Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies
Written by John English Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00
What custom woodshops do is they take a basic product and change something about it so that it more accurately meets the needs of a customer. That customization can include altering the dimensions of a box or upgrading the quality of construction or manipulating an aesthetic consideration such as species, stain or shape.
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00
Usually, the longer we do something the better we get at it. But what happens when the thing that we do is custom, so by its nature it changes every time? How do we standardize the bidding process and the project management if every time the shop lights are turned we’re building something different?
Written by John English Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00
“What an airhead!”
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00
One thing I hear all the time when I visit shops all over North America is, “Why don’t architects know how to build casework?” This is usually said while mulling over a drawing and scratching their head. Well, truth be told, architects can’t know everything about everything. In large architectural firms, you might very well have people that are specialists in various trades. But in smaller firms the architect or designer has a lot of hats to wear, so we need to cut them some slack.
Written by David Getts Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00
Where do you think most people search for answers on unfamiliar topics? Most likely, they turn to Google or other Internet-based searches. But how much of the information on the Internet can you trust? Like any source, you have to wade through the mass quantity of data in order to pick out what makes sense. Like a cow that’s learned to chew the cud and spit out the stubble, those who possess the skill of acquiring information know that everything readily available is not always accurate. Intelligent consumers looking to make a large purchase compile information to help in their decision-making process. And when that purchase requires a custom woodworker, you can become part of their reliable sourcing.
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