Part 1 How To Start A Transfer T Shirt Printing Biz From Home Introduction

Martin Butler
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Lecture description

In this section I explain why transfer printing is the cheapest and easiest business model to start in the T shirt printing. We also take a look at the other printing models and discuss the pro's and con's of each system. I also speak of my own personal experiences when we first started and the pitfalls we encountered.We also take a look at the equipment needed.

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How To Start A T Shirt Transfer Printing Business From Home

Learn how to run your own t shirt transfer printing business working from home.

02:31:27 of on-demand video • Updated June 2015

  • The aim of this course is to show you the cheapest way to start off in the T shirt Transfer Printing Business.
English [Auto] This high my name Martin Butler and I'd like to welcome you to how to start your own T-shirt transfer printing business from home. Now we've been doing this my wife and I since 2006 working from home and we've built up our business and we've had the show thousands and thousands of transfer printed T-shirts over the years. Now obviously when we first started we made loads of mistakes. We didn't have any idea on how to start a business office so we went online. We've done searches in forums and stuff like that. Probably like you've done too. And we found so much conflicting information. And we as a result of that we sold inferior quality products and also the materials and equipment we had. We wasted a lot of money on setting up procedures. So over the years we've gained quite a considerable knowledge in the transfer printing business and this is information which we hope to pass on to you in this DVD cause. Now I'll just not say that I'm not a professional actor or what you see is me actually talking to you without any script so I might make the mistake and flub the few lines. I'll probably get out in the editing process but if I don't. That just shows I'm a real person at the end of the day. So let's get you going now and show you how we make our money in the transfer printing business. Working from home. OK. In this section what a lot to go through and explain to you is the different formats of teacher printing that are out there at the moment. And the reasons why I believe transfer printing is the easiest and cheapest way to get into this business working from home. Well you got different types of printing obviously you've probably done a little research and found out that there are different types of printing. Well first of all you've got screen printing you've got dark garment special printers that can print vinyl printing and you've also got painting on T-shirts with inks and stencils. So let's take a look at screen printing for example. Now what I can or was it not beneficial to start the screen printing business from home. Well you can do but the start up costs can be quite considerable. And they're not really suited for short runs because you have to make up a print screen and that screen is unique to each individual T-shirt and not only that if you're dealing with a is design on the screen printed T-shirt you can end up where you have to have one screen per color. So if you've got a free or four color image on your T-shirt you have to have three or four different screens where you actually would have to place a screen on the T-shirt and put the color the colors on individually. So for example if you only wanted one T-shirt with four or five colors it is so labor intensive to create an image you probably want what you want earn any money whatsoever. So those are the basic reasons why I would steer you away from screen printing. As a beginner to get you in the T-shirt printing business the screen printing again you got dark to garment printing again which is on one side or for short runs. But the downside with dark Garma printing is the actual cost of the printers which run into fountains and thousands. So from the get go you're going to have to spend a hell of a lot of money to get into that. And you can only print on one T-shirt at a time and buy a slightly darker garment printing is expensive to start off to buy the machinery. And it's a very slow procedure involving all t shirts is again something you can actually do if you've got the equipment to press and Yavanna and cutter which will go into a bit later on. But if you're using transfer printing as your main source of income there is no reason at all why you can use vinyl as well and Ivan do voice on its own or actually incorporate vinyl with your transfers. So that is again a possibility so you can use vinyl's as well if you've got the heat press and the cutter again stenciling using acrylic pie or clothing Piet's is again a number possibility but again it's a very messy procedure. It's a one object at a time. You have to wait for them to draw. And as I said it's a very slow process again. So again although you can start a business and all the ones I'm telling you about the reason why I choose transfer print in business is as follows. You don't need any special printer to go into this a bit later on obviously you can buy cheap ink and about kink set up so effectually fit on most printers nowadays. So to keep the cost of the ink down you can do one of full color prints for on one T-shirt but no extra cost. So basically the image you see on the transfer pipe which you may have someone sent you a photograph of all you've got from the Internet could be full color. All you're doing is transferring it onto a transfer paper like you would do with any image on printer and fall colors don't cost any more. The more colors you have it doesn't really matter it's just a quality of doing the print on which this office how good the image is going to come out on the special transfer pipe. We use images are quick and easy to create and provide and you're using the right equipment and the right papers. So to today's modern transfer papers are a very very flexible and the quality lost of a very long time as we've got T-shirts we printed in the last four or five years that stood the test of time and one find a way of transferring images to a T shirt is done by you out sourcing your images to a company that actually screen print your image on to a transfer or release paper and then they send the transfer or release paper back to you and all you do then is just use that image which is five screen printed on the released paper onto your T-shirts and you're basically getting a stream printed image on a transfer paper. Problem with that especially over here in the UK is it's quite a new system and it is very very expensive for every picture and every color that you send to them. If I have to create an individual frame as you would do in the screen printing process and actually screen print your images onto a really bright so that cost a hell of a lot of money. So they're not really ideal for short runs although they use the same inks that they do in the screen printing process which oppressed the sole inks. There's no way you can really start that at home at this moment in time because these two there. So now let's take a look at the equipment you're going to need in your home printing transfer business. OK. Now the great thing about the T-shirt transfer printing business is that you've probably got some of the equipment you need already. And what I mean there is you've got you've probably got yourself a home PC you've probably got some editing software for either Photoshop or some sort of graphic software where you can manipulate pictures. You've probably already got a printer so your mind outlie is going to be I hate press and a craft cutter or some sort of cutter. OK. First of all take a look at the computer. Well over the years we've had many computers we've upgraded over the years and we're now running the latest version of Windows are you can do this on the Mac as well. It doesn't really matter. So all I would say there is just make sure your computer is up to date. You've got a graphics package maybe you could do the alterations you want in Adobe Photoshop. There's various levels of Photoshop. You don't need to know exactly how to do everything in Adobe Photoshop. There are certain things that you might find beneficial things like how to remove the background from an image. How to change the colors of an image how to cut things and move things about in an image. Anything other than that you can find specialist to do that sort of work. And there are Web sites out there where you can actually hire people to do the work for you very very cheaply at the moment of May producing this DVD. One of the places that you can find these sort of people is a Web site called Five dot com. Now at five at dot com everything cost $5 which if you in the UK that is about this moment this giant rabbit free house for something like that. And what you basically do there is you go to for a search box on their Web site. And for example you would type in remove the background from an image so you press search and then it will bring up loads of people offering to do that job for you and you then go through them and they've got a system on their way you can check how many people have had positive feedback. So price that you choose someone to do the job for you and hire them and they will complete your work for you as a set fee for $5 or £3 40 or whatever the prices are soaring. So a computer and some editing software is isn't essential but you haven't got to be a wizard with Photoshop. There are all ways to get your images altered changed or whatever. Not only that people might be sending you their own personal photographs so you'd basically be doing would just be to resize them onto a sheet of paper or onto the sides of the transfer pipe which we're going through a little bit later on and then print it out and then just press it on to your image. So patiently you need a decent printer as well. When I cit. print you don't really need a photo quality printer. Most of the images or pictures you will be displaying are basically going to be put on the T-shirt and they're not going to be on photographic paper so you don't need. This is a mistake on my right at the very beginning. I went out and spent a lot of money on a photo quality printer when the print price for a T-shirt that necessitate image of that quality so the print that we use is next on our site 18:00 although that model's been superseded now. I've actually used some models and some are 800 of Usenet some are two hundred and all I would suggest is that you actually find a printer which you're happy to use that you can fit about kink to and that is a wise strength so that the actual when when the printer does its cycles inside of cleaning so of course it doesn't dump all the residual ink into the internal sponge pads. So at the printer it dumps into your waste time and we just dispose of the ink and we just carry on repeating the process. We also as a search you have a bulking system set up on that printer. And again very beneficial we'll go through a bit later on the chart of inks we use and you will see that we spend a lot of money right at the beginning on high quality things thinking that was the way to go when basically now all we use is the cheapest things that we can find. And over the many years and thousands of teachers we've printed. We've never had any lose quality faith all run. And that again is down to the ink and also the transfer Pypard technology is actually fantastic now providing you use and you don't transfer. You also need hate press. Now again in the very early days one of the biggest problems we had. We started off printin mouse mats so we had a hate press that we got from eBay. And it wasn't a brand name when it was an imported back from the Far East. And as a result of that it was fine. We fought no problems at all. It was printin mouse mats absolutely perfectly and then about six months after that we decided to go into the Taisha printing business. And this is when we had our problems no matter what we done. We tried various different pipers. We tried various different temperature settings and durations of temperature settings. The problems we had was that the T-shirt wasn't fully taken. And as we pulled the packing papers off of the transfers we were getting them left in curling up and all sorts of things happening. To the point where we nearly gave up. And one final last ditch attempt was to actually buy an industry standard unit where people recommended and spent for a whole lot more money. I think we paid initially under 75 pounds for the press the copied one from the Far East and we ended up spending a thousand pounds on the industry standard ones. And as soon as we had that all our problems were solved. With regards to the transfer papers not taking to the T-shirts and the whole reason for that was was the hate press plan turn the element basically it wasn't evenly spread over the actual hated elements. And as a result of that there was cold spots. So this is the thing which we never had a problem with when we was printing mouse mats but over a larger area like a T-shirt it became apparent that there was cold spots and the temperature which is critical was affected by the inferior quality elements that are in the elements of the inferior imported presses. So we use a stout tronics clam press as one of the standard ones there are obviously a few out there and we have never had any problems with that. So don't cut corners and try to buy cheap ones. Does the message there or you will be wasting your money as far as customers are concerned. Again you can cut the transfer papers out by hand if you don't want to spend that on money initially. But my recommendation is to get yourself a cutter because some patterns are intricate that you may be catching now. And also when it comes to cutting out letters if you're going to be using vinyl you don't want to be cutting them letters and everything out by hand. Let's cut the cut to the work. And again you can get cuts right up to Jecks 24 rodent which cost a hell of a lot of money which we have used and we've now sold and the one we started off with is the one we've still got now and we're still actively using it is a graphic craft Robo. And although they make this model any more it's been superseded by the silhouette cameo. You can still buy them second and only buy or you can even get the silhouette or cameo silhouette one which isn't free. So as cutter wears the craft Robo is predominately Eifel. So I4 pyper is what we buy the transfer fiber and all our T-shirts have been printed on I-4. So if youre a bit hard up for cash and you want to start off small then by all means go for something not to cross robo because you can open up their print cut software and you can print the image from their software and also cut the image from their software and then once you've got the image into the craft robo software for example you then put the outlines of the cut lines around it and you then send it to the cut and then cut it out and then when you close that up it saves as a print and cut image. So all your images of end saved without you having to redo them again. So that is a rosebowl. There are many different parts of cutters that you can use obviously which one you want on just letting you know which ones we started off with and we've never had any problem whatsoever. But they've now been superceded by the silhouette cameo silhouette again which is in a free quarter. So in the next section I'd like to run through why we use transfers and Vanos and tell you the actual ones that we use to give you the quality that you're going to need to make sure that your customers are satisfied.