Most businesses have two options when it comes to printing photo ID cards. The first one is to print cards in-house and the second one is to use a professional ID card printing service of a third party. Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of both these options.
Using In-House ID Card Printers
Demand is one of the main considerations while opting to print your photo ID cards. As the ID card printer, consumables, and your visitors or staff are on-site, photo ID cards can be produced on an ad-hoc basis whenever necessary. Some of the most important benefits of printing photo ID cards in-house are:
- Reduced security risks
- Tailored printer and ID card software for your needs
- Portray a professional image of your business to visitors and staff
- Easily ensure policy and procedure compliance
- Time savings
ID card printers may seem complicated but there is a wide variety of models designed for simple plug n’ play operation that any of your employees will be able to learn. Once you get used to them, you can print out batches of photo ID cards in no time. The Magicard Pronto is a great choice for anyone looking for a low-cost, simple to operate ID card printer.
ID Card Printing Service
Undoubtedly, leaving all the printing works in the hands of a professional is the uncomplicated alternative. One of the most notable benefits of having photo ID cards professionally printed is that you place the order and then move on with your daily tasks while the ID card printing service does the task for you. This is the reason why many businesses wish to outsource the ID card printing tasks. Unfortunately, outsourcing your ID card printing is always going to be more expensive in the long run. If you plan on printing ID cards with any kind of regularity, then getting even a budget option ID card printer is your best choice. While a printer like the Zebra ZXP Series 3 may have a seemingly-intimidating upfront cost, the savings over time will quickly become evident if your business prints cards often.
If you are looking to have ID card security features and complex designs, the cost per card will be more. Two of the most significant advantages of opting for an ID card printing service are:
- Rest assured, your ID cards will have “professional” written all over them(not literally though).
- The ID card printing service will be doing the work for you, meaning that you can be more productive.
So, have you made your choice, which according to you will be the best option for your business? The decision boils down to your demand for photo ID cards. For establishments like schools, hospitals, offices, and colleges where ID cards need to be printed daily for immediate use, in-house printing is usually the best option.
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For budget-conscious consumers, check out the Magicard Pronto: Magicard Pronto
Users who print IDs on a regular basis may be interested in the Zebra ZXP Series 3: Zebra ZXP3