Simple Shop Management Software for Sign Shops and Print Shops

Trello sign shop management software

If your shop is still using handwritten work orders to manage everything – then this post is for you.

How to use Trello as a simple shop management software

How do you know what jobs are where and when they’ll be done?

Tim, your designer, has got his stack of jobs. You’ve got your stack of jobs. And your production team has their stack of paper job tickets. You’ve always worked this way. So what’s wrong with that?

What happens if you need to check the status of a job? What happens if you need to update some details or change a due date?

You stop whatever you’re working on and head to Tim’s desk or you walk all the way to the back of the shop to speak with the production team.

It’s a lose-lose situation. You’re losing 10 minutes of your time, but it also costs your designer 10 minutes of his time. And I’m guessing this happens several times per day.

So the effect of this communication breakdown compounds throughout the entire shop and results in hours and hours lost. Get your team on the same page by making that information available to everyone – all the time.

Get started with sign shop or print shop management software

When you’re drowning in paper work orders, buying an all-in-one software to manage your shop can seem like the best way out.

But before you rush to spend your money, test small. Build long-lasting success by making small incremental changes over time, rather than one large dramatic change.

By testing small, you’ll learn exactly what you NEED out of a shop management software, instead of just what you WANT.

Trello is a great way to start ditching the paper and better manage your production workflow.

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When should I move on to another sign shop management software?

Trello might be just what you’re looking for. But as you grow it might become a little “simple” for your needs. If you need more detailed reporting or a quoting + job management solution, then you might start looking at the all the best sign shop software options out there.

About the Author

Bryant Gillespie

In my 10+ years in this industry, I’ve made all the mistakes they tell you not to. For 5 years, I was second in command at shop that doubled in revenue from $500k to over $1mil in sales. Over the last 3 years, I’ve help 100s of shops streamline their workflow, improve their businesses, and grow sales. My goal is to help you grow your business. To help you spend more time with your family. To make sure you finally get to take that long overdue vacation. View more posts from Bryant.