Planning for 2016 Success with Terry and Aaron

January 8th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. In December, several industry experts came on the show to talk about making plans for your business in 2016. In this week’s show, Aaron and Terry will give their own tips and ideas to help you plan and succeed in the coming year!

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QUICK TIP JANUARY 8, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Heat Press Pressure in Direct-to-Garment Printing – There’s still much confusion about the details of DTG printing, and unfortunately much misinformation. There are two steps to look at when it comes to your heat press.

Number 1 is pretreating. Once you’ve pretreated the shirt with an automatic pretreat machine on hand-held power sprayer, and you want to print right away, you’ll need to dry the shirt with your heat press. If the pressure is too light, that extends the drying time and more importantly leaves fibers standing up on the garment. So when you are drying pretreat, use heavy pressure. As a side note, if you allow your shirts to air dry, you’ll still need to press the shirt with heavy pressure for about five seconds before printing.

Number 2 is the printed shirt that must be heat set for wash-ability. If you use too heavy pressure, it will press the ink into the shirt and mix the inks on dark shirts to give a dull washed-out appearance. When curing the ink on a shirt, use light pressure for the best result.

Equipment Leasing with Dick Clark Associates

October 23rd Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. On this week’s show, we’ll be talking leasing in and outs, and financing your business in general. Our guest will be David Harding, National Account Manager with Dick Clark Associates. Dick Clark himself may be joining us as well.

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QUICK TIP OCTOBER 23, 2015 BY TERRY COMBS

Pretreatment Methods for DTG – Best to Worse If it’s in your budget, buy an automatic pretreat machine. This will give you consistency with this critical step in the process. Be sure to check max pretreat area matches the potential print area of your DTG machine. Also check that the spraying process is completely enclosed. If not, be sure to spray away from your DTG machine.

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The Perpetuation of Bad Production Advice

The Perpetuation of Bad Production AdviceSeptember 25th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. There are production concepts that are either dated (a good idea 20 years ago) or just flat out bad advice, but they continue to be passed down and passed along to unsuspecting new decorators. On this week’s program, we’ll be talking about the how’s and why’s… and what you should be doing instead on your production floor!

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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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When Employees Choose to Leave

When Employees Choose to LeaveAugust 21st Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry discussed the thousand reasons people leave good jobs. As a manager or owner you can name them all. But in reality, people don’t usually leave a job. They leave their boss. We’ll discuss the whys and hows of turnover in your own business. When Employees Choose to Leave!

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August 14th Show Notes – Printing on Demand to Make More Profit

Printing on DemandAugust 14th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry are back together again this week to discuss the power of adding Printing on Demand to Make More Profit to your decorating business. They will share, tips, tricks and niche markets to target for Printing on Demand to Make More Profit and doing on site printing services. They will discuss what printing on demand is and why you should look at printing on demand for your personalization business. They will also give you information about what equipment you need and why. Plus they will cover how to set-up at these events, upselling on the spot and what types of imprinted products work well. 

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August 7th Show Notes – Multi-Media Screen Printing Tips and Tricks

August 7th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. On this weeks show we’ll talk with Greg Gaardbo, the CEO and Creative Director with Shockwaves Promotional Products in Arlington Hts, Illinois (Greater Chicago). As many of our listeners are aware, Greg is well-known in our industry for his multi-media decoration. Greg will be sharing interesting Multi-Media Screen Printing Tips and Tricks on some very creative techniques to use in your own screen printing shops.

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QUICK TIP AUGUST 7, 2015 BY TERRY COMBS

Business Cards – Your business card says who you are, and beyond your vital information. A crisp, professional look will give the customer the impression that you will also be professional.

Today, there is absolutely no reason to have a low-end business card, though I see them all the time. Online companies offer full color business cards for around $25.00. Every business person today can and should have a professional looking card.

Many of your customers will never see your shop, so that card is their only physical evidence of your business. Keep your cards handy and ready to pass out at a moment’s notice. Remember, everyone is a potential customer, so don’t be stingy with those business cards. They’re cheap!