Printing A Little Cheaper

Tips for Preventing Wind Damage to Vinyl Banners

Vinyl banners can serve many of your outdoor sign needs. They work well for actual business signage, to advertise sales, or to catch the eye of passing motorists. The main concern is about durability. Although reasonably durable, wind can cause major damage if you aren’t prepared for it. The following tips can help you avoid wind damage. Order your banners with wind cups These aren’t really cups. Instead, they are small half-circle slits that allow the wind and breeze to blow through without tearing or damaging the vinyl. The cuts are made on the half circle so that they don’t blow inward, so the message and design of the banner remains visible even in windy conditions. Pay for reinforcements The corners and edges of the banner are going to under the most stress, since this is where they tie-downs are located. Paying for a reinforced edge and corners will help prevent small tears. Also, request that grommets are installed for the tie-downs, instead of simple button holes. These reinforcements can add months, if not years, of additional use to your banner. Give it some slack When tying up a banner between two posts, don’t stretch it so taut that it can’t give a little in the wind. This leads to the corners tearing under wind pressure. Instead, give it a few inches of slack so that there is some give when the wind slams into it. This prevents it from ripping so easily. Look for a firm background In extremely windy conditions, change where you hang your banners. If you have the ability to hang it on a wall...

Creating An Employee Reward Program: Four Ideas To Motivate Your Staff

Keeping your staff motivated to do a great job each day requires a bit of work and some imagination. In addition to verbally thanking your employees for a job well done, you can show them how much you appreciate the work they do with an employee reward program. Here are some ways you can put this program to work for your office. Kick Off Your Reward Program Kick off your reward program by throwing an office lunch party. You can do this at the beginning of the day by serving donuts, pastries, coffee, and juice. Once all of your employees have helped themselves to a yummy breakfast, go over the guidelines for the program. You should cover the ways people can earn incentives and then show them some of the prizes they can win. You might even want to have a small giveaway for every employee to help get them excited about the program. The giveaways could include custom-printed shopping totes filled with a few goodies, or you can pass out hats embroidered with the name of your reward program. Reward Sales Goals With Custom Shirts One way to reward employees who exceed their monthly sales goals is to give them custom-embroidered polo shirts. The shirts can be worn to work on the first day of every month so the staff who did the best can have a day to show off their achievements. Have each one personalized with the staff members’ names, and add your company logo along with a line that says “top earner.” Partner this giveaway idea with a pizza party for the top sales staff...

Palate Pleasers — 4 Great Ways To Handle Food Allergies At Your Wedding Reception

When planning their wedding menu, many brides are finding it more and more important to properly prepare for guests’ food allergies and sensitivities. But when you’re planning a reception for hundreds of people, how can you accommodate all the different needs you may encounter? Here are 4 methods to help any bride managing potential food issues.  Work with Your Caterer. Your caterer is a food service professional who’s probably seen it all and knows more about how to handle food issues than you do. So, be sure to make use of their expertise in choosing the meal, desserts and appetizers. You probably know about specific food allergies — such as shellfish or nuts — among your bridal party or close family, so be sure to mention these early on. If you also know that a significant part of your family or guests are likely to be kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan, you can often negotiate a package number of such a meal option for a flat fee that will save you money.  Provide an Invitation Menu. Some brides are finding that the most proactive way to work with guests’ food needs is to include a menu or food listing right with the invitations. Such a menu can be as simple (a brief description of the 2 or 3 dish choices) or as complex (listing all ingredients in those dishes) as you feel is necessary. By working with your printing service, like Print Source, when designing and choosing your invitations, you can create a menu page that matches with the invitations seamlessly. Be sure to include an RSVP card with a line...

Three Ways Printer Rental Can Enhance Your Next Nonprofit Event

If you run a nonprofit organization, odds are that you’re more eager to spend money on your mission than on office equipment. And if you have special events throughout the year, it’s likely that you need more printers than you can reasonably purchase and maintain year-round. The answer? Printer rental for events. You can get the printers you need for a short period, so you’re not paying full price to have equipment you’ll only use on occasion. Here are just a few uses you may have for short-term rental printers. 1. Promotional Materials. You may have just one big fundraising event each year, and you want to do it right. The problem is that professional printing for all the materials you need can really cut into the money you make.  Printer rental companies can arrange for you to have large-scale or color printers that can produce professional looking materials at a fraction of the price of traditional printing. If you want to have save the date cards, invitations, tickets, posters and fliers, programs or guidebooks that look sharp, printing them yourself on high-quality rental printers may be the best option for you. 2. Check In or Check Out. At your event, you may want to be able to check in your guests, assign them a bidder or auction number and get them tickets for events, food, or drink. With rental printers, you can get them copies of anything they need to enjoy their time at your event. And when it comes time for the event to end, you can print receipts for anything they have bid on or purchased...

Five Tips For Choosing A Photo For A Custom Poster

The advent of the digital age has brought professional-looking, custom posters within the budget of even the smallest business. However, your results will, in large part, depend on the quality of the artwork and image that you send for custom printing. To get the most for your printing dollar, be sure to follow these five tips: 1. Check the copyright. If you’re going to use your poster for any commercial purpose, you need to make sure that your image is copyright free. Of course, images you take yourself are fine. So are images that you pay someone to take and assign you the copyright. However, you need to be careful with artwork and photographs that you get over the Internet. Images that are more than 100 years old and/or that are taken by an employee of the U.S. government are in the so-called “public domain” and free of copyright restrictions. For images from stock photo sites and sites like Flickr and WikiCommons, you need to choose images that have a Creative Commons license that’s okay for commercial use. 2. Choose the right size image. The higher the resolution (i.e.the more pixels in the image), the sharper it will appear on the poster. Many images on the Internet just aren’t large enough to provide a professional-looking image on your custom poster. Aim for an image that is no smaller than it will appear on the poster. You can make the image a little smaller without compromising the quality, but enlarging it will cause it to blur. 3. Consider the background. If you are printing on a white background, keep in...

3 Things To Consider When Getting ID Cards For Employees

Security is more important than ever for businesses today. Because of this, business owners are looking at different options to help keep their property safe and secure. Whether it be security cameras, scanners or something else, they want to make sure their investment is protected. This is where many business owners have started adding in identification cards to help protect their business and ensure no one slips through the cracks. However, you want to make sure your identification card contains the proper elements. Here are a few things you need to consider when having your cards printed for employees. Bold Print Your identification card needs to have bold print on it. You don’t want letters that are so small you cannot even attempt to read them. Make the employee’s name stand out and take notice. Black letters work best. Choose a font like times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Cambria or Batang. They are easy to read and print really well, which makes them the preferred option for identification cards. Pictures Beyond just having the employee’s name and department on the card, you also want to have their picture. This puts a face to the name to ensure that no one is trying to pretend to be someone they aren’t. Make sure the picture is one that is taken against a plain background or company logo– something that is hard to replicate. Security Bar Codes Consider adding in some type of bar code that correlates with that employee. Make it so that employees have to scan that barcode to gain access to different files or locations in the business. This...

Digital Printing Services: Getting Your First Book Published

As a writer, the greatest challenge facing you after you’ve finished a project is getting it into the hands of readers. Traditionally, the only way to do this was to work with an editor who would find a publisher who’d then draw up a contract to print and distribute it. Things have changed though, and it’s now easier than ever before for independent writers to get their content to their audience, and digital printing services offer you that opportunity, but before you get started there are some things you need to consider in order to be prepared to make the right calls. E-Book Services Virtually anyone can put together a PDF formatted document and post it on a marketplace, but that’s only the beginning of what digital printing services offer. With most services, you choose the level of additional help you get out of your relationship with that provider. They’ll compile and format your work into something compatible with the various e-readers on the market, and help distribute it, but they can go much further as well. In addition to putting it up for sale, you’ll also want to look at how your book is being marketed, where it’s being advertised, and the final appearance of any online ads. They can also put together cover art, which even e-books need to get noticed, and arrange any press interactions they can to get people to take a look. Be aware though, companies that offer these services also charge for them, either in the form of upfront payment or a reduction in your royalty payments from the sale of your book....

Custom Business Cards: Three Unique Ideas For Photographers

As a photographer, every piece of marketing material you distribute has to be as pristine as the photographs you take. Using unique custom business cards demonstrates your creativity as an artist while making a lasting impression with potential clients. Here are a few unique ideas you can use to make a connection with potential clients and show off your unique artistic flair. Black-And-White Photo Cards Choose several of your best black-and-white photographs to feature on your business cards. Each image should be relatively simple so the business cards don’t look busy or crowded. A wedding bouquet or ring, a pair of baby shoes or a quiet landscape are all excellent options. Try to select one image from each type of photography service you use so you can give each type of client a card that speaks to his or her needs. Have the images printed on the back of your business cards, and add your logo, website and name to the front for a polished, professional look. Mini Portfolio Business Cards There is no rule that says a business card has to be a single piece of cardstock Create mini portfolios to hand out to people making serious inquiries about your services. Select five to ten photos and have them printed on both sides of the business card paper, and ask your printer to staple or bind them together for a perfect finishing touch. These mini portfolios should still be the same size as an average business card, aside from the thickness, so they can still be tucked into a pocket or purse. Be sure to put your contact...

Three Reasons To Lease A Copier Rather Than Buy One

There are many businesses that need copiers in order to do day-to-day operations, but choosing the right copier to suit their needs can often be difficult. When you own a small business that needs a copy machine, it is important to consider leasing a copier, rather than buying one. Learn a few reasons why leasing a copier may be better for your business than buying one in the guide that follows. Regular Maintenance Included In order for a copier to work well for an extended period of time, certain maintenance must be done on a regular basis. Regular maintenance includes cleaning the rollers in the machine, clearing the path that the paper takes through the printer, and cleaning the filters. These maintenance procedures need to be done regularly and the leasing company will set up a maintenance schedule for your machine so that it can be properly maintained at all times. Emergency Repairs Done Quickly When an emergency takes place and your copier stops working, you will need to have it fixed as soon as possible. A company that leases copiers will have trained repair people working for them that will come to your business right away to make repairs when needed. Some common emergency situations that can lead to a repair person coming to your business to make an emergency repair are roller bars come off track, paper jammed in the machine, or digital error. When these things occur, having a technician come and make the repairs in a speedy manner will get your office back on track in no time. Upgrade to a Newer Model Regularly Copiers...

Custom Printed Business Tags For Marketing And Sales

In today’s competitive business market, it is important to have unique, marketing materials to identify a product’s brand, enable it to stand apart from its competitors and get the attention of current and potential customers. There are many ways to accomplish this and one excellent way is to have a very distinct and well-designed custom business tag.  Custom business tags can be printed with an unlimited number of options to accommodate the needs and uses of product manufacturers. Some of the options for customized business tags include: Business Tag Materials:  Custom business tags can be made out of the following materials: Paper stock of various thicknesses and strengths is available in an unlimited number of colors and in eco-friendly materials such as recycled and post-consumer waste materials.  Vinyl or high-density polyethylene can be used to withstand exposure to moist environments or chemicals. Aluminum and other metals can be used to withstand heat used during manufacturing. Other materials as needed. Business Tag Sizes:  Custom business tags can be made in any customized size or in the following standard tag sizes: Tag size #1:  2 3/4 in. x 1 3/8 in. Tag size #2:  3 1/4 in. x 1 5/8 in. Tag size #3:  3 3/4 in. x 1 7/8 in. Tag size #4:  4 1/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. Tag size #5:  4 3/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. Tag size #6:  5 1/4 in. x 2 5/8 in. Tag size #7:  5 3/4 in. x 2 7/8 in. Tag size #8:  6 1/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. Business Tag Hanging Attachments:  Custom business tags hangers can be...

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Don’t you just love paying for print cartridges, paper, or professional graphic design? If you are like most people, you might cringe whenever you hear that printer pumping out extra pages. Printing can be expensive! In fact, printer ink is one of the priciest liquids in the world. Fortunately, you don’t have to let your college professor destroy your financial picture. If you can learn to print a little cheaper, you won’t have to worry about scraping together cash for that toner cartridge. I have been in the printing business for years, and I know what you need to do to save.