How to Fire Yourself

How to Fire Yourself

Have you ever walked into your job and it’s just one of those days when you wish that you could just fire yourself?

Well I say, let's quit talking about it and just do it!

As we mentioned before, firing yourself is absolutely key to your shop succeeding and growing in value and it's one the most rewarding experiences I've ever had as a business owner. 

This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on LEAN.

This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on LEAN.

If you grew up with my generation you no doubt remember the anti-drug ad with the frying pan and the egg.  The message was simple and the ad if nothing else left a mark.

Before writing this article, I was driving down the road thinking about our production flow and thought to myself that I am brain fried right now with this LEAN stuff! You can’t unsee waste.  Once you start viewing the world through waste goggles you start realizing it (waste) is everywhere.

$1, $10, $100

$1, $10, $100

Between our corrections and his input, we are building a foundation of excellent processes and quality control that produces reliable, consistently high quality product, day in day out.  

Systemizing your own processes and prioritizing quality will result in three things every shop owner wants: happier customers, the ability to provide products on a schedule, and few defects, if any.  

Is there Any Money in the Cabinet Industry?

Is there Any Money in the Cabinet Industry?

When you first start out in the cabinet business, excitement and possibility fuel you, but soon a reality hits: It is really, really hard to make money. With that reality comes the question we all hate but can’t help but ask, “Is there any money in the cabinet business?”

This is a question that I have asked myself on more than one occasion and if you would have asked me in the first couple years of my business, then I would have answered with an emphatic, “No!”  

Quality: Set it & Don't Forget it.

Quality: Set it & Don't Forget it.

In this day of super connectivity, it seems that social media is the stage for looking as good as we can. This is not going to be that kind of article.

As a manufacturer, one of the most important things we do is control our quality. Without quality, we will not have customers.  

I am sure we have all heard the quote, “When it rains, it pours.” For me, this week was a monsoon when it came to trouble with quality. 

Building an A-Team

Building an A-Team

No doubt we have all heard it before, “Great businesses are built with great people.”Easier said than done.

Learning how to truly team build changed our business and it will change yours too. There is no better feeling as an owner when you make a great hire and it moves your company forward, closer to your goals.  

So how do you go about making those kinds of hires? How do you go about building an A-team?

You Get What You Pay For

You Get What You Pay For

When we start a business our only concern is getting enough work to sustain and live another day. Sometimes this burden can drive a business owner to make irrational decisions like pricing cheap. 

On the surface it sounds great to get that new shiny contract and add more revenue to the business. In reality if you discount you are crafting a bigger anchor.