How to Start a Vinyl Decal Business

July 1, 2018 210 views

Image of a Vinyl Decal on the hood of a Pontiac Trans AM

A Quick Overview of Starting and Running A Vinyl Decal Business

Skill Set:

Hours of Operation:

Normal hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, to reach a higher number of people, you may want to stay open past normal working hours. In addition to meeting the needs of your clients, you may need the additional time to handle, “end of the day,” tasks such as cleanup and bookkeeping.

Employee and Job Consideration During The Start-Up Phase or In The Future:
Equipment, Supplies, & Services During Start-up OR In The Future:
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • High powered computer
  • Design software, e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Coreldraw, etc.
  • Wrap Vinyl
  • Essential Office Equipment
Monthly Expenses and Operating Costs To Consider:

See our list of common business expenses


See Our Page on Licenses and Permits


Many people are in need of advertising for their business’s products and services. One of the easiest ways to do this is by creating mobile advertising that can be seen by many local people as the customer drives around town.

Vinyl decals are a way for business owners to reach a large number of local customers without continually spending a large amount of money.


The major drawback is that the printing equipment can be quite expensive, so in order to get started, you will need to be able to invest in this particular item.

Another problem is that once a person has purchased a vinyl decal for their vehicle they will not need another for a long time, so unless the client has numerous vehicles you won’t get much repeat business.

Getting Started:

In order to get started, you will need a large graphics printer, vinyl stickers, and a computer. You may also want to order the vinyl film known as “vehicle wrap.” This is a self-adhesive film designed to mold itself to the contours of a vehicle.

You’ll also need to make get the proper license’s and permits required for your business to be legal


The Professional Graphics and Wrap Installers Association offers certification for those companies that have shown proficiency through testing as Master Certified Installers. See http://www.pdaa.com


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