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64 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 S tarting a screen-printing business is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. You will get to create, design, and print things that make your customers happy. Making this a reality takes a little planning and an understanding of the industry. There are many different factors to consider when establishing your shop. This article will detail the practical aspects of starting a screen-printing business. The Necessities The estimated cost to establish a screen-printing business can be very low, especially when compared to other businesses. You will need to budget for machines and equipment, blank T-shirts, supplies, and a few other items. Some printers tend to do as much DIY as they can while others prefer to focus on screen printing. No matter what type of person you are, there are a few basic pieces of machinery that every screen- printing shop needs. First, you will need a manual press. Most people get a six- or four-color press with a corresponding number of stations (also called platens). These tend to be about six to eight feet in diameter. More Screen Printing FACT BOX Estimated cost of entry: Startup packages range in price, with better quality packages starting in the $6,900 range Basic equipment needs: Manual press, exposure unit, dryer, flash unit Extra equipment: Frames, mesh Shop space required: From an extra room or garage to retail space Time needed to become proficient: A few months but always learning THE BIG SCREEN A Practical Guide to Starting a Screen-Printing Business By Taylor Landesman

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