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Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by everest_4, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. everest_4

    everest_4 New Member

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    I'm thinking of starting my own part time vinyl sign business. The company I work for now would give me all their decals to do right away, so the question is what do I need for stickers and decals? I also want to do car graphics and tint. Where do I even start????:frustrated:
    What's the most cost effective way for me to start?
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from PA......................



    Get a job with a sign-related position and learn...... quickly.
     
  3. everest_4

    everest_4 New Member

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    Nice to meet you, I see you're from Reading. Wow, sure are many companies around here doing this :wink:
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    I didn't even realize you were only 30 minutes up the road from us. I read it as the same name as your avatar name. :Oops:

    Yeah, there are quite a few companies making signs and if you intend to learn from someone how to make a living at this as a sole proprietor.... have the decency to let them know up front that you want to learn and then go out on your own.
     
  5. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Welcome to a outstanding forum and people
     
  6. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Welcome to the forums from PA.....
     
  7. GEARSLAYER

    GEARSLAYER New Member

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    Hire him part time since he's just down the road. :clapping:
     
  8. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Does this mean in 6 months time you will be back out here selling your equipment, because you thought it was easy money making signs?
     
  9. omgsideburns

    omgsideburns Very Active Member

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    :cough: non-compete contract :cough:

     
  10. everest_4

    everest_4 New Member

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    Thanks for all the great advice and welcomes but can anyone answer my questions? :tongue:
     
  11. Raulrdz

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    Taking a leap without knowing what you need to start off with, is not the way to start off a business, even a part time business. Do a lot of reading, check out the web forums and as has been said before get a part time of full time job at an existing sign company. It's not hard work, provided you have the know-how, but most importantly talent. Learn the lingo, it goes a long way with people in the industry, find yourself a reputable vendor, they are great help, but don't believe everything they tell you at face. And remember even part time business needs the necessary permits, tax status, etc., yes even for stickers and decals.

    It's not as simple as it seems, the actual sign work is one thing, but what sometimes becomes daunting is keeping up with your business records and taxes. All this is needed for later equipment purchases and leasing. Write a comprehensive business plan, if you can do that successfully, it goes a long way to showing that you have at least done some research as to what you are getting into. As far as equipment advice, you will get many answers, research, research and more research.


    AND IF YOU ARE WORKING FROM HOME, DON'T LOW BALL YOUR STOREFRONT OR ESTABLISHED SIGN COMPANIES. THEY ARE BIGGER AND CAN RUN YOU OUT OF BUSINESS QUICKLY. Remember they have mouths to feed and you don't want to be the cause of "cheapening the industry" in your area...it benefits no one.
     
  12. OneUpTenn

    OneUpTenn Active Member

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    Wow I'm really surprised that certain people havent LIT into you yet!!!!!
     
  13. WhiskeyDreamer

    WhiskeyDreamer Professional Snow Ninja

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    where do you even start? i believe gino gave you the best advice.....get a job working at a sign shop.......
     
  14. Service Sign Co

    Service Sign Co Very Active Member

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    Get a job working for Gino become an alcoholic, then introduce yourself at AA meetings
     
  15. weaselboogie

    weaselboogie Very Active Member

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    Go to your local college for business, accounting, and graphic design classes. In that order.
     
  16. signage

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    Buy Gino a case or more of Bushmills and bribe him to hire you!
     
  17. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Since everyone is saying this...... :peace!:

    • Can you go up and down ladders and work from scaffolds ??
    • Can you eyeball things straight on a wall or do you need to measure every single thing you mount ??
    • Can you work into the wee hours of the morning ??
    • Do you own a car or coming from Ephrata.... a horse and buggy ??
    Can you afford two cases of Bushmills to get started ?? I do like the stuff....:bushmill: :bushmill:
     
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