Have you been tossing around the idea to start a side business? Are you interested in starting your own custom apparel or goods business, but you’re not quite ready to jump headfirst?
There are many people who use Crio white toner printers to start a small custom apparel side business but aren’t to the point that they could quit their day jobs and work for themselves.
Affordable Textile Printer for Entrepreneurs
With the way things have gone in the last year with the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are looking for a way to earn extra income outside of their day jobs. Garment printing with Crio white toner printers is an affordable way to get started. Crio white toner printers range in price from around $8,000-$14,000 depending on the model you choose to invest in.
The Crio 8432WDT retails for around $7,995. The Crio 9541WDT retails at $13,995. Many Crio dealers offer promotional pricing and affordable financing. Some people often find the income made with a Crio will allow them to pay off their financing earlier than required.
What is Needed to Start a Side Business with a Crio?
There isn’t a whole lot that you need to get started. Once you have made the decision on which Crio white toner printer model to invest in, there are only 4 other required items to get started. To learn more about everything you need to get started, check out our eBook: “How to Start a Custom T-Shirt Business.” Once you have them all, you can start making and selling your own custom apparel and hard goods.
First, you’ll need RIP software to control your white toner and colors. Luckily every Crio white toner transfer printer comes standard with CADlink’s Digital Factory Toner Transfer Edition.
Secondly, you will need to get a good quality heat press. For the transfers to properly adhere to garments and hard surfaces, you will need a heat press that can provide consistent heat and pressure.
Third, you will need to purchase laser heat transfer paper. Many papers have specific intended uses so when purchasing your paper be sure to consider what you’ll be transferring to. For example, there are specific papers for light garments, dark garments, and hard surfaces.
Last, but not least, you will need the products you intend to decorate. Whether that be t-shirts, wood plaques, photo panels, sweatshirts.
How Much Money Can You Make with a Crio?
Business owners can easily earn money with a Crio white toner printer. With low running costs and no maintenance cycles, you will be able to see ROI sooner with a Crio white toner printer.
You can print a page of logos or a full-color, photographic-quality transfer. Digital transfer printing with white toner technology opens doors to new profit opportunities that would otherwise be impossible with screen printing, heat vinyl, or sublimation.
Print and press customized designs to the widest variety of textiles including cotton, blends, polyester, and even hard goods. You can start, or even expand, a profitable decorating business with personalized products.
Profit margins range depending on what you are printing and what substrate you are pressing to. For more details about profit margins and for examples, download our Crio White Toner Profit Guide. If you’re not interested in selling custom goods, check out this blog about how to make money simply by selling transfers!
Side Business Case Study: Marc with Raines Prints
Marc Raines with Raines Prints has a full-time job as a FedEx driver and a part-time job as a garment decorator. He began his side business with heat transfer vinyl, then moved to sublimation. Marc really wanted to be able to decorate dark garments that weren’t 100% polyester.
He began his research into other garment decoration methods via a multitude of Facebook groups and user forums. After researching different methods, he chose white toner transfer as the next step for his small custom apparel side business. Upon reading reviews, he determined Crio white toner printers to be superior to the competition’s and purchased a Crio 8432WDT.
Learning the White Toner Transfer Process
Between trips on the road, Marc was able to get the printer set up and teach himself how to use the Crio 8432WDT printer and RIP software he purchased in October of 2020. YouTube was a valuable resource for Marc during his learning period.
As well as the communities he found in Facebook groups. He estimated it only took him about 6 hours to get the printer setup, learn the process, and have his first successful transfer.
Shortly after Marc figured out how to use the printer and create successful transfers, it was time to teach the whole family. He has taught his wife and plans to teach his daughter as well.
Successful Small Side Business
Marc estimates that he and his family put in 20 hours a week with their side business using both heat transfer vinyl and their Crio 8432WDT. They mostly make t-shirts, hoodies, and hats and sell them using their Facebook page.
It is estimated that by working with his Crio, he brings in another $800-900 of income to his family a month. Marc also believes that if he keeps making this much per month, he will be able to pay off his Crio 8432WDT prior to the financing terms. He eventually wants to turn his side business into his full-time business.
Crio White Toner Prevails Over Other Decoration Methods
While Marc previously used vinyl and sublimation, he told us he rarely uses sublimation anymore. He uses his Crio for the majority of his projects. In the beginning, he had some issues with mostly white prints, but with RIP software he is able to use raster and micro-mask features to fix it.
He prefers the Crio because of the ability to decorate cotton and dark-colored garments. He still does use vinyl for simple designs with few colors but doesn’t use his sublimation printer much anymore. The Crio was better for him because white toner printing minimizes the time it takes to decorate. He doesn’t have to weed, the designs look neater and cleaner, and they have a better feel than vinyl.
Which Crio White Toner Printer is Right for You?
Crio’s two models and OKI’s 711WT range in print size capability, resolution, print speeds, and more. Therefore, determining which white toner digital transfer printer is for you, depends on your situation and goals.
Are you starting a small business? Do you already have a small business, but are looking to expand capabilities and offerings? Do you have a business and need a high production-level printer? What do you intend to make?
Each of these questions contributes to the decision of which model to purchase. The decision is based on the size of items you want to decorate, the amount of money you are willing to invest, and how many prints you intend to run. For a full comparison of Crio white toner printer models, check out our comparison page.
The OKI 711WT is a great entry-level printer for someone just getting started with creating custom goods on a lower budget. A Crio 8432WDT is a great option for decorators looking for larger, higher definition prints. The 9541WDT is Crio’s production workhorse- It has the largest print size, higher print speeds, and high-resolution prints.
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