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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Hello,
I am soon to start a new business selling printing services.

This will include printed:
business cards
leaflets
t shirts
mugs
caps etc

So lots of personalised printing available.

I don't want to go down the line of, for example, Manchester Printing LTD!

I want a memorable name as this may end up being a retail shop too.

I was thinking along the lines of:
custom trends
monster prints

you know, catchy sort of names which I can develop a brand name from but i'm really stuck for ideas!

Can anyone help me?

Thanks!
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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banned#1
GentleTouch Business Services T/A Massive**** Printing


(no hate op, just messing!)

Edited By: vibeone on Jul 27, 2010 09:32: swear filter didnt work. allowed me to say ****, so i removed it manually.
#2
I'm feeling it.
#3
Print 'n' Stuff.
#4
whatsThePoint
call it "yet another printing company in an overcrowded market"


Funny you should say that. None within 3 mile radius of me, yet in that area there is 50 odd takeaways and they seem to do well.
banned#5
http://suggest.name/ - web 2.0 name generator is always fun
#6
vibeone
http://suggest.name/ - web 2.0 name generator is always fun


Haha, could come up with a few suggestions!
#7
Print-it
#8
Personally Yours
Personalize-IT
EZ Personalising
That Personal Touch
Quality, Quantity, Quickly!!
#9
Inka
http://incas.mrdonn.org/inca06.gif

Jetsteam Ink
(logo of an arrow that bends around)

Splat
http://www.inkyfishpoets.co.uk/Images/ink_splat.jpg

Edited By: PhearFactor on Jul 27, 2010 09:48: .
#10
stefor
Personally Yours
Personalize-IT
EZ Personalising
That Personal Touch
Quality, Quantity, Quickly!!


Playing with a few of them ideas but still noway near perfect! The 3 q's make a decent slogan actually.
Thanks
#11
whatsThePoint
GentleTouch
whatsThePoint
call it "yet another printing company in an overcrowded market"
Funny you should say that. None within 3 mile radius of me, yet in that area there is 50 odd takeaways and they seem to do well.


Of course they do well, but have you ever got drunk and then thought i really fancy my face printed on a mug while on the way home


No, but have you ever been stuck for a gift idea? Have you ever wanted something personalised? Have you ever ran a business? Has your business ever needed business cards? Have you ever wanted to promote something? Have you ever been on a stag/hen do? The list continues...
#12
All Services And Printing = A.S.A.P
#13
Wasting your time, the market is saturated with far too many of these companies. Alot of my family are self employeed and they would never go to such a small company for their pens, keyrings, tshirts, business cards etc. There are plenty of companies already sending them free examples everyday of the week, think you could actually afford to do that?
Secondly if your targeting the personalised market, i dont think there are that many people who would actually want a tacky mug with their own mug on it. The only services like this that are truely popular are the "photo cake" services. Also you have to consider the price of equipment and stock compared to the small amount you'd make on each item, you would have to sell far too much to even turn a profit!
#14
inked apparel?
inked something sounds good

the abbreviate of asap sounds good too..
#15
And have you ever considered that maybe there isnt one within a 3 mile radius because there is no need for it? or the fact that this type of company can be based on the internet, its not the sort of business that requires a shop presence.
Of the two (internet & a shop) i would be far far less likely to take an embarrasing photo or two in store rather than just upload them on the internet.
#16
dh058977
Wasting your time, the market is saturated with far too many of these companies. Alot of my family are self employeed and they would never go to such a small company for their pens, keyrings, tshirts, business cards etc. There are plenty of companies already sending them free examples everyday of the week, think you could actually afford to do that?
Secondly if your targeting the personalised market, i dont think there are that many people who would actually want a tacky mug with their own mug on it. The only services like this that are truely popular are the "photo cake" services. Also you have to consider the price of equipment and stock compared to the small amount you'd make on each item, you would have to sell far too much to even turn a profit!


I didn't ask for your opinion on whether or not it will work. Every market is saturated but businesses are working. There are so many revenue streams.
eBay
Amazon
Markets/festivals/shows
website
store
In my area this would definitely work if I put the effort in.
#17
dh058977
And have you ever considered that maybe there isnt one within a 3 mile radius because there is no need for it? or the fact that this type of company can be based on the internet, its not the sort of business that requires a shop presence.
Of the two (internet & a shop) i would be far far less likely to take an embarrasing photo or two in store rather than just upload them on the internet.

see my next post about revenue streams.
You can easily have a shop and sell online too. Besides, I never said I was going to definitely have a shop. It would all depend on the profits and how things go. I am not anywhere far in this idea and won't be launching it for a long while yet. I'm just getting my business plan and stuff ready to see if it is a viable option.
#18
Only speaking from experience, everyone is allowed an opinion on a forum.
#19
dh058977
Only speaking from experience, everyone is allowed an opinion on a forum.


Yes, everyone is entitles to an opinion. What experience are you basing this on?
1 Like #20
What is it with the hate of some people on here these days?? This person is getting off their ass and trying to make a go of starting a business, whether it takes off or bombs, they are trying. They've come on here for a little encouragement and a bit of fun trying to think of a name for their new venture, not to be slated and talked down on by some numpty who thinks it's their right to tell people what they should be doing with their life.

Get a grip, or move on to the next tread that you can troll and put down.

Good luck GentleTouch with your venture. I hope in a few years you can dig up this thread and prove these people wrong while you're opening your second shop!!
#21
stefor
What is it with the hate of some people on here these days?? This person is getting off their ass and trying to make a go of starting a business, whether it takes off or bombs, they are trying. They've come on here for a little encouragement and a bit of fun trying to think of a name for their new venture, not to be slated and talked down on by some numpty who thinks it's their right to tell people what they should be doing with their life.

Get a grip, or move on to the next tread that you can troll and put down.

Good luck GentleTouch with your venture. I hope in a few years you can dig up this thread and prove these people wrong while you're opening your second shop!!


Thanks! Like I say i'm not sure if it will even happen, just a thought which I strongly believe in. The people that are putting this idea down more than likely have no business experience anyway. If you want to look at it so negatively its still generating jobs..
#22
GentleTouch
dh058977
Only speaking from experience, everyone is allowed an opinion on a forum.
Yes, everyone is entitles to an opinion. What experience are you basing this on?

Attempting to set up a similar style business using my universities students in business program.
I had so many people helping me, i had a few people from universal helping me with my business plan and model, i had a professional web designer to do my website, i had my mentor from uni (not allowed to mention names) and various other people from family, friends, local businesses etc.
And FYI stefor you have no clue what your talking about, id happily share my business plan, supplier links etc with GentleTouch and i hope they are successful where i have failed. I think the real problem on here is people like you who are too quick to judge.
banned#23
A straight answer? Unless you are looking at buying some pretty decent digital kit or unless you are looking at simply offering a print management solution you should buy a franchise of Printing.com.
If you say there aren't any printing companies new you then you'll benefit from the new online ordering system they've just installed.

And no, I am not affiliated in any way with them. Just been using them through my business and have thought about a franchise off them before - great business model!
#24
dh058977
GentleTouch
dh058977
Only speaking from experience, everyone is allowed an opinion on a forum.
Yes, everyone is entitles to an opinion. What experience are you basing this on?


Attempting to set up a similar style business using my universities students in business program.
I had so many people helping me, i had a few people from universal helping me with my business plan and model, i had a professional web designer to do my website, i had my mentor from uni (not allowed to mention names) and various other people from family, friends, local businesses etc.
And FYI stefor you have no clue what your talking about, id happily share my business plan, supplier links etc with GentleTouch and i hope they are successful where i have failed. I think the real problem on here is people like you who are too quick to judge.


You just have to have faith. One persons failure can be another persons success. We are two different people and we will likely deal with things in different ways.
#25
Dont be so quick to judge and be defensive, id happily help anyone to get a business off the ground. My mother runs a business, so does my father, my aunt used to work for universal, went to work for a small company called infinity dvd and is now band manager for a band called blake.
Being self employeed and entrepreneurship is part of my family!
#26
GentleTouch
dh058977
GentleTouch
dh058977
Only speaking from experience, everyone is allowed an opinion on a forum.
Yes, everyone is entitles to an opinion. What experience are you basing this on?
Attempting to set up a similar style business using my universities students in business program.I had so many people helping me, i had a few people from universal helping me with my business plan and model, i had a professional web designer to do my website, i had my mentor from uni (not allowed to mention names) and various other people from family, friends, local businesses etc.And FYI stefor you have no clue what your talking about, id happily share my business plan, supplier links etc with GentleTouch and i hope they are successful where i have failed. I think the real problem on here is people like you who are too quick to judge.
You just have to have faith. One persons failure can be another persons success. We are two different people and we will likely deal with things in different ways.

Exactly and good luck to you. However i have had the backing and financial backing of some pretty big companies and yet i still failed! lol Im sure if i had given it more time then it might have gone somewhere but i had to study full time as well! Good luck with it all.
#27
dh058977
Dont be so quick to judge and be defensive, id happily help anyone to get a business off the ground. My mother runs a business, so does my father, my aunt used to work for universal, went to work for a small company called infinity dvd and is now band manager for a band called blake.
Being self employeed and entrepreneurship is part of my family!

I'm glad you are from an entrepreneurial family and are happy to help. Could I have a look through your business plan and contacts then if possible? I'm still trying to find out if this is a viable option for me. Also judging happens a lot on the internet but it can't really be helped. Words on a page can be interpreted in many different ways and can have different tones to them - whereas voice is easier to interpret tone wise.
#28
GentleTouch
dh058977
Dont be so quick to judge and be defensive, id happily help anyone to get a business off the ground. My mother runs a business, so does my father, my aunt used to work for universal, went to work for a small company called infinity dvd and is now band manager for a band called blake. Being self employeed and entrepreneurship is part of my family!
I'm glad you are from an entrepreneurial family and are happy to help. Could I have a look through your business plan and contacts then if possible? I'm still trying to find out if this is a viable option for me. Also judging happens a lot on the internet but it can't really be helped. Words on a page can be interpreted in many different ways and can have different tones to them - whereas voice is easier to interpret tone wise.

Sure, if i can dig things out then il happily share them with you.
#29
dh058977
GentleTouch
dh058977
Dont be so quick to judge and be defensive, id happily help anyone to get a business off the ground. My mother runs a business, so does my father, my aunt used to work for universal, went to work for a small company called infinity dvd and is now band manager for a band called blake. Being self employeed and entrepreneurship is part of my family!
I'm glad you are from an entrepreneurial family and are happy to help. Could I have a look through your business plan and contacts then if possible? I'm still trying to find out if this is a viable option for me. Also judging happens a lot on the internet but it can't really be helped. Words on a page can be interpreted in many different ways and can have different tones to them - whereas voice is easier to interpret tone wise.


Sure, if i can dig things out then il happily share them with you.


Thanks, drop me a pm please.

Out of interest what was your company called?
#30
In Print
banned#31
dh058977
Wasting your time, the market is saturated with far too many of these companies. Alot of my family are self employeed and they would never go to such a small company for their pens, keyrings, tshirts, business cards etc. There are plenty of companies already sending them free examples everyday of the week, think you could actually afford to do that?
Secondly if your targeting the personalised market, i dont think there are that many people who would actually want a tacky mug with their own mug on it. The only services like this that are truely popular are the "photo cake" services. Also you have to consider the price of equipment and stock compared to the small amount you'd make on each item, you would have to sell far too much to even turn a profit!


Some fair points in that to be honest.
I own a promotional merchandise company and we supply anything and everything promotional to the enduser as well as trade and large bluechips throughout the country.
There has been an average of 1 distributer a week go out of business since the beginning of last year. It could be argued this leaves a big gap in the market however the simple fact is that budgets have been cut and are being continued to be cut.
We're OK because we kept things small scale. That's the key. It's the companies with 25+ staff taking a 25-40% hit in turnover coupled with a 10-20% hit in margins that are struggling.

If you are serious, keep it very small and keep your outgoings to an absolute minimum. You can purport to be huge if you get your web presence correct which is certainly the way forward with any promotional/printing service.

Don't worry about the name for now - do your market research, do it again, then do it once more.

P.S. We have about 500 regular clients and not one of them is within 50 mile radius of where we are based.
#32
JonnyTwoToes
dh058977
Wasting your time, the market is saturated with far too many of these companies. Alot of my family are self employeed and they would never go to such a small company for their pens, keyrings, tshirts, business cards etc. There are plenty of companies already sending them free examples everyday of the week, think you could actually afford to do that?
Secondly if your targeting the personalised market, i dont think there are that many people who would actually want a tacky mug with their own mug on it. The only services like this that are truely popular are the "photo cake" services. Also you have to consider the price of equipment and stock compared to the small amount you'd make on each item, you would have to sell far too much to even turn a profit!


Some fair points in that to be honest.
I own a promotional merchandise company and we supply anything and everything promotional to the enduser as well as trade and large bluechips throughout the country.
There has been an average of 1 distributer a week go out of business since the beginning of last year. It could be argued this leaves a big gap in the market however the simple fact is that budgets have been cut and are being continued to be cut.
We're OK because we kept things small scale. That's the key. It's the companies with 25+ staff taking a 25-40% hit in turnover coupled with a 10-20% hit in margins that are struggling.

If you are serious, keep it very small and keep your outgoings to an absolute minimum. You can purport to be huge if you get your web presence correct which is certainly the way forward with any promotional/printing service.

Don't worry about the name for now - do your market research, do it again, then do it once more.

P.S. We have about 500 regular clients and not one of them is within 50 mile radius of where we are based.


Is this your full time job or an additional income?
If i kept mine web based/ online auction based I could just keep it as an additional income as a job albeit part time or whatever. This way it will stay small and I will not be risking too much, and eventually I could take it full time.
#33
have u set up shop yet?
whats your prices?
I'l be a first customer to try and test your products if you want.. one for your testimonial.
i need some good quality business cards printed.
#34
red_one
have u set up shop yet?
whats your prices?
I'l be a first customer to try and test your products if you want.. one for your testimonial.
i need some good quality business cards printed.


Hi, sorry. My business will not be launched for about another year as i'm still in early planning stages and do not have the necessary equipment as of yet. I have actually had a few pm's and responses now asking for these services so it is obviously in demand.

If you need some cheap business cards in the meantime I would recommend checking eBay, or vistaprint have some freebie offers on most of the time!
#35
Prints charming...
banned#36
JonnyTwoToes
dh058977
Wasting your time, the market is saturated with far too many of these companies. Alot of my family are self employeed and they would never go to such a small company for their pens, keyrings, tshirts, business cards etc. There are plenty of companies already sending them free examples everyday of the week, think you could actually afford to do that?
Secondly if your targeting the personalised market, i dont think there are that many people who would actually want a tacky mug with their own mug on it. The only services like this that are truely popular are the "photo cake" services. Also you have to consider the price of equipment and stock compared to the small amount you'd make on each item, you would have to sell far too much to even turn a profit!


Some fair points in that to be honest.
I own a promotional merchandise company and we supply anything and everything promotional to the enduser as well as trade and large bluechips throughout the country.
There has been an average of 1 distributer a week go out of business since the beginning of last year. It could be argued this leaves a big gap in the market however the simple fact is that budgets have been cut and are being continued to be cut.
We're OK because we kept things small scale. That's the key. It's the companies with 25+ staff taking a 25-40% hit in turnover coupled with a 10-20% hit in margins that are struggling.

If you are serious, keep it very small and keep your outgoings to an absolute minimum. You can purport to be huge if you get your web presence correct which is certainly the way forward with any promotional/printing service.

Don't worry about the name for now - do your market research, do it again, then do it once more.

P.S. We have about 500 regular clients and not one of them is within 50 mile radius of where we are based.

GentleTouch
JonnyTwoToes
dh058977
Wasting your time, the market is saturated with far too many of these companies. Alot of my family are self employeed and they would never go to such a small company for their pens, keyrings, tshirts, business cards etc. There are plenty of companies already sending them free examples everyday of the week, think you could actually afford to do that?
Secondly if your targeting the personalised market, i dont think there are that many people who would actually want a tacky mug with their own mug on it. The only services like this that are truely popular are the "photo cake" services. Also you have to consider the price of equipment and stock compared to the small amount you'd make on each item, you would have to sell far too much to even turn a profit!


Some fair points in that to be honest.
I own a promotional merchandise company and we supply anything and everything promotional to the enduser as well as trade and large bluechips throughout the country.
There has been an average of 1 distributer a week go out of business since the beginning of last year. It could be argued this leaves a big gap in the market however the simple fact is that budgets have been cut and are being continued to be cut.
We're OK because we kept things small scale. That's the key. It's the companies with 25+ staff taking a 25-40% hit in turnover coupled with a 10-20% hit in margins that are struggling.

If you are serious, keep it very small and keep your outgoings to an absolute minimum. You can purport to be huge if you get your web presence correct which is certainly the way forward with any promotional/printing service.

Don't worry about the name for now - do your market research, do it again, then do it once more.

P.S. We have about 500 regular clients and not one of them is within 50 mile radius of where we are based.


Is this your full time job or an additional income?
If i kept mine web based/ online auction based I could just keep it as an additional income as a job albeit part time or whatever. This way it will stay small and I will not be risking too much, and eventually I could take it full time.


Fulltime (and overtime!).
A transition is always the safest way - however bare in mind there are a lot of people still doing this on a fulltime basis so their prices with suppliers will be better than yours. You can compensate by lowering your margins, however you need to make a living at some stage.

Promotional merchandise is a complicated area if you want my honest opinion. We pay quite a lot in insurances that cover us on the vast amount of products we well (over 80,000 lines).

I would seriously consider the Printing.com Franchise if I were in your shoes.
#37
ei8hty5ive
Prints charming...

Been used way too many times already.
#38
As someone else pointed out a google like name that rumbles around in your mouth like 'Splat' or 'Splodge' or some such nonsense is probably more memorable than 'Mega-Super-Printers'. If it was a made up word the web address is likely available as well.

One 'printing' service that seems to do well is stick on prints for laptops and ipods/phones especially if you can do it on the web and upload your own image.
#39
Ignore the negtive comments ,good luck with your venture . I wanted to print T-shirts about 12 or more years ago and went out and bought a heavy duty heat press , got some letters ,transfers etc did afew shirts for mates but never had the time to get the business of the ground .Still kept the press though .Maybe one day .

A name ..............what about ..............Press-tige Printers :-)
#40
Poo Print, and for the logo a foot print of brown matter.

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