Outsourcing

Most self-employed woodworkers are too shrewd to do everything themselves. They figured this out when they transitioned from artisan to businessman.

More and more

With all that has happened in our economy over the last decade, there seems to be a lot more people coming up short. That includes government agencies at every level.

Same price

Selling directly to the public is probably the best way to go, but there’s a lot to be said for having an outside sales force.

Time out

As small business owners, we end up working many more hours than those who work for us.

CNC for me

We have become accustomed to small, handheld devices. It seems like everyone has a phone in their hand these days.

The real cost

We all know that one of the biggest expenses in any business is the cost of employees. In our field, hourly wages are much more common than salaries. But either way, we tend to think of the rate of pay as the total cost of an employee.

Stop!

It has been said that the most difficult thing is knowing when to stop.

Here we go again

Every time I mention politics in these posts, the cinders burst in to flames. But there can be no doubt that the political climate affects business.

Asked and answered

Woodworkers are an interesting group. We tend to really enjoy our work and appreciate the skills of others, but sometimes our egos get in the way.

My only problem

I always get a kick out of the typically loose interpretation of the word “only,” such as a gallon of gas is only three bucks.