If you are planning to have new brochures or leaflets printed that advertise your business or if you want new stationery or letterheads, you will need to use a printing company. However, at certain peak times, such as Christmas and before the summer sale season, printing companies can be extremely busy with clients, so you may find it difficult to find a printer who can meet your deadline. Below is a guide to some of the steps you can take to ensure your products get printed on time.
Plan ahead and book a slot at the printers
Professional printing takes time. The machines used to print high-quality images need to be properly set up and calibrated before the print run can commence. This means that if you leave things to the last second, a printing service may not have the time or the staff available in order to ready the machines. Another problem with leaving things to the last second is that it is likely that the printer has already booked the machine for use on another printing job.
To avoid these problems, it is essential that you plan ahead. Start by establishing when you would like the leaflets, brochures or stationery available by. This deadline date can then be used to estimate when printing would need to start. You should contact printers and book a slot that provides enough time to produce an adequate number of copies and also allows enough time for the finished product to be shipped to your business.
Send a finished design
Nothing will slow down the speed at which products can be printed than an unfinished design. While a printing company probably employs graphic artist who can help you to generate ideas and to refine designs for your printed products, this will, of course, involve investing more time in the project before printing can begin. If you want speedy printing, you should ensure you have a finished design before you approach a printing service.
Build in some capacity to your schedule
No matter how well prepared you are, things can still go wrong. There could be a technical problem with one of the printing machines or you may find that the design doesn't work as well when printed onto paper or card. In order to ensure you can still meet your deadline, you should build an extra day or two into your calendar which will give you some breathing room if things go wrong.