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Who Are You?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Fred Weiss, Nov 22, 2004.

Which Best Describes You?

  1. Fulltime signmaker with a shop or store.

    78 vote(s)
  2. Fulltime signmaker - mobile or work from home.

    46 vote(s)
  3. Parttime signmaker - work from home.

    65 vote(s)
  4. Employed by a sign company.

    28 vote(s)
  5. Employed as a signmaker by a non-sign business or government agency.

    6 vote(s)
  6. Sign product distributor or manufacturer.

    7 vote(s)
  7. Thinkin' about getting in the business.

    11 vote(s)
  8. Other

    13 vote(s)
  9. Old-Timer Retired or Semi-Retired

    0 vote(s)
  1. TC49010

    TC49010 Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    I have an established Embroidery & T-shirt Printing Business I currently run out of my home. I set up at 1-3 day events as well as run it from the internet . My girlfriend does vinyl and said it is sooo easy I should add it!! So here I am ready to learn!! I voted as a part-timer. I am at the point I need to move out of my home into a bigger area, be it take over the garage, build my own small pole barn or set up a store. I am still tossed on which one to do!!:Coffee:
  2. scott pagan

    scott pagan Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    charlotte nc
    i'm a senior production artist and manage our digital printing department at my shop. i have loved creating artworks since i was a child. i started printing (offset) in high school as part of the graphic arts program. followed that up with college for Graphics Arts Management. i then found a good apprenticeship where i'm currently at (it's been 13 yrs now). i was very fortunate to come through my training in school and work, learning much of the traditional "old-school" ways before the computer was so prevelant in printing. using hand art, fixed cameras, darkrooms, setting filmwork/stripping for plates/screens, lens filters for 4color separations, hand pulling screenprint, and even doing some work on old roll press printers. up to today's PhotoShop direct RIP to digital grand format. it's been real fun seeing the technology make it faster and easier to produce great graphics. as well as meeting nice folks like many of the ones here to share experiences and knowledge with.
  3. jenrood

    jenrood Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    We are new to the sign buisness we bought a plotter to do our own advertising for pressure washing and quickly learned we could make money making signs.:cool1: :cool1:
  4. GregT

    GregT Very Active Member

    I worked in a 2 man sign shop 20 years ago. Moved to another state and joined another sign shop. Left sign shop to work for my father in law, (6 year) in completly different line of work. Left that for something I enjoyed...making signs. Worked out of the house until my wife informed me we needed a change. Now have a shop and 2 sub-contractors working for me. (one is my father in law)
  5. visualedgegraphics

    visualedgegraphics Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    I am a part-time signmaker working out of my home and have a full-time job with benefits. I started in January and love the challenge of learning something new. No where near ready to leave my full-time job, but can't wait until I can. The forum is great...keep up the good work.
  6. Raniece

    Raniece Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    More than just signs

    Family Business, my parents started a small business 28 years ago. Wood working/crafts. From there, many things have changed and we do many, many things at our store/shop. I hope this isn't too long.
    We do and have done.
    Woodworking, small to medium, cutting little things to building cabinets etc.
    Yard signs from wood, cut designs, hand painted, (this is the evenings and weekend part of my job now)
    Because I was in band and there was a demand for marching supplies, my mother supplied the necessities because there was not really a place to buy without driving 100 miles to get them. (We still sell band shoes, twirling supplies etc.) Which led to uniforms, etc. (We now have a dancewear dept.)
    My parents have bought out 3 other small businesses that couldn't seem to make go of it, and from there, one we started custom framing, (pictures etc.)So we do custom framing also, which is a great business all in itself. second was a dancewear shop that had no one to pass on their legacy to, and we already sold many brands, but we bought this one stores supplies and now have a great contract with a large dancewear distributor, that has very strict ideas as to how many stores can sell their product within 150 miles of each other. third was another craft shop, mainly supplies.

    Signage started when hand lettering all of the yard signs started taking up toooooooo much time. The lettering led to decals, and the decals led to fundraisers for the schools that we have been doing business with for years, which led to decorating megaphones with vinyl,plasticore signs from 12x18inch to 4ftx8ft, car magnet, shirts for groups, along with many other clothing items that are decorated with heat applied vinyl. So yes, I think we are a full time sign/everything else under the sun shop.
    I knew we did a lot, and looking back over this I can say I have left out a lot. Oh, and working on a webpage, I'll post that when I feel a little more comfortable with the way it looks.
    So that is who we are.
  7. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    heres my 2 cents worth lol ..31 years still hand lettering hope I'll still will be 31 years latter.. home based......THANK YOU & ENJOY LIFE
  8. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Glad this was reserected. It's interesting to see the different populations in the sign business. I'm wondering however, if the "parttime signmaker - work from home" would make those of us who are merely semi-retired look as though it's just a hobby. Not that there's anything wrong with signage for the hobbyist.....it's just that I've put in over 30 hard core years in the trade and would hate to be labelled a "hobbyist". Therefore, I would like to propose an addendum to the list for us 'old-timer-working-mentoring types' ?? :wink:
  9. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    Ask and you shall receive.
  10. THATgirl

    THATgirl Very Active Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    I didn't ever answer because I am or have been all of the mentioned except gov. employee or distributor. I have had storefronts...went homebased when my kids were born so I could be a stay at home mommy....then took my kids with me on jobs...then got another shop when they started school full time. Now my kids are all grown up ages 21 and 19.....and I am working at home again. I was sad to leave my shop years ago, but have gotten to like working from home.
  11. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Oh, haha, cool. :cool1: Since I already voted in the other one ("parttime") could you remove that and put my vote in the "Old-Timers" ballot? Pretty please? :thankyou:

    :U Rock: Fred!

    ~OG (OldGear) :tongue:
  12. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA

    You now represent .52% of the poll respondents.
  13. Great Scott

    Great Scott New Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    Specifically a sign maker at Washington State University. I'm also looking into starting my own shop.
  14. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Full-time and then some… LOL Look, it’s Sunday.

    Okay, time for a :beer
  15. toonsign

    toonsign Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Who I am


    After 10 years in the Marines, I 'retired in '78. Went back to MA and worked in all sorts of manufacturing jobs. In 8/87, I got into sublimation ink heat transfer printing. Still worked 40 hours but did shirts part time.

    In 2002 got into pigmented heat transfers and printed shirts and such. In 2004, I purchased my Roland PC-12 and have been working with it, although not full time.

    I'm not much in the sales department so I basically wholesale printing via the internet and teach people how to print t-shirts.

    I always have worked full time so I guess I'm a part timer who works from home.

  16. gerald

    gerald Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Full, Full, Full time with a shop. We sell, fabricate and install all kinds of signage. We do a lot of national account work, installs and fabrication and maint. for other sign companies. 11 employees incl. me at this time.
  17. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

    Nov 28, 2005
    Work 2 full time jobs..........The garage and the graphics. My wife work the graphics full time now..........
  18. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

    Jun 8, 2005
    Sunny Florida
    Half signs, half screenprinting and half print & web design. Which explains why I am working on Sunday... too many halves!!
  19. Sign One

    Sign One Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Full time with storefront shop

    I work with my SO/Partner - He has been doing signs since he was a teenager 25+ years, I have been working with him for 10 years, we have a shop on a busy road and a lot of walk-in traffic. We do mostly vinyl work, billboards, signs, vehicle lettering, business cards, house/camp signs hand routed, of course banners jobsites and magnetic signs. We are mom and pop, with a friend who weeds for us- we sub out install to some contractors. The best job I have ever had, we are looking to buy a framhouse with a huge barn and I hope in 10 years to have an awesome shop in the barn and do more wood, sandblasted etc.

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