I, Ryan Montgomery, started Ryan's Custom Signs in October of 2010. Ryan's Custom Signs started from the ground up without any employees. It all began when my mother and stepfather were needing a big sign for their new store in Salem. We thought about just doing it ourselves, so I began to do some research about what it takes to make signs. In doing so, I figured out what equipment was needed to make this possible, and we came to a conclusion that we would buy the necessary equipment and tools to make the sign. Unfortunately, there were shipping issues that prevented me from getting the material on time, and I was never able to make the 16' sign that they needed, so I decided that I would just start my own business.
I started out having no idea how to run a business, how to make signs, how to market, or how to get customers. I learned quickly, and so far, I have been able to manage my business out of my house. It has been a really neat experience for me; I have made a ton of signs, and I'm lucky to have the support from my customers. I have big plans for the future, and I will continue to work hard so that I can achieve my goal of turning my small business into a large company someday.