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Starting a Screen-Printing Business

At 21 years old, Lon Winters was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. His companies have won 50+ garment decorating awards and honors, and he's served 15+ years as an honorary Golden Image Judge, published hundreds of articles and columns, led various industry seminars and workshops, and consulted on projects large and small. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis and complete apparel decorating solutions. He was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology in 2013 and is recognized for his contribution to the graphic printing industry.
www.graphicelephants.com.

Before you open a shop, it's important to create a business plan that sets you apart from the rest. Ask yourself who your key customers are, how you are different from the others, and what the budget may be. There's nothing more importantant than clear communication with your team and your customers. You have to take the time to decide what the ultimate goals are. There are many things to consider before starting a screen-printing business. You have to balance financial budgets with business goals and provide numerous supporting skills to be functional. Hard work, dedication, and perserverance are all a must. Like any business, this one will not become successful overnight. 

By knowing what your goals are and what you want to accomplish, both in business and physical production, you will be better able to purchase the equipment without wasting money. The equipment needed for screen printing requires space and may even need special mechanical, electrical, plumbing, pneumatics, gas, HVAC, and waste disposal and ventilation adaptations. Screen printing is a manufacturing and industrial business. It is important to know zoning and environmental regulations for the physical location of the shop.