If you already have a CO2 laser engraving machine, you have the equipment to start your engraving business, but is that all you need? The truth is that it takes more than owning a laser engraving machine to start a laser engraving business. The following will discuss just what you need to know about starting your own laser engraving business at home.
Education & Skills
How much do you know about using a laser engraving system? If you aren’t familiar with laser engraving technology, it’s a must to get educated before you start using it. Not only should you learn about how to use the machine, you need to understand the range of attachments and the materials you can use with it. Before you start your home engraving business, it’s crucial to know at least the basics of using your machine.
Buy Vs Rent
If you don’t already have a laser engraving machine, you need to decide whether to buy or rent one. You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money on the fanciest engraving machine on the market. You should have a CO2 laser engraver, but it’s not mandatory. Laser engravers can be quite the investment since these machines cost between $8,000 and $20,000. If you’re not sure about investing in a laser machine, rent one and try it out for a while to see how your business goes before investing in one. You can also look for a newer, used engraving machine to start with.
Patience & Persistence
Be patient with yourself when you’re learning to use your laser engraver. It takes time, energy, patience, and persistence to get to know how it works and how to use it to your advantage. You’re going to make mistakes in the beginning, but as you practice, you will get better because the process will seem easier. The learning curve depends on whether you have used a laser engraver before and how quickly you learn by doing. Once you have some experience in using your machine, you can start your business.
Generally speaking, it’s relatively easy to start your own business. It’s mostly paperwork and recording legal documents. Look at the requirements and laws regarding owning a home business in your region. The rules and regulations vary, so you should get to know them before you start your business. The requirements for starting a business that involves laser technology could also be different from simply starting a basic business, so make sure you read and ask questions about it.
After you have the appropriate laser engraving equipment, learning, skills, and the proper business documentation, you can get started marketing your business. The avenues of promoting your business can involve starting a blog, using local advertising sources, local online sources, and word of mouth. A combination of marketing and advertising will help you boost your laser engraving business. Learning new skills and engraving on a variety of surfaces on many materials helps to expand your business. You never know what you can achieve until you try.
Article by Erryn Deane from Needham Coding