May 23rd, 2014 Show Notes – Start Your Own Decorating Business Discussion Part 2

Start Your Own Decorating BusinessMay 23rd Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast where Aaron, Terry and Andrea discuss all the components of how to start your own decorating business. Whether its screen printing, sublimation, vinyl, direct-to-garment or another form of decoration, we discussed what you’ll need to buy, the skills you need to learn, and what you can and can’t decorate. PART 2!

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Start Your Own Decorating Business

Today’s show is a continuation all about different decoration methods and how to get started… We have talked a lot about the details of different things in the industry, but never really about how to really get started, so lets basically start at the beginning.

Last week we talked Screen Printing and Sublimation, and we just got started with Embroidery.


Aaron: When you talk with potential customers at the trade shows, are you directing them to single head machines to learn the trade, or straight to a multi-head machine?

Terry: So Andrea, if there was an average startup embroidery shop, what equipment and supplies will a new operator need to buy?

Aaron: Here’s the million dollar question… or hopefully less… what’s the price tag on this average setup?


Andrea: Terry, it’s your turn again. Let’s talk direct-to-garment printing now. Give us a little background on this printing technique.

Aaron: What markets and materials are best suited to direct-to-garment printing?

Andrea: Let’s give the listeners a breakdown of the must-have equipment necessary for this decorating method.

Aaron: I know prices range all over the board, but what does it cost to get started?

Vinyl Cutting

Terry: OK Aaron, let’s talk cut vinyl. First cutting isn’t limited to garments, tell us about the substrates a new vinyl cutter could decorate.

Andrea: What is it going to take for a new user to learn this process?

Terry: Somebody walks into your booth and says I need a full vinyl cutting setup, what is the list of equipment and supplies you’re going to sell them?

Andrea: What’s the price range a new customer will pay to get setup?

***We ran out of time AGAIN so will wrap up this series in 2 weeks***


  1. Houston NGN Show – May 30th – 31st
  2. NBM Indianapolis – June 12th – 14th
  3. ASI Chicago – July 15th – 17th
  4. Denver NGN Show – July 18th – 19th

Other News/Events

  1. Complete Screen Printing Business Course – Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago – May 31-June 1, 2014

Terry’s Book – Screen Printing: A Practical Guide to Starting Your Own T-Shirt Business Just $4.95 as an e-book.

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