how to start a laser engraving business

Laser Business Guide

Thousands of OMTech users have turned their weekend hobbies into thriving laser engraving businesses. From online Etsy stores to fabrication companies with a growing clientele, business is “beaming” across the OMTech nation. How can you start your own laser engraving business? Read our Laser Engraving Small Business Guide to learn what it takes to get started.
START A LASER ENGRAVING BUSINESS

All businesses start with an idea. That idea can originate from what you truly love to do and where your passion lies. Once you find that spark of genius, a laser engraving machine can help bring your idea to life.

Today, a lot of businesses depend on a CO2 laser engraver or Fiber Laser Marker to produce products efficiently. With OMTech, you can find the perfect machine at an affordable price to launch your laser cutting business.

We’ll point you towards helpful resources and answer all the biggest questions in our informative guide on how to start a laser engraving business. Let's begin!

how to start a laser cutting business
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Dead Fish Studios LLC

Machine used: 60W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: Dead Fish Studios sells multi-layered art, custom picture frames, company signage, 3D wood carving, and more!

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Blackstone Design 78

Machine used: 60W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: Blackstone Design 78 sells craft cocktail smoker and drink accessories. Cheers to this business!

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OH Honey Custom Designs

Machine used: 60W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: OH Honey makes a variety of products including name signs, earrings, name puzzles, memorial plaques, and more.

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Business talk!

What challenges did you and your business face before acquiring an OMTech machine?

Having a CNC machine with a 7W diode laser was holding me back from production numbers where I could truly make a profit. The diode laser was super slow, and also tied up my CNC machine when something needed to be engraved. A simple logo engraving, say 2x3” would take 5 minutes verses my new OMTech 60W would complete this within 30 seconds.

-Deadfish Studios

Deadfish Studios
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Jimmy the Maker

Machine used: 100W High Power CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: Jimmy the Maker is a proud engraver of custom signage, stacked logos, and engraved tumblers. The possibilities are endless!

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On Points Studios

Machine used: 80W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: On Points Studios specializes in home decor products such as wood signs, LED signs, keychains, and more!

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Devil Woman Decor

Machine used: 100W High Power CO2 Laser Engraver with 24x40" Workspace

Their business: Devil Woman Decor offers numerous products on materials such as glass, wood, marble, and acrylic, to accommodate custom requests.

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Business Talk!

Why did you choose OMTech? Furthermore, what key features stood out to you?

I followed @edmonds_woodshop on Instagram and his purchase of an OMTech was definitely a catalyst to start looking at the company. In addition, access to U.S. support was a major selling feature and ultimately why I chose OMTech.

-Blackstone Design 78

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Acorn Creative Goods

Machine used: 100W High Power CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: Acorn Creative Goods and their owner, Jenni, creates digital file patterns for other laser users. Some of which have become viral on TikTok!

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Abbeyoaks

Machine used: 40W Desktop CO2 Laser Engraver with 8x12" Workspace

Their business: Abbeyoaks offers a wide-range of ornaments, plaques, and coloring kits, and will soon venture into custom photo album covers!

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A.P. Craft Designs

Machine used: 50W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 12x20" Workspace

Their business: A.P. Craft Designs specializes in 100% customized home decor, including solid hardwood signs, cutting board, coasters, and more!

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What were the benefits and overall outcome for you and your business after acquiring an OMTech machine?

With our 40W CO2 laser, we were able to double the business from the year prior, with less overhead and time spent making the projects. This made the business more profitable. In addition, OMTech helped us make our footprint on Etsy and making us more diverse.

Abbeyoaks
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High Peaks Engraving

Machine used: 80W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: High Peaks Engraving is teaming up with several bakeries in Upstate New York to sell acrylic cake toppers, as well as other products!

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JonLynn Boutique

Machine used: 50W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 12x20" Workspace

Their business: JonLynn Boutique sells a gorgeous array of earrings, bracelets, keychains, signs, and more! Time to get stylish!

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Hearts Desire

Machine used: 100W High Power CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: Hearts Desire specializes in wood blanks and cutouts for other handmade businesses and at-home makers. They also offer monthly DIY kits!

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What does the future have in store for you and your business? Any big plans?

Big dreams that are turning into big plans! We want to continue to grow and add more product. I do indeed see another machine in my future. If I look at my 5 year plan, I intend to have a store front and to run my business full time.

-OH Honey Custom Designs

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Keyhive

Machine used: 60W Mid-Range CO2 Laser Engraver with 20x28" Workspace

Their business: Keyhive specializes in customized and personalized keyboards, engraving acrylic-based materials!

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Cascadia Cottage

Machine used: 40W Desktop CO2 Laser Engraver with 8x12" Workspace

Their business: Cascadia Cottage engraves elegant jewelry and home décor on wood and acrylic-based materials!

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“I knew I had great ideas swirling around in my head of all the wonderful things I could make if I just had a laser. I started to investigate and that led me to think “Can I do this?” I happily stumbled across the OMTech Facebook Group and was soon greeted by a bunch of helpful folks and great admins. Thanks to Josh Wright and the group, I knew I met the right like minded people. The support I have received from the group and from OMTech has been above my expectations. I am so happy with my OMTech 60W Laser. I look forward to seeing where it takes me. Let the creativity begin.”

Christine H. (OH Honey Custom Designs)
Customer Testimonials

Josh - @wrightswoodworks - Video Testimonial

Amanda - @cowboycustomcuts - Testimonial Video

Gabriel - @imaginethatworkshop - Testimonial Video

Max - @laserbeastlab - Testimonial Video

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Are you looking to promote your small business with OMTech? Email your business and laser engraving story to admin@omtechmachines.com today!

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