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Sign businesses around the country

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Justin R., Jul 26, 2020.

  1. Justin R.

    Justin R. New Member

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    I own a sign shop in Florida and was thinking about moving in the next couple years. I wanted to learn more about the signs/graphics markets around the country. Any input is welcome. Thanks !
     
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  2. FireSprint.com

    FireSprint.com Trade Only Screen & Digital Sign Printing

    You're thinking about moving to somewhere where the sign market is better?
     
  3. Justin R.

    Justin R. New Member

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    Well, maybe. Or as good. But really we just want to move. My girlfriend and I. I just would want to make sure the market is strong for signs/graphics wherever I go. Just future planing really
     
  4. Big_Pine

    Big_Pine New Member

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    Living in upstate NY before I moved my business to Florida and I can tell you FL is a way better state to run a business tax’s kill you In NY
     
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  5. FireSprint.com

    FireSprint.com Trade Only Screen & Digital Sign Printing

    Signs are an essential business. You can always branch out into other areas of graphics and advertising too. I would think wherever you go, there are shops that do really really well, and those that don't. It will depend a lot on how adaptable you are. Anyone on here that tells you their market is hot has the local formula worked out, and those that say their market is cold simply don't.

    There are billions of dollars in signs and print sold every week in this country, you just have to figure out what your contribution will be.

    One thing you could do would be to explore a market you are considering. Use Google and make some calls to figure out who the dominant player is in that town. Then decide if you do business in a similar way. If you do then great, and if you don't, chances are there's a market to be had taking the exact opposite approach they take.
     
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  6. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    The winters in Florida are so nice, upstate NY winters could kill you
     
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  7. John Miller

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    Go to Google maps and google a place you are thinking of moving to. Click on search nearby and type in signs. All the sign shops in the area will show. Zoom out to see the number of shops in that area. If the area is saturated, move on.
     
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  8. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    I think every area will have pros and cons. The biggest thing is the signage market is constantly in flux and growing, the hardest areas are the small towns and rural markets, but any city center or suburb will allow for growth even if "saturated".
     
  9. Gino

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    I'm hearing/reading on another thread that new zealand might be a good choice. :smile:
     
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  10. De.signs Nanaimo

    De.signs Nanaimo Member

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    Pick the lifestyle you want then figure out how to slide into the local sign market. I started making sigsn because I wanted to ski, so I got a job on a ski hill making signs and skied for free for three seasons. I now work in a small market, a city of about 100,000 and my shop is in my garage, I stay small because I want a simple lifestyle, if I wanted to make big money Vancouver has a huge market, but I can't stand city life.
     
  11. Reveal1

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    China, definitely China. No virus, cheap labor, no pesky freedoms to complicate things.
     
  12. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Lots of things you can look at, existing competition Like John said, but also the existing businesses. Be nice to pick an area that has some strong economic roots and especially a good mix of them in different fields.
    This craziness has shown that no business is a safe bet.
     
  13. chester215

    chester215 Just call me Chester.

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    Maybe find someone with a sign shop that will trade businesses with you, after all you are in Fl.
     
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  14. Notarealsignguy

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    Look for a place with similar demographics You may have to change your product mix some to fit the area.
     
  15. Jeremiah

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    Management attitude = success or failure .
     
  16. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I hear VA has no permits, licensing, and they are exempt from national certifications!
     
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  17. decalman

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    I got a great idea. Go mobile sign shop like me.

    You can be your own boss, and not worry about rent.
     

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  18. Jeremiah

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    Did you say Mobile Sign Shop or Homeless Sign Shop ? I have a Monile Shop. 20,000.00 commercial trailer (,empty) then all the equipment. 2 people can work out of it. I set it up professionally and I Do pay rent ..
    . Location Location Location .
     
  19. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I want to see this!
     
  20. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Member

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    We open October 1st. That 2nd location is closed from april 1st to sept 31st. We can not legally be open there more than 6 months. But it does better than our summer shop. 20,000 is not much for a vending trailer like ours
     
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