With a plethora of print shops available in Australia it should mean that it is easy to find one that would fit your project scope correctly, yeah? Unfortunately just because there are more options available doesn’t mean it’s any easier to find the company that is right for you. It can be very easy to go with the wrong company for your project solely due to the fact that you are bombarded with thousands of potential companies from one single Google search.
Having thousands of options at your fingertips can be very overwhelming which leads to many people going with the first company that they click on. To help you find the right print shop for you, we have come up with a short but sweet article that explores the steps in which you should be taking.
So sit back, relax and get ready to find your new printing partner!
Ask for recommendations
Your first step in finding the right print shop is to ask your professional connections for their personal recommendations. Companies or individuals who also require printing jobs will have their own preferred company that they will use for every project. If they have been doing business with this particular company for a prolonged period of time, chances are that they are very good at what they do and shouldn’t have any trouble reciprocating those results for your projects.
Do your own research
Now as we mentioned, when you do your own Google search you are greeted with a tonne of results that can be very overwhelming especially if your project is very time sensitive. With that in mind you should be looking for a print shop week if not months in advance as to not impact upon your final decision. When you are doing your research you should also look into the company’s social media platforms as well as their websites.
Social media is a great way to get an insight into what your experience will be like through reviews from past clients reviews. When you are reading reviews you shouldn’t cross a candidate off your list from one bad review. You should be looking at how the company takes feedback and criticism and how they respond to their past clients. A company that takes the time to understand the situation and aims to resolve the situation will go above and beyond for all of their clients.
Talk with the companies over the phone or in person
Once you have done your own research and got a list of potential print shops that you can see yourself working with, you should take the time to talk with them. This will give you a further insight into what working with them will be like and what you can expect. Additionally you should take this time to ask them some questions regarding their experience and expertise in the field.
If the business has just opened up have the owners been doing it for a while beforehand or are they just going off a whim. You will also have the chance to ask each company for a quote as to get a rough estimate of the market average for the project that you have in mind.
Making your decision
After you have followed these steps you should be ready to choose a print shop. Ultimately it is your decision and you will be working with these people and the company for a decent amount of time. This makes it very important that you get along with the company and have a similar mindset of how you want the project to be executed.
Fergus Murray is the lead editor for Business News Ledger. Fergus has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories in the New York Times, The Plain Dealer, The Daily Mail and many others. Fergus is based in Detroit and covers issues affecting his city and New York State. When he is not busy writing, Fergus enjoys jogging.