When it comes time to print posters, business cards, brochures and more, the choices can be overwhelming.
The options range from online services to DIY and traditional brick-and-mortar stores. It is typically best to decide which option you want to utilize per project, considering the size of the project, the timeframe you need it within and how the costs fit into your budget.
Also, plan ahead to take advantage of potential bulk printing and/or free shipping deals from retailers. Subscribe to mailing lists of printing retailers to stay updated on upcoming coupons or packages.
The following list has been complied to guide you through some of the best available printing options and to help you make the best decision for your small business.
Vistaprint is one of the most popular online printing services, offering a large selection of products and a simple, easy-to-use interface. The service has a broad variety of features and design templates, making it easy to design your own products and have them delivered to your door or straight to recipients on your mailing list.
Vistaprint has one of the largest varieties of products and options and is available at a low cost. The company often offers discount codes and coupons, so check for these before you order to ensure an even lower price.
Another popular specialty printing site, MOO.com provides customizable business cards, postcards, stickers and more with reasonable pricing and quick turnaround. The service stands out because of their capability to let you use different images on every product in a set you ordered at no extra cost. Next-day rush printing is also available for last-minute orders on select products.
MOO also provides a special program, MOO for Business, for companies with more than 10 employees. This program gives you an individual account manager, access to year-round discounts, design support and other benefits.
HP MagCloud is a web service that allows users to self-publish and distribute their own content through print or digital. The service boasts no minimum print runs, no upfront costs and quick print and distribution. MagCloud will help you create your newsletter, brochure, magazine or other materials, and then it can distribute your materials through printed and bound publications or digital services.
The broad range of format choices and low-cost digital options is a great choice for professional-grade publications of your content. Worldwide shipping is also available in addition to a free online storefront.
Backed by a 100% quality guarantee and 24-hour weekday phone support, UPrinting makes sure you are completely satisfied with the product you create. The service has a one-day turnaround option and offers free proofing of your projects. You can be confident that you know exactly what you are paying for with instant pricing and an easy-to-use website.
The simple design tools and wide variety of features help you customize your order, or you can opt for one of their expertly designed templates for a quick and professional product.
Mimeo stands out among the crowd because of their quick turnaround time. The website boasts that orders received by 10 pm EST will be delivered the very next morning. The service also works as a cloud printer; instead of designing your products online or uploading your files, you order prints directly from the program you are using. You “print” directly from your computer to Mimeo, which professionally prints your products and delivers them quickly.
6. Next Day Flyers
Specializing in flyers and other marketing materials like postcards and business cards, this printing service is extremely easy to use. The site offers free proofs for designs that you either upload or design on their site. And as the name suggests, your design will be printed and on its way to you (or your mailing list) within 24 hours.
The professionally printed products come with a 100% quality guarantee and a personalized online chat assistance feature. Next Day Flyers also publishes a blog with helpful design and marketing tips, so you are sure to find the help you need.
7. FedEx Office
FedEx Office combines the convenience of online printing with the option to pick up your products in store or have them delivered. The service offers a large variety of standard business documents and marketing materials with lots of customization options. The online interface is simple to use and provides step-by-step instructions from choosing a product, uploading your design and printing options.
Becoming a registered user also allows you to save projects for quick and easy reordering. You can also get printing done in just a few hours if you visit your local FedEx Office in person.
Another convenient choice for online printing is available through UPS, giving you the option to deliver your prints where you need them or to pick them up at your local UPS Store. The process for uploading and customizing your materials is very easy, with online previews to help guide you through the finishing options.
The UPS Store also offers a variety of Small Business Solutions, from business mailboxes to direct mail services. The company provides a one-stop shop for your professional printing and mailing needs.
9. Office Depot
With numerous locations nationwide, Office Depot offers one of the quickest pick-up printing services available. High-quality custom printing for a number of Office Depot’s products is available with one-hour in-store pickup. Business essentials such as custom stamps and business cards are available, as well as promotional products like pens and mugs. Delivery options are provided in addition to store pick-up options.
However, Office Depot is also a great choice for those who don’t want to complete online ordering. Simply stop by your local store (locate it here) and speak with a design specialist about your needs for a quick turnaround and a guaranteed great product.
Even with these options, small businesses should consider investing in a versatile and affordable printer for smaller, quick jobs around the office. Check out this Printer Buying Guide from CNET to evaluate your business’ needs and to find the perfect in-office fit.