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
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
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
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.
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
You can eventually build it up into a full-time
is so little competition that getting customers should be
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
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
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
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