I keep a filing cabinet worth of stuff in my car for work. Although I do have a corner of the living room as my home office, since I am in my restaurants 10-12 hours a day my office extends to my car. I have simple stuff such as pen and paper, printer paper, extra uniforms, to other stuff such as steam tables (moved it to my basement last night), silverware, batteries and a DYMO label maker for name tags. I bought it about a year and a half ago, when I was opening the new store in Temple and I have been using it since then. Coomes in pretty handy too for labeling other stuff as well.

When I first started running restaurants about all you could get without buying a huge professional setup was those hand-held clicking label makers. I used one for quite a long time but as technology improves so does the equipment that I get to use as well.

DYMO also has some pretty cool stuff besides the hand-held label makers. They have label makers that you can hook up via a USB connection for your label printing as well as several other products.

The DYMO LabelWriter 400 Turbo is pretty cool. It prints out at an average speed of 55 labels each minute including the online stamps. That’s what I really like about it. I have been using Stamps.Com for a few years now, but I generally have to print and purchase an entire sheet of stamps at a time. The software from the USPS allows you to print them one (or more) at a time, but with a deskjet and stickers it’s a bit unwieldy and they will curl and sometimes get stuck inside the printer. That’s one of the reasons I like the LabelWriter 400 Turbo so much. It just makes printing stamps, or any other label for that matter, easy and simple. You don’t need to buy any ink or toner either!

With the DYMO stamps there’s no monthly fee like there is using the USPS service. As I mentioned before, it’s a thermal printer so the expense of ink cartridges is gone as well. If you print a lot of postage and other labels this will cover the cost of the printer in months. It also has add-ins for Outlook, Word and Quickbooks not to mention several other popular Mac and PC programs. Yep, it’ll work with your Mac as well.

If you are in the market for a decent printer for postage and other labels you just might want to check out the quality of DYMO’s products.