updated - May 22, 2013 Wednesday EDT
Sign-A-Rama franchise is a franchise in the business services category and was established in 1986 and started franchising in 1987 by Roy and Ray Titus. The father and son had some knowledge about printing business. They entered into sign industry as Minuteman Press International in 1974. They brought the idea of automated graphic design which mainly was a skilled service, provided by craftspeople. Finally they started franchising Sign-A-Rama Full Service Sign Centers and expanded quickly.
In the market of more than $12-billion, Sign-A-Rama has been successfully franchising the full-service sign center concept for over 20 years, and they are currently the world's largest sign franchise. Sign-A-Rama team is committed to provide the full support and services, and also necessary consulting, equipment and resources to be a Sign-A-Rama Franchise.
The Headquarter of Sign-A-Rama is in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is still a family-owned and privately held company.
Franchise Review Written By: melisaamanda
Sign A Rama has been a life-saver! It made the switch from upper management to business owner simple. I recognized the name, and I even used them to create a few signs for special events over the years. I was always interested in business opportunities, but no time ever seemed like a good time to start.
I was laid-off from a job I held for 11 years. There are not a lot of companies looking to hire a manager near retirement age. It was too late for me to switch careers. Job opportunities were looking pretty bleak for me. I decided to make my own opportunity by jumping right into business ownership. I cannot believe I put off owning a business for so long.
The thing about Sign A Rama is that it is a well-recognized company. I did not feel like I was taking a chance going into business for myself because I knew Sign A Rama was a successful company. As long as I worked hard, which has never been a problem for me, I would be successful. I have not been proven wrong!
When I worked at my old job I thought about retirement every day. Since I opened my Sign A Rama store I have not thought about retiring once. I love working!
Two years after opening my business it is very successful. I used my old business contacts to get my first customers. Some types of signs they thought were expensive like magnetic signs for vehicles, or signs bigger than poster size, I was able to offer for much cheaper than they expected.
I'm also active in the community as a business owner. I make sure everyone knows it is possible to be independent and happy. Putting myself, and my shop, out there really helped my business grow.
Franchise Review Written By: mathueben
At first I did not think this was going to end well. It has turned around in the last six months. In the beginning, I was excited about being a business owner, and still being connected to a big network of other businesses. After all the financing was complete I began to get a little nervous. If I failed I would be in debt up to my eyeballs.
After the first two weeks of training the feeling of anxiety increased. It was all very well organized, but I guess I was having trouble imagining myself successfully handling everything involved.
The turning point was the one week I spent at a successful Sign A Rama store. All of the training made sense afterwards. I felt more confident about my chances of succeeding. I also met some very nice people at the training session who I keep in contact with. We share our experiences, and I don't feel like I am the only one with doubts. Everyone has good days, and bad days.
I have learned to lean more on the resources provided by Sign A Rama. When I shared my fears I learned that they had tools to help with everything I was going through. I have made some positive changes, and they have definitely helped my store. I even help others who experience the same feelings of anxiety and self-doubt. My best advice to them is that it gets better soon.
I am waiting for a big payday to roll in. The business set-up provides a cushion to get through the lean months, but I hope there are not many more.
I'm still learning the ropes. It will take a while before I master everything. Thank goodness for their strong support system. This would not be possible without it. Even the most successful store owners had jitters they were able to overcome. I am looking forward to being successful in the next year.
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