The American printing industry generates about $82 billion in annual revenue. Large printing companies like Quad/Graphics Inc. and Cenveo Inc. account for only 10% of that. Most printing businesses are small, independent operations that have less than ten employees on staff at any given time. If you're looking for an existing printing business that's for sale, this is a good place to start.

Top printing companies saw an almost 10% rise in profitability recently. Profits have stabilized since; but with rising interest in digital printing, existing printing companies are starting to see a boom in business. In fact, 3D printing is already a billion-dollar business on its own. Industry insiders are predicting it will be a trillion-dollar business in the near future. If possible, try to find a successful printing company for sale that's already set up for 3D printing.

Starting a print shop from scratch is not only time consuming but expensive. You'll need deep pockets to afford the equipment, even old classics like the Ryobi or the Heidelberg. You’ll have to research locations that will bring in the right clientele. You’ll need high-end graphic design software and professional staff. You'll have to have a tight business plan and a solid advertising budget. Of course, you can bypass this monster of a headache and improve your chances of success by simply purchasing an established printing business for sale.