June 6th, 2014 Show Notes – Start Your Own Decorating Business Part 3

Start Your Own Decorating BusinessJune 6th 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 3 and last part.

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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.

First we are recapping what we covered before then wrapping it up finally!

Screen Printing

Aaron: Terry, let’s start up by giving us a review of starting up a screen printing operation.

  • Checklist
  • $15,000
  • Education


Terry: Andrea, your turn. Give us a review of starting up an embroidery operation.

  • software & computer
  • hoops / hooping station
  • supplies / consumables
  • machine & education


Andrea: OK Terry, back to you. Talk to us about starting a direct-to-garment business.

  • Items needed
  • Pretreating
  • White ink


Terry: Aaron, tell us about sublimation printing. What’s involved in starting up?

  • Systems like Epson, Ricoh, Sawgrass Etc.
  • Heat Presses
  • Polyester and no white ink

Vinyl Cutting

Terry: OK Aaron, new subject, 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?

Combining them all together to create extra value/marketing

Aaron: Terry, give us an example of a multimedia application you’ve seen.

Terry: How about you Aaron, what multimedia application have you seen?

Aaron: Andrea I know in your booth you guys always have some very cool multi media decorations. Tell us about those and what your customer find sell the best.


  1. NBM Indianapolis – June 12th – 14th
  2. ASI Chicago – July 15th – 17th
  3. Denver NGN Show – July 18th – 19th
  4. ISS Las Vegas – August 3rd – 5th
  5. St. Louis NGN Show – August 8th – 9th
  6. Embroidery Mart Nashville – August 15th – 16th
  7. Sourcing at MAGIC – August 17th – 20th

Other News/Events

  1. Complete Screen Printing Business Course – Workhorse Products in Phoenix – June 28-June 29, 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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