So who are you in the sign business?
SignRover said:Five years ago I convinced my boss that our little 4 man store fixture distributing business could be building the signs we had been outsourcing if we simply bought a shopbot router.
And a plotter...and a laser engraver, and another plotter, and 4 wide format printers, and a laminator, a herd of computers, and enough software to choke a rhino.
This year my little 12 man department has grossed over $1 million. I've sent installation teams to at least 30 states. And we've already tied down enough work for next year to give us a 50% boost in revenue.
If any of you guys want to move to the left coast, CALL ME, because I had no intention of running a sign business. I could use an experienced hand. I'm just a cabinet-maker who came up with the right idea at the right time.
So the moral of my story: If you can't open your shop next door to Office Depot, open it next to a store fixture supplier... just not mine.
You should, IMHO, look at this as a terrific time to publish fonts. You can market them very reasonably yourself via the internet; market through dealers and organized marketers like Agfa's Creative Alliance or Bitstream's MyFonts.com or a host of independent developers and marketers of type; or you can license to a publisher and collect a royalty.We are also developing some of the typefaces that we used to hand draw 20 years ago into electronic fonts for the PC. Seeing how the market for these is pretty tough we're not sure if we are going to sell them or not.