If you’re thinking about setting up your own business at home and happen to have some knowledge on the laser industry, then it may be wise to consider investing in laser engraving. Seriously speaking, a good business is one that doesn’t require massive investment beyond your budget, but can be profitable sooner than later. From this perspective, a laser engraving business may your perfect choice.
Some examples to help inspire your laser engraving business idea include photo engraving (engraving wonderful memories on marble or wood), models engraving (from toys to architectural models), signage (customized signs in wood, plastic, or other materials), and festival/wedding gifts engraving (ornaments, photo albums, and greeting cards).
Getting started in this business is quite simple. Firstly, you’ll need to receive proper training. Visit your junior or community colleges and find out if they offer laser engraving classes. Check on the Yellow Pages and see if you can get a job in any local shop to learn about the laser engraving business. You’ll then need to purchase laser systems, laser machines, compatible computer, laser engraver, and general engraving equipment like a printer, fax machine, dedicated phone line, and both supplies and files storage. Make sure to purchase industrial inkjet printers from a reputable retailer.
Consider purchasing some secondhand laser equipment. Contact any local companies and see if they’ve got any machines, equipment, or systems for sell or if they intend to close shop. If you’ve set aside some money for your business, try to purchase one of the latest laser engravers with a good warranty. Quality equipment won’t cause many problems and will last a bit longer.
Some laser engraving services focus on promotional engraving. In other words, they make promotional items engraved with logos of companies. Your clients need to understand that engraved promotional products are a fantastic way to make quick, customized items to give to their employees and/or customers. This is much less expensive that what they’d spend on pre-engraved marketing items.
Not long ago, laser engraving systems were huge, difficult to operate and maintain. Today, laser systems and machines are easy to learn, run, and maintain. They’re now affordable for small businesses. Today’s systems also have fewer safety problems. They’re sealed and don’t require a consistent flow of gas like old systems did.
They also come with quicker engraving speeds and more options to pick from. The laser systems and machines of today also cost less than older ones. The key difference between the old and new systems is that new laser engraving equipment is interfaced with computers.
How does laser engraving work?
You connect the laser engraving system to a computer using a parallel printer cord. Then you install the laser machine driver in the computer. Next, you produce the artwork in a graphics application or scan it in using a scanner. The laser manufacturer or dealer can help you pick the computer that’s most compatible with your laser engraving system. A system with more capabilities will do more for you.
You need someone to show you how laser cutting and engraving systems work so you can know what tube wattage and table size you need for the work you intend to do.
To learn a lot more about laser engraving, check out industry trade journals. Also check laser industry directories to find makers of new laser equipment.
Many people who work at home or have small businesses only do laser engraving part-time. Therefore, you don’t have to quit your day job to start your laser engraving business. Once your business is up and running, you can begin to build it into a successful home-based business.
Laser engraving can be a good business idea for anybody who wants to initiate a home-based or outside-the-home business as the start up cost is low. You can begin small and gradually grow and buy more equipment as the demand for your items increases.
According to insiders in the industry, lasers, with their precision and speed, are the future when it comes to manufacturing. With a huge demand for laser equipment nowadays, there are seemingly endless opportunities for business.
A laser engraving service might just be your kind of business. Make a decision on what kind of engraving you want to do and then get the right equipment to help you achieve your goals.