[IWF] To Gain or Buy Capacity? - That's the Question

[IWF] To Gain or Buy Capacity? - That's the Question

The first time I ever went to the International Woodworking Fair was back in 2006. I went with my dad and my brother. At the time I still had a very young company with only a couple employees and no automation.

I have guest passes available for this year’s IWF in Atlanta, which can get you into the show for FREE. Comment on this post on our Facebook page if you are interested. (Limited quantity available!)

How Employees Can Help Build Value in Your Cabinet Shop

How Employees Can Help Build Value in Your Cabinet Shop

Just as we expect a certain value for price, as shop owners, we should be ready to deliver that same cost to value ratio to our customers. We should also be ready to deliver that same value to anyone looking to buy our business down the road. That means we need to start building value in our shops yesterday.

The most effective way to do this is with the help of some of your most valuable assets, your employees.

Consistent Cash

Consistent Cash

As an owner or entrepreneur, it is painful to watch your cash swing violently up and down over a period of time. Not understanding what is causing it makes it that much more frustrating.  

What if I told you that you can have a steady stream of cash simply by adjusting how you approach production and sales? It is possible, even for the small businesses that don’t have sales and marketing staffs at their disposal.  

My Take on the Import Plywood Issue

My Take on the Import Plywood Issue

Everyone in the industry has their opinions as to why these tariffs are taking place. I have a few of my own, but for all intensive purposes, the shop owners that are buying these panels get stuck with the bill and if we are not diligent, then it can cost us our businesses.  

It is an unfortunate situation and we do not have control of the outcome, but we do have control of our pricing.

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!”