Do you want to start a vinyl cutting business but you want to go niche? If YES, here are 43 best vinyl cutting business ideas & opportunities for 2020.
Vinyl cutter is simply a cutting device that can be controlled by a computer. The control of this machine is specifically handled by the computer which ensures the sharp blades of the Vinyl cutter machine moves properly. It is then the duty of these sharp blades to cut out letters or various shapes from sheets of the adhesive Vinyl material. When these letters or shapes are cut with the vinyl machine, they can be stuck on any surface you may like.
Using the computer that controls its movement, the Vinyl cutter machine’s blade can move from the X to the Y axis of the material while it’s cutting it into any shape of your choice. This cutter is ideal to use if you want to create a particular symbol or shape which you can paste anywhere you want.
By using the right software, you can use your vinyl-cutting machine to open a small business and sell ready-made or made-to-order signs, stickers, T-shirts or decals.
43 Best Vinyl Cutter Business ideas & Opportunities for 2020
- Vinyl Lettering
If your plan is to use your vinyl cutter for vinyl lettering, attract customers by offering a variety of fonts and sizes. You can use your vinyl cutter and computer to make individual letters that can be compiled by a customer. You’ll need to purchase self-adhesive vinyl on which to print your creations.
- Theme Toy Boxes
Making theme toy boxes is a lucrative home based business venture, and the business can be started with less than a $1,000 initial investment. Note that the key to successfully produce and sell the toy boxes is to make sure that the designs are original, the material used in the construction of the toy boxes is unique, and the finished product is colourful and depicts an elaborate children’s theme such as horses, cowboys or dinosaurs.
The toy boxes can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers via the internet, trade shows, a mall sales kiosk or mail order. As an additional source of revenue and as a marketing tool, also consider making wooden toys and including one wooden toy with each toy box as a surprise bonus gift.
Focusing on custom stencilling is a fantastic low-investment business you can start and manage right from a home based office. Stencilling has once again become a popular interior decorating art medium. The uses vary from decorative wall borders to creating beautiful patterns on cabinet doors.
To get started all you have to do is practice. There are many how-to books and videos available that will teach you specific secrets and methods about creative paint stencilling.
- Make and sell Vinyl Cut Clocks
Although the concept of a clock is relatively simple, telling time doesn’t need to be boring. You can comfortably combine creativity with some maker skills and you too can build one-of-a-kind DIY timepieces. These inspiring vinyl cutter projects will turn you into a horologist in no time. You can make and sell different types of clocks, which include: Nursery Time clocks, Mid-Century Modern Moth Clock, cityscapes clocks, industrial metal clocks etc.
So many catalogues are designed and produced each year in the U.S., and securing just a small portion of this very lucrative market can make you rich. The key to success in this industry is not to have all the skills required to produce the catalogues yourself, but to have excellent marketing skills and a good contact base of professionals who can assist in the creation and production of the catalogues from start to finish.
- Make and sell Coasters
Coasters have utilitarian value, but when you make them visually interesting with some high design they’re even more appealing—whether you’re selling them for a profit or using them as a promotional tool for your brand. Consider this option extensively as good vinyl cutter projects will have your prospective clients thirsty and eager for more.
- Restaurant Menus
How do you provide business owners in your community with highly effective low-cost advertising options, while also providing restaurant owners with high quality menus printed free of charge every month and make a profit for yourself?
Easy, start a restaurant menu advertising program in your community. The business concept is very basic. Secure agreements with busy restaurants in your local community that would be prepared to allow advertising to be printed on the front and back covers of their menus in exchange for receiving new and updated menus free of charge each month.
You can also target those who make handmade items for a living or as a hobby. Carpenters, interior decorators and crafters sometimes need custom stencils, which you can cut out of a thin material with a vinyl etcher. Alternately, use your business to create custom puzzles for individuals using special images, which may be popular as gifts during the holidays.
- T-Shirt Business
Making T-shirts is big business, and a vinyl cutter is one of the key pieces of equipment needed to start your own T-shirt Company. A combination printer/cutter is preferable if you plan to make multi-coloured T-shirt designs. In addition to your vinyl cutter and computer, you’ll also need a heat press. Once the vinyl design has been cut, a heat press is used to permanently apply the design to the front of T-shirts, jackets or jerseys.
- Cut Art
Vinyl cutting isn’t only for practical products such as clocks to tell the time or coasters to protect surfaces from scratches. It’s also an ideal manufacturing technique for creating one-of-a-kind artwork that’s not found in any standard store. Using vinyl cutting equipment, you can create wonderful arts that will wow people and entice them to patronise your shop. You can make sculptures, wood arts, mosaics, paper artefacts and so on.
- Remodel and sell Album Art covers
Once designed with vinyl cut equipment and framed, album covers become wonderful pieces of art and are highly sought after home and office decorations. Note that the perfect place to market your music art is to CD music shops. Agreeably, this is a great retail distribution point as the match and fit is ideal.
Creating a retail account is as simple as booking appointments with music shop managers and presenting finished and framed samples of your music artwork. At first you may even want to locate the artwork in the retail stores on a consignment basis. This can be your way of reassuring retailers that this is a no-risk situation.
- Making Magnets
You can leverage a vinyl-cutting machine in the manufacture of magnets. With a vinyl cutter and the correct software, you can make and market small and creative refrigerator magnets to individual customers.
Additionally, you can also offer businesses made-to-order vehicle magnets that are easy to apply to and remove from commercial vehicles. You’ll need to use 30 mm magnetic sheeting for magnets intended for automotive use, whereas magnetic sheeting of lesser thickness is acceptable for magnets to be used on stationary objects.
- Niche Greeting Cards
If you enjoy picking out and sending just the right card for every occasion, and if you’re a whiz at designing cards from non metal equipment, then niche greeting cards is the business for you. You can help businesses create and maintain a rapport with their clientele by sending customized cards for special occasions.
You can also send cards announcing clients’ special events and even embellish cards with your customers’ signatures and logos. The advantages to this business are that you can start part time, it’s fun and creative, and it’s a warm, fuzzy, feel-good business–even though you don’t see the recipients of your cards, you know they’re enjoying them.
- Wall Murals
Many building and business owners are turning to having wall murals painted on large areas of their buildings (interior and exterior) for promotional and interior decoration purposes, and as a method to deter graffiti. If you have the ability, or can form a group of people with the ability to produce attractive wall murals, then you can make a lot of money operating your own custom wall mural painting service.
- Christmas Ornaments
You can also start a business that manufactures Christmas ornaments using vinyl cut equipment. This business can provide you with a fabulous part-time seasonal income just when you need it the most ‘Christmas time’.
Have it in mind that Christmas ornaments are very simple and inexpensive to make, and can be sold in various ways including to retailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers at a sales kiosk in a mall or at craft shows. This business is ideally operated from home and the overheads are virtually non-existent.
- Silk-Screened Mouse Pads
Buying silk-screening equipment and a few hundred blank mouse pads is all that is necessary for starting your own business that produces mouse pads emblazoned with printed images, logos, and slogans. The business can be operated from home and does not require a great deal of special skills or investment capital to establish. The silk-screened mouse pads can feature generic images and slogans and be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis.
- Vinyl Cut Bookmarks
Whether you’re voraciously reading Forbes magazine, keeping tabs on the latest business trends or perusing the pages of the classics, there’s one thing every bibliophile needs: A bookmark that’s just as amazing as the books being read.
Although most of the custom bookmarks on the market are made from wood or leather, that doesn’t mean other materials couldn’t be used. The market for this idea is enormous but be sure to research your location and opportunities before diving into this business.
- Prototype Design
If you already have a vinyl cutter, perhaps starting a business that designs and manufactures prototypes is the right enterprise for you. Designing and building prototypes is a highly specialized business that requires a great deal of construction knowledge, ability to work with various mediums, and building a host of various products.
- Mirror Art Production
Mirror art is simply small pieces of mirror in varying colours and shapes that have been put together to create a picture, landscape or even abstract design. Sometimes, a trip to your local glass shop will result in the entire mirror you will need for this new venture, and usually at no cost.
This is because most glass shops dispose of mirror cut-off pieces that are too small to sell, but these same pieces of mirror are perfectly sized to create mirror art. The equipment needed to create the art is not that expensive and includes a few hand tools; vinyl cut printer and a glass grinder.
Vinyl cutters can also be used to make large banners for special occasions. These can be marketed for individual use, such as for weddings, parties or family reunions. They can also be marketed to commercial clients that want to advertise their business. If you decide to enter the business of manufacturing vinyl banners, it’s a good idea to build a website for your business so that customers can design and order their own signs online.
- Vinyl Cut Signs
Whether welcoming invitations, stark warnings of impending danger or shining neon beacons of comfort and relaxation, signs guide our world. There are many ways to attract eyeballs from a distance, and you can start a business that helps businesses or individuals create signs and instructions. The market for this business is enormous as every business needs signs to pass instruction or direct clients
- Package Design Service
Most manufacturers realize that product packaging can be just as important as the product itself in terms of sales and overall success. This is why many manufacturers enlist the services of a professional when it comes time to design or redesign packaging for their products. This is a terrific opportunity for enterprising entrepreneurs to capitalize by starting a packaging design service.
- Wedding Book Cover
Personalize a wedding photo album or guest book—and add dimension—by designing a custom cover. You could create anything that’s special to the couple from a city skyline of where they live to a monogram of their initials joining together.
- Art Headboards
Headboards for beds featuring elaborate art or photographs are beginning to pop up in specialty retail stores across the U.S., as well as being featured increasingly in interior decorating magazines and publications.
This creates a terrific opportunity for the enterprising entrepreneur to capitalize on this new furniture fashion trend by starting a business that designs, manufactures and sells art headboards for beds. The headboards can feature original art paintings or enlarged photographs that are adhered to the headboard.
There are several ways to market your finished products; you can visit local children’s boutiques to see if they’d be interested in carrying your line or you can sell the clothing online with your own website and/or on auction sites. Local craft and art fairs may also be a good outlet for your wares. You could even host monthly fashion shows right in your own home.
- Promotional Products
Note that billions of dollars are spent annually in North America on promotional items such as T-shirts, pens, hats, and calendars by companies that give these promotional items away to existing and potential clients of their business.
You can secure just a small portion of this very lucrative market effectively, and it can make you rich. The key to success in the promotional products marketing industry is not to manufacture and print the promotional items yourself, but to simply market these items and enlist the services of existing manufacturers and printers to fulfil the orders.
- Decorative Covers For Phone And Laptops
These decorative pieces are normally sold with an adhesive backside that sticks very easily to the item. They are very common for personal decorative functions as well as corporate branding for different organizations. They are also given out as souvenirs for marketing purposes.
- Digital Printing Service
Note that the printing industry has been revolutionized with the advent of digital technology. No longer are business owners and consumers at the mercy of print shops to create their short-run marketing brochures, event programs and invitations as these types of printed items can now be all printed in full-colour digital format without the expensive print plate making charge.
A digital printing service can easily be operated from home and the main requirements to get this business rolling will be a good desktop computer, design software, a high quality digital printer capable of 11-inch by 17-inch printing and the ability to use this equipment efficiently.
- Matting and Framing Shop
Have it in mind there is a lot of competition in the art framing and matting industry, and it can only mean one of two things. No one is making any money.
Or, the second and more logical meaning, this is big business and there is plenty of work and profits to go around. Framing stores are relatively inexpensive to start and operate and, like a lot of retail products and services sold, there are gigantic mark-up percentages placed on the wholesale costs of art and picture framing goods.
- Make Car Accessories
There are very many uses for cut vinyl here. It could be a sticker with a message like ‘keep your distance’ or decorative shapes and designs that are used to spice the look of the car. Some of the tints used on cars have got several layers of tint that have got creatively cut designs that are highlighted by the different shades of the tint. A vinyl cutting tool would make this work very easy.
- Design Fun Informative Charts For Kids
Note that these charts could be counting charts, alphabetical charts and shape charts that could even be used to give instruction in class. They could also contain messages such as bible verses, quotes or slogans from favourite action figures and so on. The variety of colours that Heat Transfer Vinyl comes in makes it suitable to make such items for children.
Cut out big fonts on thick vinyl for colourful motifs which you could stick to the wall or even mount on an equally colourful frame. This could be the number of a favourite baseball player’s jersey number or anything that entices your client. These colourful displays are more appropriate for parts of the house such as the kitchen and bedrooms. The art could also cautiously and creatively be used in the living room.
- Customized Collectibles
While tastes and trends change, collecting will never go out of style. Fans love to collect figurines and collectible items for their favourite athletes, artists, gamers, singer, and celebrities of any type. With your vinyl cutter and printing business idea, the potential opportunities are endless. While the focus is collectibles, you can focus your business within a wide variety of niches, expanding as your business grows.
- Paper Craft Designs
The good news is that the vinyl cutting machine can also be used to cut other materials that do not strain its blades. These include paper and types of plastic. This tool therefore is a treasure for persons interested in paper crafts as it can provide ideas and solutions to existing dilemmas.
- Detailed Models
Although many businesses have moved to creating models in the digital space as much of the time as they can, at some point, they still have to create a working model. A vinyl cutter used with a 3D printer can produce these models for various businesses.
Any industry that needs highly detailed models on a short timeline will want to work with a 3D printing company. If you’re interested in cutting and printing 3D models for other businesses, look to museums, architecture firms, interior design agencies, and inventors to get started.
- Framing Service
To start this business, Framing and matting experience is helpful, but with a little bit of practice and trial and error, framing and matting can be mastered by just about everyone. Tools and equipment are also necessities.
If you are purchasing standard-size frames from wholesalers, only basic tools will be needed. If you plan on building custom frames, you will need a power mitre saw, vinyl or glass cutters, clamps and other hand tools, along with suitable workshop and storage space.
Since you already have a vinyl cutter, consider starting a business that designs and produces custom made-to-order invitations. Not only can this business be started for literally peanuts, but there is also gigantic consumer demand for custom-designed invitations. Marketing the business can be as easy as contacting event and wedding planners in your community and presenting them with samples of your work.
- Magnetic Signs
Magnetic signs are an incredibly handy advertising tool, especially for the business owner or sales person that uses their automobile for both business and pleasure, as the signs can be quickly installed or removed for storage in the trunk.
Magnetic signs are also very easy to design and produce, making this an ideal business venture for just about anyone seeking to start a home-based business enterprise that requires little in the way of start-up capital and experience.
The signs are actually manufactured from a vinyl material with a magnetic backing, which enables the signs to be lightweight and pliable. The signs are simply cut to size and shape, and vinyl letters are placed on them to finish the sign making process.
- Customizable Accessory Company
Note that this type of business holds infinite opportunities. People like personalized items, be it pet collars, phone cases, glass frames, picture frames, you name it. This type of business has enormous growth potential, provided that you discover your niche.
You can start your business by offering customizable phone cases. You can start by offering cases that can have custom inscriptions on them. Later, you can expand your offer by including phone cases with custom 3D graphics.
- Marketing Brochures
Just like business presentations, marketing brochures are more than a few words on a page accompanied by a glossy picture, and the importance of effective marketing brochures can’t be overstated in terms of attracting new business for many companies. This fact creates a terrific opportunity for an entrepreneur with a sales and marketing background.
- Customizable Toy Company
In this business, you are only limited by your imagination. You don’t even need a huge printer to start your business. You can start selling toy designs on online marketplaces so people can print them at home. Later, when you’ve gathered enough customers, you can move away from online marketplaces and launch your own website.
- Car Decals
These decals are everywhere, from the funny bumper stickers sold at gas stations to branded wraps and advertisements on company cars. If you’re creative and have a passion for design, you might want to start a car decal business of your own. This happens to be one of the few businesses you can launch from a spare bedroom and scale to a full-service print shop once you have the funding. You only need a few things to get started.
- Vehicle Wrap and Graphics Business
If you plan to start your own vehicle wrap and graphics business, then you are getting into a profitable venture. This type of business is completely scalable, meaning it doesn’t require a ton of capital as long as you have the proper training. All it takes to start a vehicle-wrap business is some basic equipment and training, some talent and a steady, solid plan.
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