A black toner laser printer is normally all that is needed to create beautiful PT gifts unless you desire print color text, add color photos to the gifts, or create Coat of Arms gifts. In that case, you could choose a color laser or color inkjet printer. Laser printers offer some advantages including: Print speed, consistent quality, lowest print cost, zero dry time, etc.
Remember that you will normally be printing the text only, (poems, name meanings, etc) on top of the pre-printer Personal Touch art backgrounds that we provide for you. This is the most cost effective, fastest (10 seconds upon pressing Print with many printers), and by far the highest quality way to create PT gifts.
Because printer models change so rapidly, we do not recommend any specific models. In fact, your current printer may work just fine so we suggest testing your printer for quality and compatibility, and purchase a new one only if needed. If you do decide to purchase a new printer, perhaps the most important feature is the ability to print on cardstock paper. (similar to thin business cards). The Personal Touch art backgrounds are pre-printed on acid-free, 65lb cardstock paper which is much thicker than standard paper. Another helpful feature is the ability to feed the art backgrounds into the printer face-up (image side up) instead of upside down which can take getting used to. Also the time it takes to print the 1st page is very important (less time is of course better).
The surest way to confirm printer performance/compatibility is to perform print testing using actual PT art backgrounds. This can be easily be accomplished by bringing several PT art backgrounds to your local computer printer supplier such as Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, etc and printing a demo page using the PT art backgrounds as your test paper.
All of the Personal Touch art backgrounds are 8.5x11 inches in size. You can however easily create smaller gifts using the Gifts on Art software, and then trimming your art background to size after printing.
The Personal Touch line of personalized gifts will provide you with appropriate gifts for selling throughout the year for every possible occasion. There are however peak seasons that you will experience increased sales for holidays such as Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduation, and throughout spring and summer for wedding and anniversary gifts.
Yes. Our shopping cart will allow you to select a payment option to Pay By Check. Upon processing your order, we will email you your invoice which you can print and send with your payment. We will ship your order promptly upon receipt of your payment.
Yes. The Gifts on Art software will allow you to print any text within a "cut-line" any size that you specify. After printing the text with the cut-line, you would simply trim along the cut-line with a scissor or paper cutter to complete your perfectly sized gift.
Yes, we do provide suggested retail prices. The Business Opportunity page lists a number of items with suggested retail prices along with potential profits. You can also contact us for further suggestions based upon your specific requirements.
The following examples can be used as a guide to determine your retail price and therefore your potential profit. The suggested minimum mark-up is 300% to over 4000% depending upon the item. Your local demographics as well as selling location will help you to more accurately determine your selling price and therefore your actual profit.
Personalized Family Tree Gift
Cost: $0.45 to $0.60
Retail price: $19.95
Mark-up%: Up to 4000% +
Profit: Up to $19.50
Total Time: Approx. 5-10 minutes
Personalized Poetry Gift, First Name Gift
Cost: $0.45 to $0.60
Retail price: $7.95 to $12.95
Mark-up%: Up to 2900% +
Profit: Up to $12.50Total Time: Approx. 2 minutes
Personalized Poetry Gift, First Name Gift - With Double Fancy-cut Mat
Cost: $3.20 (based on $2.75 mat, + $0.45 art)
Retail price: $12.95 - $19.95
Mark-up%: Up to 600% +
Profit: Up to $16.75
Total Time: Approx. 3 minutes
Personalized Poetry Gift, First Name Gift - With 8.5x11 Wood Frame
Your cost: $5.95 (based on $5.50 frame, + $0.45 art)
Retail price: $19.95 - $29.95
Mark-up%: Up to 500% +
Profit: Up to $24.00
Total Time: Approx. 4 minutes
Personalized Poetry Gift, First Name Gift - With Mat & 11x14 Wood Frame
Your cost: $9.70 (based on $6.50 frame, + $2.75 mat, +$0.45 art)
Retail price: $29.95 - $44.95
Mark-up%: Up to 450% +
Profit: Up to $30.25
Total Time: Approx. 5 minutes
Personalized Poetry Gift, First Name Gift - With Curved Glass Frame
Your cost: $6.95 (based on $6.50 frame, +$0.45 art)
Without knowing more about your specific requirements, we definitely recommend setting up your business in a flea market, craft fair, or gift show to get your business up and running quickly. These locations usually charge very little to rent space and will bring you lots of customers ready to buy. And these options also allow you begin making money on the weekends while maintaining your normal work-week.
All you need to get started is a computer, laser printer (recommended), a Personal Touch start up package, and a folding table.
This is a simple and enjoyable business, and we’re all about lifting people up with our positive and inspirational messages. So definitely plan on having some fun while you make money too!
Yes. Unless specified otherwise, each Pesonal Touch software license allows the purchaser to maintain the software on 2 computers. We are on the honor system, so if you have a hard disk crash and need to re-install your software, you simply contact us after re-installing your software and we will provide you with a new unlock code . You can also purchase addtional licenses at a reduced cost if you desire to maintain the software on more than 2 computers.
Personal Touch software can run on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. PT Gifts on Art software (our primary software) can run on Windows 8. PT Coat of Arms software is not however compatible with Windows 8 at this time.
Personal Touch rarely offers software UPGRADES for our software as the software is stable and no reason to come out with frequent upgrades.
As an example our Gifts on Art program is on Release level 3 which as been available for approximately 5+ years. The Version 3 release added Popular Bible Verses, and Famous Quotations to the software and thus was considered an UPGRADE from Version 2 due to the new features. We charge our customer $49 if they choose to UPGRADE from an earlier version. We believe this model offers a better value than having to purchase a separate software for these features.
Upgrades are availble for Personal Touch customers that purchased a smaller Gifts on Art start-up kit in the past and desire to upgrade to a higher GOA Start up Kit. Customers can upgrade one time to a higher kit within one year of initial purchase. The upgrade cost is equal to the higher start-up kit cost minus the initial start-up kit cost.
The Gifts on Art software provides a cut-line tool that will allow you to easily create smaller gifts. After you print the text and cut-line on the art background, you can trim along the cut-line with a scissor or paper cutter to create your perfectly sized smaller gift.
Yes, you can print in color. You can also print small photos in color. It is important to understand that you will be only be printing the text and photos on top of pre-printed Personal Touch art backgrounds. You will not actually be printing the art backgrounds themselves.
Gifts on Art software is the most comprehensive and most flexible personalized software available. Gifts on Art is actually 5 popular software packages integrated into 1 simple to use program, including all of the following: First Name Meaning Software, Personalized Poetry Software, Popular Bible Verses Software, Famous Quotations Software, and Family Tree Software. Everything you will need to provide your customers with appropriate gifts for every possible occasion. Visit our Business Opportunity web page for more information.
Best column pricing pertains to the lowest price that we sell the art backgrounds for. Normal pricing for art backgrounds ranges from 45 to 60 cents each depending upon quantity purchased. Platinum customers always pay the lowest price of 45 cents each regardless of quantity.