Top 5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Printing Company

Published: June 15, 2016

There are hundreds of commercial printing companies operating in Southern California. With so many businesses to pick from, how can you most effectively research the best to do business with?

We've assembled the top six things you need to look for when choosing a printing company in Orange County. With so much competition out there, you have plenty of options, so extensive research is vital before making a final decision. Read on to find out more about what you should look for so that you can choose the best commercial printing company possible.


1. A Company That Can Deliver What You Need

Not all printing companies are going to be able to deliver what you want. Whether it's constraints on their energy, on their time, the size of their facilities, the amount of staff they have, or the fact that they don't really print the amount that you need on a regular basis--these are all factors to take into consideration. If you need a company that has their own manufacturing facility, then look for a company that has that. Check their website to see if they have details about their service.

Remember, each company is different and run differently. You're going to need a company that can meet your company's needs, from service to material quantity, to type of material and frequency. Take that into consideration when starting your research.


2. A Good Website and Trustworthy Representatives

A good-looking website is always a plus when it comes to researching companies because it provides you with quite a bit of helpful information. Sites will usually have tabs that you can click on to find out more about the types of printing they frequently do. There will also be contact information and directions to their business. You can easily call or reach out online and communicate with representatives from the company. Going on the website and then to a physical site and actually seeing the company will allow you a more in-depth understanding of what working with this company would be like.


3. Samples

Samples are often displayed on companies' websites, but when you go there, be sure to arrange to see samples with the printer. It's best to look at samples of a work that they have done for someone in your field, as you will be better able to get an idea of what their work would be like. From comparing samples from multiple companies, you'll get a good idea of what work they do and also be able to tell which company is utilizing the latest technology.


4. References

A printing company that puts its customers first is a valuable partner to have. You want a printer that has followed through with their clients and has a track record of delivering what they want, and any reputable business owner will be happy to give references. Ask the references questions about the printer such as: how quickly they return calls or messages, how they resolve issues, how responsive is their service, whether they provide customer education, and whether ultimately they would recommend working with the printer.


5. A Company That Listens

In this business, communication is crucial. You want a company that will make decisions after consulting you and will be able to deliver what you need because they heard what you want. Collaboration is a strength for any company-- look for a printer that will be able to listen and communicate effectively.