Starting a Decoration Business in 2024: Essential Tools Pt. 1


In the second part of our series on starting a decoration business in 2024, hosts Terry and Aaron dive into the crucial topic of equipment selection. Drawing from their extensive experience in the industry, they offer valuable insights and practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to invest in the right tools for success. From screen printing and embroidery to DTG/DTF and sublimation, they explore the latest advancements and considerations in each decoration method. Join us as we discuss key factors to consider when choosing equipment, including budget, scalability, and technological advancements. Whether you’re launching a new venture or looking to upgrade your existing setup, this episode provides essential guidance for navigating the ever-evolving landscape of decoration business equipment.

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Dad Joke

Terry: The doctor said, do you want to hear the good news or the bad news?

Aaron: “Good news please.”

“We’re naming a disease after you.”

Essential Tools – Analog

Aaron: Erich’s from last week: Make use of the many services that offer decoration options that let you ‘ease in’ to other decoration methods – for embroiderers, that might mean digging into and making client inroads for printing through transfer houses before bringing print in-house.

Screen Printing – Terry

  • I have a recommended list of things to buy at
  • I bought a 4 color press, and today would be a 6 color 
  • I would have purchased 4-5 different screen mesh counts, rather than trust the equipment sales rep with “All you need are 110 mesh screens.”
  • I would have bought a tension meter sooner
  • Today, I would buy a dryer built to grow with… ideally with more potential throughput than I need
  • I would have a short-run option. Probably a DTG printer since I can do both DTG and DTF and not have to run it daily (depending on the machine I select)
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Embroidery – Erich

  • Brand Name vs. Support / TCoO
  • Tune abilities to clientele / offerings and throughput. 
  • Don’t skimp on simple tools
    • Tools at all stations
    • Trimmers
  • Non-decoration equipment / tools
    • Hooping Station
    • Garment Steamer
  • Job/Shop Management Software
    • CRM
    • Marketing
    • Ecommerce
  • Expansion
    • Heat Press
    • Simple Cutter

The Secret Sauce

We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our ‘Secret Sauce’ for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success.


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