QUICK TIP APRIL 8, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Generic Catalogs – Many of your T-shirts suppliers will offer what are called generic catalogs. These look just like the catalogs you are now ordering from, but with no prices and no identification of the company… such as Alpha or SanMar to name a couple. These catalogs are for you to use to show your customer’s different products that they can order from you. Continue reading

Estimating Job Costs and Pricing for Profit

March 25th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron talked Estimating Costs and Creating Bids in your production environment. Our guest will be Steve Steiger with Fast Accurate Bids. Steve has over 30 years experience in the Screen Printing world and with some new partners has taken his compilation of spreadsheets and turned them into a complete software program. He will share with us his knowledge of job costing and estimating to help your business price jobs correctly.

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High End Separations with Thomas Trimingham

February 26th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron talk to Thomas Trimingham, a screen printing artist, instructor, separator, and author. He will be joining us to discuss high-end screen printing separations. Join us to learn about color separations for screen printers and how you can take your artwork to the next level.

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QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 26, 2016 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

How to NOT do Customer Service – Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post talking about a customer service experience I had and some key takeaways about how to NOT do things and what to do instead. Lately, I have noticed some things, even in my company that just stood out to me, so I plan to update that blog soon, but you all get a sneak peak of my thoughts. I have some points that I will talk in more detail about on my personal site soon, but for now, let me just give you the top 2 points so you can make sure you are not doing any of these things. Continue reading

3rd Annual REGGIE Awards Winners

The winners of the 3rd Annual REGGIE Awards, presented by Two Regular Guys Podcast, have been announced. After tallying votes from decorators who voted online, the top-rated nominees in eight categories were announced Dec. 18, 2015, during the Two Regular Guys Podcast, and were later honored in a presentation ceremony at the January 2016 Long Beach Imprinted Sportswear Show. Continue reading

Remove “They” from your Vocabulary

In my nearly 20 years being involved with sales, marketing and technical support, I have been fortunate to work with a variety of folks who are both really good and really bad at customer interactions. I have observed many of them (including myself) and have come to discover that there is one key word that people dealing with customers should really REMOVE from their vocabulary. By removing this word, those people can more smoothly interact with customers and resolve issues quickly.  Continue reading

Our Industry’s Evolution into Decorators

February 12th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron welcome in a long time friend and industry expert, Don Copeland. Don has been part of ColDesi for years and is a leading authority on all things DTG, Embroidery and beyond. Terry and Aaron are going to explore with Don how our industry has evolved from niches like embroiderer, screen printer, etc. to apparel decorators. More diversification – folks are adding vinyl graphics, rhinestone and other techniques to make money.

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QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 12, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Using Refillable Cartridges with a Small Format Epson – The printer of choice today for outputting film positives is an Epson small format device such as the 1430. The only drawback is the standard 18ml cartridge. Refillable cartridges are the best option to save substantial dollars on ink. Continue reading

Niche Markets and How to Discover your Own

February 5th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron talk niche markets. But more specifically we’ll talk about ways to discover your own unique niche in the marketplace. Terry and Aaron love these Niche shows because it allows us to share with you many of the creative ways that we have seen people make money in our industry. Being able to share with you some techniques to find your own niche is very exciting for us.

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QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 5, 2016 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

Focus – since we talked about Niche this fits perfectly. Don’t go after new things until you are really good at the current thing. Can’t try to do everything all at once and expect that there won’t be a learning curve. If it was easy everyone would do it. Pick your niche, your technique and go all in. Then once you have mastered that expand and do it all over with something else. Like we will talk about next week we are all just decorators but you still need to master your craft.