Print Your Own Money
Print and Sign Franchises
Print and sign writing services perhaps aren't the most glamorous aspect of being in business ,but when you stop to think about it, whatever size of the business, they have a need for printed materials and advertising. This sort of business has not declined in the internet age, although the technology has changed substantially with the advent of digital cameras and other computer software. For someone who is looking for an interesting opportunity to run from home, print and sign franchises could be the way to go.
The amount of money which will be required to buy into the franchise will depend on the type of business opportunity being explored, but on average range from £4,500 to £18,500. The investment is therefore quite substantial, but is not as eye-wateringly expensive as other franchise deals can be. As with any agreement of this type, there will be an ongoing royalty payment to the paren't company on a monthly or quarterly basis, but these will all be clearly stated in the initial negotiations. It goes without saying that it is important to read all paperwork fully and get legal advice before signing anything.
Work From Home?
Depending on the sort of operation, a printing and sign making company is the sort of thing which can be run from home to some extent. One of the cheaper franchises to buy into is involved with advertising signs for properties for sale. Working closely with vendors and estate agents, the responsibility of the owner will be to store the "for sale" signs and erect them when required outside properties in their local area. All that is needed for this sort of opportunity is a large garage or shed to store the signs in when they are not being used. For a more traditional sort of printers, making leaflets, menus, flyers or posters, the bulk of the design work can be done from the comfort of home, but the physical printing will have to be done off-site. Some of the larger firms have their own printing presses and can do the whole job in-house, others have relationships with many independent printing firms who they can call on for an expert job, whatever is being printed.
Building Up Clients
Many new businesses fail in the first two years, and the main reason for business failure is lack of cash flow. Keeping customers coming on a regular basis is the key to a successful operation, so sales skills are essential to start building up your company. Social media such as Facebook is a valuable tool, but is no substitute for getting out in your local area and speaking to the people who run the shops, takeaways, dry cleaners and other small local firms who will make up your core market. Offer them promotions or special deals, speak to anyone whose signage outside their shop is looking a bit tatty, and once you have completed the job ask them if they would be prepared to give you a reference or testimonial to show to other potential customers.