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How to Start a Printing Business - Free Book


Are you considering starting a Printing Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate Printing Business. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Printing Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Printing Business plan:

COMPANY NAME is a 100% woman privately owned and operated S Corporation with well established relationships in the rapidly-growing Tri-Valley region of San Francisco's East Bay.  It was incorporated in 2004.  COMPANY NAME was founded by INSERT NAME and fully operated by INSERT NAMES who is established as Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions.
Located in the rapidly-growing Tri-Valley region of San Francisco's East Bay, Dublin is located at the crossroads of I-580 and I-680. Dublin is 14.01 square miles in size and currently has an approximate population of 41,907 (and growing).
Dublin has a mild climate and a positive attitude toward commercial, industrial and residential growth.  COMPANY NAME already does well in the area and even nationwide and overseas due to the company's availability and presence online.
In the early 1990s, INSERT NAME launched his career in the printing industry with a sales position at a regional auto sales publication. Over the next few years, he made great professional strides, continuing his career with the #1 rated local daily newspaper. In 1995, he took the next step in his career as a sales representative with one of the premier, high-end printers in the country, Lithographix. INSERT NAME spent the next decade working for various high-end commercial printers, learning the industry, increasing his printing knowledge, and building relationships. His growing list of clients learned that his experience and expertise were second to none. In early 2004, these customers began expressing their desire to have Mike manage ALL of their printing needs, not just the high-end projects. There was a need in the marketplace to have a company that could facilitate all levels of printing. And so, in the fall of 2004, in response to these client demands, INSERT NAME, launched COMPANY NAME.
INSERT NAME has over 12 years of marketing and sales experience across a broad spectrum of business types. She has worked as a marketing manager for the Clayton, CA office of Better Homes Realty; as a product marketing manager for Premenos, an EDI software developer; as a marketing manager at Net Wireless, where she directed all collateral and direct mail efforts; as an account executive at AT&T's cable accounts division; and most recently as a sales representative at All American Label. Her in-depth understanding of marketing and sales needs across various business platforms leaves her uniquely qualified to help clients strategize and fulfill their own promotional needs.

1.1 Objectives

1. To generate generous annual sales by the third year of this plan.
2. To establish a tiered client hierarchy:

  • 20% long term, established customers
  • 60% customers with ongoing irregular and periodic needs
  • 20% new customers with unestablished needs.

3. To hire permanent employees and eliminate the need for independent contractors, providing more job stability to the area.
4. To establish business and sell services in the greater Northern and Southern California areas.
5. To be a true one-stop operation by being able to accommodate all of a customer's printing needs from consulting and design assistance to printing, binding, and distribution. Our goal is to eliminate the need for our customers to source any printing outside of our scope.
6. To promote an awareness of green technology and eco-friendly product and publication and so as to support sales and income goals through aggressive marketing and telephone contact. This awareness will come from both marketing and word-of-mouth referrals.

1.2 Mission

COMPANY NAME is a printing solutions provider dedicated to offering a single source for all printing needs with a priority on earning and maintaining our customer's trust. COMPANY NAME will maintain a consistent and reasonable margin while providing customers with a fair price and exceptional service in the United States and abroad. The company will also maintain a friendly, fair, and creative work environment that respects new ideas and hard work.
With the demise of the newspaper industry many advertisers are seeking ways to reach each consumer in the market place without major expenses of direct mail and postage costs.  COMPANY NAME has created a solution, the PRODUCT NAME.  [INSERT PRODUCT FUNCTION].  Customers are able to pick and choose market zone coverage by zip codes and receive a cost effective way to reach consumers in their desired demographic areas.
COSTCO Business Value Book, COMPANY NAME and their advertising team has been chosen to produce the quarterly COSTCO BVB book for the Livermore / Pleasanton market.  Many other Costco’s are now considering COMPANY NAME to produce the very same advertising vehicle for their warehouse’s.
Both of these vehicles allow our sales force to cross sell into all vehicles and build relationships for our design, print and collateral capabilities.

1.3 Keys to Success

The keys to the success of COMPANY NAME are:

  • Maintaining a reputable and untarnished reputation in the industry. 
  • Quality care of individual and business customers. 
  • Competitive pricing. 
  • Offering eco friendly alternatives to clientele.

COMPANY NAME is a 100% woman privately owned and operated S Corporation with well established relationships in the rapidly-growing Tri-Valley region of San Francisco's East Bay.  It was incorporated in 2004, but was conceived and begun in 1996.  COMPANY NAME was founded by INSERT NAME and fully operated by INSERT NAMES, who is established as Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions.
Located in the rapidly-growing Tri-Valley region of San Francisco's East Bay, Dublin is located at the crossroads of I-580 and I-680. Dublin is 14.01 square miles in size and currently has an approximate population of 41,907 (and growing).
Dublin has a mild climate and a positive attitude toward commercial, industrial and residential growth.  Touch Plate, Inc. already does well in the area and even nationwide and overseas due to the company's availability and presence availability online.

2.1 Company Ownership

COMPANY NAME is a privately-held California S-Corporation. INSERT NAME the company's founder, is the President and Operations Manager.  INSERT NAME is the Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions. INSERT NAME will be handling the marketing, sales and commercial print volume.   

2.2 Company History

COMPANY NAME was incorporated in February of 2004 by INSERT NAME.  The company has been 100% female owned and operated since the date of incorporation. 
As the printing industry's time is waning, COMPANY NAME is already merging into the advertising and publishing industries with the company publication PRODUCT NAME, which focuses on an eco friendly yet modern way of lifestyle and business.
Although 92% of the company's sales are Northern California based, COMPANY NAME does have a healthy amount of clientele in other parts of the country and abroad.

Table: Past Performance

Past Performance

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

Sales

$1,063,976

$936,713

$594,077

Gross Margin

$1,063,976

$936,713

$594,077

Gross Margin %

100.00%

100.00%

100.00%

Operating Expenses

$1,036,136

$851,427

$591,948

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

Current Assets

 

 

 

Cash

$8,912

$34,489

$835

Other Current Assets

$3,198

$3,198

$54,912

Total Current Assets

$12,110

$37,687

$55,747

 

 

 

 

Long-term Assets

 

 

 

Long-term Assets

$0

$0

$0

Accumulated Depreciation

$0

$0

$39,916

Total Long-term Assets

$0

$0

($39,916)

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

$12,110

$37,687

$15,831

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts Payable

$0

$0

($1,962)

Current Borrowing

($23,066)

($37,784)

$4,361

Other Current Liabilities (interest free)

$0

$0

$0

Total Current Liabilities

($23,066)

($37,784)

$2,399

 

 

 

 

Long-term Liabilities

$16,747

$66,247

$4,361

Total Liabilities

($6,319)

$28,463

$6,760

 

 

 

 

Paid-in Capital

$0

$0

$0

Retained Earnings

($161,344)

($201,388)

($294,588)

Earnings

$179,773

$210,612

$303,659

Total Capital

$18,429

$9,224

$9,071

 

 

 

 

Total Capital and Liabilities

$12,110

$37,687

$15,831

 

 

 

 

Other Inputs

 

 

 

Payment Days

0

0

0


3.0 Products

COMPANY NAME provides custom solutions for business printing needs. COMPANY NAME is a service for customers that are looking for a one-stop solution for all of their printing needs. The company provides them with an overall cost savings through strategy of job specific solution sales. COMPANY NAME solutions focus on the needs of the customer, the time frame for the project and the overall scope of work. With well established vendor partners, COMPANY NAME can accommodate any job size with solutions tailored to the specific need and can further reduce costs by aggregating and allocating among the various sources. Products and services include:
SERVICES:

  • Consultation
  • Printing needs analysis and recommendations
  • Inventory management and storage
  • Graphic design
  • Corporate image
  • Copy writing
  • Pickup and delivery
  • Electronic communication and file management
  • Bindery, including cutting, folding, stitching, die cutting, foil stamping embossing

PRODUCTS:

  • Identity packages
  • High-end collateral print
  • Grand format
  • Business forms including multi-part and carbonless
  • Door Hangers
  • Brochures
  • Mailers
  • Fliers
  • Packaging
  • Catalogs
  • Coupons
  • Labels (wine and soft packaging)
  • Annual reports
  • Specialty and promotional items including silk screening, embroidery and advertising specialties


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