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Is Screen Printing A Profitable Business To Do

Is Screen Printing a Profitable Business To Do?

With the growing popularity of the screen printing business nowadays, more people are considering this profession seriously. If you are one of them and thinking if you can also do this business successfully, you have come to the right place.

A simple answer to your question is yes, you can run a screen printing business successfully.

I have run a print-based apparel brand for years and sold thousands of T-shirts around the world. And with that particular experience under my belt, I’m telling you running a screen printing business is profitable.

How to Start a Screen Printing Business

A well-thought-out plan is a must for any business. You should know and determine beforehand if it is going to be a big industry or a small one. And plan all the financial, marketing, purchasing, and operational details accordingly. If you intend to start a big industry then you need to hire an experienced business and market consultant.

Screen Printing Business Plan

You need to decide which products you would like to print and do thorough research on the buying market.

Screen printers print on different kinds of products like t-shirts, banners, stickers, electronic machines, automotive parts, advertising etc. You can visit relative websites, read magazines to learn more about these things. You should also do similar research for the equipment you require.

Equipment Needed for a Screen Printing Business

Whatever product you choose to print for your business, you will need to buy a screen printing package according to your requirements. And it’s very important that you go about that wisely.

After all, you don’t want to end up buying a product that fails to fulfill your requirement.

To get the exact equipment you require you need to do some research. For that, you can visit websites which sell these equipment brand new or second hand. You will then read their descriptions and reviews carefully. Also, visit industries or people who use these products, and ask them for suggestions.

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Proper Training

Just having the best equipment does not guarantee your success in this business. You need to acquire some skills as well. This is not something that can be learned overnight.

From learning about inks and mesh, there are many aspects of screen printing that you need to learn about. You also need to learn all the best ways to use your equipment. A lot of practice is required to reach a good professional level.

And for that, you can look into video seminars or courses conducted by screen print distributors.

Screen Printing Location

You need to make sure your operating place is spacious enough for all the equipment and machinery you’re going to need. Some of the equipment may require a huge space which is not uncommon in the screen printing realm.

Then, you may also need special ventilation and disposal accommodations. You have to have a good idea about the environmental laws of the area you intend to operate in. It would be better if you invite a government official to inspect your place before you set up.

Screen Printing Market

In order to build your reputation and delivering high-quality work, it’s important to select your target market.

For example, if you see that you are making better products for toddlers and getting a better response in the market in this sector, then you should give your special attention to this sector and select it as your target market.

It’s always better to specialize in a specific sector and deliver high quality than delivering average quality to a larger market. The more specific you are, the more effective the marketing plan you can come up with – resulting in better quality products and more sales.

Don’t Underestimate the Local Screen Printing Market

If you want to establish your business, it’s important to stabilize yourself in the local market. This will help introduce your product to locals. To earn popularity among local groups, you can print t-shirts for local charity groups or jerseys for the local sports teams.

You can upload your designs and ask people for their choice or suggestions. This may help your website become popular within a short time.

A Screen Printing Brand Label

Make sure you have an attractive and unique label, tag, or logo for your brand’s identity. It will help you catch the public eye. This also helps people to get acquainted with the people who made the products and where to buy these from.

That’s it for now. Hope this article was helpful. If you have specific queries regarding screen printing chunks, feel free to ask in the comments section.

James M. Rai has been screen printing T-shirts and other textiles professionally and as a hobby for more than 15 years. During that time, he owned and operated a small screen printing shop in northern California for more than 7 years. More recently, James has gotten involved with Cricut and other cutting machines.


  1. I really want to be a professional and successful screen printer and as a beginner, this article was helpful to me. At least my hopes are still up.

  2. So I reasearched and article on,screen printing and was told to do my research. At least I am aware there are space, disposal requorements, and a high level of skill required.

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