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By ernest_kay ·
I need some advices as I am planning to open up a business (I don't know if it's suitable for me but I've much interest in this area with less knowledge) where it involve printing of banners, name cards, brochures, greeting cards. However I don't have much experience in doing so. My friend advised me to get to TechRepublic for consultations.
1. First, I'd think I need a personal computer. Just what type of computer do I need? If you could give me the detailed specification of the computer.
2. I'd think I need a specific software to use. I know there's this CorelDraw, PhotoShop. Just which is most suitable for the kind of business and for the computer specified in (1).
3. Do I need a scanner? If so, what type of scanner do I need.
4. I presume I will need a colour printer? Should I go for laser or buble jet printer? What is the specific printer that I will need?
Money is not a problem.

Pls advice..Thank you.

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by Wayne M. In reply to Business

First things first. Before you even ask about the technology, make a business plan.

Who are the cutomers for "banners, name cards, brochures, greeting cards?" Where will you do the work, at home, or on site at a conference, or where? What isthe quantity of items to be printed and how quickly do you need to print them once you have an order? What are the cost and quality expectations of your cutomers?

You need to be able to answer these questions before anyone can tell you what specific hardware and software you may need (and even if your business plan is feasible). Printing simple banners for birthday parties is vastly different from printing thousands of company brochures.

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by ernest_kay In reply to Business

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by aekland In reply to Business

I agree with Wayne that you should have a business plan even if you will be funding the company yourself. It helps with feasability and focus.
In addition you need to know if you are going to produce the images or just cut and paste from other products.
If money is no problem will this be a hobby business or a self supporting business. If it is self supporting then the business plan becomes critical because your customer and market becomes your deciding factor on what equipment you should buy to start.

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by Al Macintyre In reply to Business

How are you going to compete with the thousands of other businesses doing this quite successfully & not needing to ask this kind of question?

Since Money is no object, then budget a few hundred thousand or even a million dollars & buy a franchiseof one of those store front retail places that are all over the big cities that accept attachments to e-mail & produce stunning graphics.

They will send you to their school to learn the fundamentals of their business.

Even if you do not have amillion dollars to invest in your new business, there is probably room for new outfits doing this kind of thing on a smaller scale in rural areas of the USA & small towns & in the new democracies of the world.

But you gotta learn business before you start a business. There's taxes & licensing & book keeping & insurance & security & bribes (especially if you are not in a major US city). Do you know copyright for where you get your images from?

If you have no computer now, forget this idea until you are comfo

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by ernest_kay In reply to Business

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by adipo_ro In reply to Business

I am agree with all answers before mine, but since you want to start a bisnice, and you don't know to much about this I can give you some advices, of course there could be better answers and solutions.

HP(Hewlet Pakard) - is a good brand for yourequipment

You can use a at list a Pentium II or III, at minimum 300 MHz or more, some RAM memory - minimum 128 MB, an Hard disk with few GB ( verry good 8GB or more) , and amonitor at minimum 19''(inch) or more.

You had right with Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop, also you can use Dream Weaver(Web developer).

In this kkind of buisiness you can't do nothing whith out a scaner ( It schould be minimum 600 dpi)

You can use a Laser printer(color) if you can buy one, ore the bubble jet, ismore cheaper, but is not recomanded for large series of printing because is slow.

Maibe You are a good designer, if not you absolutely need one, and also a person for web implementation(may be your friend).

This are the minimum required equipment for a business li

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