How to Start Printing Press Business in India

Nowadays, running a printing press is a successful business. Because competition is low in this field. We can print books, newspapers, invitation cards, magazines, posters, flyers, pamphlets, envelopes, business cards, and stationery items. Our society is so much influenced by the printing press. It makes the texts and images into printed form. The printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, in the Holy Roman Empire. Though he invented it in the 15th century, it is still running successfully.

Choose a suitable location for printing press

  1. Select business surroundings to locate your printing press
  2. Choose a place which is airy. Big printing machines will produce more heat, so ceiling must be high to expel the heat.
  3. You have to get a place where competition is low for printing. Then only you can get more orders.

Business loan

Getting a loan is not easy in India. It doesn’t mean that they won’t give the loan. We can also get a loan for a start-up business. When you start up a business, they won’t give the loan for your plans and ideas. If you run a business successfully, they will give the loan, or else you should have the property (for security) of your own to get the loan.

Equipment for printing pressprinting press

  1. For starting printing press, we need printers, scanners, design software, cutting equipment, and binding machines.
  2. Don’t buy used equipment. Try to buy new equipment.
  3. Using best brand equipment will help you to give good production. Don’t buy cheap brand equipment. If it gets repaired, we can’t get the spare parts easily.
  4. Buying two colour machines or four colour machines are better than buying one colour machine. But a single colour machine can generate all the colours of four colour machines.  But two colour machines and four colour machines can work faster than one colour machines.
  5. We should have a hydraulic cutter or a hand-operated cutter to cut the productions like cards, magazines, newspapers, etc.

Types of printing

1.Offset printing (newspapers, magazines, stationery items, posters, clothes, leathers, metals, papers and wood)

In offset printing, we have to use plates(aluminium), which method is expensive. These plates make the images moved onto a rubber blanket and then moving the image onto a paper.


  1. We can get high quality materials.
  2. It is used for produce large quantity materials.
  3. Excellent printing quality.

2. Digital printing (newspapers, magazines, books, t-shirts, dresses, flags, banners, posters, promotional wears, curtains, and carpets)

Laser printing and inkjet printing methods are known as digital printing.


  1. To get a low quantity of production (even 1 piece) digital printing is best.
  2. It decreases the wastages of ink. It sends out the ink only how much it needs for printing.
  3. This type of printing doesn’t need a printing plate. So you can save money and time.
  4. Maintenance cost is low.

3. Screen printing

Screen printing is used to print the texts and the images in dress materials like sarees, t-shirts, etc.

4. Fast printing

For printing business cards, invitation cards, stickers, and labels, fast printing method is best.

License and registrations

  1. Apply for SSI registration certificate. We can get it within one or two days. We can get so many benefits through this certificate.
  2. Obtain zoning (about building structure and zoning limit),  and safety clearances (such as Fire Clearance Certificate, height clearance certificate)  from local authorities.
  3. Get tax registration certificate and retail sales permit from state authorities.
  4. If you are doing this business as a corporation, partnership or limited liability company, you have to register paperwork ( written documents such as forms, records, and letters ) with the secretary of state.
  5. Get taxpayer identification number (TIN) from Commercial Tax Department.This department is now providing a new TIN number to current manufacturers, exporters, traders, and exporters to change their old registration number. To apply this, we need ID proof, address proof, PAN card, bank account details, address proof of business site (rental agreement), and 4-6 photos. This is used to know the identification of dealers like PAN card. We can apply it by online.


Choose the best agency to take insurance covers.

10 best general insurance companies in India

  1. New India Assurance Company Limited,
  2. Natural Insurance Company Limited,
  3. L&T General Insurance Company Limited,
  4. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Limited,
  5. United India Insurance Company Limited,
  6. ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited,
  7. The Oriental Insurance Company Limited,
  8. Max Life Insurance Company Limited,
  9. Reliance General Insurance Company Limited,
  10. TATA AIG General Insurance Company Limited.

Public liability insurance policy

If someone (customer, client, or any public number) get injured in your company or their property gets damaged, this insurance cover will help you to get legal compensations for them.

Employers’ liability insurance policy

  1. If the employee gets injured or illness while they are working, this cover will help them to claim compensation.
  2. It is compulsory by law.

We can also take insurance policies for printing equipment.

Printing business – Marketing ideas

Basic ways

  1. Have a visiting card for your identity.
  2. Get the contacts of freelance local designers who don’t have printing facility.
  3. Try to give best services to attract customers. Products should be with the best quality.
  4. Take a part of printing industry meetings and discussions.
  5. Get an advance from the customer before starting work to buy substances. Then get remaining money when you are delivering the products. Don’t deliver a product without getting full payment.
  6. First, gain a customer through mouth talk. Don’t make the customer to bargain. Giving best materials will make the customer not to bargain.
  7. If you give good products to one customer, they will say about your service with others. Through this, you can attract more customers.

Advanced ways

  1. Promote your business on social medias.
  2. Create a website for your printing press.
  3. Give an advertisement in local newspapers.


Earn enough knowledge of printing press before get into the printing business. Above ideas will help you to start a printing press. Through this, you can earn money, respect, and fame. Sometimes theoretical knowledge will not help you to start a printing press. Practical knowledge is so important to start a printing press. Get a contact of a person who is working in the printing press. Then go to the printing press and get a knowledge about it. And ask about the license and registration procedure with the owner.

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