Starting a heat transfers business can be a rewarding and profitable venture, but it's important to consider all the necessary steps before diving in. Here are 10 things to consider when starting a heat transfers business:


Investing in high-quality heat press equipment is essential for producing professional-quality transfers. Look for a heat press that is durable and has a wide range of temperature and pressure settings. Also, make sure to get transfer papers (like stock transfers) that are compatible with the equipment and inks you're using.

From our experience, the best machines in the market are made by HIX or HOTRONIX. If you are serious about providing great product, only invest in one of those machines!


Consider the space needed for production and storage of equipment, transfer papers, and finished products. A small home-based business can get started with a spare room, but as the business grows, you'll likely need a larger space. Make sure to have ample space for storage and a dedicated area for production.

The best approach is to go lean, which means, you get more space as you grow your t-shirt business.

Supply Chain

Establishing relationships with suppliers of transfer papers, garments, and other materials is crucial to ensuring a steady supply of materials and keeping costs down. Look for reliable suppliers who can provide high-quality materials at a reasonable price.

You want to get affordable heat transfers, and affordable garments, so you can keep your costs low and have a big enough profit margin to cover all your other costs (like: advertisement, rent, employees/contractors)

Target Market

Identifying the market you want to serve is important in order to create a marketing strategy and attract customers. Will you focus on sports teams, schools, or custom apparel businesses? Knowing your target market will help you tailor your marketing efforts and create a niche for your business.


Researching your competition is important to determine appropriate pricing for your products. Look at the prices of similar businesses in your area, and factor in the cost of materials and labor when setting your own prices.
PRO TIP: always go for the premium price point. You are selling a unique experience and custom apparel! don’t settle your services low price point.


Developing a marketing strategy to promote your business and attract customers is crucial. Look into online marketing methods such as social media, email marketing, SMS marketing, and search engine optimization. Also, consider offline methods such as flyers, brochures, and networking events.
PRO TIP: On one hand you want to get new customers, but IT IS MORE IMPORTANT to retain old customers! Most of your profits will come from returning customers.


Researching and complying with any legal requirements for starting a business is important to ensure your business is operating legally. This includes obtaining necessary licenses and permits, as well as registering your business with the appropriate government agencies.

Recently, I’ve seen heat transfer companies started producing illegal merchandise (trademarked designs they don’t have license for) If you are selling on Amazon, Ebay or Etsy, they will ban you if you carry these types of designs. Make sure to buy heat transfers from companies that won’t get you in trouble.


Consider purchasing liability insurance to protect your business in case of accidents or mishaps. This can provide peace of mind and protection in case of any legal issues.

Next insurance is very affordable for small business and you can have a peace of mind if you have it.

Time and Labor

Developing a schedule and plan for production is important to ensure timely delivery of finished products. Make sure to factor in the time required for finding the right designs, ordering them on time, and applying these transfers to the final products. Plus, don’t forget it takes some time for your customers to receive their orders.


Consider the scalability of your business to handle increased demand for your products in the future. As your business grows, you'll need to consider hiring additional staff, upgrading equipment, and expanding production space.


Starting a heat transfers business can be a challenging and rewarding endeavor. By considering these 10 things, you'll be well on your way to creating a successful and profitable heat transfers business. It's important to have a solid plan, do the necessary research and be prepared to adapt as the business evolves.

Remember to stay organized, stay focused, and stay positive. And most importantly, always keep in mind the quality of the final product and the satisfaction of the customer. With the right approach and a bit of hard work, you'll be able to build a thriving heat transfers business that will last for years to come.

If you need any help with custom heat transfers or free graphic design services, please don’t hesitate to email us at support@stocktransfers.org or text us at  954-676-1822

Thank you
Dan from Stock Transfers