“Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.” This common utterance is often used when motivating someone to be proactive. Taking initiative is especially encouraged in business. In fact, Andy Robinson, the founder of Career Success Partners and a career coaching veteran for fifteen years, explains that “Initiative correlates strongly with personal achievement and professional development…it is a clear sign of your capacity to develop as a leader. So what are you waiting for? Take action today; don’t wait to be asked – be proactive” (1). In work environments where many employees wait to be given direction and miss opportunities to stand out from their co-workers, it is great to inspire people to step up to the plate and take a big swing. You may not always hit a home-run, but you will certainly get farther than if you just sat on the bench.
Business owners are certainly familiar with the need to take initiative. There are many day to day decisions that require a leader who is going to take action right away and get the job done. However, Laura Stack, a Leadership, Sales, & Team Productivity Expert warns that one needs to “consider the repercussions. It may be better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission in some cases, but not when you embarrass or damage the company. If there’s a possibility of causing havoc by taking initiative with something, back off” (2). This is because sometimes “just going for it” can backfire. If a business, or person, does not ever take the time to pause and reflect before making decisions, it can cause major problems down the road, costing a company, time, resources, and money.
When it comes to purchasing a sign, sometimes taking initiative can backfire. For example, if you decide to go ahead and make the sign yourself without letting a professional sign company do the job, you will probably regret that decision. Additionally, acting quickly without checking in with your landlord or the city before investing in a location for your property, might result in not being able to have the kind of sign you really want. Several common sign mistakes can be avoided if a company thinks about what problems could arise ahead, including the sign mistake of not getting a permit.
Common Sign Mistake #10: Not Getting a Permit For Your Sign
Dealing with the city government seems to be fettered with meaningless logistics, annoying paperwork, and unnecessary costs. Sometimes, companies can be tempted to simply skip dealing with the city altogether. They think, why should I have to ask permission to put up a sign for my business? So out of principle, a desire to avoid a time delay, or simply wanting to save some money, they will forgo getting a permit before having their sign installed.
And we can’t say that we blame you. At Landmark Signs, we have years of getting sign permits and understand just how complicated the process can be. However, we have been around long enough to see that when a business avoids getting a sign permit, it usually comes back to haunt them. It may have saved them money in the short term, but when a landlord, property owner, or city employee eventually visits your business and sees a brand new Business Sign, Monument Sign, or Pole Sign, they are going to want to see the permit that goes along with it.
When you can’t produce that sign permit, a business is risking paying hefty city fines and having to pay additional fees to have the sign removed. Furthermore, because they already paid for a sign they may no longer have the budget for a new sign designed with the city requirements in mind. If they do, they have essentially doubled their sign costs by not getting a permit from the start. It will not matter to the city how much forgiveness you ask for; having failed to ask for permission in the first place means the damage is already done and you will have to pay for it.
Avoid this common sign mistake by making getting a sign permit. But don’t worry, you won’t have to deal with the complicated city yourself. We are experts at getting through the paperwork and dealing with city personnel in order to get the sign you really want! With experience in dealing with design committees, planning commissions, and city councils, there is no department or sign issue too difficult for us! Call or email us for your own sign (with a permit) today.
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