I have been very lucky in my life to have been able to visit many many shops from some of the biggest with dozens of giant autos, to people printing 12 black shirts using toilet bowl cleaner for white ink. Bigger ain’t necessarily better if you are talking how your life goes. I printed thousands of shirts in my basement working by myself and I’ve had 60 people working for me with four autos and I’ve got no regrets, but I would tell you not to get bigger just to get bigger.
On that note, Bill Heintz has a one man shop just outside New Orleans called Midnight Prints and he may not have a laser exposure unit but he does have his head screwed on right and knows his clientele. Like so many shop owners, he likes screen printing and, probably more importantly, he doesn’t want a boss.
Some photos from his shop, very well set up for what he does.