Do you feel that vehicle wrapping is becoming too competitive with prices dropping as a consequence?
Is there a low-cost, no-contract way to collect unpaid monies, that doesn't cost more than the value of the invoice itself?
After quoting and setting up artwork, have you found your design being used by another printer? Do you charge the client or just let it go?
How do you dispose of the ink in your waste ink tank in the printer?
Should signwriters be liable for the material they use when they sign a car within say 3 - 5 year later?
Have you had the NBN installed? If so, what do you think, does it shape up to all the claims about speed, etc?
What are people's experiences with the available quoting software? Any recommendations on software suitable for the signwriting business would be appreciated?
With 2015 rapidly coming to an end, what has 2015 been like for your business - good, bad, no comment? What are your hopes and dreams for 2016.
When having a purpose built application table made, what are essential features (eg.racks underneath, specific cutting surface etc)?
Do you charge set up cost on your digital prints?
Do you charge the standard hourly rate for 'Logo Designing' or a special rate?
Who has influenced your business the most, excluding anyone within your business and clients?
Why do you think there is a skill shortage in trade qualified sign writers?
Who is responsible for the repair cost of a machine when an employee breaks it due to negligence or NOT paying attention?
Is there any way for newcomers to the industry to learn the requisite skills for the sign industry, other than TAFE courses and joining a sign company as a junior?
Does anyone have any neat tricks or tips on storing print media in a small space?
Do you think we should run these surveys over a month instead of a week in order to generate a bigger response?
Do giveaways/prize offerings, etc., a supplier is offering help you make a decision on where you purchase your supplies?
Did you attend the Melbourne VI show? If so what were your impressions?
How do you cope with unwanted interruptions during the working day?
When you need staff what means do you use to find a suitable candidate? Word of mouth; newspaper or trade publications; recruitment agency or specialist recruitment sites such as Seek?
What is a fair mark up when supplying the trade, particularly when helping somebody whose machine is down?
Do you know of any supplier reps competing with their customers by moonlighting after hours?
How often have you been approached or fallen prey to credit card scams?
How many times do you get the question "how much is a sign?" How do you respond?
Are you using any or all of the social media to promote your business and do you think it is beneficial?
What's the best way you have found to collect overdue debts?
Have you had any success in importing products directly and bypassing local suppliers?
Have you ever visited one of the Chinese trade shows? If so, which one and what were your impressions? Would you recommend others to go?
I was wondering how many of us use solar panels to offset the price of electricity costs in business?
Do you plan to utilise the Government's $20,000 tax write off before the end of the financial year?
Do you put up your prices at the end of the financial year?
Do you have different price structures according to your customer's ability to pay. ie... would you charge less to someone just starting out with limited finances, as opposed to a big established business?
Do you complete an on-site risk assessment when conducting an initial site inspection?
How do you price what you make or print? Is it hours + materials + % mark up = Price OR do you consider the value of the job to your customer and how many new customers it might bring them?
Has any other company had problems with lamination lifting, waving or creasing? external 2-3 years.... and the solution?
What is the best business advice you have ever received?
Do graphic art courses cover enough? How many graduates know what bleed is, or how to set up a file for CMYK printing?
Do you get the same excitement about your business now compared to when you first started out?
Given the uptake of water based inks for the printing of jobs that were previously only done by true solvent and eco solvent printing, do you believe that solvent and eco solvent have a future?
Do you pay as much attention to projected cashflow as you do to monthly profit?
What valuation methods are being used to determine the value of a business?
Would you be open to merger, acquisition or partnership agreements?
Do you feel that we should have available one RIP that serves all your printers and not separate, and costly RIPS for each one?
Do you feel that everybody operating a business in our industry should be trade qualified and prevented from opening a business if they are not qualified?
Do you think that the quality and expertise in the production of signage is where it should be in Australia and New Zealand? If not, where do you think we need improving?
With the Aussie $ sinking, prices are going up for imported goods. Are you passing on the increases?
I am relatively new to the business and I want some guidance as to what others consider an acceptable margin on their print jobs. Can you help with some guidance please. Thanks.
Has anybody else had problems with claiming under machine warranties?
What needs to be done to help educate the sign industry about the real cost of signage and what pricing is required to run and maintain a profitable business. I am not talking about the various estimating products, I am talking about business education.
What do you do when a client tries to beat you down on price after you have agreed on a price and after the job is done. Typically they say this is not exactly what I wanted, can you make it cheaper?
How do you feel about the coming year? Is it going to be a good year for you?
What are your thoughts on the fact that more and more offset printers are installing wide format equipment. How do you think this will affect the dedicated wide format businesses?
What do you think of firms going into liquidation, letting creditors and customers down and then opening another business with a slightly different name?
Cashflow management can be very difficult to manage, especially over the holiday period. What do you do to make sure that you have sufficient cash to pay the wages, creditors, rent and etc?
If you accept credit card payments, have you experienced any denied payments lately? If so, what do you do to get paid?
I am interested to know what the average charge out rates for our industry are?
If you re using social media to promote your business, do you think the benefits are worth all the time and effort it takes to keep it updated and current.
Do you think government is doing enough to help and encourage small business?
To solve the skills shortages, shouldn't we train people for sectors of the industry rather than the whole industry?
Are you struggling to find suitable qualified staff?
Do you believe the current qualifications in the Sign, Printing and Graphics Arts industry are an accurate reflection of the required skills and knowledge?
Who's still using pure solvent inks?
Who's happy they have converted to Latex inks?
What would you like to see more of at the VI shows in future?
If you visited the VI show last week, what was the highlight for you?
What are the qualities that you look for in suppliers and their sales reps? Would these be enough to keep you loyal or is it just about the brands and products themselves?
If you are attending Visual Impact, do you have a shopping list?
Would you expect a supplier to continue to supply the relevant inks and parts after the supplier discontinues with that product line but has installed several machines into the market?
What would you say are "must-have" tools for a sign maker/installer?
Most of the signage suppliers now have prices on their websites which are trade prices, anyone can access these websites and discover trade pricing. Does the public need to know the costs involved in making signage. Does anyone else feel this way?
Are you aware of the 7 rules that define a "true contractor" according to Government law?
If your purchasing decisions are price driven do you get upset when your customers do the same?
Have you ever had to make a warranty claim on failed media or anything else? Did you claim for wasted labour as well?:
Do you use OEM inks or are you using after market inks? If you are using after market inks, how do they perform and are you saving money?
Do you use samples (like print media) from suppliers on paying jobs?
Do you think wholesalers should offer a minimum 5 metre sample roll when a new product is released to the market?
Why are subcontract sign writers and installers so hard to find?
As the industry becomes more capital intensive would you consider merging with another synergistic business?
Does anyone have a smart and effective way of ensuring contract sign installers comply to the regulations of WHS?
Are you happy with the level of after-sales service on hardware?
If you recycle any of your consumables, what do you recycle?
Do you employ a computerised Management Information System (MIS) in your business, if so, which one and how has it helped your business?
Are you finding that your customers are demanding environmentally friendly products more so now than a year ago?
What are the median pay rates for Digital Print Operators. Can you advise what you are currently paying your Digital Print Operators?
Have you ever employed the services of a professional outside consultant to help you focus and grow your market and business?
How do you think the machinery asset value of your business compares with other trades such as electricians or plumbers?
What is the most effective and equitable way to renumerate a sales rep?
With more apprentices becoming available from the TAFEs, would you employ one or more of them?
What vinyl do you prefer for car wraps?
What is the biggest obstacle to you growing your business to the level you would like this year?
Do you offer a written warranty for your work, or just rely on the manufacturer to offer a warranty for the products you use?
With the internet being so popular, is Yellow Pages (& others) print advertising still worth it?
How should I set up my business for easy sale and how do I determine what it is worth?
Will be moving to new premises and was wondering if anyone had any bright or innovative ideas that I should consider (vinyl storage, bench surfaces, drying area, work-flow or the like?
I see a lot of derogatory comments from people about "new" businesses downgrading the industry. How long do you have to be in the printing business before you are considered legitimate?
Some sign schools are still teaching apprentices, as a core subject, to sign write with brush when there appears to be scarcely any signwriting work in the real world. Should these sign schools continue with this tradition?
Do you (now) get the same sense of achievement / fun from your business as when you first started out?
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