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Post Sun May 31, 2009 3:12 pm

UKSB member launches their own sign making book

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Written with the complete novice in mind, here is the ultimate beginners guide to setting up and running a small sign making business. Starting off with the very basics, this book will guide you through the latest computer aided design and manufacturing process used in modern day sign production.
For someone interested in setting up and running their own Sign business venture, this book is for you!


Amongst the many issues covered are:-

* The equipment, tools and software used in signmaking
* The types of materials (substrates and vinyls) used to create signs
* Practical advice and instructions on how to weed, tape, and apply vinyl
* Working with multiple colours in your designs
* Advice on sign design and layout
* How to go about designing and applying vehicle liveries
* How to make and install flat cut lettering
* Advice on marketing your business
* How to price your work
* A model for your business plan
* How to build a signframe
* Practical instructions and plans showing how to build a work bench


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Book Details:-
Printed: 176 pages
6" x 9"
Perfect binding
Cream interior paper (60# weight)
Black and white interior ink
White exterior paper (100# weight)
Full-color exterior ink



This book is available to purchase Online:>>

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Amazon Kindle:
Kindle :- £9.37
Paperback :- £20.73
Click Here and Buy this book from Amazon now::

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Paperback:- £23.03 + P&P
Click Here and Buy this book from Lulu now::


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Phill and his wife Alison have 13 years of experience in setting up and running a sign business.

So why did he write this book? – The reason is simply in order to help new starts to get into the industry but more so to encourage them to do it properly.
His belief is there are too many people just dabbling in this type of business, doing it part time or as a hobby. Many would like to take it more seriously but are perhaps unsure as to how to progress beyond “hobby” or part time work. Phill believes that there will always be new people attracted to and moving into the industry, thus creating greater competition for those already in the industry. There is nothing that existing signmakers can do to prevent this. So rather than resist it, he believes the best course of action is to encourage newcomers in the belief that we actually all share the same long term needs (i.e. to run a viable and sustainable business). He also believes it is better to share knowledge for the overall betterment of the industry.

Phill says:-
"I am very proud of the work we do and the services and products we provide. For that reason, I would prefer to see it full of dedicated people that are busy producing the best work they are capable of. A book like this would have prevented me from making many of the mistakes I did when first starting out".


Testimonials by uksignboard.com members that have read this book:

Roger Clements
"I must say. What a little gem it is. I have read, re-read and re-read it"

Tim Cockings
"An honest and representative profile of what it is actually like to start a new business"

John Callaghan
"Its a great read and your advice is second to none"

Kenny Ramsey
"A few different pointers and techniques I haven't thought of before. Seems so simple yet they make all the difference"

Andrew Bennet
"I found it very inspiring and thought provoking"

Adele Brennan
"It's a definite must have book for anyone starting out from scratch"






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Post Sun May 31, 2009 4:31 pm

Many congratulations Phill
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 4:34 pm

and from me too, a great achievement Phill !
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 4:35 pm

well done phil and alison :wink:
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 4:37 pm

same from me well done Phill & Alison, that must have been some task.


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Post Sun May 31, 2009 4:54 pm

All the best Phil & Alison



I hope you remember us all when the film comes out :wink:
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 6:02 pm

Well first things first, at first I looked and thought it was a wind up ! but I guess not the case. Phil and Alison a very well done!!!!! This is something that is needed and with all your experience will make for a great book.
All the best with sales and I'm sure it will be very successful. If there is a chance of a signed copy I would be very interested as long as it the same price.

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Post Sun May 31, 2009 8:06 pm

Well done Phill, all the best with that matey!

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Post Sun May 31, 2009 8:40 pm

Re: Signextra: UKSB member launches their own sign making book

signextra wrote: The reason is simply in order to help new starts to get into the industry but more so to encourage them to do it properly.


That can't be a bad thing,

Congratulations to both you and Alison
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 9:18 pm

Well Done Phill & Alison


My Order has been placed & sure it will help me to understand the trade that much much more, and will also be a good investment.

All The Best
Paul :D
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 9:42 pm

Did you copy and paste the lot from here? ? ? :lol1: Only joking :cool:


Congrats to you both :D

ps how do we get a signed copy then?
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Post Sun May 31, 2009 9:47 pm

Thanks to every one for the good wishes - and thank you Paul for actually buying a copy :D

Any copies bought come directly from the printers and do not pass through my hands (so no opportunity to sign it :cool: :-? )
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:02 am

Well done Phill.
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:07 am

Well done Phil. Great achievement and thanks for contributing tutorials to the site also.
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:55 am

Very impressive project Phill. I'd be curious to hear about how you went about creating the content and the time you spent on it.
I've written a few magazine articles in the past year and I really enjoy the process. SignCraft magazine has asked me for a few more, I just need to find the time to do it. Sites like this one are a great opportunity to explore and hone your writing talents and bounce ideas off some really top notch people. Rob deserves a lot of credit in giving me the confidence to do just that. He encouraged me to upload my tutorial on creating a Traditional looking sign...
https://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=24176
Since then I've done an article in our local Chamber of Commerce News, three articles in SignCraft magazine and a TV appearance. I encourage you all to giver-a-go. If you've never started a Topic here, that would be a good place to start. Everyone has something useful to share, and Rob has given us a perfect outlet for our creativity.
Good luck with your book Phill.
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:41 am

I agree Duncan.



I've written a few articles in my time, but my newsletter gives me a great outlet to express myself.



I've been approached to write a book, but baulked at the process because I only do a good job if its in my own time (no deadlines)



Not sure if my readers agree, but I get calls about when my next one is due if its late :oops:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:05 am

Well done Phil, great achievement :appl:

Ordered myself a copy! Looks a good read. :D :D
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:06 am

Shane Drew wrote:I agree Duncan.

I've written a few articles in my time, but my newsletter gives me a great outlet to express myself.

I've been approached to write a book, but baulked at the process because I only do a good job if its in my own time (no deadlines)

I write in a very casual style usually, but found the end product to be very therapeutic.

Not sure if my readers agree, but I get calls about when my next one is due if its late :oops:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:07 am

:oops: :oops: double post.... corrected a spelling error..... didn't realise you couldn't edit :oops: sorry :oops:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:08 am

Fantastic Phill :2thumbs:

Where did you find the time :-?
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:22 am

:yeeha:
hats off too you both mate well done will be ordering a copy asap

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:32 am

I'm with Richard in thinking it was a wind up but well done for doing it!!

HTF did you find the time though.

Hats off to the pair of you and good luck with the sales.

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:17 am

I hope you can keep up with this best selling book Phill

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:10 am

Nice one Phil...every reason to be chuffed....a published author!!


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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:20 am

Way to go, Phill!
Love...Jill
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:25 am

On Lulu, click on other books by author... lol
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:32 am

George Elsmore wrote:I hope you can keep up with this best selling book Phill

:roll:

:D


Ivor Rabbitcutter :lol1: :lol1: :o
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:42 am

"Helped by Isacc Hunt" is genius :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:11 pm

Well done and congrats Phill & Alison.









By the way........



when is the film coming out?? :D
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:14 pm

Well done guys and all the best with the sales :wink: :thumbup2:

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:14 pm

many congratulations Phill! :D Didn't you write a book before?
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:05 pm

thanks for taking the time to write this book Phil, have placed an order and looking forward to reading it

Well done!
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:24 pm

way to go Phil :appl:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:31 pm

Congratulations! I will order a copy today!!!
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:53 pm

I just bought a rip off copy from fleabay for £2.50 :shutup:




:lol1:



Well done laddie I tip my hat to you. :clap2:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:02 pm

Well done, congratulations.

I just couldn't help wondering if there is a writers' forum somewhere? I can imagine the debate; "How do we know this guy is really a writer, not just a cowboy who's coming to take the bread out of our mouth..." eh, nevermind. :D
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:30 pm

Well done and congratulations,

Will you now be considered a supplier?
as you have sold quite a few of your books via the site?

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:32 pm

Hi Phil
I have just ordered my copy and look forward to the read.
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:01 pm

Otto, Mike :lol1: :lol1:

My thanks to everyone for all the good wishes - I really do appreciate the support shown and to everyone that has bought a copy - thank you - I hope the book lives up to your expectations.

Marcella - thanks for remembering - I wrote about a kit car called the Nova a few years ago. It has been moderately successful and during the summer months interest in the Marque is raised by examples seen at Kit Car Show events - this in turn generates a few sales over the internet. But it's really more of a hobby (writing) than an occupation. My real job is signmaking :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:08 pm

this be ur and ali's 4th book according to lulu.. thats what i was getting at
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:51 pm

I'm well impressed Phill

'The Dream' is a favorite of mine which I had forgotten.
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:13 pm

Nice one Phil - well done - and the very best of luck with the sales!
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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:22 pm

defo a wind up :shake:

im buying georges book :D looks right up my street
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:37 am

Well done Phil and Alison - looking forward to the Times Literary Supplement review! :lol1: You have been most generous in passing on your experience, knowledge, wit(??) and wisdom to us all here. You have played no small part in helping me move from the spare room to the workshop. Thanks Phil, the least I can do is to order a copy. Good luck.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:33 am

Richard Urquhart wrote:Well first things first, at first I looked and thought it was a wind up ! but I guess not the case.

:D


that was my first thought too!

well done Phill and Alison, hope it's very successful for you.

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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:01 pm

I neglected to mention my thanks to John Childs, Warren, and Rob who all provided me with valuable advice and feedback based on the initial draft. Their feedback and comments were invaluable allowing me to make changes to produce the current version.

Thanks guys :2thumbs:
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:22 pm

Phill wrote:Their feedback and comments were invaluable allowing me to make changes to produce the current version.

Bugger, does that mean my copy is out of date? I'd better buy another. :D

Seriously, no problem Phill. It was a privilege.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:22 pm

John Childs wrote:
Phill wrote:Their feedback and comments were invaluable allowing me to make changes to produce the current version.

Bugger, does that mean my copy is out of date? I'd better buy another. :D

Seriously, no problem Phill. It was a privilege. I was flattered that you should value my opinion.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:39 pm

Congratulations mate i will be ordering my copy soon. :cool:
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:36 pm

congrats phill, i just placed my order with lulu. will give you some feedback when i have it. a great achievement, keep up the good work!
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:18 pm

congratulation where were you when I needed this book 2 years ago I looked every were for a training But after this time I think I will still need this book as I never know to-much

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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:31 pm

Hi Phil - as I now feel partially responsible for you going down the road of setting up on your own (especially after what you told me in the car park after the Uksignboarders meal) can I buy a copy and post it up for you and Alison to sign (and no I’m not taking the juice) :)
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:52 pm

Congrats on the book...just ordered myself a copy. Sounds just like the kind of book I could have really needed 18months ago and I'm sure I will learn a lot more still from it.

Hope the sales go well for you ..I'm sure they are already.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:39 pm

Craig - I have sent you a pm.

Adele, Arlsan, John, Gareth, - thank you for your support :D
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:14 am

Phill wrote:Craig - I have sent you a pm.



Thanks very much Phill you are a star :)

I've emailed back as pm is not available (note to self, talk to Rob about full membership) :wink:
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:19 am

Top tastic Phil, will be ordering a copy later this week

When is the audio book coming out, as Ive heard Mr Connery is interested in narrating!!!!
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:39 pm

I'm just waiting for my copy to get posted through the door.
Having read Georges Dummies Book inside, outside back front and upside down I believe I am ready for the next level :D
I have always wanted to see what a P.O.D. Book was like so there's two goals with one purchase.
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Post Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:25 pm

I've just received an email from Lulu who produce the books. For a limited period they are offering 10% off the purchase price. All you have to do to get the discount is enter this code at the checkout:-

JUNECONTEST10

If you do not enter this code - the normal price will still apply.

(Sorry anyone who has already purchased a copy - this offer has only just become available, is for a limited time only, and is completely beyond my control.)
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Post Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:02 pm

Phill
Just been on to buy a copy, says it is an invalid code :roll: but have bought a copy anyway at the proper price.

I look forward to a good read :wink:

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Post Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:13 pm

Thanks Gary

I tested the code myself before posting it here (without completing the transaction - but enough to check that the discount really would apply) and have tested it again now in response to your post. It is working for me. Did you copy and paste the code exactly as above?

i.e.

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Post Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:22 pm

Just discovered it's case sensitive - so you must enter it all upper case with the last digits being One and Zero. Easiest way to ensure you get it is to copy and paste my previous link :D
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Post Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:51 pm

Phill
Yeah I copied and pasted it. I tried it twice but same happened both times. Strange how it worked for you.

Never mind tho, I don't mind donating to your retirement fund :lol1:

Was going to buy one at the start of week but didn't have my credit card with me.

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I have no explanation - I don't know why it is only working for me :-?
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Post Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:12 pm

Well done Phill - Hope its a success for you :D
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:29 am

Great achievement. There was a few books out in the 1980's - The Hawes Sign Guide and a few from the neon companies, but nobody has ever shown how to do this from scratch - that's very impressive.

Have a look at the following link:http://londonshopfronts.tumblr.com/ I hope your book helps new sign makers understand that when we are designing signs/shopfronts that we show some empathy towards the building and its surroundings.

Well done - like other comments don't know how you found the time!

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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:40 am

Hi Phil



Are these books printed to order, still no book this end after 5 days and even paid £7.30 for the express service, bit poor on Lulu's part :cry: dont you think M8.

I know it's not under your control M8.



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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:03 am

Hi Paul

Yes they are printed to order. I ordered a copy on Saturday which was sent out yesterday. They usually say allow 3 to 5 working days. If you ordered yours on Monday it should be getting sent to you today. Lulu will send you an email notifying you when it has been shipped.
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:26 am

Thanks Phil



:funky: :dance2: I Cant Wait To Read It :dance2: :funky:





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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:32 am

Still waiting for mine, thought I would have something good to read this weekend !!!!!
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:36 am

Richard Urquhart wrote:Still waiting for mine, thought I would have something good to read this weekend !!!!!


You mean you aren't going on holiday this week? :o most unusual. :lol1:
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:13 pm

Got mine!

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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:31 pm

Peter Normington wrote:Got mine!

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Lend it to me M8 :wink:
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:17 pm

6 weeks to go mate
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:41 pm

Paul S Martin wrote:
Peter Normington wrote:Got mine!

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Lend it to me M8 :wink:


Nope I'm not letting it go till I have my new sign business up and running

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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:55 pm

Gary Birch wrote:Phill
Yeah I copied and pasted it. I tried it twice but same happened both times. Strange how it worked for you.

Never mind tho, I don't mind donating to your retirement fund :lol1:

Was going to buy one at the start of week but didn't have my credit card with me.

Cheers

Gary



You need to make sure theres no space at the end when you paste the code in.

First time I did it, I didn't take it... then I deleted the space on the end.

:P


Just put my order in!

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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:01 pm

Thanks Joseph - and thanks for solving the mystery about the discount coupon :thumbup2:
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:38 pm

Hi Phill

Just bought my copy with the discount code - worked first time.

Looking forward to learning something new.

Congrats on your efforts!!

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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:26 pm

Just ordered my copy & looking forward to speeding up my learning process :)

Hope you've included your dad's work bench in the book.
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:23 pm

Thanks Neil and Martin. Yes there is a slightly revised set of plans for the workbench included in the book. :D
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:19 pm

Phill wrote:Thanks Neil and Martin. Yes there is a slightly revised set of plans for the workbench included in the book. :D


couple of questions:

There is a discount code box on the checkout..........what is it :lol1:
Whats the commission rate for punting your book? :lol1:
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:25 pm

1/ JUNECONTEST10
2/ You get my undying affection (puppy-eyes)
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:28 pm

so who's gonna have their's on ebay soon? :o :D
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:41 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:so who's gonna have their's on ebay soon? :o :D


There are 2 copies there already....... :oops:
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:44 pm

Graeme Harrold wrote:
Dave Rowland wrote:so who's gonna have their's on ebay soon? :o :D


There are 2 copies there already....... :oops:



NO!? Really?

Maybe Phil's got them on-exposure etc..
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Post Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:55 pm

Nah just kiddin.........how many people looked..............





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Graeme, you...person, you!
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Post Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:03 am

No discount coupon :cry:

No Book :cry:


6 Weeks :o





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Post Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:44 am

im waiting for the English version to come out :wink:
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No English :cry:






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Post Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:15 am

Ordered mine Monday and paid express, received the order advice but as of yet (Saturday) no shipping advice.

I can only think that they have had more orders than they anticipated and have been caught on the hop.

As it's the weekend I hope to get my shipping confirmation come Monday.
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Post Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:20 am

Sounds like it would be easier to get a copy of Fly Fishing by J.R. Hartley :wink:
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Post Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:22 pm

well done Phill all the best mate :D

Regards Brian

ps sent you that letter you asked for
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Post Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:24 pm

Congratulations Phill.
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Nice one Phill. :wink:
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Post Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:05 am

where have you been Karl
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Just been busy mate. why.....have you missed me? :D
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Post Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:24 am

I received my copy of your book this morning Phill, thank you very much!
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Mine arrived on Saturday morning. :D
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Post Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:31 pm

Certainly did Karl.

How ya been?

I got my book today, fed ex as well.
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No Book Still :cry:
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Post Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:59 pm

Must be a Croydon thing
Paul the vans probably been nicked mate knowing Croydon and someone has 2 books and now were have even more competition.
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Richard Urquhart wrote:Must be a Croydon thing
Paul the vans probably been nicked mate knowing Croydon and someone has 2 books and now were have even more competition.


:o "DOH" :o



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I got my shipping confirmation last night :D
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Just placed an order. Looking forward to learning something I dont know I dont know :)

Grats on the book - must have been a lot of work for sure!
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cor blimey.
12 o clock on the dot today and the book arrived. Didn't expect it for a couple of days so that was a pleasant surprise.

Book itself is very nice and I look forward to a jolly good read.
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Ah I have THE book !!!!
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meant to say in the above but cant edit, away on holiday in 6 weeks and want to save it for a holiday book to read, not sure I can wait, looks good....
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got mine this morning, looking good! :D
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Richard Urquhart wrote:Ah I have THE book !!!!



Richard You Must Have Mine :evil: :cry: Still No Book :cry:


That is some Express Service From Lu Loo :-?


And I was thinking E-Bay sellers ship slow.




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Post Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:54 pm

Hi Paul
ordered mine last night and the Mrs has just rang
they tried to deliver this afternoon and they have just re delivered
as he was on his way home :wink:

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Derek Heron wrote:Hi Paul
ordered mine last night and the Mrs has just rang
they tried to deliver this afternoon and they have just re delivered
as he was on his way home :wink:

Dex


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Post Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:16 pm

Just about to order this Phil. I learned from a guy, who learned from a guy etc etc and I think that shows in my basic techniques sometimes. :oops:

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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:21 am

:oops:
oops sorry paul it was the tesco shopping i ordered and was delivered
i ordered the book last week and am also still waiting so chin up

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Hi Phill...book arrived this morning... :D
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This thread was loaded 10 days ago...
Posted: 31 May 2009 15:12

it is just approaching 5000 views in that time, thats something like nearly "500 vies per day!"

has to be one of the top 5 most viewed signextra posts yet...
i know there are others with many more, but they have been loaded for months now... :D




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thats a lot of people waiting for Phil to post somthing stupidly funny :D :D
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Robert Lambie wrote:This thread was loaded 10 days ago...
Posted: 31 May 2009 15:12

it is just approaching 5000 views in that time, thats something like nearly "500 vies per day!"

has to be one of the top 5 most viewed signextra posts yet...
i know there are others with many more, but they have been loaded for months now... :D




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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:37 am

hi Phill

well done, i for one know how much effort must have gone into putting it together :wink:

looking forward to reading it.

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Your pricing guide does get a mention Paul. :D
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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:18 pm

:funky: :pink: :dance1: IT'S HERE :dance1: :pink: :funky:


Thanks Phill for all your help.




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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:43 pm

Signmaking book

Hi looking forward to getting your book, ordered it on the 1/6/09 haven't received it yet. :roll:
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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:06 pm

Check the books status with Lulu (you should have received an email when you ordered with a link allowing you to check it's progress). It should say either fulfilling or shipped. If it's been shipped you will have been sent an email. If it's still fullfilling then it should be sent out any time now. Paul ordered his on the 30th and received it today - so hopefully you should get yours tomorrow.

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My Book order

Thankyou, just recieved email confirming despatch. Looking forward to reading it. Well done. :P
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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:54 pm

I suppose I had better start saving for a copy of Phills book so I will know what everyone is talking about when they start quoting from it !!
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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:18 am

:thanks2: for mentioning the guide, feel like i have arrived now it is mentioned in a reference book (!) :D

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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:36 am

Mine has just arrived so it has taken just a week.

Now all I need to do is find the time to read it.

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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:13 pm

My copy arrived the other day and I have to say it's clear, easy to read and very well put together.

Some interesting points mentioned too, which have been issues I have been pondering over lately - like working from home and the disadvantages.

It's a definite must have book for anyone starting out from scratch.

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Hi Adele

I just wanted to say thank you for buying the book and for the positive comments you made about it.

Kind regards

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Sign Making Book

Just arrived today, nicely presented looking forward to reading later. :lol1:
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Got mine today Ewe must be makin a fooorrttuuuunne

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Is it true that it's been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Linda Nolan is on the judging panel..........or was that a dream? :o :D
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Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:31 am

Book arrived yesterday, had a quick flick through - its a great read and your advice is second to none! Like learning to drive with your father I seemed to have picked up a lot of bad habits through the self taught trial and error method - thanks for the clear cut advice & tips on the basics, Phil! Your encouragement to newbies in the trade is most refreshing. New talent is the lifeblood to any industry. As someone who is still learning 2 years after buying my first cutter I would say to all the lurkers here (at the moment there are 10 registered users and 15 guests) - sign up to UKsignboardsand get a copy of Phil's book - could be a real jump start to your career!

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John Callaghan wrote:
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I've just ordered the book, it looks pretty awesome so I can't wait for it to come :D
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Post Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:40 pm

Lulu doesn't seem very fast considering they say 3-5 days for delivery (11 days later)

I'm sure the wait will be worth it in the end :)
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Post Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:13 am

Been going through mine. Great job Phil. A few different pointers and techniques I haven't thought of before. Seems so simple yet they make all the difference.

Definitely happy with the purchase :cool:
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Post Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:58 am

Just now ordered a copy Phil, looking forward to discovering what I've been doing wrong all these years! :roll:

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Post Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:10 pm

Just ordered mine on "mega super fast" delivery, so will see you this afternoon Phill with my signed copy................. :lol1: :lol1: The personal touch is worth the little extra.

Its the only way I think they could justify £98 for delivery :lol1:











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Post Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:46 pm

Well, I have no complaints on delivery Phil-ordered Monday, delivered 10 minutes ago! (£7.50 Fed-Ex).
So far looks good, I look forward to a good read. Very tempted to forget the customers and do it anyway!
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Happy camper too..............ordered Monday and delivered at 10 this morning.......
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Post Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:52 am

congratulations Phil

I have just placed my order and iam sure i will lean some things from it.

just looking :o

Lulu Sales Rank: 6,545
6,545 x £23.02 = Millionaire
well not quite yet, you wont need to work now phil, have a early retirement
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Post Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:58 am

Scott Evans_21 wrote:congratulations Phil

I have just placed my order and iam sure i will lean some things from it.

just looking :o

Lulu Sales Rank: 6,545
6,545 x £23.02 = Millionaire
well not quite yet, you wont need to work now phil, have a early retirement
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Scott Evans_21 wrote:Lulu Sales Rank: 6,545
6,545 x £23.02 = Millionaire

I'm sure Phill will correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think he gets all of the takings, and a bit goes on production and distribution.

Keep working Phill. Won't be long though. :D
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Also I dont think ranking equates to actual sales, the more he sells the lower his ranking will be..................untill it hits bestseller No 1 :lol1:
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Post Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:01 am

Waiting to be educated...

Just recently joined the site but before that I had ordered your book Phill...looking forward to the postie dropping it through the letter box....I am in serious need of edification....so :thanks2:
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Post Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:25 pm

Have just received my copy and read it already!!

Phill's book is full of useful information. We have been in business for nearly two years now and a lot of useful information has been gleaned. A lot of the book confirms that most of the time we are doing it right.

But a lot of it just shows how green we actually are at this stage of growing our business. The article on pricing is particularly interesting as is marketing.

Well done to Phill for an honest and representative profile of what it is actually like to start a new business.

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Book arrival

Well Phills' book arrived, very promptly I must say. What a little gem it is too. I have read, re-read and re-read it.

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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:07 pm

TYPO on page 70 :lol1: what is gluel ??

See I have read it.........thanks Phill :lol1:
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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:12 pm

phew - if that's the only typo error you've spotted I'm quite releived :lol1: :lol1:

I'll be updating the text shortly to deal with these errors :-? :oops:
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Phill wrote:phew - if that's the only typo error you've spotted I'm quite releived :lol1: :lol1:

I'll be updating the text shortly to deal with these errors :-? :oops:


Too busy taking in the raw data to spot the rest :lol1:
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Graeme Harrold wrote:TYPO on page 70 :lol1: what is gluel ??

See I have read it.........thanks Phill :lol1:


I was too much of a gentleman to mention it..... :wave:
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:29 pm

Bought book a few weeks ago, still using it all the time, great buy!
Has real insight and is of great relevance to my company in its infancy! Cheers Phil!
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Post Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:05 am

10% Discount back

JULYCONTEST10

Sorry Phil if this affects your profits :)

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Post Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:20 am

Thanks for discovering that Andrew. (it doesn't affect my royalties)

I think I'm beginning to detect a pattern here and would suggest in future entering the code ""currentmonth"contest10" in future for anyone buying a copy in future months. :D
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Post Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:50 pm

I like the book Phil! when I started my company in 2007 I was looking for a book like this or a course to have some knowledge about the industry
That really came very handy

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Post Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:52 am

Book

Hi phil

Looks like a great book. "Well done to you both". I will have to get hold of one soon.

Just out of interest how many copies have you sold

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Re: Book

Lee O'keefe wrote:Just out of interest how many copies have you sold


Given that the subject matter has quite a narrow field of interest, in the general scheme of things, not that many :D
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Re: Book

Phill wrote:
Lee O'keefe wrote:Just out of interest how many copies have you sold


Given that the subject matter has quite a narrow field of interest, in the general scheme of things, not that many :D


I'll wait till I can get one from the car boot sale for 20p :wink: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
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Re: Book

Phill wrote:
Lee O'keefe wrote:Just out of interest how many copies have you sold


Given that the subject matter has quite a narrow field of interest, in the general scheme of things, not that many :D


Just wait till Amazon list it on there top 10 chrimbo presents :wink:
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Finally got round to ordering the book, does it need translating from Scottish to Mackem English?
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Paul Humble wrote:Finally got round to ordering the book, does it need translating from Scottish to Mackem English?




Unfortunately yes!
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Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:08 pm

Just ordered a copy - Well done!

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Post Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:01 am

Hi Phil



How many copy's sold now M8 must be in the hundreds, Good on ya.





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Just ordered a copy, thanks
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Post Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:56 pm

No book yet!

Today has been a month since I ordered the book... and still no sign of it.
Has it taken anyone else this long?
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Post Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:07 pm

Orders placed at this time of year do take a bit longer.

Here is Lulu's FAQ page for orders placed in the run up to Christmas
http://www.lulu.com/en/help/shipping_faq

Have you checked to progress of your order with LULU? - They will email you once it has been sent out.
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Post Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:12 pm

Phil,

The truth is I didn't think it had been a month already so I haven't done anything about it until today.
I have emailed them, so I'll just wait for their reply....

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Post Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:14 pm

You know Lulu, Phill? Coooool!

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Post Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:18 pm

Clive Martinez wrote:Phil,

The truth is I didn't think it had been a month already so I haven't done anything about it until today.
I have emailed them, so I'll just wait for their reply....

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I ordered my book last Sunday and it arrived on the Friday
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Post Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:41 pm

Got my copy today, after 33 days since placing the order...
Better late than never!


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Post Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:38 pm

Phil's Book

Finally back on the forum after 5 months thanks to Sky broadband messing my account up after moving home and have ordered Phil's book. Looking forward to getting some expert advice.

Incidentally, entered the discount code hohoho and received 20% discount, so those without a copy have no excuse now

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Post Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:35 am

Harry Cleary wrote:You know Lulu, Phill? Coooool!

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Born at Lennox Castle! just up the road from some of you and where my gran met my grandfather!
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Post Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:13 pm

Dave, that being the case, she might have run around with your gran mate, similar ages? :lol1:



mind you, wish my gran looked like that! :-? :lol1:
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Post Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:36 pm

Phil's book

Just a quick update.......

Placed my order 27.12.09 and received it 10.30 am today !!

Considering Xmas period delays, selecting standard delivery option and the lousy weather we are currently experiencing, that's pretty good going.
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Post Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:05 pm

I ordered my copy today, but I hope I don't have to wait a month for it. Looking forward to reading it.
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Post Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:58 pm

WOW that was quick, ordered monday delivered wednesday. Looking forward to reading it now.
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Post Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:14 pm

Great Read, very handy, fast delivery too !
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Post Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:59 pm

Just downloaded this book on Kindle, and as someone who is just starting out in the Industry have found some very valuable advice, the first thing realising that I have by far been undercharging for the services I offer due to not having any real pricing strategy.

Thanks Phil.......please keep writing
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Post Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:10 pm

Stu, when it comes to pricing a lot of people have problems because a lot of what we do is based on time rather than material costs, there are aids to help like the price it guide but I find the best way to check my prices is by what the other local sign companies in my area charge. I get on well with a few local companies so it's quite easy to just ask but if you don't know anyone local then you can either just phone and ask for a price or get someone else to. Also if you see a new sign going up don't be afraid to ask the owner how much they paid for it.
If you win every job you quote for you are either very lucky or your prices are far to low.
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Post Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:36 am

Thanks Martin......some good advice there, i just need to get the bottle to call some local signmakers but feel bad as i will be wasting their time.
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Post Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:44 am

Stu Gardiner wrote:Thanks Martin......some good advice there, i just need to get the bottle to call some local signmakers but feel bad as i will be wasting their time.


If your nervous about calling local signmakers (i.e covering the same area) then call some that are close by but don't cover your area. Be upfront and genuine about why you are calling them, it'll go one of two ways, they will either tell you to F off or they maybe inclined to offer some advice. Worse thing they can say is NO.
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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:26 am

Having just read this whole thread it seems it would be silly for someone in my situation not to buy this. Ordered through amazon this morning - cant wait to have a good read of this :D
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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:17 pm

I bought my copy when Phill first released it-I still haven't had the time to read it.....same as my copy of Mike Stevens 'Mastering Layout'! :cry: Maybe I should take them on holiday :roll:

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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:51 pm

I would definitely take Mike Stevens book and try and have a read if you get the chance Lorraine, in fact Phill has done a couple of tutorials based on it for the forum so you may already have read a bit of it.

You could also take Phills book with you to read if your having trouble sleeping :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:06 am

2 days to arrive - thanks Phill for getting it out so quick :)
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Post Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:24 pm

Lorraine Clinch wrote:Maybe I should take them on holiday :roll:



Better ask Alison first Lorraine, if Phill goes on holiday shes going to be well p*ssed off without an invite! :wink: :lol1:
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Post Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:42 pm

Hi Phil. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your book and how good your book was in inspiring myself to get my finger out and get working for myself.
I have been in the sign industry since 1992 and have contemplated going self employed on many occasions but have always had an excuse not to, Family. Security. Bills to pay etc etc. but after finishing the book I feel inspired to get the business plan finished and handed in.
Although I would be mostly concentrating on vehicle graphics I still found all the book relevant.
I'm a local lad too ( Bathgate ) so may try and get in touch to pick your brains.
Thanks again
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Post Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:22 pm

Thank you for the kind comments Iain,I'm glad I have helped to motivate you.

Feel free to drop by sometime if you're in the area - but probably best to phone first as I'm often out and about leaving Alison in charge :nag2:
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Post Sat May 24, 2014 10:33 pm

Hi Phil,

Here's another message from someone who found your book useful. Wanted to say thanks for all of the advice written in the book, and I'm impressed with the service Lulu offer! Speedy delivery!

I too am also in the industry and as the chap above said in his post, there has always been a reason not to start my own business. I believe the time is around the corner as your book has answered a couple of questions I had and also gave me a few bits of knowledge I hadn't considered before which is great. I'm sorting out possible premises at the moment, and will be following your guide on building a workbench as it is simple but effective. I'm young and have a bright future ahead of me in the industry, many thanks for taking the time out of your schedule and putting some of your advice into writing!
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Post Sat May 24, 2014 10:44 pm

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Lorraine Clinch wrote:Maybe I should take them on holiday :roll:



Better ask Alison first Lorraine, if Phill goes on holiday shes going to be well p*ssed off without an invite! :wink: :lol1:


Lol Rob, never saw this (or Martin's) comment before!

Still haven't read either book - does that make me a bad signmaker? :oops:
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Post Sun May 25, 2014 1:34 pm

James Parry wrote:Hi Phil,

Here's another message from someone who found your book useful. Wanted to say thanks for all of the advice written in the book,


Thank you James - and good luck with your new business. :D



Lorraine Clinch wrote:Still haven't read either book - does that make me a bad signmaker? :oops:


Of course not - But may I suggest that if you haven't read it, it can still serve a useful purpose, perhaps propping up an uneven table leg in the pub? :-?
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Post Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:34 am

Just spotted this thread has well over 54 thousand views and nearly 200 replies. Great stuff Phill... so when does your next best seller "50 Shades of Vinyl" come out? :wink:

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