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How To Start A Laser Engraving Business At Home

 

 

Starting a laser engraving business today is a great storefront or work from home business opportunity.  You can start with very little investment. Laser systems or laser machines today are simple to learn and use. It doesn't take long to learn so you can generally start up your business in no time. You can work full time or part time and still build up a valuable and profitable business.

 

You can create a wide variety of items including engraving pens, wine bottles, laptops, luggage tags, custom plaques and many other items or merchandise. You can engrave on acrylic, wood, rubber, stone, leather, fabric, glass and many other types of materials.   You can create laser engraved trophies, keepsakes, plaques, pens, pencils, desk sets, toys, games, cabinets, keychains and much more. You can specialize in a particular item or engrave a wide variety.   

 

Many people operate their lasers out of their homes with phenomenal success. There is usually very little competition and you can specialize in a particular item or choose a wide variety to engrave.

 

To start up a small laser engraving business it will cost around $10,000 if you purchase a system or you can lease.  You'll need a laser system, computer and graphic software.

 

If you buy a laser machine or system it can cost about $10,000 for an 18" x 12" work area and uses about 25 watts of laser power.  You can also lease or lease to own a system for about $240 a month if you have good credit.

 

You'll need a computer using a Windows 2000, XP or Vista operating system.  All the versions of 2000 or XP either the home or professional versions, etc., are compatible to use with an Epilog Laser.  You probably have this already.

 

You'll need graphic software. The Epilog systems are designed to run on most of the Window's-based graphic software programs including CorelDRAW, AutoCAD and Adobe. The Epilog type of system has a printer driver.   This will allow you to print images from any of these programs.

 

You can start up your business without quitting your current job.  You can engrave part-time or on weekends and slowly build up your business.  You can eventually build it up into a full-time job.  There is so little competition that getting customers should be easy.

 

Once you decide that you would love to have your own business you'll either need to lease or purchase the perfect system that will work the best for you.  You need to know what the largest size piece or item is that you'll be working with, what materials you'll  be using, how many items you'll be doing at a time and what your budget will be.

 

Get a demonstration of laser engraving and cutting systems so you can decide on the table size and tube wattage that you'll need to create the projects you think you'll be working with.  This way you'll be able to find the best engraving and cutting system for you.

 

Creating an engraving is easy. The laser works like a printer, so a system is very easy to use; you just set the page size to the size of the piece you're working with, then you import your image and place it on the page where that you want it to engrave. Then you just add the text or any other changes you need to make, and print it to the laser. That's it.

 

Getting customers is easy when you concentrate on marketing. You can contact schools, corporations, large and small businesses. You can engrave items for customer giveaways.  You may even find a big job that will pay for your laser engraving system.

 

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