Let your visitors know your opening times by displaying an hours of operation sign on your premises.
Use these business hours signs on your doors, windows, or any area within your shop or office front.
You can customize these and print on your home printer, or better yet, if you have a vinyl cutting machine such as Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, you can cut these using vinyl to stick to your windows for that professional finish that you see on many storefronts.
Why use a business hours sign template
It’s important to let your visitors know your opening hours to keep your customers or visitors informed. It’s not only good business practice but can ease unnecessary inquiries. Displaying open closed signs really does help your visitors easily see the hours your business operates.
These signs are free to use and they’re also a great time saver. If you don’t already have a store hours sign or office hours sign then you can customize these quickly within minutes.
Even if you plan to buy them professionally made, these make perfect temporary signs that you can use in the meantime while you’re waiting to receive and install your permanent opening times sign.
These signs are not only free to use, but they’re also very low cost to make too. You can simply print these on your printer or cut these with your Cricut for pennies.
They’re also very easy to customize. You can choose your favorite design, it’s easy to change your hours of operation and add any other useful information too.
These templates are also great for changing your opening times at any time. This makes them great for updating your signs regularly if your times change throughout the year, or for the holiday season as many stores and offices operate at different times during the festive months.
This makes them very practical and affordable and negates the need to pay for multiple signs throughout the year.
Although these signs are free to use for your business, they are not for commercial purposes – you cannot sell or modify these for resale without a license – contact us if you’re interested in our commercial license for our business signs.
How to customize an hours of operation sign
To customize these opening times sign templates, simply pick your favorite sign from the list below to open it within Canva.
Canva is our favorite online editor that lets you create all types of graphics and it’s used by millions of people around the world because it’s not only very easy to use, but it’s so quick to make amazing professional-looking graphics for all types of uses.
Canva Pro is a very low-cost monthly subscription, which you can cancel at any time. I recommend using a Pro account so that you can use the awesome pro features, but you can also use it for so much more and it has so many amazing templates for all aspects of your business.
Many people find that Canva helps them save lots of time and money by easily creating promotional items such as flyers, business cards, brochures, social media posts and so much more.
When you choose your favorite design from the store hours template list below, it will open within Canva for editing. Simply change any of the information that is displayed to suit your needs.
Along with customizing the information displayed, you can also change any aspect of the designs to suit your needs. From changing the fonts to ones that you like better, to changing the colors, or even adding your own logo or images.
If you’re planning on putting these business hours signs on your window then white generally works best if you’re making these in vinyl, or if you’re printing on paper by setting the background to black and making all of the elements white.
It’s completely up to you to do as you wish.
When you’re done, hit the download button to download the finished design to your computer ready for printing.
What to include on an hours of operation sign
You might think business hours signs only have the times that they open and close, but you can also add so much more useful information.
Along with your open and closed times, you can have:
- Business Name – It’s often good to display your business name to signify that the visitor is at the correct premises.
- Telephone Number – great for when you’re closed so visitors can still contact you.
- Website Address – Help your visitors or customers get more information.
- Social Media Profiles – Include the address of your main social profiles
- Additional information – You can also include any useful or important information, such as if you’re closed for lunch, allow dogs, social distancing information and much more.
As these hours of operation sign templates are fully customizable, you can include as much or as little as you wish or that you think will be useful to your visitors.
How to print a business sign
You can then simply print this on your printer or cut using your vinyl cutting machine. Canva lets you download your finished designs in different formats. JPG, PNG or PDFs are perfect for printing on your printer.
SVGs are great for cutting using your vinyl cutter such as a Cricut. Just open your cutting software and load the SVG to cut.
These designs are set to US Letter size, but you can easily resize them to any size you like. So if you want to print these on A4 paper, or if you want to cut them on large vinyl sheets, the choice is yours. It’s easy to resize designs in Canva. See our guide on how to use Canva to resize images.
If you’re printing these using your regular inkjet or laser printer, then it’s recommended to put these through a laminator such as this one for a better, more professional finish.
Cricut or Silhouette vinyl cutting for best finish
As great as the printed versions can be, the most professional finish is done by using a vinyl cutting machine such as a Cricut or a Silhouette Cameo. These cutters are low-cost machines that offer the best finish and look very professional.
Buy a low-cost cutter and make these and other signs for your business.
The professional signs that you often see on storefronts have been made with a vinyl cutting machine. For a relatively small investment, you can easily save money in the long term by making your own signs. You can use these signs both inside and outside of your premises and even on your vehicles too.
Better yet, you can go crazy when it comes to the holiday season by decorating your exterior or interior with festive signs and stickers.
Or whenever you’re running sales or special offers, simply make a design in Canva, download it as an SVG, and cut using your vinyl cutter. This is why we love Canva so much!
You’ll save so much money and be able to run promotions all of the time to help drive more business.
Along with cutting your own hours of operation signs, you can make many more useful signs and stickers for your business. These include your business name signs, general signs such as disabled access, Follow us on Facebook, Free Wifi and so much more.
We’ve even designed many free signs for you to use which you can also customize with Canva and print or cut.
Choose your favorite hours of operation sign
So now that you know how to make your own hours signs, simply choose your favorite from the list of business hours template designs below and start customizing.
You’ll have your very own signs made in no time that will look so much better than the basic ones you’ve probably been making so far!
Printable Business Hours Of Operation Signs
If you prefer printable hours of operation signs that you don’t need to customize then see our collection below for a huge range of awesome designs that you can use right away.
To use these printable business hours signs, simply choose the one you like best from the list below.
Once you’ve downloaded and printed it, use a black marker pen to fill in the lines on the digital effect. This creates an effect that leaves your opening times displayed.
It’s so easy to do and the results look great. For the best finish, I recommended using a laminator to make them look more professional. You can also resize them to fit your preferred paper size.
Thes are designed with white text over a black background as this helps them stand out best, especially when placed on the inside of a window.
Make more signs for your business
If you liked these hours of operation sign templates, then check out our other business signs. You’ll find many useful signs that you can customize and print, or cut using your favorite vinyl cutting machine.
These signs will help inform your visitors and help drive sales with any promotions that you run in the future.