Going into the business of DTG or Direct-to-Garment printing is a great way of earning money and providing the needed service of customized T-Shirts. Production engineers within the garment industry, always have the task of planning ahead for the next job or order, so they will ensure an easy flow or transition from one order to the next. Supplies of threads, fabric, needles for machines, scheduling workers to begin new style, as well as ensure cutting of garments are done and stored to be phased into production on the back end of the previous order. A lot of pre-planning is needed. Time is also a factor, as these production engineers have to have an appreciation of how long it takes to complete one piece of garment. With this knowledge, they are able to inform the customer when to expect delivery on completion of the order.
It is not a very good businessman that does not know anything about forward-planning and expect to see a profit. Learning all the intricate details of forward-planning is essential to any successful business. If you don’t, then you may consider employing an expert to do this for you; but in the long run, you will have to learn for your personal growth. And of course, it will cost you less.
So you are in the DTG business and you are making a reasonable profit. In order to see more growth, production meetings need to be had. There must be on hand information about stock and what is needed. The ordering of ink- both colored and white, light and dark pre-treatment solution, cleaning solution, and have a built-in time for maintenance of your printer will ensure continued productivity. It is never good for you to use your DTG printer until it quits on you. Learn the needed maintenance tips from the manufacturers as well as have a backup machine in the event you do have an unplanned breakdown.
Always purchase stock before it is needed; especially if you are having big orders back to back, do not assume you have enough in reserve. Ordering stock when needed will cause delays as you will lose time waiting for the order to be delivered. Customers will become frustrated waiting for their order, and you may find you have a domino effect of losing other orders from back up deliveries.
Many persons who decide to venture into the business of DTG printing will take courses to learn about the printer as well as some “secrets” about the business. They will not consider knowing too much, as technology changes so rapidly they may be left in the “dark ages” and wonder why their competitors are moving ahead. Acquiring this knowledge will help in eliminating unnecessary spending. It is also important to note, comparing brands of DTG printers will add to your knowledge of the business and enable you making meaningful long-term purchases. Comparisons will entail ink uses on a monthly, quarterly or yearly run as well as maintenance based on the brand machine. It is also important to understand, making your services unique to doing jobs that other businesses throw out, will enable you not having a stagnant DTG printer for any time.