Category: Business Management

Measure Twice, Cut Once

There are occasions during the workday when you need to deploy critical communication skills.  What you say and how you say it can be the difference between resolving a potential problem, and kicking up to the next level in disaster. Last week I spoke to a shop owner that completed a rush contract screen-printing order.…

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The No BS Rule

Want to make your shop better?  Run with more efficiency?  Bigger profits at the end of the day?  Here is one place you can start.  It’s a simple rule and it applies to just about everything: No bullshit. Sorry if that is offensive language to you.  But I think it is an appropriate business term…

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The Gig Economy

gig e-con-o-my noun •  “A labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.” Most businesses don’t think that they fit this description.  However, as markets become more unpredictable, many different companies are faced with working this way. Balancing your labor variable just makes sense. In the decorated…

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Finding Your Next Big Customer

In December of 2016 I posted on my social media channels a simple essay contest for decorated apparel shops that read this blog.  Send me a few paragraphs outlining your shop’s biggest challenge.  Using that info, I’ll craft a response as the basis of an upcoming article.  The winner receives an hour of free coaching help from…

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The Deep Freeze

Most of the time my articles are squarely focused on the business owners or shop managers out there in the decorated apparel industry.   Not this time. After receiving an email advice request from someone with a very personal problem, this article is going to be focused on everyone else in the shop, but more importantly…

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Help Your Employees Succeed

In your business are your employees constantly working towards completing the tasks needed?  Probably not.   We’re people, not a bunch of robots, so human centered problems can become obstacles in everyday work. To get your staff to complete more tasks in a day, there are some things to consider.  Look inward and see if…

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There Is No Cure For The Internet

Sure, your company is online.  Hey you have a webpage!  Woohoo!  So how is that working out for you?  Driving tons of business your way I’ll bet. Except when it isn’t. Don’t you feel that sometimes you are standing there on the curbside of today’s business highway while all the really great orders are zipping…

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Drowning Staff Needs a Lifeline

I was recently speaking with an owner of a shop that was lamenting about the lack of talent, drive and knowledge in her shop.  She was very frustrated that she couldn’t find good workers to help get her business growing and wanted to know the best way to attract better employees. During the conversation, I…

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Don’t Make Me USE ALL CAPS

Frustrated with work challenges that involve people?  Me too.  Don’t you want to just send that jerk-wad a full fledged e-mail rant using all caps to really show them who’s boss?  I know you know where the caps lock key is on the keyboard.  Time for a left pinky smackdown… KA-BLAM!  UNLEASH THE FREAKING FURY OF…

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