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Everyone should open a business they know nothing about:)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Athomas213, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Athomas213

    Athomas213 New Member

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    HI, I'm Angie..out of Indianapolis...I was at the right place and the right time or vice versa...wrong place wrong time..and long story short opened a graphics shop with a friend of mine. My friend has some experience but both of us combined has less than six months experience. I can say we have learned stuff the hard way. We opened the first weekend of September and have had some sort of issue each week. At one point I was ready to throw in the vinyl...but we are invested pretty deep so that isn't an option. I enjoy it I just get frustrated having to solve issues that probably a person with more experience would know how to handle immediately. So that is why I am here. To read and read and hopefully pick up some tips and tricks from the professionals:)
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    welcome from cali :thumb:
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from PA.............................
     
  4. b6hs

    b6hs Sign

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    Welcome

    Hi Angie I wish you luck with this business :rock-n-roll:

     
  5. VL

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    I like your title! I have been in this business for 18 years and am about to expand into a few new products that I have little experience in how to sell or produce. Sometimes trial by fire is a good way to experience life. Although if money was no object then a bit of help and training would be nice. One thing that I know is that persistence pays off.
     
  6. Kottwitz-Graphics

    Kottwitz-Graphics Very Active Member

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    Welcome from Maryland. ..


    My one question is if you don't know anything about signs, why open a sign shop?
     
  7. Locals Find!

    Locals Find! Very Active Member

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    Well, I have to say it's refreshing to see some real honesty on here. That is a good trait that will help you go far in whatever you do. Being able to be honest with one's self is key to any business success.
     
  8. Athomas213

    Athomas213 New Member

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    my business partner was looking for a way to support herself and go part time in the field she is in for 18 years and when the opportunity came up for us to open a sign shop where there was a demand and already a list of customers, it just made sense to her and she asked me to partner with her and I have always been up for a challenge.
     
  9. Athomas213

    Athomas213 New Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the "love". A lot of people don't agree with my opinion but I have always believed that you should enjoy what you do for a living since you spend most of your life working. And although I am still learning the trade and struggling with some things, I enjoy getting up and going to work. I look forward to it. How many people can say that?
     
  10. visual800

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    i agree. I know way too many people that hate thier jobs but they stay. You gotta love what you do to even all other aspects of your life out
     
  11. TyrantDesigner

    TyrantDesigner Art! Hot and fresh.

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    Welcome to the board and good luck. It's always fun jumping into things without having any previous experience. Just try to have a thick skin on here ... people are callous (sometimes for good reason).
     
  12. Kottwitz-Graphics

    Kottwitz-Graphics Very Active Member

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    Yup...too many times people come in thinking that their sign company is charging too much...

    and I'm a little confused. ..


    2 statements in the same same thread. ..:snarky
     
  13. Welcome from North Carolina.

    I too learned as I went and I'm still learning 9 years later. Until recently it was just a hobby for me. If you have a budget that allows you, I highly recommend getting some training. Almost all the major vendors offer some type of training on certain things to help sell their product... (vehicle wrap classes, install techniques etc) take full advantage.

    Of course Signs101.com is a HUGE wealth of knowledge and experience - and MOST of us are pretty cool. :rock-n-roll:
     
  14. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK

    :Welcome: to :signs101:
     
  15. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    Welcome from Niagara Falls, NY!


    If you plan on not making any money for a few years, you'll make it.

    I've been in business since Sept. 16, 1996, took three years before I could take a regular pay check that actually paid the bills.

    Hope you have low monthly bills or a supportive spouse.
     
  16. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    I did the same thing seven years ago. The first three or four years were rough sledding.

    If you don't have one already, make sure you get busy on a business plan. If anything, it will give you some guidance as you navigate uncharted waters. You might need to hire an experienced consultant to help answer some of your unknowns early on in your startup. That may very well be money well spent.


    JB
     
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    Welcome from Oregon!

    This learning curve is one of the steepest I have ever encountered. Good Luck! Try hard! Ask Questions. And don't mind the people that will inevitably get grumpy on this board. Keep at it!
     
  20. limacchina

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    Beginning is always the hardest part. Just be patience and learn as hard as you can , you will do good in what you like to do.
     
  21. GWSigns

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    Welcome! My name is Susan.

    I relate very well with your idea on loving what you do.

    I did love what I did in ecommerce for 11 years, until I could not tolerate the transition the department had taken any longer.

    I jumped at the chance to change departments and found myself in the sign shop, knowing absolutely nothing, but loving the idea of learning and thouroughly enjoying the people I work with.

    I take it one day at a time and one job at a time, gathering what I can from each!
     
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