Key to a Successful Printing Business - Make Your Investment Count

There are indeed plentiful cliches online about how to start a printing business from home and we assume it's unnecessary to  repeat them here. In this blog, let’s focus on the “what-to-buy” session only. 

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Written by PROCOLORED - Published on Jan 23rd, 2024

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Written by PROCOLORED - Published on Jan 23rd, 2024

 Written by PROCOLORED - Published on Jan 23rd, 2024

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PASSAGE SUMMARY

1. Equipment List for Running a Printing Business from Home
      1.1 Must-have equipment
      1.2 Other additional or optional equipment
2. A Zooming in on Procolored Printers
      2.1 DTF printers comparison
      2.2 UV printers comparison
      2.3 UV DTF printers
3. Other Tips for Home Studio
      3.1 Space management
      3.2 Light setting        

1. Equipment List for Running a Printing Business from Home
1.1 Must-have equipment
1.2 Other additional or optional equipment
2. A Zooming in on Procolored Printers
2.1 DTF printers comparison
2.2 UV printers comparison
2.3 UV DTF printers
3. Other Tips for Home Studio
3.1 Space management
3.2 Light setting

1. Equipment List for Running a Printing Business from Home
1.1 Must-have equipment
1.2 Other additional or optional equipment
2. A Zooming in on Procolored Printers
2.1 DTF printers comparison
2.2 UV printers comparison
2.3 UV DTF printers
3. Other Tips for Home Studio
3.1 Space management
3.2 Light setting


1. Equipment List for Running a Printing Business from Home

1.1 Must-have equipment

  • Computer

A computer in your home studio is not only crucial in graphic designing session, but also necessary for operating your own online shop and analyzing your business running situation. 


  • Design / accounting software

Even if you’re not a graphic designer but just handling other people’s works, it’s still essential to equip your computer with design software and grasp its basic skills so that you can better meet your clients’ needs.

And a functional accounting software is also recommended to help get your business data organized and visualized.


  • Printer

Of course a printer! The point is about how to choose one that most fits your business mode and needs. Take fabric printing for example, there are various ways to do so, like Direct to Garment (DTG), screen printing, vinyl, Direct to Film (DTF), etc. Take both their perks and limitations into consideration and also think twice about their sizes before you make a decision. For small home studios, a compact-sized printer is certainly a better choice (but does it own functions that your business needs?) ; for bigger home studios, printer with larger format is more recommended since it covers your basic small printing needs as well as any possible larger printing orders.


  • Spare printing supplies on hand

Spare printing supplies include consumables like inks, films, stencils; and components like print heads and ink cartridges. Better stock some of these things in advance in case of any urgent needs but always remember I am not saying the more the better. Take inks for example, different inks have different shelf life. It’s unwise to stock up mass sets of inks in one time and finally watch them expired.

Another key for efficient supplies stocking is appropriate storage methods. Spare inks and ink cartridges are better be stored in cool, dark and dry places; sheet films are better be stored in resealable bags and put on flat surface avoiding any curling or crease, etc. There are suggestions on this just a few clicks away. Take some time to dig them up. 

1.2 Other additional or optional equipment

  • Back-up computer - like Procolored, there are other printer brands providing software that only works on Windows system. If you do most of your work on a Mac, better get one spare Windows computer dedicated to connecting your printers.

  • Cutter - this depends on your own need. Some printers are equipped with a cutter; some printers are not with cutter but users prefer to cut the printing film manually. Just choose the way that suits you better.

  • Powder shaking machine - this may only be needed for DTF printing and it’s optional since the powder applying session can also be done manually.

  • Oven - oven is a recommended machine if you intend to do a DTF business. With an oven, adhesive powder will be cured quicker thus speed up the whole working processing.

  • Curing machine - it can be a heat gun or a heat pressing machine, depending on the specific printing business you’re in, but it is a must-buy machine for all fabric printing businesses. It helps cure the ink on fabric to achieve efficient and strong bonding.

    Normally, UV printing or sticker-making business with UV DTF or vinyl printers won’t need this.

  • Smoke purifier - screen printing business is in great need of this since high level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in solvents, inks or coatings will produce uncomfortable smell and a BIG MOREOVER - will do harm to human health. 

  • Holder or fixture - UV printing and DTG printing will need this more often since these two printers directly print on the objects and may need any holder or fixture to secure them firmly.

  • Laminator - Sticker-making business includes a laminating process. If you’re going into this industry and have bought a printer without laminating function, a laminator is a must-buy to you.

2. Equipment Zooming in - Procolored Printers

2.1 DTF printers comparison

If you are seeking for a suitable-sized fabric printer for home office, a DTF printer is undoubtedly a competitive choice. Generally speaking, DTF printers are designed in compact size and sleek form, allowing them to seamlessly fit in most home studios. Meanwhile, the desktop size doesn’t deprive of their versatile functions at all - they are able to create striking printings that can be applied on multiple fabric substrates.

There are several DTF printers on sale in Procolored, below comparison might help you find what you need quicker: