How To Start A Work-At-Home Laser Engraving Business
I’m going to show you the ropes, the basics of what you need to know about starting up a work-from-home laser engraving business. It doesn’t take a lot of money to get started. Laser machines and laser systems are relatively simple to operate. You can usually start up a business pretty fast because the system is easy to use. Whether you want to work full time or part-time you can make a good living.
Getting started setting up your business is easy. First, you’ll need to get proper training. Check out your local community or junior colleges and see if they offer classes in laser engraving. Check the ‘yellow pages’ and see if there are any local shops or businesses in which you can get a part-time job to learn the business. Then you’ll need to buy laser machines, systems and engraving equipment and supplies. You’ll need to buy a laser engraver and a compatible computer.
Consider buying some used laser equipment. Call any companies that you can find locally and see of they have any machines, systems or equipment to sell or if they plan to go out of business. If you have cash set aside for your business try to buy one of the newer laser engravers that has a good warranty. High quality equipment will last a lot longer and will have fewer problems.
Some of the laser engraving businesses specialize in promotional engraving; that is – they make promotional business items engraved with company logos. Your customers should know that engraved promotional items are a great way to create fast, personalized items to distribute to their clients and/or employees. This is far less costly than what they would spend on pre-engraved promotional items.
The laser engraving systems of a few years ago were sheets of plywood large, difficult to run and maintain. Laser machines and systems today are simple to learn, operate, and maintain. They are affordable now for small businesses. And today’s systems have less safety issues. They are sealed and a constant flow of gas is not necessary as was required in the old systems.
They also have faster engraving speeds and have more options to choose from. The cost of laser machines and systems is quite a bit lower than for the older machines. The most important difference between the new and old systems is the interfacing of laser engraving equipment with computers.
How it works: the laser engraving system is connected to a computer with a parallel printer cable. A laser machine driver is installed into the computer. The artwork is produced in a graphics program or scanned in with a scanner. The laser dealer or manufacturer can help you with selecting the best computer that is the most compatible with the new laser engraving system. The more capabilities the system has the more you will be able to do.
You need to get a demonstration of laser engraving and cutting systems so you can understand what table size and tube wattage you’ll require for the projects you plan to do.
To learn more about laser engraving technology, look for industry trade journals. Laser industry directories will help you find manufacturers of new equipment.
Many people who have work at home or small laser engraving businesses only engrave part-time. So if you decide to start up your own laser engraving business you don’t have to leave your day job. Once you get your business going you can start to build your business into a successful home business.