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what do i need to start a picture framing business

what do i need to start a picture framing business

Starting a picture framing business requires a combination of creative skills, business acumen, and technical knowledge. Here are some essential things you need to get started:

  1. Education and training: You need to have knowledge of framing techniques, materials, and design. You can obtain this knowledge by attending framing classes or by taking courses online. Consider obtaining a certification from a professional organization such as the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA).

  2. Business Plan: Develop a comprehensive business plan that outlines your goals, target market, marketing strategy, pricing strategy, and financial projections. Your business plan should also include details about your location, suppliers, and equipment needs.

  3. Location: A storefront or commercial location that is easily accessible to your target market is essential for a picture framing business. Look for a location that has ample space for framing, storage, and display.

  4. Equipment: You will need a variety of equipment to start a framing business, including a mat cutter, saws, glass cutters, and a vacuum press. Invest in high-quality equipment that is durable and reliable.

  5. Supplies: Stock up on a variety of framing supplies such as mats, frames, backing boards, glass, mounting boards, and adhesives. Look for suppliers that offer quality materials at affordable prices.

  6. Staffing: You may need to hire staff to assist with framing, customer service, and administrative tasks. Look for individuals with experience in framing, customer service, or art and design.

  7. Legal and regulatory compliance: Obtain all necessary business licenses and permits, and comply with all local, state, and federal regulations.

Starting a picture framing business can be a rewarding and profitable venture for those with a passion for art, design, and craftsmanship. With the right knowledge, skills, and resources, you can create a successful business that showcases and preserves cherished memories for your customers.


Since launching in 2017 in New Jersey, Modern Memory Design has custom framed thousands of posters, photos, canvas paintings and art an work with many independent artists, interior designers, and corporate businesses to deliver quality picture frames.
  • Large Artwork
  • Shadow boxes
  • Paintings & Portraits
  • Diplomas
  • Needlepoints
  • Art Prints
  • Posters
  • Art shows
  • Maps
  • Custom mirrors
  • Original Art
  • Certificates & documents
  • Kids art
  • Team Jerseys
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Fabric art
  • Playbills,
  • Concert poster
  • Record album covers
  • Ketubahs & wedding invites
  • Puzzles
  • Military medals
  • Newspaper articles
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Our custom picture frame store is made to help you display and protect your photos, art prints, drawings and paintings, diplomas and degrees, records, documents, diplomas and memorabilia, as well as canvas stretching, poster printing, photo glass replacement, canvas, photo frame matting and sport jersey


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