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how is business so far this year

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by petepaz, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    we are busy as hell
    working saturdays again
    the truck lettering and signs are still slow little slow there is some activity brewing
    but silk screening, digital printing and label making are booming
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    slow and steady
     
  3. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    cut vinyl is dead and in the grave.
    Printing is ok.
    Accurate and effective marketing advice is good.
     
  4. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Steady, not overwhelmed or underwhelmed. Kind of nice for a change.
     
  5. HaroldDesign

    HaroldDesign Very Active Member

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    Overwhelmed. It was nice to have time to breath and eat lunch yesterday & today.
     
  6. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    makes more money scraping metals... prices that sign shops are charging are so little now

    if customer does not like my price, even when trying fit budget, I walk away .. go scraping metals ..been doing this more and more ... but every tool and equipment is paid for just a cheap china cutter & software here and alot of hand craftsman skill for advertising

    So I could careless as long as I eat today
     
  7. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Color digital is extremely busy.
    Offset is slow (& dying a slow death!)
    Wide format is ballooning!! :Big Laugh

    I'm toying with selling my offset equipment and bringing in more sign equipment... just haven't decided what!
     
  8. Red Ball

    Red Ball Very Active Member

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    Actually quite busy. Work force has shrunk from 4 full time and a part time to 3 full time. That is most of it.

    Still very surprised as construction is dead, dead, dead.

    Grateful for the slice of pie we have.
     
  9. ProWraps

    ProWraps Very Active Member

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    cant keep up. printing faster than we can install. we need help!
     
  10. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Grateful for everything that comes through the door.... and any other way it comes in. 'Knock on Wood' !!

    We are extremely busy and having an extra weekend in the middle of the week due to the snow has gotten us behind schedule big time. Our printers are running close to 10 to 14 hours a day for the last month and a half.
     
  11. Doyle

    Doyle Very Active Member

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    Sllllllooooowwwwww...... been using this time to redesign my website and work on some new marketing materials. I will be hitting the marketing hard at the beginning of March. I want to make this a record year, or at least make one hell of an effort to make it that way..
     
  12. TheSnowman

    TheSnowman Major Contributor

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    Slow, but steady. Been advertising my video production business more and more since I truly enjoy that work, and that's been picking up.
     
  13. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    I just re-opened on Monday.
    I had to turn down work for three weeks while I recovered from my hysterectomy.
    Saw that my one client for the past 12 years has a banner up that I did not make, but they called the day before I went to the hospital.
    Got two nice juicy jobs yesterday and three smaller jobs Tuesday.
    I was glad for the blizzard because it sort of helped to keep folks away while I'm healing.
    Love....Jill
     
  14. kstompaint

    kstompaint Active Member

    Slower than I'd like but there seems to be a lot on the horizon. I think it's going to be a pretty productive spring.
     
  15. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

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    Pretty dead, that's why we are shutting down! Not sure why that's the case here, when it's clearly not the case elsewhere :-(
     
  16. grafixemporium

    grafixemporium Very Active Member

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    I'm with you Chris... I need help! Better yet, another printer! I was up all night (again) last night getting prints ready. No complaints here though, I can sleep when I retire :)

    I am grateful for every job that comes through the door. As crazy as things seem sometimes, this is truly a dream come true.
     
  17. Mikeifg

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    Cant keep up. Installing faster than I can print.

    Oh wait a minute...I'm in indiana Not Southern California where the business must be at. Midwest the heart of america is Sloooooooooow. Been using everything in stock to get by. Which is ok. I have alot of vinyl that's off the wall colors. So in a nut shell trimming the fat here and going lean and mean from now on. Still slow though.
     
  18. Turtle

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    Slammed.

    We were quiet in late November through December. That all changed once the 1st of the year rolled around. The marketing budgets for the bigger companies opened up and boom. Now through April we are flat out.
     
  19. imagep

    imagep Active Member

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    In Jan office was booming, screen printing was DEAD, cut vinyl was dead, wide format digital was busy, and a fair month for advertising specialties. Overall, a very solid month due to some big offset orders. Gross sales about 30% above what we projected (we do sales projections for a year in advance).

    So far in Feb, screen printing is still dead, offset is very slow, cut vinyl is dead, ad specialties is dead, doing ok with wide format digital. I think we are going to miss our sales projection for Feb by 20%.

    So overall, we may possibly be up 3-4% for the year in gross sales with no price increases in the last year.
     
  20. Big House Signs

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    January and 1st week of Feb...booming..these snow storms killed us. Got in 3 days this week..no employees showed which was fine, no prob with working...worked my *** off to get it all done...but the horizon is looking empty.
     
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