It’s Time to Launch that Printing Business: How to Bring Your Idea to Life

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You have the drive, you have the talent, and you have the idea – it’s time to start a business! Right? If only it were that easy. While yes, you can start a business on paper relatively easily, breathing life into that idea is another matter entirely. If you jump straight in with no idea of how to run a business, market a business, or grow a business, you’ll be putting out fires left, right, and center. You owe it to yourself to give it your all, and part of that is going to mean researching and drafting a business plan.

It's Time to Launch that Printing Business - How to Bring Your Idea to Life

Why Do You Need a Business Plan?

If you’re wondering why your printing business needs a business plan, the answer is simple: it keeps your idea on track. The benefits of this are numerous. One, it means you have to do the necessary legwork to give your business idea a fighting chance. A business plan is also a roadmap for you to follow and can help you work out how you’re going to start and run this new company of yours. You can use a completed business plan to pitch your business to investors or to help you secure a bank loan.

Location, Location, Location

Your location matters! You need to be in a spot that is easy for people to get to. In most cases, you’ll also want your location to have ample (and safe) parking so that your customers can have a pick of how to get to you. Ideally, this means being near a main road and near a public transport spot like a train station or a bus station.

Equipment and Materials

You can’t print if you don’t have printers or the materials to print on. When you first start out you can actually save on those hefty upfront costs by either financing the printers in question to pay them off bit-by-bit, or by renting the equipment in question. Unless you are 100% certain of which printer/printing technology you want, renting is usually the better option, since it allows you to return a printer if you find that you aren’t using it enough, or if you want a different brand or even type.

As for materials, it’s important to have a good set of materials on hand. These should be properly stored where it’s easy to access and away from damp. That being said, don’t worry too much about not having a huge amount. If a client comes in and their demand exceeds your supply, you’ll simply need to place an order with your supplier. This does mean you’ll want a local supplier, so you can keep lead times as short as possible.


Finally, marketing! Since your business goes hand-in-hand with marketing, advertising your business is crucial. On top of the standard lineup of OOH and digital marketing, you’ll want to get in touch and pitch your business directly. Advertising firms and event companies are great partners to have, so build custom proposals for them to see if they’ll be happy to work with you in the future.

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