Nowadays, doing just about anything can be regarded as taking a risk, and this couldn’t be any truer when it comes to starting a business. However, when it comes to the printing business, there are certain things that we can look out for in order to make our investments safer. It’s obvious that the first thing we need to do when deciding to get into the printing business is to figure out what type of services we are going to offer.
This is important because, depending on the type of services that we are going to focus we will need to figure out which is the best type of printing equipment for our business. There are three general types of printing equipment, but only two of them are really relevant in this case. What we will need to decide is whether we will require digital printers or offset printing presses.
The differences between these two types of printing equipment are pretty big. The digital printing machines were created in order to have the ability to print just about anything at any given time, without needing to spend a lot of time setting up the equipment. The offset printing presses are actually the first type of printing equipment to have been invented, and the technology used today isn’t that different from the one used when they were first invented. However, while the digital printing equipment only needs to be set up once, after which we can start printing just about anything, that’s not how things work in the case of the offset printing presses.
These require quite a bit of setup time, and because of this, they can be quite a big hole in our budget if we use them in order to print small batches. The offset printing equipment shows its true colors only when used for printing large numbers of pages.
The real question that we ask ourselves is whether it’s worth buying brand new or used printing equipment. In order to answer this question we need to look at certain things as price, and reliability. Usually, we can find used printing equipment that in very good condition and get it at a price that’s at least 30% lower than the price of the brand new one. Basically, by choosing to buy used printing equipment we are saving money that we can use in very different ways.
We can, for example, have the chance to buy a used offset printing press and have enough money left to buy several digital printing machines. By having offset as well as digital printing machines, we will be able to meet various demands, satisfying more and more customers.
There are plenty of websites that deal with the advertising and selling used printing machines, and this gives anyone that wants to start a printing business a better chance of making worthwhile investments. If we want to get into this business, we should always make sure to check out the offers that these companies have.