We all know that the beginning of the year is a time when many people embark on new adventures. If you’ve been thinking that 2015 is the year you should start that sublimation business you’ve been contemplating, EnMart can help.
The first place to start is in the sublimation category on the EnMart website. There you can see the printers available, a selection of the blanks that can be sublimated, and get an idea how much things like ink and paper will cost. You can also download the 2011 edition of the Dye Sublimation Bible. Although this book is now a few years old, it still provides a good basic overview of sublimation and how to sublimate various blank items.
Another helpful resource is this blog. From time to time, I write a series of posts that deal with a particular aspect of sublimation. It might be how to get started with sublimation, it might be how to sublimate a particular item, or it could be a discussion about paper or ink. The posts are designed to help you gain more knowledge about sublimation and how to successfully make it part of your business.
There are also a variety of magazines and trade organizations that deal with sublimation. Most magazines will have archives of back issues so you can find sublimation related articles you may have missed. The organizations all deal with sublimation in some form. In addition to those mentioned, you may also want to check out the Advertising Specialties Institute, which may be a useful resource when you’re working to find markets for your sublimated goods.
Sawgrass Technologies, the manufacturer of sublimation ink, provides a wide variety of helpful resources on their website. They offer webinars, videos and a library of articles about sublimation. They also offer technical support and advice should you have issues getting started with sublimation.
Keep in mind, the biggest resource for sublimation is the willingness to try something new and a comfort with the idea that you’ll probably mess things up once or twice. Sublimation is not hard to learn, but there are tricks and tips that can help you successfully sublimate almost any substrate suitable for sublimation. The resources listed above will help you learn what you need to know to make your sublimation business a success.