Not many people talk about it, but we have laser engraved products all around us. Think trophies, jewelry, DIY crafts, mugs, license plates—and more.
The great thing about starting a laser engraving business at home is that you don't need a lot of material to start personalizing items and gifts for others - even though the laser machine itself can be a sizable investment.
But luckily, the demand for such custom products is also increasing. In fact, personalized laser-etched jewelry is one of the most popular products on online marketplaces like Etsy.
In this guide, you will learn how to start making money with your laser engraving business. So whether you want to work from home or manage your finances while doing something creative, you can do it with laser engraving.
How To Make Money With Laser Engraving A Home Business
Before starting laser engraving, there are a few things to consider. First of all, what is the difference between laser engraving, laser etching and laser marking?
Laser engraving is similar to laser etching in that both techniques remove a bit of the object. The difference is how deep the laser removes a portion of the product's surface. Instead, laser marking is a technique that can best be described as discoloring an area of an item.
Next, when you want to start a laser business from home, the first thing you need to do is do your research. in particular:
How to Find the Best Laser Engraver for Your Budget
Where will you set up your home office
What kind of design do you want to make (freestyle or pre-made templates)
Which products do you want to engrave on
How you will market and sell your final product
Before buying a laser engraver, with prices ranging from $200 to $10,000, you should consider which products you sell. Not all laser cutters are suitable for any type of product, which is why it is important to know exactly what you need to buy before investing.
In the video below, Garage Vlog explains how to make money by laser engraving leather with a CNC laser cutter. This is a popular choice for engraving DIY products, crafts, leather goods, clothing, and more.
Laser cutters come with or without preinstalled software. With preinstalled software, your creative options may be limited as you can only use a specific set of designs and fonts. Another way is to find a laser engraver that can be used with your software so you can send your custom designs etc directly to your engraver from programs like Adobe.
When searching for a laser engraver, you will often see "bed size". This refers to the maximum bed area - or print area - where you can engrave any one object. If you work at home with products like jewelry and DIY crafts, you won't need anything bigger than you can fit on your desk.
For industrial purposes (i.e. commercial signs, large plaques, etc.) you will need something larger that will need to be stored in a garage or shed.
One of the most important aspects to consider before buying a laser engraver is what products or materials it can be used with. There are several types, in particular:
Fiber Engravers - Metal, Plastic, Aluminum
Mixing machines - mainly for organometallics and materials
CO2 Laser Engravers – Jewelry, Stainless Steel, Rubber Stamps, Wood, Paper
Green Laser Cutter - Silver, Gold, Plastic, Glass, Ceramic, Copper
How the laser engraver is connected to the computer, printer, etc. is another important deciding factor. Most engravers come with USB ports and smartphone Bluetooth connectivity, but be sure to double-check before you go all out.
Laser engraving machine product concept
Therefore, it is clear that the value of ordinary products increases as long as laser engraving is used for personalization. Actually, it's about 400%.
This means that the market opportunity is huge and you can quickly make a profit after investing in the equipment. In many cases, business owners, large and small, see a great return on investment within the first 1-6 months of investing in a laser engraver for their business.
Here are some product ideas that can be carved to make money:
stainless steel plate
Jewelry (i.e. rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings)
Leather goods (i.e. notebooks, jewelry, clothing)
You can laser engrave almost any type of material - be it organic, thermoplastic, metal, etc.