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How to Start a Home based Silk Screening business

By Edited Aug 29, 2016 1 10

Silk Screening is a great way to earn money from your own home. Not only make money but make many new friends as well.

This is an exciting and creative way to show your talents as an artiste.

Artistic abilities will be an advantage, use your imagination and have patience.

Beware of copy write, work must be original

Things You Will Need

Requirements will differ for various types of printing. You can start with a bought kit

 

You need to make silk screens, (Wood frames with silk stapled very tightly over frame)

 

Art work, paints, staple gun

 

Supplies, shirts, caps, stubby holders or whatever you choose to print.

 

Paints

 

Computer to use for artwork

 

Customers or clients

 

 

Step 1

silk screen
Every year more and more people want to start their own home business. Finance is the problem which holds people back in most cases and the risk of failure is another.

The advantages of working from your own home is that you will have less expenses to pay. No rent or building display advertising required or added insurances.

There are so many different ways of creating new ideas for starting their own home business. Babysitting and cleaning business have been around for years. Computer tuition or training is another good home business. Although, ten years ago you would not have dreamed of people starting a bin washing, or dog washing business?

We have come a long way with the advent of threats of recessions, and current job losses. This could be the chance you need to start out on your own. You will need to do your research around your own locality, check out your opposition, no matter what type of business you wish to start. Look for any new ideas, how could you improve on what they are doing. What else could you offer people that your opposition does not offer?

Picture Printed with on a Silk Screen
This article on how to start a home based silk screening business will explain what you need to know about starting your new own home based business. You will need to use a lot of imagination and creative skills. I did this from my home working from my games room, although you could do it from any spare room as long as you are close to the laundry or outside taps to wash out your screens.

What can you do on silk screens?

This will depend on your personal choice. You may want to print T-shirts only, or do a combination of banners, sashes, and ribbons stubby holders, hats or artistic prints or photo prints. Curtains, tablecloths or doilies are actually classed under the textile designs but there is no reason why you cannot print your own personal decorative décor for your own home. Friends may want you to make their unique curtains. There is no limit to what you can create with silk screens.

How to start

Business Enterprise Centers can help advise you on how to start. They also offer courses on ideas for handling clients and keeping records for taxation and other necessary information. Some shires have a chamber of commerce that will offer advice. One of the small business development agencies offer monetary help to get new home businesses started. Check out all of these before starting anything.

You could buy an existing business or start from scratch. Before starting I would suggest that you go and have a look at a couple of existing businesses, explain to them that you are considering starting out and ask if they could give you some advice. DO NOT do this in your own area, go to another district altogether, or they will not be very helpful.

I bought some silk screens from someone that closed his business. Therefore I had a few screens, paints, rubber scrapers and miscellaneous items, which gave me an idea of what to expect. As there were no customers I started from scratch and built up my clientele. My lack of artistic abilities held me back. These days most of this can be created on the computer.

Practice on your family and friends

Practice, before you take on any customers. You need to know exactly how to produce a good product before destroying all those new tee shirts or stubby holders. Stock costs money. Practice on a few of your old plain tee shirts. Put patterns on children's plain skirts, anything at all to give you the experience you need before taking orders.

Pricing orders

Do your homework; find the best suppliers and best prices. Beware of the cheap and nasty garments. You do not want customers bringing your tee shirts back because they shrank after one wash.

As an example; work out how much each shirt costs you; add more for printing each shirt. Then you need to charge a one of price for the artwork and screen for each job. To give you an example only-Joe blog wants 50 shirts. So you may charge him $40 for the screen and artwork. Then you charge him $7 for each shirt. So this will cost him $40 + $350 for printing shirts.

The next time he orders more shirts, you will already have the screen. So you charge for the printing of shirts only. Check out the going rates before you start pricing your products. That way you will be competitive and not under or overcharge clients.

Supply stickers, advising that shirts need to be ironed before washing to seal the paint.

Customers

This can be done over the phone or by doing a bit of legwork. Contact your local hotels, sporting clubs, and schools, or anyone that could use advertising in the form of a tee shirt. I made tee shirts for local hotels. Sporting clubs needed tee shirts for their members. Schools may require first, second and third place ribbons for their sporting events. I also did sashes for the Princess of the fair community shows. There are lots of different ideas.

Screen printed T Shirt
Combining ideas

 

If you can do embroidery, you could also combine this type of creativity with the screen business and make more money.Your husband could do the screen business part and the wife could do the embroidery work.Of course you would need to invest in an embroidery machine.

 

There is no limit to the creative ideas you can achieve if you let your imagination work overtime.Are you the creative type if so then why not give this a go?

 

Tips & Warnings

Be reliable and produce products on time.

Look after your clients and they will come back for more when you know how to start a home based silk screening business.

There are so many different ideas for starting your own home business

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Comments

Dec 29, 2009 4:53am
infodog
Interesting ideas... I like it! :)
Dec 29, 2009 5:47am
eileen
Glad you stopperd by
Dec 29, 2009 5:14am
ethelsmith
Great ideas. If you can find a niche market you should succeed
Dec 29, 2009 5:47am
eileen
Yes we can always something to suit our interests
Dec 29, 2009 6:11pm
angel920
I do screen printing on the side for extra cash and it is definitely a lot of work at first. Once you learn the feel of printing, it gets easier. Schools are a great market to tap into when starting this kind of business. Great info!
Dec 30, 2009 1:14am
eileen
Angel Thanks for that,Yes it is hard work although I think it must be easier now with the use of computers.
Surely it is a more simpler procedure than 25 years ago. thanks for stopping by
Dec 31, 2009 12:42pm
pbartelssc
Your article makes me think about things I can do at home to make money. Thanks.
Dec 31, 2009 9:32pm
eileen
pbartelssc, Yes there are so many things or businesses that can be run from your own home. And earn money without paying a rent on an office or building site.
Jan 23, 2010 11:21am
aguy
This is really interesting.

What is "bin washing"? I don't think I've ever heard of that.

Is it really messy when you do the printing?
Jan 24, 2010 3:32am
eileen
Aguy. There are several people that go around washing the household rubbish bins now in Australia. Its amazing the new ideas that are evolving with the hard economy problems nowadays. thanks for stopping by.

No silk screening is not really messy. You just watch what you are doing and do things properly.
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