” as a matter of necessity.
Consider T-Shirt and Apparel Printing...
When you're ready to pull the trigger on a new business start-up, you will want to keep your start-up simple and as low cost as possible. You don't want to be burdened with the cost of rent and the expense of employees (at least for now). And you want a business that you can learn in a short period of time. Enter screen printing—a business you can operate by yourself and do it at home.
A Never Ending Demand...
People and businesses are always going to buy custom printed t-shirts—in good times and bad. Apparel printing is a multi-billon dollar industry that is never going to go away. Many larger printers have failed in the downturn, creating opportunities for new printers who are hungry for work. This can be your chance to start anew and work in a rewarding career that is also a great creative outlet.
Working from home has definite advantages...
Many screen printers start out as a one person operation by working from the basement of their home or in their garage. As a matter of fact, many screen printing operations live out their entire existence as a "home-based" operation. This is more common than you might think. Having a home based business has huge tax advantages along with the savings you will realize by not having to commute or pay rent. Make sure you keep copies of your mortgage payments, heating, electrical, water, sewage bills and so on, as a portion of these expenses are usually tax deductible. A home-based operation also allows you to keep an eye on your children who can also lend a hand in the business when necessary.
Learn the Screen Printing Business from Professionals...
If you want to learn the skills needed to become a professional screen printer and start your own t-shirt printing business, visit ASPA's Screen Training course website. Our course is packed with information to help you learn the essentials of t-shirt screen printing. All you need is a computer with internet access--no screen printing equipment is necessary. It's ideal training if you want to obtain a complete understanding of the concepts and practices of screen printing. Every aspect of the t-shirt printing business from start-up planning to marketing, business procedures and fully detailed information on printing techniques and equipment. We've trained people from all over the world to become screen printers and we can help you too.
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Screen printing involves pushing different color inks through ink-blocking mesh and stencils to create messages, logos, and designs on caps, t-shirts, hats, signs, water bottles, posters, gym bags, and more. T-shirt printing is by far the most popular and common activity in the screen printing shop, and for very good reason.
A good screen printing company can be very profitable right out of the gate, with worker salaries and employer annual sales at very impressive numbers.
Today we tackle the question about how much money can you expect to make working at or owning a screen printing shop.
2020 could be a great time to launch a t-shirt business start-up. There are several reasons behind this. In general, 2020 looks like it could be a good year for small business. However, there are also some good signs that apply specifically to t-shirt printing.
As the owner of a business that makes and sells custom t-shirts, many of your customers are likely to be young people. The younger generation is socially conscious and they are often willing to pay a little more to invest in small businesses as opposed to a major company.
Starting up your own t-shirt printing or screen printing business is a dream for many of us.
However, fulfilling the dream is often not possible for a lot of people due to lack of funding.
If you plan to start up your printing business, here are some fund raising tips that you will find helpful.
T-shirts are to casual wear what suits are to formal. Universally accepted and never out of fashion, it’s no surprise how many T-shirt printing businesses have succeeded online. The T-shirt is a canvas waiting to be filled with imagination. But, as often is the case, sales are hard to come by for some printers.
Why is it that people prefer one T-shirt printing company over another? Don’t be shocked to find out that some print shops are actually doing well despite offering sub par service and print quality. If you’re looking to boost your T-shirt printing business, here are five tips that can you help you rake in more customers!
Many T-Shirt printers, sign makers and screen printers will at one point or another, find themselves in an unpleasant situation: do they print something they find offensive, or do they turn away a customer? It’s an unfortunate reality of the business, where personal morals and ethics will inevitably clash with those of the public.
In today’s world of instant feedback and social media, denying service to a customer can be very problematic for a business owner. This, obviously, makes it hard for many business owners to know what to do.
Summer is just around the corner and many of you are probably busy keeping up with orders in your print shop.
When workers have to work in print shops that are typically very hot in summer months, it can have a very negative effect on employee attitudes. Keeping a good rapport with workers can be done at little or no cost. It's a proven fact that is retaining workers is easier (and more effective) than having a turnaround problem.
If you add this service the smart way, offering embroidery services will definitely help your screen printing business to grow.
Before you make a firm decision about whether or not to provide this service at your printing company, you should consider a range of factors, such as demand, the cost of an embroidery machine and your marketing strategy.
When you do think about all of the variables, you'll be able to decide whether or not embroidery services are right for your business.
If you were to ask a hundred businesses whether they would prefer a flood of business one quarter of the year, or less spectacular but consistent work every month, 90 of them would opt for the slow but steady way.
Unfortunately, many industries suffer from extreme seasonal variation. This “feast or famine” cycle will strain most conventional business strategies, but think about the 10 other businesses in the example above. Are they simply stupid or crazy, or have they discovered something most managers don't know?
There are actually several strategies you can employ to make sure your doors are open when things pick up again. Some of them are a little out of the box, but so is a large part of the custom T-shirt business. Here's some to consider...
There is a multitude of businesses out there selling screen printing supplies. As with all things in this world, some suppliers are better than others.
Many screen printing suppliers and equipment manufacturers offer terrific service and advice while others are nothing more than order-taking robots.
If you are a new screen printer or even a veteran screen printer you may have wondered "is my screen printing supplier the best I can find?" This article discusses some of the key points of this useful topic.
ASPA Staff and others