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The Importance Of Learning To Screen Print (Before You Invest)

“If only I had known…If only I had understood more…If only I could have seen it work first.”

Would you ever start ANY business without learning about that business first? This is why McDonalds makes potential franchise owners work and study for two-years before allowing them to open up a franchise. Guess what? It pays off. According to Entrepenuer.com, “Some studies show that (McDonalds) franchises have a success rate of approximately 90 percent as compared to only about 15 percent for businesses that are started from the ground up.” Is this all because of the power of name-brand, or is there something deeper at work here?

I’m not saying that you have to go to school for two years learning to screen print before you get into screen printing, but getting an idea of what you’re doing first is honestly worth your time and investment. So many screen printers start out the wrong way and come back saying: “If only I had known…If only I had understood more…If only I could have seen it work first.”

Don’t repeat their history!

Instead of looking in the rearview mirror with a case of the “would’ves,” “should’ves” and “could’ves” – invest a little, go to a class and “experience” screen printing for yourself. By starting your journey by learning to screen print, you not only give yourself the strong foundation of understanding how screen printing works, but you will learn about the different types of equipment used, the variety of inks and consumables you will need to use to achieve certain results, and the different techniques and skill sets required to run a shop. Screen printing is so much more than just putting ink on a shirt, and if you’re ready to commit and find a niche, it’s important to know what your options are before starting. Learning to screen print first will give you the confidence that screen printing is a viable platform for you to integrate into your business and achieve success.

So, how do you choose the right educational platform? The good news is, Ryonet hosts a two-day Screen Print Experience class every month, at eight locations across the nation. The Screen Print Experience Class is taught by experienced screen printers and business owners who have done exactly what you are wanting to do and whose passion for teaching is only excelled by their passion for printing.

I believe that you can only learn to be the best, by learning from the best.

So many successful printers who have started with the Screen Printing Experience class have expressed how helpful it was learning to screen print first:

“Awesome weekend! Learned a lot – def. feel more comfortable about starting my own business! All the teachers were super helpful and patient with us noobs!” –Jen H.

“I had such a great experience! I feel more prepared to start a business and am excited to begin working on the skills I learned. The entire staff was awesome! Thank You!” –Lara D.

“I feel like this was more than worth the money and I would recommend the Screen Print Experience class to everyone. I think I can go home now and start producing shirts.” –Zach C.

“I learned a ton from you guys, totally feel comfortable pursuing a screen printing business. Josh is a kick a** dude! TJ was super helpful and explained anything I asked. The happy hour wasn’t too bad either.” –Kyle B.

After 10 years of teaching printers to print better and smarter, I have seen the huge difference between those who started with learning to screen print first, and those whose businesses started with an “I should have…”. Screen printers who start by taking a class make wiser investment decisions, are more effective out of the gate and are more successful long term than those who have a go at it on their own.

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