I am new to SuN and I’m making my first attempt at small business, in other words, I don’t have much of a clue.
I have written numerous slogans that I think will go very well on bumper stickers and T-shirts. Currently, it is my intent to make enough money from these slogans to allow me to take a year away from my “day” job to have an honest go as a realtor, because part time in the real estate profession is not cutting it. I give this information so that your advice is given with the understanding that I do not view these slogans as “my big break” idea, but rather as a stepping stone. That view could change though, depending upon how this plays out.
My vision: Find a company, or companies that have printing capabilities for these and other mediums as well as advertising and distribution networks already in place. Work out an agreement where I provide them with the slogans and my vision of the layout, they have them printed, advertised and delivered to customers. I take a small percentage of gross sales and they keep the lions share.
Problems I see:
1. I have no idea how to search out companies like this, for this purpose.
2. I have no copyright, other than the inherent copyright that comes with having written these personally, nor can I afford to copyright every one of these slogans. These slogans run along a common theme and once you read one of them, you can see possibilities for many others.
3. I have considerable negotiating skills, but I have no idea what percentage would be reasonable enough to be taken seriously.
4. I have been told repeatedly that I should have the printing done locally and market and distribute the product myself as the surest way to reap the benefits, however I do not have the luxury of time nor the funds to get this thing off the ground at this time.
I look forward to your advice and suggestions.
Cheers, Michael Rudd Aspiring entrepreneur, Realtor, Century 21 North Homes Realty, Marine Electronics Technician