IRS Tax Code: Section 179 – 2016
Sep14

IRS Tax Code: Section 179 – 2016

Purchasing Print Finish Equipment? 2016 is the year to do it. So, the US Government gives business tax incentives to spend money. Section 179 has been generous in the past, but not necessarily in 2015. Section 179 for 2016 is generous offering companies a tax break on capital purchases up to $500,000. That’s a pretty good deal. So, how does it work? Well, if you have been considering purchasing a new wide format laminator, a UV...

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Print Finish Equipment: Should You Lease or Buy?
Jul19

Print Finish Equipment: Should You Lease or Buy?

You need some print finish equipment to support your printing business. The next question that comes up is whether you should lease or whether you should buy the equipment. Print finish technology has not changed much. It is not like buying computer hardware or even printers. It is quite possible to purchase print finishing equipment and have it last forever. Case in point, I have some Lassco round corner cutters in my shop that I...

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Business Card Design Works
Dec30

Business Card Design Works

In the age of smartphones, do business cards still work? After all, don’t people just scan your business card into their phones? Like all things with print today, the answer is yes they do work if you do them right. It’s about good design. We have talked about the different ways to market using print today. UV Coating, over laminates, or paper stock can make the difference if someone keeps your card or not. Good design will always win...

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Post Press and Print Finishing: Print Shop Profit Center
Dec02

Post Press and Print Finishing: Print Shop Profit Center

Profit and Value Can Go Together Why give someone else the business of post-press and print finishing when you could easily do it yourself. Adding to your bottomline with services like laminating, inserting, bursting, decollating, binding and even shrink wrapping is something to consider. By becoming a one-stop shop with print-finishing, you can increase your profits while providing your customers with incredible value. How it Works...

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Wire Binding? Saddle Stitching? Designers Beware
Nov16

Wire Binding? Saddle Stitching? Designers Beware

As a printer, part of your job is to educate your customers how print finishing works. You should have a catalogue of design recommendations for the different document finishing they may use. As an example, you should have design requirements for: Wire binding Coil Binding Saddle Stitching Side Stitch Binding Perfect Binding Case Binding Comb Binding Help your customers understand how to avoid waste and money by giving them the...

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How to select an ID Badge Printer
Nov11

How to select an ID Badge Printer

One of the side business you can offer as a print finish shop is ID Badge Printing. For your smaller clients, it makes no sense for them to go out and buy their own printer. If you have several customers out there that regularly need ID badge printing, it is something you can offer. Let’s say they are badging employees once a year. You can help them get it done at a lower cost than for them doing it themselves. If you do it, you can...

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