In the past 6 years, I’ve gone from not knowing a single thing about screen printing to having just started a screen print company from scratch. I say that to encourage you that it’s possible and you can do it. If you’ve stumbled upon this post because you’re searching for advice on how to start a screen printing company, I’m here to help.
It started with a passion
Like I said, 6 years ago I began working for a couple of friends that had purchased an existing screen print company in my hometown. I was excited to learn more about the craft of printing apparel and designing the artwork and for 3 years, I learned as much as I could. I developed quite a passion for the print industry and for soft, comfortable apparel with awesome prints.
My time with that company finally came to an end and I moved from TN to Colorado but I knew I couldn’t just stay away from an industry I had developed such a passion for. I still didn’t know enough to print my own shirts, but I wanted to learn.
Getting started doesn’t have to break the bank
I started with a $250 starter kit from Ryonet and it snowballed. My brother-in-law showed some interest and we decided to spend the rest of 2017 learning and laying the foundation for a business. It honestly didn’t take long to land our first order. It also didn’t take long for us to have our first screwed-up order. haha
It takes practice
Bottom line, this stuff is hard. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to work a lot of hours. You’re going to have to watch a lot of videos and attend a class to help jump start you. But I’m here to tell you it’s possible. We closed 2017 having officially printed 11 orders in the span of about 5 months (this is a nights and weekends kinda thing) with no marketing efforts and we’ve got great equipment, zero debt, and cash in the bank. We’re a long way from where we want to be, but we’re open for business. It’s possible, people.
I want to help
As we are building our business, I will be taking notes of all the lessons we’ve learned and any advice we have for others looking to start their own print shop over on a dedicated blog called Startup Screen Printing. I’ll also be launching an accompanying podcast under the same name.
One of the great things I love about this industry is there are so many other shops willing to help people get started. There’s plenty of business to go around. We’re about helping others develop the same passion for printing that we have, so we’ll never hesitate to help you get started however we can.
If you have any particular questions on your mind about screen printing or starting a print business (or any business for that matter) I’d love to hear from you in the comments.