Calculating Your True Costs of Direct to Garment to Make a Profit

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. If we are in this industry as a business the goal is to turn a profit. Terry and Aaron have seen way too many business struggle just to break even and the main culprit is the inability to truly calculate their costs and then accurately set their prices. This week is part 2 of a 3 part series where Terry and Aaron will discuss calculating your true costs of direct to garment. Then they will dive into some pricing strategies and provide you with some great info that can help your business turn a profit.

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Compare and Contrast Garment Decorating Techniques

Compare and Contrast Garment Decorating Techniques

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron will share with you the pros and cons of each technique and the markets they can serve, plus some expected costs to get started. It will be a tongue-in-cheek battle between Terry, the screen printing and direct-to-garment guy, and Aaron, the sublimation and heat transfer guy. At the end, they will settle their differences and show you how you can bring the tools and technologies together to create multimedia garments as well as understanding where everything fits in our garment decorating world.

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Direct to Garment Deep Dive

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron discussed all things DTG in this direct to garment deep dive. Terry is coming off of an all day training seminar at the NBM Long Beach show showing people the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer, so we will be asking him to share some tips and tricks from that event. The guys will also discuss the beginning of the Direct to Garment segment of our industry as well as discuss what the future might hold.

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I Wish Someone Told Me…

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron will be chatting with our good friend Erich Campbell from Black Duck. The conversation will be a wide open discussion of all the things we wished someone had told us before getting into our respective businesses.

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QUICK TIP MAY 6, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

What do you need to buy to be a direct-to-garment printer? Sometimes when we deal with something day in and day out, we forget that those new to the business still need the most basic of information. A common question I get at shows or on the phone is, “What do I need to buy?” There are basically four items you need to purchase to be a complete direct-to-garment production shop. Continue reading

Niche Markets for Direct-to-Garment Printing

Niche Markets for Direct-to-Garment PrintingSeptember 4th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Finding a niche market has two parts. First you need to determine the capabilities of your chosen decoration method. Second, what options in the marketplace are best suited to that technology? On our show this week we’ve determined our decoration method will be direct-to-garment. Part two will be a discussion of niche markets best suited to this process. Niche Markets for Direct-to-Garment Printing!

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July 10th Show Notes – Niche Markets and ASI

July 10th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. This is one of our favorite themes, more Niche Markets! We will be bringing you some ideas on markets you could focus on inside the promotional products arena and out. Grow your business with ideas from your favorite 2 Regular Guys.

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Quick Tip April 17th, 2015 by Terry Combs

Artwork for Direct-to-Garment – Artwork from our customers is the most difficult area for most operators. Customers tend to provide very low resolution files and often from non-art programs such as Microsoft Word. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of asking the customer for the proper artwork, since most of our customers do not know exactly what we need from them to print the best graphic.

What we want is a 300dpi file saved at the full size it will be printed on the shirt. Many customers will want to give us jpg files since that is a common way to save information, but a jpg limits our ability to manipulate the file if necessary. Ideally we want our customer to provide us with a png, psd or eps file, saved with a transparent background.

December 6th 2013 Show Notes – Direct to Garment with Harry Oster

Direct to GarmentDecember 6th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast from December 6th, 2013, so you can get more details on some of the items we discussed. Harry Oster the President of Equipment Zone in Franklin Lakes, N.J., joined us to discuss the origins of direct to garment printing and where we stand with this technology today. Continue reading

November 15th, 2013 Show Notes – Corel DRAW Tips and Tricks

Corel Draw Tips and TricksNovember 15th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast from November 15th, 2013, so you can get more details on some of the items we discussed. The guys were joined by Jay Busselle who is a CorelDraw expert and gave us lots of information and plenty to Corel Draw Tips and Tricks. Continue reading