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How to Start an Engraving Business

Starting an Engraving Business Is Easier Than You Think!

Inland Products supplies engravable blanks to thousands of engraving businesses worldwide. We have the unique ability to manufacture these blanks in our facility using modern high-speed presses and highly skilled personnel giving us a big advantage in manufacturing that allows us to compete even with overseas suppliers while producing superior quality products.

Inland Products started manufacturing blank pet tags back in 1988. Since then, we have added many more items to our product line that an individual or company can purchase from us and engrave for in-house use or to sell to their customers.

Over the years, we have made millions of engraving blanks for our customers, but we also do engraving as well. Being engravers gives us an advantage when it comes to making the best blanks because we know what it takes to get good engraving results from each of the materials that we use to make our blanks.

The following is a partial list of the blank tags and nameplates that we offer:

This list is constantly growing as we are always open to producing new products that our customers ask us for.

Our blanks are available in many materials. We engrave these materials daily so we can guarantee the quality of the engraving with each of them.

These are the materials we use:

    • Anodized Aluminum (12 colors)
    • Engravers Brass
    • Standard Brass
    • Stainless Steel
    • Engraving Plastic (13 colors)

We can also make our products in other materials if the demand is high enough.

In support of your new business venture here is a partial list of many other items that can be engraved with a laser engraving machine. We do not offer these items but with a quick internet search you will find many suppliers that sell them.

    • Wood Plaques
    • Desk and Door Plates
    • Trophies and Awards
    • Engravable Gifts
    • Leather Key Tags, Wallets, and Belts
    • Writing Pens
    • Granite and Marble Memorial Plates
    • Drinkware

These are just a few of the many things that can be laser engraved. That's the great thing about a laser engraving business; there are so many avenues that can be taken to pursue a profit!

What Type of Engraving Machine Do We Recommend?

In recent years the engraving industry has switched from the rotary engraving machines of old to much more efficient laser engraving machines or as they are also called laser etching machines.

Inland Products recommends to anyone starting a new engraving business that you purchase a laser engraving machine. Laser engravers are all computer-controlled and take advantage of software programs that allow for much higher efficiencies than did the old manual rotary engraving machines.

Even the newer computer controlled rotary engraving machines can not compare to a laser engraver because they still have to engrave one character at a time, making them very slow by comparison.

Laser engraving machines have a few key advantages over rotary engravers. Lasers engravers are what I would call non-contact engravers. The parts being engraved do not have to be held in a vise or fastened to the engraving table like they do when using a rotary engraving machine.

This allows laser engraving machines to be loaded with an entire tray of parts that are all engraved as a unit rather than engraving only one at a time. That's a huge difference in efficiency!

Laser engraving machines are also much easier to learn how to operate and are far more capable of engraving intricate logos and barcodes that your customers may need. 

We have been using Epilog laser engraving machines for many years and have been very happy with them. They have been reliable and provide excellent engraving results. We use their C02 laser machines for cutting and engraving plastics and engraving anodized aluminum, and we use their fiber lasers to engrave brass and stainless steel.

We recommend purchasing an American made laser engraving system with a good reputation, and there are many out there for your consideration. We do not recommend an inexpensive imported machine because we have heard of too many instances where people were disappointed with the performance and reliability of these machines.

Here Is How We Recommend Getting Started in Your New Engraving Business.

The best and safest way to get started is on a part-time basis working out of your home or garage, which allows you to maintain the source of income from your current job. 

You will need to fund the new startup business with a steady income and over time, you will get to a point where you are working way too much, and you will start thinking about quitting your job to concentrate all your efforts on your business.

Starting as a part-time business is a very common process that millions of entrepreneurs have gone through on their way to building a successful business. Microsoft and Apple both started in a garage as part-time businesses.

Engraving Is Only One Form Of Personalization for the New Entrepreneur!

There are other methods of personalization that go hand in hand with engraving, here is a shortlist:

    • Embroidery
    • Sublimation
    • Screen Printing
    • Pad Printing
    • UV Printing
    • Heat Transfer 
    • Vinyl Cutting 

Check out  Johnson Plastics  for a full line of supplies and equipment for all of these processes.

So there you have it!  All that is needed now is a commitment never to give up even when things get tough and a strong desire to succeed and be your own boss!

We're Here To Help! 

Inland Products has an experienced, knowledgeable, and helpful sales staff waiting to answer any questions you may have. We are here to help you make the best choices for starting your engraving business!  

Please call us at 1-800-481-5500 or email 

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"Inland Products has been making our metal nameplates for over 20 years now and I am happy to give them my testimonial as a very satisfied customer. They are always very responsive to our needs and have helped us out of many jams when we really needed the help. Consistent quality and great customer service make them very easy to work with."
Jan Brewer
Purchasing Manager
DeVilbiss Finishing
"This is a company that works very hard to keep us happy and to earn our continued business. I wish I could say that for all of our vendors.  Thank you Inland - Terry King"
"We were very happy with our engraved tags when they arrived early and the engraving was perfect!  We installed them on our compressors & the tags actually improved the look of our product. Awesome!"
We have been buying metal tags from Inland Products for a very long time and have always been very happy with the quality of the tags and the service we receive from them.