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How To Start A CD Duplication Business

So, times are tough. The economy is still recovering, and despite the tumultuous financial climate globally as well as locally, the silver lining is that people are being more creative about business. In a time when jobs are scarce, many start their own. One tangible way to earn money from a small business you own and operate is to start a CD duplication business.

Why CD Duplication?

Though it may seem like a very specific, esoteric path, that actually will lend to its strength. How many CD duplication businesses do you know of in your town? CD duplication often occurs at the high business level, in corporate offices, in music studios and in already established professional settings. Starting a small CD duplication business could be just the thing your community needs. Because CD duplication requires certain machinery and technical knowledge, not every small business or artist will own the proper equipment or have the means to purchase it themselves. Knowing that you have a market to provide a unique service can ensure a journey toward success.

Who Will Buy?

When you think of who may need a large quantity of personalized CDs, the first demographic that comes to mind is musical artists and bands, especially bands that have just started and don’t yet have a record label. In today’s music landscape, self-producing is ever more common and necessary. A band may take on the full responsibility of creating and marketing themselves. In this case, this is your primary audience. A start up band will need to create many CDs to sell to their fans, and this is where you come in. Being able to produce, as well as help organize packaging, can be profitable with local musicians.

Your other target demographic will be small businesses who want to create employee-training materials or back up data to disc, but who can’t justify purchasing their own duplication equipment.

How To Start

It’s easy. Creating a business plan and identifying your demographic, your start up capital and your expected returns will be the first step. Then, invest in CD duplication equipment. Learn how to use it. And finally, market yourself to the public. This can include posting ads on Craigslist, on social media sites and blogs. You may wish to make a website for your business. Set reasonable yet lucrative prices, and gather a team (possibly) to help churn out product. This may be a part time side job or, if successful, it could turn into a full-time business.

Final Tips

Talk to people before, and during, your start up process. Gauge interest in your local music and small business community. Be friendly and helpful. Stay organized and on task. Most of all, market yourself as much as possible, because if your customers can’t find you, they can’t buy from you.

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MicroTech Named #1 8(a) Small Business

MicroTech, a technology integration company based in Tysons Quarter, Virginia, was just named the country’s #1 8(a) firm by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Federal Computer Week released the list of Top 50 8(a) companies yesterday, and MicroTech tops the list with $280 million in prime contracts and an additional $62 million in sub-contracts. The data analyzed is compiled from government sources.

An 8(a) business is a special status given to firms designated socially or economically disadvantaged. They are eligible for financial assistance, mentoring, training and other forms of assistance in order to help their growth and development through the SBA. The SBA was established in 1953 in order to help small business grow, and also to give them a voice in Congress.

President and CEO of MicroTech, Tony Jimenez, had this say after being notified of the honor: “Our status as the No. 1 8(a) business is really heartening. It reaffirms that if you surround yourself with the right people and stay on the cutting edge by focusing on innovation, businesses like MicroTech will continue to succeed,” Jimenez said.

MicroTech is a thriving company that offers a wide array of services and products in the realm of technology integration, social media, cloud computing and cyber security to both the commercial and public sector. In 2011, MicroTech launched multiple new directives, including the MicroKloud line of cloud computing services and MicroPodd solutions for mobile data. MicroTech also has an exciting array of new ventures happening in 2012 in addition to their tried and true products and services. MicroTech manages more than 500,000 users daily and is a prime contractor for over 100 federal projects.

Their mission statement reads: To discover, design, develop and deliver innovative and emerging technology solutions including infrastructure services, systems integration, unified communications and cloud offerings maximizing customer success.

MicroTech is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business and National Minority Supplier Development Council supplier of quality products.

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How CD Business Cards May Give You The Edge

Everyone in the business world is probably aware of the importance of networking. “Hi, nice to meet you, here’s what I do, and here’s my business card,” is a standard series of statements offered up at company parties, mingling events, conferences and meetings. If you find common ground with someone and want to keep in contact for further opportunities, how will they remember your name and message if not with a business card?

But how many times have you returned home from a day-long conference with a stack of paper cards, most of which you’ll just shove in a drawer somewhere? If you want your skill set and talents to stand out, consider doing something different. Whether you’re a graphic designer, owner of a small business, musician, writer, engineer, entrepreneur, party planner or freelance anything, you’ve probably got a wide skill set that can’t be captured in a tiny 3 by 5 notecard. In today’s competitive world, business card CDs might be one of those things that set you apart from the rest.

Here are a few reasons why CD business cards may be an investment to consider:

  • You can include your resume on the CD, giving your target audience a quick overview of your experience so they can assess whether your experience might be valuable to them. Similarly, you can include information about your company in any number of formats.
  • You can include a carefully chosen portfolio of some of your best work in various forms of media so they can easily assess your talents, whether it’s video, photo, text or data analysis.
  • If you’d prefer, you can dazzle the viewer with a short (5-10 minute) PowerPoint presentation of your experience, skill set and strengths. This can include pictures, videos, excerpts, etc. With a CD, you have the opportunity to use different forms of media to your advantage to surprise and impress.
  • You can include hyperlinks to your presence on the web, including websites or social media accounts that may not have fit on a single paper card. Your target audience should have no problem finding you online.
  • The CD label can be customized just like a business card, and should be simple and eye-catching with just a few pieces of important information, like your name, company and occupation, as well as a short description of the content of the CD, like “resume and portfolio” or “video presentation.”
  • Handing over a CD rather than a paper card full of a clever use of technology will be sure to impress prospective employers or clients and ensure them you’re no Neanderthal. It’s a symbol of your advanced understanding of the way technology is shaping business, and the world.
  • You can play off one of humanity’s fundamental attributes: curiosity. Unless you made a really bad impression in person, like showing up unwashed or insulting your audience, handing over a CD is like giving them a little locked treasure chest that they will probably be curious enough to open, if even just to see what’s on it. It’s like handing them a mystery they can easily solve with a computer and a disc drive. And they probably will.

There are a number of websites that specialize in CD business card duplication, as well as specialized CDs (mini, oblong or even rectangular CDs that mimic the look of actual business cards) that are made specifically for this purpose. You can also simply invest in CD duplication equipment yourself and customize them to your liking. Primera, for example, has a line of CD duplicators, as well as a line of mini business card CDs. Don’t forget to include a professional label and a CD cover to protect the data.

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5 Reasons Why CDs Will Remain Competitive

CD DVD Duplicators, CD-R, duplicationNancy Woo14 April 2012

You’ve heard the rumors: CDs are going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes; digital downloading is killing sales; they’re obsolete. While it may be true that digital downloads from applications such as iTunes and Amazon have blotted out a certain portion of CD sales, and the latest addition of Spotify has also cut a piece out of the cake, there are certain aspects of the physical CD that just can’t be replaced by virtual space. Here are 5 reasons why we think CDs are here to stay.

1. Tangibility. Nothing beats the excitement and satisfaction of holding a physical copy of an album in your hand, especially after waiting eagerly for it to be released. There’s just no denying the tangible pleasure in making connection with your favorite artist’s album. You’ve been waiting for it to drop for weeks or even months, and that moment when you can go to the record store and pick it up is something near magical.

2. Artwork. Album artwork isn’t the same online. When you get that CD, part of the thrill of it is enjoying the album cover art and the special little messages inside from the artist themselves. Sometimes the physical CD includes lyrics, jokes or stories behind the songs. You just don’t get that online.

3. Artist outreach. New bands hand out CDs, not digital downloads. Ever been to a show where a rocking new band just played and you’re so stoked on them you go up to them afterwards and buy a CD? Yeah, rarely do they say, sorry man, we don’t do CDs anymore, but here’s a code for a digital download. When you’re a new artist trying to get your music out there, you’ve got to be ready with materials on hand, and having a stack of CDs is just the best way to do it.

4. Personalization. Want to share music? Making a mix CD is a lot more personal than emailing a playlist. A burned CD-R is an art form created by one person for another, and there’s an unspeakable difference in actually burning the physical copy and labeling it yourself than impersonally making a few clicks in cyberspace.

5. Choice. CD offers the alternative of choice. While Internet streaming and downloading capabilities are in fact a wonderful option for many consumers, the CD is going to stick around simply because it’s another way of doing things, and no one likes to be constricted into one preordained way of living. CDs and digital downloads can live harmoniously side by side, each offering something different for different consumers or even different situations.

 

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Advantages of Investing in Disc Duplication Equipment

If you are an office or a business that relies on distributing materials often, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to buy your own CD, DVD or USB duplicator. Of course, the cost should be weighed against the benefits, but let’s take a look at some of the advantages of investing in disc duplication equipment.

It Might Be Worth It For You If…

  • You run a business that does a lot of promotional outreach to clients.
  • You are regularly updating professional presentations and need to frequently distribute new materials to employees or clients.
  • Your company often attends industry conventions where it’s useful to have high-tech materials on hand to give to any potential partners or clients.
  • You are thinking about going into business for data duplication.
  • You are an independent artist, politician, musician, graphic designer, etc. who wants the creative control of producing your own distribution materials.

Whether you’re a small business, an independent contractor, a franchise or a corporation, you’ll want to be looking at both the costs and benefits of owning your own duplication system. Because data duplicators cost between $500 and $3,000, they are a long-term investment, but the money can be made back easily if the demand is high enough.

Worst Case Scenario

Any well-established office with a constant flow of information will want to have the machine on property and well-stocked for any last-minute scenarios that might arise. Let’s say it’s after 5 p.m. and word just came in that your division will be on the floor at a huge trade show the next morning, and you’ll need to be prepared to wow the audience and reel in potential clients. If you don’t have a disc duplicator open after hours, you would either have to forego distribution materials or pay higher prices for specialty orders. However, this is exactly the type of situation that makes investing in a disc duplicator worth it in the long run. You always have the security of duplication on hand, when you need it.

Different Options and Sizes

Also, if you are a smaller business or independent contractor and are unsure about dropping a lot of dough, Primera offers an affordable and all-in-one disc publisher and printer. For only $1,445, anyone using the Bravo SE Disc Publisher can create customized burned discs with the option of a professional label, either one at a time or up to 20 copies at a time. It’s an ideal solution for the small business or ambitious independent start-up. For higher-density jobs, Microboards offers a holding capacity of 100 discs for $2,695. Consider the investment and its potential benefits to your goals, then do the research to find the disc duplicator for your needs. Gotmedia product experts are always available to answer any questions or explain product details.

Primera Bravo SE CD/DVD Disc Publisher

 

 

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How Important is Presentation?

This one’s a no-brainer: a good presentation is key to success.

First impressions may not be the absolute be-all, end-all, but a first impression lasts, and a bad one certainly stinks. No interviewer in his or her right mind is going to hire the sloppy Joe with grease stains covering his slacks, that is, unless he happens to have a genius IQ or just invented a time machine. But even if he fits both of those criteria, he may not even get the chance to make his case since he might be dismissed based on an unprofessional appearance. Initial judgments may not always be correct, but few busy people have time to waste looking at something that seems like it was thrown together at the last minute. Professional folders, packages, resumes and portfolios all endure a higher likelihood of survival on the cutting block when presented neatly, thoughtfully and professionally.

A professional-looking disc label is sure to impress.

When presenting a CD or DVD (which may contain anything from a resume to statistical data to music and videos) to a high-level executive, a job interviewer, potential clients or even possible fans, it is vital to spend a little extra time and money on its appearance. Once the CD changes hands, its first task is to entice the receiver to open it and give it her full attention.

Nothing labeled in Sharpie is going to impress anyone. There are many options for professional disc labeling, such as using specialized software, specialized disc labelers or contracting professionals to mass-produce a design of your choice. Because the options for customizing are many, it is important to keep in mind a few things when designing a professional CD label:

•    Be succinct and descriptive – CDs have limited space, so the title should be clear and explicitly about the topic at hand, i.e. the company’s name and project, artist’s name and album, etc.
•    Use enticing language – If, after including the name and title, there is a good amount of space leftover on the CD, consider including a snappy tagline, quote or list of items that might arouse interest in the receiver
•    Use easy to read fonts – Don’t make your audience work hard to uncover the secrets of the CD, especially if you are trying to sell something or persuade someone to open the files. Also, make it easy to read so that later on down the road, the receiver doesn’t forget the relevance of the file and toss it out
•    Use high-quality pictures – If customizing the CD with artwork, make the sure the picture chosen is not pixilated, blurry or otherwise indistinguishable. Keep it simple. Doing a sloppy job with artwork may even be worse than not using any at all. That being said, appropriate, original and topical artwork may be the very thing to grab your receiver’s attention

If using any sort of disc publishing software or online publisher, make sure to test the design before printing hundreds of copies. There are many templates online, or included in purchased software, that can assist in the design process.

Also, including a disc sleeve or sturdy case is highly recommended. Don’t let your CD flop about!

With these simple tips in mind, your professional CD or DVD is sure to be a hit, and at least impress the receiver enough to slide it into their computer. Keeping their attention after that is up to you.

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New Aleratec Blu-ray Duplicators Hit Market with LIghtScribe

With 12x write speed and a built-in 1TB hard drive, the new DVD duplicator line from Aleratec represents a step into the next generation of disc replication.

“As the prices for Blu-ray media and equipment continue to drop due to increasing demand, our customers find Blu-ray an increasingly attractive option for data distribution,” said Perry Solomon, president and CEO of Aleratec. “In designing these products, we wanted to make sure that they would be relevant for years to come.”

The new pair of professional grade Blu-ray duplicators can burn up to three or seven Blu-ray DVD or CDs at a time, using four “Fast Keys” to command basic functionality. In addition to maximum storage and write capacity, the two units can complete laser-etched labels using LightScribe technology and avoiding inks or ribbons.

With USB 2.0 connectivity, operation is quick and easy whether burning from the hard drive or separate source disc. And there’s no sacrifice of functionality and speed when running print jobs; disc label jobs can be dragged and dropped into the duplicator while duplicator makes disc copies.

This line of Aleratec products features two models: the 1:3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA for $1,399 and the 1:7 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Tower Publisher SLS for $2,699, which are both available now for shipment through dedicated resellers and distribution partners.

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Primera’s Fastest Disc Printer Introduced to Market

CD DVD Duplicators, CD DVD PrintersHawksM27 January 2011

The Bravo 4100 Series Disc Publishers high-speed desktop disc production are the fastest in class and are also available in Europe, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. In just six seconds, the 4100 Series printers can print full color, 100-percent coverage discs in perfect print quality — a substantial improvement from 20 to 120 seconds per disc on other machines.

The duplicators feature high-speed, built-in recorders to burn and print CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs in large quantities for small-to-medium-to-large size organizations.

“When we decided to build the world’s fastest disc publishers, we had no idea how amazing it would be to watch a full-color, 100 percent coverage disc print in just six seconds,” said Mark D. Strobel, vice president of sales and marketing.

There are three models available, which feature 4800 dpi print quality, seventh-generation disc picking mechanism, and individual CMYK ink cartridges:

-          Bravo 4100 AutoPrinter for print-only applications (100 disc capacity)

-          Bravo 4101 Disc Publishers with one CD/DVD drive (100 disc capacity)

-          Bravo 4102 Disc Publisher with two high-speed CD/DVD drives (100 disc capacity)

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Disc Duplicators On the Hook for Securing Licenses to Protected Music

CD DVD DuplicatorsHawksM23 December 2010

You’ve got your company name, you’ve got your equipment, you’ve even got you your first customer. You’re ready to do business. Only problem is your first client is asking you to duplicate a disc that incorporates licensed music and your client doesn’t have the proper paperwork.

It happens all the time. And sometimes, CD duplication and replication companies proceed regardless.

Don’t be one of those companies.

You could be liable for thousands of dollars in penalty fines resulting from non-compliance of the Fairness in Music Licensing Act.

The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) are responsible for protecting music licenses on behalf of music creators; between the two, all commercial music licenses are accounted for. The organizations’ sole responsibility is collecting license fees on behalf of musicians, songwriters, composers, and publishers.

As the party potentially accountable for reproducing licensed music, you need to know your responsibilities and those of your customers. Almost all commercial music is licensed and will require a copy of the license agreement before you can copy or replicate a single CD or DVD legally.

License costs will vary depending on circumstances of use, including the nature of use and the frequency of duplication, and while it is your customers’ responsibility to obtain the necessary license rights, you are vulnerable to litigation without the proper paperwork in hand.

In some cases, unfortunately, you may need to be prepared to outright refuse to complete the job.

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Rimage Announces New Disc Copy Station

CD DVD DuplicatorsHawksM16 November 2010

Rimage Disc Copy StationThe 5400N Disc Copy Station from Rimage offers CD and DVD disc duplication with the ease of a paper copier. With the intention to streamline day-to-day business operations, the new disc copy station replicates discs of all sizes in the same way that companies now make photocopies.

The 5400N Disc Copy Station allows the user to insert a disc and, with one button, photograph the disc label, read the contents, and record the data onto a blank disc with a near-perfect replica of the label. The new system also allows for multiple copies to be made.

Not only does the 5400N streamline the disc duplication process, it allows businesses to create or publish a label from a past supplier without needing to recreate or purchase the original label or manually write on the disc. And it gives companies the freedom to recreate and duplicate discs whenever the need arises without having to wait on a duplication company’s queue.

“We’ve seen a growing demand from our customers for a way to quickly and easily copy CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs,” said Christopher Wells, vice president of marketing and strategy, Rimage. “The Disc Copy Station meets that need while fully functioning as a disc publisher for new-to-the-world discs. It is really two products in one.”

The Disc Copy station includes a Blu-ray Disc recorder and has three input bins for each disc type and can be operated as both a networked CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc publisher and a disc copy device.

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