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Lost Job but I have a Roland Versacamm VP540

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by damaged45, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. damaged45

    damaged45 New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Hello All,

    I hope somebody here can help me out. I just recently lost my job and wanted to start a business making banners and signs. I just got lucky to have inherited a used Roland Versacamm VP-540 without catch not sure what it is called. Anyway, is there any other equipment I need to get to start making banners and signs. Is there any tutorials on how to do it? Any advise on how to start banner making business. All I know on how to use the machine is making shirts.

  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Welcome from PA................................................
  3. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    All Over
    First thing to do is buy the premium membership, you will get loads of useful information on what you need.
  4. Red Ball

    Red Ball Very Active Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Welcome from the Kingdom of Texas!
  5. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    Welcome to a outstanding forum and people.

    1st I'd go to Roland"s website and get what ya need.

    What software do you have. ? since shirts is what ya did start there maybe.

    Start teaching yourself advertising design / layout. how much do you already know.?

    Just because you have a great machine, you only have a cracked the door opening.
  6. trik

    trik Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Yuba City, CA
    Welcome from Cali. I don't think any of us could type what all it entails, but without any experience, honestly it is going to be a long road for you! Not saying it can't be done, but you need a lot more than the printer.

    Good luck!
  7. jiarby

    jiarby Major Contributor

    Feb 11, 2007
    Sell it and go find a job you are qualified to do. Obama says you don't have to work for almost 2 years (if you can afford to live on unemployment)

    Hey... go to a chef/restaurant forum and make a post like this:

    I got laid off recently, but when my wife's dad died last year I inherited a skillet & a microwave oven. Can you guys tell me how to cook with these things so I can open a restaurant?
  8. damaged45

    damaged45 New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Thanks all for the warm welcome. I do know basic design using Corel Draw. Just to start out the only thing that is stopping me is how to make banner using my Roland Versacamm and do I need a laminator? When printing banner how do I make sure that the vinyl does not misalign from the printer (that is leaving equal white border around the print area) because when I'm printing vinyl for the shirts they tend to misalign after like 3ft.
  9. TheSellOut

    TheSellOut Very Active Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Welcome...I think...Do yourself a favor and find out who the previous owner used for his service of the VersaCamm, and then spend some money to have them come down for a couple days of training! It's your best bet...Good Luck
  10. Brandon708

    Brandon708 Very Active Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Orland Park, IL
    You will need to $$$$$ spend on Programs, matarials, computer and laminator ect...

    It takes more than just printer to run a business. You say you just lost your job right? Do you have at least 15k+ saved up for the other stuff you need?

    Save yourself a load of money and sell it. You should be able to live off the money from the printer for a few months.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  11. JulieD

    JulieD New Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    I use a Roland VersaCamm vp540 for a printer and Flexisign for the software. I also have rip software from Roland, VersaWorks. The largest banner I have printed was 20 ft. I had to stay there the entire time it printed and hold the material taunt so the heads didn't get caught up. Also helpful to unroll part of the material so it is not being pulled so hard by the rollers. I will usually put in more "feet" to hold the material in place. Good luck, I mostly taught myself the machine and software so it can be done.
  12. briankb

    briankb Active Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Why on earth would you want to be in the business of selling banners and signs? It's crowded and even if you have decent design skills it's a PITA to deal with customers.

    What were you doing before you lost your job? I would sell that printer you "inherited" and use it to better your existing skills or go to school and do something else.
  13. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2005
    Lawton, OK, USA
    Welcome from OK. Good luck!
  14. firesignz

    firesignz Celebrating 10 Years in business

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt Sinai NY
    As you can see, not EVERYONE here is a DBag - just a small percentage. Find your niche and give it a go. If you have design experience and some tech ability, then use it to fill a need that may be going unanswered in your area.

    There is much competition in this industry and between the small shops (like me) and the larger franchises, there is very little wiggle room. I have found the key to survival especially in the start up phase is to seperate yourself from the rest and run with that.

    Good luck and don't get discouraged. There are still those of us here who would prefer to see someone help themselves out of a bad situation then see them sit back and siphon money from the US Govt.
  15. tattoo.dan

    tattoo.dan Active Member

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern Il
    wow...good luck and welcome to the forum! just start googling...plenty of help out there...

    it can be done, it will just be tough.

    plus not a lot of money in the oversaturated, cut-throat banner and sign business. before you get too exited about this, I would check the cost of material and ink then look on ebay and see what a banner sells for there. have to sell a lot of banners to make it worth it, and that is for someone who is very experienced with the equipment..a lot of maintenance should be figured in too.

    i would suggest selling the printer and buying a guitar and going on a music forum and learn how to play....a lot more money in that industry and a better chance to make it! heck i may do it! good luck though!:rock-n-roll:
  16. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    $1 a sq ft. should do you fine for pricing. print out flyers and paste them all over town. hit up the churches, i here sometime you can get banner orders in the hundreds.
  17. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    sorry to hear that you lost your job. who did you get the machine from? can they help you? plain, simple, short term and cheap banners have a market. I get calls all the time for a cheap banner that needs to last only for the weekend and I can't help them as we do only the more expensive type. I don't realy have a place to send them and really hate telling them to try Kinkos. ddarlak might have been being a smartass but really, churches and palces like that would be the place to hang a flyer.
  18. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
    I inherited a hammer from my grandfather when he died. What else will I need in
    order to start building houses for a living? I have made some bird houses, so it
    can't be much harder than that...
  19. CentralSigns

    CentralSigns Very Active Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Golden BC
    Sorry to hear you lost your job. Did you get the printer in Aug 2009 when you joined or just now. The difference can cost lots. Too bad you didn't start learning a year ago. The printer will get messed up if it doesn't get used, if thats the case have a tech go over it. Otherwise keep heavily in what you know and use the money you make there, to finance your transition into signs. It is possible to learn, just enroll in design courses at a local college, that will help lots. Good luck
  20. BobM

    BobM Very Active Member

    May 31, 2008
    Cape Cod
    I would start right here with Signs 101. Read, read, and read. Use the search funtion, take notes, sort out the information, create a plan and run with it. Learn from the experts who have taken the time to help all of us out. A premium membership would be a good investment.

    Good luck and welcome from Cape of cod.

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