When outsourcing your business’ printing jobs, it’s important to research which printing company will do the best job. You are likely to already know exactly what you’re looking for, so putting your trust into a printing company is essential. After all, large printing jobs are an important business expense, so you should make sure to get it right. Here are seven things to consider before hiring a professional printing service.
1. Do they offer Exactly what you need?
The first thing to consider is whether the printing company ticks your most basic boxes. What do you need to be printed? What is the quantity of your printing job? Do you have a strict budget?
Some printing companies have a minimum size or expense requirement for printing jobs. Others, including our services at Direct Mail Solutions, are happy to complete jobs of all sizes – be it large or small. We also offer digital printing at a low-cost, to meet small budgets.
Be sure that the printing company can meet the specific goals and requirements that you have for your business.
2. Is there a limit to what They Can Produce?
It is also helpful to think about what your printed design will look like. What colours are being used and how comprehensive is its design? Most printing companies will offer a range of printing methods, which means there is no limit to what design can be printed, whether the print runs in mono, spot colour or full-colour process.
• Digital printing, which is a cost-effective method that can complete high volume jobs in full colour
• Offset printing, a more traditional approach to printing in full colour
• Laser printing, both simplex, and duplex
3. Can they show you samples of Work?
Printing, especially in large quantities, can be a big and costly job. That’s why it’s imperative to see samples before the bulk of the job gets done. That way you can see what works and whether any improvements can be made. This is also an effective way to notice any mistakes that may not have been picked up in the initial stages.
This includes testing the printing on different types of paper, including matte, satin and glossy.
Reputable printing companies will work with you along the way to make sure that you’re on the same page throughout every step of the process. Reputable companies will also allow you to see as many samples as you want before approving the full job to be printed, without charging extra.
4. How long will the Project take?
Next, you’ll need to consider your time frame. When do you need the job to be done by and how long will it take the printing company? This is something that you will have to compromise with the printing company. It’s always best to give them a few weeks notice to get the job done, especially if it’s a bulk job. However, most professional companies will prioritise their customer’s schedule and accommodate to their time frame.
5. Are they Easily contactable?
When outsourcing and liaising with other companies, communication is key. Consider whether your printing company of choice is reachable and friendly when liaising with you as a customer. This is something that you’ll notice right away, from when you first enquire within the business. You will also notice whether they take the time to understand what your printing needs are and how they can help you with them. A company that has already proven their diligence is likely to be reliable and contactable at all times throughout the printing process.
6. Do they have good Customer reviews?
If you have already browsed through the printing company’s website, the next helpful step is to read customer reviews. Often, this feedback is one of the most significant factors when hiring a company. If their reviews are positive, it’s a no-brainer. Keep a look out for reviews on jobs or from companies that are similar to yours.
7. Do they offer additional Printing & Distribution services?
You are likely to need services additional to printing, depending on the nature of your job. The most convenient solution is to work with a one-stop-shop. Not only does this save you time and energy, but it also saves you costs and allows you to be a loyal customer to the company.
At Direct Mail Solutions, we offer both printing and mailing solutions. Our full range of services includes mailout assembly (cutting, folding, collating and binding).