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Where do you guys make your money?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Riskok, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Riskok

    Riskok Member

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    Hello everyone

    After one year in this business I have been thinking on what areas do you make most money?
    I have one Roland SP-540 and we mostly do decals and MX graphics.

    But there must be something else out there? Car wraps? Signs? Etc.

    So what’s the best thing for me to do to make more money whit my machine?

    Best Regards Patrik the Swede
     
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  2. Fitch

    Fitch Member

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    Diversify.

    Ever thought about picking up a brush?

    Paintbrush that is... not a broom
     
  3. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    I sell expensive magnetic signs along with a lot of dimensional signs.
     
  4. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

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    signs are needed, wraps aren't needed, they are wanted. you can make anything from "NO PARKING" type signs to directories, business signs, etc.
     
  5. astro8

    astro8 Active Member

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    Signage - neon, illuminated, fabricated, routered, engraved, cut, painted or printed.

    That's what we do...diversify and expand, get your fingers into all the pies.
     
  6. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    when it comes to most money, nothing beats small decals. The profits are high and the material costs are low. if I could run 10 decal jobs a day I would have it made.
     
  7. cfbeagle

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    I could tell you... but then I would have to shoot ya... and it's a long trip to Sweden.:smile:
     
  8. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    BANNERS! Great $$ to be made. Because this is an open forum, I won't discuss my costs vs. sell, but I can tell you that If I could run 3-5 banners per day on a regular basis, I'd be taking a few more vacations!!
     
  9. Fitch

    Fitch Member

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    Astro 8 we must meet some day.

    Would love to visit your shop
     
  10. astro8

    astro8 Active Member

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    Call in next time you're in Marrickville....Signkiosk.com
     
  11. Red Ball

    Red Ball Very Active Member

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    IWe make the most money in TV commercials and stud fees.:ROFLMAO:
     
  12. 702 graphics

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    We are a strange shop. We make our money on Racecars and The "Stuff Other People Cant Wrap"

    www.702graphics.com
     
  13. Gino

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    Banners and truck lettering, be it die cut or digitally printed.
     
  14. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    We farm around 900 acres, that is where I make my money... At the shop we don't really have one area, we do all kinds of signs, about anything that comes in the door.
    From carved stuff to wraps to 120' long banners.
     
  15. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    I just design..

    Right now, retail centers and lots of code signage (ADA, fire safety and parking) for architects and sign shops, small business identity and quite a bit of print marketing materials for sign shops.

    Last year was entertainment venues and apartment/condo sign systems.
     
  16. miltondavis

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    Repeat Orders on Print jobs such as jobsite signs, stickers, magnetics, banners etc. nothing beats a client calling up or emailing me that they need XX quantity more of the same project we did last month.
     
  17. StopSignGraphics

    StopSignGraphics Active Member

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    short term transit graphics, banners and decals
     
  18. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Mine mostly comes from ..Window Splash Advertising..
    Then storefronts mostly rough surfaces
    Then redo of present advertising cause vinyl shops here do not know what advertising is
    Next would be trucks, trailers, to banners and other temporary signage

    If I had a printer ... wow .. small decals for sure then life size pictures of people and animals to murals on garage doors and house doors to walls..
    I would go after what other shops are not doing in my area or not good enough.
    You say MX graphics that crowd might like a picture of them on there bike inside there house or where ever, maybe on tables in a hangout they like or restaurant and bars

    You bought into a good paying job just get out there and hustle and try new ways and means, above all study good design that is 60% of everything so read read read practice practice practice
     
  19. UFB Fabrication

    UFB Fabrication Member

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    Border neon and stage lighting for strip clubs......
     
  20. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    Same here.
     
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