Silhouette or Cricut Business Start Up Costs

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I’ve had a lot of business owners-to-be ask me how much the typical start up costs are for a Silhouette or Cricut home based business. Today, I’m offering a general list of items to consider if you are starting a business with your die cutting machine. The lists below are general overviews to give you an idea of the things you will need to buy to start your business.

General Supplies

  • Silhouette Cameo ($270) or Silhouette Curio ($220) or Cricut ($250)
  • Cutting blades (Silhouette $8 each, Cricut $3.50 each)
  • Cutting mats (Silhouette: $9 each, Cricut: $6 each)
  • General craft supplies
  • General office supplies (paper, folders, envelopes, etc.)
  • Shipping supplies (tape, label paper, packing materials, boxes, shipping scale – $50)
  • Computer and printer – varies greatly
  • Silhouette Studio Upgrade (Designer Edition $25 or read more about Business Edition)
  • Accounting program (about $15 per month)
  • Packaging materials – (about $100)
  • Business cards and advertising materials ($50)
  • Supply storage – varies ($100)
  • Camera – varies greatly


For Adhesive Vinyl Crafters

  • Adhesive Vinyl – Purchase in rolls for cheapest pricing. Generally, around $1.30 per yard. You should estimate that you’ll need several colors to begin creating.
  • Transfer paper or tape ($35 for an industrial roll)
  • Weeding tools ($10)
  • Blanks for products ($200)

For Garment Crafters

  • Heat transfer vinyl – Purchase in rolls, about $7 per yard – specialty materials cost more. You should estimate that you’ll need several colors to begin creating.
  • Heat press –  ($225) – It’s a must if you are selling products. Read more about that in this post.
  • Weeding tools ($10)
  • Blanks for products ($300)

For Scrapbook, Card, Paper Crafters

  • Papers – cost varies greatly ($100)
  • Paper crafting tools – spatula, paper cutter, glue ($100)

Remember, you may have some of the necessities on hand, especially if you are already crafting as a hobby. Next week, I’ll show you how I started my small business without any debt – and very little cash on hand.

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31 thoughts on “Silhouette or Cricut Business Start Up Costs”

  1. Hi, I have not gotten a chance to read everything you have posted. What I am looking for a way to keep track of my inventory. I do want to start a crafting business with my machine. I do not want to mention what machine I have as I don;t want to be asked to leave because I do not own a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine. I need to get me stuff in order and do a incentory of all the supplies I need to make my products. Is there anyway you can help me with that. I think I would prefer a software but not not necessary. I would like one where when I am starting a project I can go into the inventory and put in the items I need and they will be subtracted from the inventory and as I am writing this it does sound like software. Well, software is my first choice and i know there must be some low cost but effective software out there. Thanks so much for having this information forum, not sure if that is what it is called.

  2. Veronique Richard

    Hello Christine,
    can you tell me what brand of vinyl you buy? And where is the best place to buy it, is it on Amazon?

  3. hi
    I was wondering if you could help me I want to make mugs using a heat transfer vinyl I have tried using a iron and I even bought a sublimation machine and I cant get the vinyl to stay on . is there a
    spray or I’m I doing something wrong please help.

    1. Use a heat gun, they are relatively inexpensive if you can get one from harbor freight tools or national tool. Tons of videos on YouTube about it.

  4. I’m looking for someone to make me some projects with their silhouette in the San Diego area. Any suggestions on the best way to do a search? Is there a directory available? All my search attempts have proven fruitless ????

  5. I want to start with my cricut machine explorer air and I’m looking to do personalized mugs/wine glasses etc and need to know what materials to buy

  6. Hi, I been searching for a side project and I think I found it tonight. While looking at Pinterest I came across how to do cricut on t-shirts and vinyl. Also read about alot of other projects that can be done. I am really amazed. I haven’t purchased a machine or anything, still researching. I’m kind of scared about this because I’ve never been into crafts but I know I can do it. So I will be a beginner so what would you suggest? Looking to start buying the machine and some supplies within the next month to start practicing. Just here for advice. Look like everyone else is enjoying this so I know I will. I have alot of extra time on my hands to get familiar. Thanks!

  7. For HTV and Adhesive rolls you mention buying in rolls; what online resource has the best pricing, selection and shipping cost?

    1. I like Heat Transfer Vinyl for you. Their rolls are competitively priced. I’m not sure who has the best rolled adhesive right now, haven’t purchased any in a while. 🙂

  8. I know doing a business with cricut/silhouette you don’t want to use “free” fonts and designs. Where is the best place to buy and download fonts and designs for commercial use?

  9. If I find a design I like online can I use it on a product to sell? I don’t want to steal anyone’s designs or quotes. What do I do?

  10. Thank you for the info! I am struggling with the amount of vinyl and HTV inventory to have on hand. I wish I could just buy huge rolls but cannot. All that said, any suggestions for what colors of each type I should buy in as large of rolls I can afford?

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