To generate barcodes for their products, most companies use a barcode printer. These printers can run between $225 to $1200 or more, depending on size, how fast they work, and what type of technology they use to print. If you have a small business, one of the lower-end barcode generator printers should work fine for you.
But, if you already have a printer and do not really want to spend any more money on another printer or do not have space for an additional printer, there are other options available for printing barcodes. There is barcode generator software that is compatible with most computers that can be purchased online. This software works with your existing printer to create labels that have barcode symbols on them. This software can usually be purchase for a relatively small amount. One such software package called Barcode Creator 3.1 can be purchased for as little as $78 and is fully supported by Windows XP.
However, if you are looking for an even more cost effective way to generate barcodes, there are free online barcode generators. These barcode generators consist of a screen where you input your information such as symbology type, what output type you desire (like a .jpeg file), different styles (such as whether you want a border or stretched text), the desired size of the label, the size font used, and the value you want associated with the barcode label. When you click the barcode generator button, it creates an individual barcode for you. Free barcode generator such as this can be found online by going to your favorite search engine and typing “free barcode generator.
Depending on how many barcodes you are going to need and what your budget is, you should be able to find many different methods for generating barcodes.