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New Local Sign Shop

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by ams, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    A guy who has been in signs for awhile decided to open his own sign shop. He needs a good income so he leased a spot of around 1,200 sq. ft. and continues working out of town and has his kids who are both under 18 run it for him for right now by themselves. He doesn't have a sign on the shop or anything on the door. When I was installing a sign next door to them, one of them ran over and asked if the sign was for them. When we said no, they were disappointed.

    But it's weird that they are only open like 4 or 5 hours a day, probably not at all when they go back to school. generally these people don't survive because they can't make ends meet. It's going to hurt paying rent when you aren't running it full time. I don't see why people don't do more of an investment and do things the right way. I wish him luck, but I just don't see it.
     
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  2. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    So kids under 18 and running up to you.
    Are these kids 7 or 8 years old. Maybe they just watch PawPatrol all day and he just needs a place to keep his kids during the day.
     
  3. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

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    So why would these kids who are running dad's sign shop think their sign was being made and installed by another sign company? Aren't they a sign company that makes signs?
     
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  4. DerbyCitySignGuy

    DerbyCitySignGuy Very Active Member

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    Not every sign shop does everything under the sun. Some places outsource a lot and only specialize in certain areas. I'm not sure why this would be surprising to anybody in the industry.
     
  5. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I know of several local sign shops that have electric channel letters and they do not manufacture them... SOMEONE had to make them and put them up. If it were me, I'll slap some blank magnets on their trucks while they installed :)
     
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  6. Gino

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    Well, come up with all the lame excuses you care to, but evidently, these kids can't read or write, if they saw the sign and didn't know whose it was. Besides, the OP said a sign, not a set of channels. It's a pretty bad sign, if they can't make their own sign...... pun intended.
     
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  7. HDvinyl

    HDvinyl Trump 2020

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    Is the guy you?

    Or is this the "friend" that has a couple HP printers he likes to tell you about?
     
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  8. fuzzy_cam

    fuzzy_cam The Granbury Wrap & Sign Guy

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    Off topic, but, we did some vehicle graphics for a company that does tire repair and sales for 18 wheelers & heavy equipment. It was really funny seeing that truck at Discount Tire getting a new set of wheels and tires :D
     
  9. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

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    Well duh, not every shop makes every kind of sign but if they can't handle a simple sign for their own door, they are not a sign shop.
     
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    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    Sounds like a front for some kind of sketchy business
    Watch out or you may find yourself a drugged up sex slave.
     
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  11. DerbyCitySignGuy

    DerbyCitySignGuy Very Active Member

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    Why not? A single broker can call themselves a "sign shop" without ever manufacturing a single thing.

    Not saying it's right, just saying it's not something that's shocking or even uncommon.

    [Edit: Not saying I disagree with anybody, but I know several people that operate like this and a couple of them pretty successfully.]
     
  12. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

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    We can "what if" this to death...lets not.
     
  13. DerbyCitySignGuy

    DerbyCitySignGuy Very Active Member

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    Not turning it into a "what if" situation. Just not getting in on the "let's trash this guy" bandwagon, because this isn't an uncommon thing in the industry. Some people are incredibly successful sign brokers.
     
  14. Gino

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    Yeah, c'mon folks..... this is no 'WHAT IF' situation at all. The OP said it's a guy in the sign business for a while, who just opened a 1,200 sf shop. He has kids running the place while he's gone. Does not sound like any kinda broker to me, whatsoever. Going off on a tangent is fine about brokers and yes, there are some very successful ones, but not many of them call themselves sign shops with kids running around. To be successful, I'm sure they are there about full-time or from wherever they run their business and meeting with clients the rest of the time.

    This is either a front for something or just poor planning based upon the facts we have so far. Please, consider the source. :banghead:
     
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  15. BALLPARK

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    You have to start somewhere... Maybe that is all that he could do at this time to get started.

    Not everyone has the money to get started "the proper way" as some would put it. I hope the guy takes off quickly and gets things going for his family. This industry offers many great opportunities for those that are willing to work for it.
     
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    Is he Amish? They have their kids run stuff around here. Took my bike in to get it worked on at an Amish bike shop. Guy sat there and read a paper while his 10 year old worked on my bike...haven't been back since. Not gonna have a 10 year old mechanic adjusting my brakes and shifter.
     
  17. Gino

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    Yeah, especially when a 10 year old can do it and you can't, huh ??

    This is like the 3rd time in a week someone has busted on the Amish...... what gives ??
     
  18. DerbyCitySignGuy

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    I'm not even sure why any of you even care. It has zero effect on you or your business. Why is this even a topic of discussion?

    This is like a neighborhood discussion group talking about the neighborhood "thugs" wreaking havoc when it's just kids walking home from the bus stop. This is dumb. Y'all have a great day.
     
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  19. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    Exactly what I was thinking.
     
  20. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    My lifelong dream to be a sex slave!
     
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