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    Future Business Ideas

    I am only 16 years old, but I was wondering about creating and running a printing business, and what would be required in order to run one. I imagined that all I would need is a printer, in which I could buy, and often rent an office area in a little strip mall. Does anybody have any comments about any problems that could arise that I might be unaware of if I ever decided to startup this project when I am of age. I would just imagine that I could create a website, create my own business, and basically run it on my own after buying and understanding how to run a printer that can create printing solutions alike business cards, letterheads, etc. in which can be shipped out to companies. I mean, I know I am uneducated in the printing business, but I don't think I am missing out on anything that would be extremely hard to manage, especially if I buy a printer from a reputable company that I know I will always be able to buy my supplies from.

    I also thought that a t-shirt business would be cool, but I know a different type of printer would be needed, unless I used cheap iron-on solutions instead of using ink, correct?

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    The printing business can be more complex than that, you need to have some graphic design skills at a very minimum.

    If you're serious about this I would recommend a part-time job/summer job at a printing company (even if it's just something like Kinkos). You'll understand the different types of papers and what to expect from customers.

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    Was chatting to a local printer the other day. If he's to be believed, it's a pretty involved business to get into, you really have to know what you are doing if you want to compete with existing printing businesses. The way he runs things is he provides digital printing services in-house (seems to be a trumped up photocopier, quality is questionable, fine for basic flyers etc), but he outsources the 'proper' priniting stuff to a specialist company. The outsourced stuff is what you'd expect from a decent printer - high res, top quality paper, full colour printing, hundreds of options on size, paper, finish etc.

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    Yes, I know I would have to work with this type of business beforehand, maybe with something like Kinkos, then work my way up to another job, or stay with Kinkos depending on the pay and the position. I have some graphic design skills, and I could always outsource designs if they don't like my solutions. I'm just trying to think of different ideas that can set a career path for me instead of going to college and wasting it. I mean, I am taking CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) up in highschool now, but I don't want to do that. I like working with different types of multimedia, and to make a business of my own, I would have to work with a job that can teach me the basics, and either learn the business management from them, or from a different company. I don't care how much people say, a personal experience is a lot better off than a college degree, college is needed (or in my case I want it), but sololy running your business off a college course isn't my idea of using your head.
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    I provide network consulting services for a local printing company. A small town version of a Kinkos if you will.

    The owner is frazzled beyond belief. As the owner, you not only have to deal the customer design requests, but also the differentkinds of printers for the different types of jobs, the expense of the inks, the repair of the printing machines (and they are expensive), the computer systems for the design machines and printers. Plus you'll need to work with customers closely to get their specs just right. There are only so many hours in a day.

    IMHO, the printing business would be one of the last businesses I'd think about starting.
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    Yes, I understand what you are saying, but if there was a way to keep it controlled, I don't think it would be so rough on the management. I'm just trying to take bits and pieces of what I like to do, and what I can try to make into a profitable business when I am older, so I can try to direct myself into that career path.
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