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    I'm not the world's best graphic designer, or entrepreneur for that matter. However, I don't want to put my ability to waste. In fact, I think there's alots of ways I can put it to good use. So, I was thinking of starting a "business" making flyers and business cards. The last business I ran was a lemonade stand when I was 9..so I'm a bit rusty lol Any tips? Do's or Dont's? I'm starting from scratch. As a matter of fact, I just came up with the idea today. I don't even have a name for it yet. Any helpful tips or words of advice would be appreciated! Thanks ;-)
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    If you're gonna do business cards, go for higher-end stuff. Remember that most people will pay $30 for 1000 cards with just their logo on 'em.

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    LOL alright
    I'll remember that..thanks!
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    Suggest raised printing, you can get an extra 50-75 out of it, otherwise, digital print it on card stock cheaper for you, and more money for you in the end.
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    Arunan... I have no idea what you're talking about... but I know you didn't read the original post. Innocent want to start designing cards.

    Despite that, digital printing is more expensive than raised printing. 1 color raised printing goes for about $30 / 1000 cards at any office shop. 4-color digital printing costs about $50 / 1000 and looks cheaper, like they were printed on an inkjet, well, because they are... albeit a big expensive inkjet.

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    Why limit yourself to just business cards..? In my experience, companies looking for this kind of service are likely to want (or even expect) matching compliment slips, letterheads, etc.

    This could then be expanded into creating branded document templates, newsletters and the like.

    It's not the easiest area to make lots of money (due to competition from similar businesses/full-blown design agencies/the printing companies themselves, plus the relatively low profit per job, so any extras you can offer (at a cost) can make the difference.

    Best of luck.

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    Originally posted by transio
    Arunan... I have no idea what you're talking about... but I know you didn't read the original post. Innocent want to start designing cards.

    Despite that, digital printing is more expensive than raised printing. 1 color raised printing goes for about $30 / 1000 cards at any office shop. 4-color digital printing costs about $50 / 1000 and looks cheaper, like they were printed on an inkjet, well, because they are... albeit a big expensive inkjet.
    Yes I read the first post Just giving him tips on another subject for over all use. I also meant DIGITAL PHOTO COPYING. Well I don't know about the raised printing COSTS, but I do know when I have done business cards few years back, digital output for me was cheaper to do, since it is on bigger paper you are able to fit close to 21 cards per sheet, which will be 48 sheets for 1000, which will be around cost of $20.00 for me. I owned 3 digital photo-copier, hell we own a damn printing company

    Anyways lets see tips. Try to keep them simple, and nice, do not over charge unless its a super design, remember it is easy to find someone else, maybe just around the corner from you. Thats how it is in Scarborough for me atleast lol. Thats why we moved from printing flyers/business cards to posters, and books for the school boards contract base.
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    Thanks everyone!
    As far as limiting my self, I am considering making different things. Such as flyers and such. And for the competition, actually, it's lots of people running around looking for the best service. Business cards are in high demand, at least around here. I'm not sure why because it's sooo many other companies. Well anyway, thanks everyone!

    Oh, and Arunan ..I'm not a "him", dood lol
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    Originally posted by Innocent_Kiss
    Oh, and Arunan ..I'm not a "him", dood lol
    You have to understand his confusion, though... <sarc:humor> You must not have read the rule that all female members are required to have a link to their photos in their signature.</sarc:humor>

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    Sorry about that Innocent_Kiss Picture might of helped. (JK)
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