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Jeff Horton

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I have been thinking seriously for over a year now of having T-shirts made with my Buisness logo on them. I am thinking of using nice colored pocket T-shirts with a 6 color logo. Small logo over the pocket and large one on the back. Sometime very similar to my avatar on here.

My question is are T-shirts a bit to casual dress? I know they are not as professional as dress shirts. (What I normally wear) I also realize that people are dressing more casual than ever.

I think they are at least fair if not good advertising. My idea is to try to always wear one when working. Being seen around town, the courthouse ect. I guess if my clients don't care then it doesn't mater but I know that image can be 75% of a buisness. People like to deal with sucessful people.

What think ye?
 

TC

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Jeff,

I always try to present myself as a professional. That means dress pants and either a collared shirt or a quality knit golf shirt with my company logo on it. When I do commercial appraisals a suit and tie is a definite. Showing up in a T-shirt is something that I would never do.

You only make a first impression once.

TC
 

BigBlueGA

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I don't trust suits, so I dress pretty casually (I think a lot of my real estate clients kind of appreciate it.. makes them a little more comfortable), so T-shirts are fine by my book as long as they aren't ratty and are tucked in...

I made one on Cafepress.com with our company logo and such on it... also have some nice knit polo shirts with the logo on them... never had any complaints..
 

Daniel Williams

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Jeff,

How about polo shirts (t-shirt with collar)...

I've thought about the same thing.....the polo's might make nice "give aways too) I think you could also write them off......
 

BigBlueGA

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On a side note, our area isn't exactly a metropolis or "business area" either...
 
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8) The climate I have to deal with can be 80 degrees one day and 45 the next. Humidity can be a real beach. Being short and stocky, cold weather really does not bother me. Hate to wear coats. I really irritate my wife because I wear a lot of shorts and sandals in the winter (not on inspections though). Khakis (lightess material possible) with a button-up, polo or golf shirt. Sometimes jeans but none that are faded or torn. Depends on whether or not I made it to the cleaners. Always wear nice shoes. But, once I am in the office, off with the shoes and on with the flops. 8)
 

Charlotte Dixon

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My favorite (woman) outfit: Knit golf shirt with company logo and kacki slacks OR kacki skirt (long...not short). No open toe shoes.

I freaked out the other day...
Bad Thing: Saw a local appraiser knocking on a door with capri (pedal pusher) pants on, shirt on the outside with part of midrif showing and sandals.
Good Thing (I guess): It was a female
 

airphoto

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Charlotte,

Are you sure? (that it was 'female')
 

Frederick R. Ruffell

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When meeting with clients i always try to dress to their level. When doing inspection I wear work clothes i.e. boots, overalls etc. as I would not want to ruin good clothes crawling under a house or in the attic. But if you are going to give away these advertising signs you might go with a golf shirt that someone might wear where it would be seen by your target market i.e. bankers, lawyers, etc. on the golf course, at brunch, at the fundraiser, at the PTA meeting. Then again you might want to have some Free T shirts to give to the likes of Bike Messengers, those guys get around!
Just my thoughts.
 

Mountain Man

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Like TC, I dress in golf attire. Wal-mart cotton pants and a collard shirt. $20 per pair of pants is not too bad, I am guaranteed to totally destroy a pair a month. There are plenty of appraisers in my area that wear blue jeans, that is just too casual for me. Beside, one never knows when you need to do a market survey from the green side of the golf course. :wink:

I carry a pair of slip over, cover all’s for the FHA inspections. Then just wrap the muddy things in a plastic bag. That way, I still look good enough for the unexpected called meetings at the bank, courthouse, club house, etc.

Several years ago, our volunteer FD ordered tee shirts for work shirts. Then we bought golf type shirts, for dress wear, with our name and logo stitched (not screen painted) for not much more $. The tees cost about $6 or $7 and the good quality golf shirt with name and logo were in the $15 range. Shop around, don't go with the cheapest. How much do you pay for your other advertising. Wearing our logo on a good quality shirt is advertising.
 
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