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Finally! (didnt have to purchase any media)

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by WCSign, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. WCSign

    WCSign Member

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    So after 4-6 months of "friends and family" word of mouth promotion and having to purchase media and supplies in bulk for every single job it seems like..

    I can finally say that I am invoicing a decent sized job for a local small business that I actually had ALL supplies neccessary in stock!! LOL

    Vinyl
    Laminate
    Perf
    Banner

    and I had just refilled two of the ink cartridges in my roland so I didnt have to buy ink either LOL


    I know its dumb, but I bet you guys can remember when it seemed like you had to buy media for every single job you did.. when I realized that I had everything in stock, it felt good
     
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  2. Scott Reynolds

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    :cool1:
     
  3. g&eprinting

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    I like being ready too.

    Sometimes I just buy the max amount of material if the job pays for it all and I am ready for more.

    You don't want too much hanging around though if it's not a common material.
     
  4. Fatboy

    Fatboy Very Active Member

    Well done
     
  5. WCSign

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    Yeah, I basicallyt let a roll of matte 6mil get crappy because it sat around (heat in garage)

    didnt lose any $ on it.. used it for some art reprints to tag nightclubs and did a friends reception counter in his new business.. but I was dealing with sick bubble wrinkles while printing

    the last piece of the puzzle with this latest job was the perf... and I got that roll because I bartered a windshield for my SUV for a rear window perf job for the glass company... so it was sitting here and this new business wanted thier van done
     
  6. anotherdog

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    Congrats, you are on your way to having 20 rolls of various materials hanging around in the space behind your printer. Not to mention the 20 more "end-of-the-rolls" with a couple of feet on that will be perfect for a little job.

    I just threw out almost an entire roll of mesh because it had aged beyond use, then two weeks later had to buy another roll of mesh for a job that came in.
     
  7. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Yep...there's a lot of money in this business....but, unfortunately it flows the wrong way during the early years.

    It's a great feeling when the business begins to mature and the cash flow becomes positive.

    JB
     
  8. iSign

    iSign Verboten

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    congrats on your milestone! I do remember when the topic of inventory first became "money in the bank" ...instead of a direct "expense"...

    ...now, so you can feel it again, better go replace it :omg:
     
  9. skyhigh

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    wow that was a blast to the past. I remenber that time.

    Today i prob stock too much material. I must have 60 sheets of various substrait in the shop. Everything from duraply to dibond.....HDU to coro.......PVC to Lexan
     
  10. iSign

    iSign Verboten

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    yep, between Aluminum, dibond, coro, MDO, PVC, HDU, clear, white & non-glare acrylic or polycarbonite... I'm right about there too...

    how do you store yours skyhigh?
     
  11. skyhigh

    skyhigh Major Contributor

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    Doug, I have a couple racks with dividers, unfortunately they are not equipped to handle as much as I have (especially when you throw in 1.5" HDU & 3x4 duraply). The rest is divided up and stacked against the wall.

    It ain't pretty some weeks.

    Ohhhhhh and to add to the clutter..... a good many years ago, I started saving signs that I replaced from the more "prominent" establishments in my area (pretty cool actually), in hopes that someday when I get that new building up, I could start my own little "Sign Museum", and display these from the walls. Unfortunately some of the most fantastic signs from my early days (before I got this brilliant idea) got disposed of. That would be the the neon & clocks & porcelain stuff.

    Sick when I think of a few that I pitched.
     
  12. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

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    WCS,

    Nope, not dumb at all! That is very very nice! Having the materials for a job makes you feel so much better, doesn't it? I know the feeling, have been suffering through that pain myself. I feel like all I've done is shell out dough for my wide format printing, oh... because I have!!!!! Yesterday though, I made the comment that I think that even though I seem to have dumped a lot of money into our new Latex printer, I think it has paid for itself and paid a few bills too.

    So, congrats & enjoy!!
     
  13. thesignexpert

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    Congrats! That means you are doing something right and steadily working your way into a profitable business. Just continue to stay vigilant on those media purchases and control the inventory. Nice job!
     
  14. mark in tx

    mark in tx Very Active Member

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    Sometimes its kind of nice when you get a phone call at 4pm and they need 20 4'x8' banners by 8 am, and you can say no problem, I have the material in stock!

    Don't forget the rush fee in that situation though.
     
  15. Gino

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    It's a lot different today from when I started.

    Today, it's literally $1,000's of dollars until you've got a nice inventory going, but like I said..... when I stated, I bought a few quills and two or three 1-Shots and started lettering and making money immediately. Every truck had either a white lettering job, black or fire red or somewhere in between.

    I still remember saying.... holy cow........ I just spent almost $50 bucks to do this job on my own. But when I got paid $100 at the end, I was in heaven. Back then, working for the sign shop I started in, my take-home was like $35, so side jobs were just fantastic. After ten years of that, I went out on my own.

    Well done WCS.
     
  16. Congrats! I know the feeling - just got back into the biz about a year ago and those first few jobs with virtually zero profit hurt but I also decided to "over purchase" the colors that i knew I'd be using frequently
     
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