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Dont know about you, but my buisiness just stopped

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by depps74, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. depps74

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    My business was on a projected track to gross a mil this year. Now we are at zero. All my clients closed, no orders, and I just paid all my vendors so I have fumes to go on. I am not a full time homemaker cause my wifes job is still in tact. THese are scary times. No end in sight is a really bad vision, but thats all I keep hearing. 45 days 3 months a year. Not to mention I got a cough and no way to diagnose and a crying baby in one arm and a 6 year old in the other.

    Not sure why I am posting this or what, but can confirm in NYC this **** is for real, it feels like Sunday 7am every day so far. no one on street, some poeple look really freaked out. Gues I am just looking for support and to give support to those worried right now
     
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  3. Lucky Sky

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    We're in the same boat, not as high a sales expectation for the year, but hard anyway. I estimate that in a matter of 3 days we lost 30K is revenue that would have invoiced by June 1. Laying off 1/2 my staff for now and may need to step back to a 1 person shop until this turns around. My adult kids have moved home and my elderly parents are depending on me for anything outside their door. Scary times.
     
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  4. StarSign

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    Our walk in has slowed save for the Drive Thru Open signs we have been making. We still have plenty of long term jobs we are working on that is keeping us moving. We will be adjusting some hours however we are trying our best to keep the employees busy and happy.
     
  5. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    As far as business, I think that my digital art sales makes a reasonable gauge of big picture business. February and March sales have dropped to about half of January levels where they appear to have currently stabilized.

    As has been the case all along, however, we simply don't have enough information yet to be able to predict how bad this is or how long we can expect it to last. Our leadership has taken the steps necessary to make it hard for the Covid-19 to spread. That could be a couple of weeks, a couple of months or indefinitely making the elimination of normal interactivity the new normal. As far as it affects many here, the internet, television and telecommunications may end up a much higher priority than signage or vehicle graphics.
     
  6. Reveal1

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    Reading between the lines on your post concerned me about you. Certainly, you need to get medical advice ASAP for you and kids sake.. If you are inclined, might be worth seeking spiritual guidance as well. I feel for you and know there are many out there in similar circumstances. I've had at least a half-dozen 'events' in my life that have humbled me to the point of despair, only to realize later, sometimes much later that I am a better person for them. Some things are beyond human control. I don't know how you spend those Sunday mornings to which you refer, but mine are spent preparing me for these times of trouble. Works for me.
     
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  8. Bobby H

    Bobby H Very Active Member

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    Thankfully our company has been really busy the last several months. We have pretty healthy backlog of work, a good bit of it being volume jobs (re-branding for multiple store locations of one company, another company is building multiple new locations, etc). Some of the work is LED displays. That will hold us over pretty well for the next couple or so months even if the phones stopped ringing. If this crisis drags on through the Summer things might start getting tough.

    Activity was pretty strong today. We had a rush of customers needing temporary banners and other items to let customers know policy changes due to coronavirus-related regulations. After passing one emergency proclamation regulating crowd sizes to under 49 people on Monday, our City Council and Mayor voted on Tuesday to simply close bars, movie theaters, night clubs, churches, gyms and any other places where crowds can build. Crowds of 10 or more people are not allowed. Restaurants are limited to serving food via drive-thru windows or curb-side pick-up. The restaurants represent a good bit of that rush banner business. Some tribes dragged their feet at closing casinos but relented and shut them as well.

    Aside from concerns with my work place, I'm wondering what kind of fallout could come from so many lower wage, service industry workers being laid off, most with no pay.
     
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  9. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    NYC is getting hit the hardest right now. You are all packed in that city like sardines on top of each-other. Don't know how you can pull off social distancing.
     
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  10. Reveal1

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    Yesterday two of my largest customers were talking about significant orders; by the end of day they had both closed their doors until early April. Came in this morning in a foul mood, but fortunately have a couple of previous seeds I had planted start to bear fruit. Helpful to have a broad base of business as it can help even out things over time and to always have opportunities in the pipeline. Never get comfortable.
     
  11. iPrintStuff

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    We’ve actually had quite an influx of work over the last couple days. A few decent sized orders came through so far, though with that came the old “we don’t need these in a hurry”.. I.e. just clearing their budgets before they close.
     
  12. FireSprint.com

    FireSprint.com Merchant Member

    There's alot of work to be had out there guys. You have to push harder than you ever had before. And even if you can't get it today, work on tomorrow. We're going to get through this!



     
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  13. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    If anyone of you, like me, made it thru the crash from hell of 07...you are going to be just fine. Sit back, chill out, clean the shop and stop stressing
     
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  14. GAC05

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    We are close to flat-lining here. Governor will put the island into lockdown tomorrow. Closing everything except the grocery stores, gas stations, and a few other essential businesses. One of our licenses is for auto-repair - one of the services that can stay open. I can keep the doors open but I don't think anyone is going to come through them.
    Auto dealers are some of our big customers and they will go dark until April at a minimum. Not sure what our gas station/ convenience store customer (our largest client) is going to do, their office has been going to voicemail the last day or two.....
    Stay safe out there
     
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  15. ams

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    Just got 4 new jobs yesterday, we haven't slowed down yet. I think it's because in our area we know the facts and aren't scared by this small virus.
     
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  16. FireSprint.com

    FireSprint.com Merchant Member

    Well keep a social distance from others at least - to protect those that can't handle a "small" virus. (What's a big one anyway?)

    Glad to hear you are staying busy, we are staying pretty busy too. There is still alot of work out there.

    Government doesn't think of sign shops as being part of the "Critical Infrastructure" at first, until no one knows where they are going, parking lots turn chaotic and official vehicles don't look very official. What we do is important and required for a smooth running society.

    Keep going, stay calm, wash your hands, and grow your businesses!
     
  17. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    You guys not seeing a slowdown... enjoy it, but be aware of you account receivable. Work coming in is different then $$ coming in.
     
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  18. Bubba06

    Bubba06 Just Somebody

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    Same here
     
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  19. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    Look up the H1N1 virus from 2009, it was 1000% worse with hundreds of thousands more deaths and more than a billion infected around 15% of the worlds population. That is a big virus. We are not even at 0.1% of the world's population infected with Covid-19
     
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