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Monday, February 2, 2015

You won't get finished if you don't get started.
When surface cleanliness is absolutely critical The way to test it is to run distilled water across the cleaned surface. A clean surface will be fully wetted. The water will not wet any part that has traces of oil or grease. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lean Manufacturing by Stephen Ruffa 

My form of inspiration.  I've started to listen to books in the shop while I'm by myself. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Resist the urge to goto a discount tool store. If you must, 2 times max per year. You're only as good as the tool your holding. Eat shitty food, buy good tools. 
Don't bro deal. "Awe man you'll get so much exposure!" 
Develop a Sixth sense when it comes to order taking. Don't take an order when you get the feeling you should pass. It will turn out badly for both parties. It gets messy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's 6AM and I'm sitting in this dank warehouse thinking about how to answer "How did it all happen so quick?" This question is always asked. "How did you get so many followers?" Looking back now it's hard to grasp how much really has been done. I don't ever really look back. Sometimes it frightening sometimes its satisfying. It's been the constant focus and selfless (selfish, depending on whom you ask) dedication to maintain the vector. Always moving forward. This game is tough. There are new entrants every month. Entrants that water down the market to the uneducated.

I've never been able to find that work balance. Most small business owners relay the same story. Ultimately if you want to do this you need to understand you're starting a business. This means you need to lay a solid foundation, you need to plan, you need strategy. Read books about business principles. Understand for the most part "followers" don't translate to being able to eat, pay the rent or buy tubes next month.

If you think folks are going to come knock you better reconsider. You'll get an initial hit of orders from your local buddies but you wont be able to pay yourself. I'm not being negative. I'm being real.
Start on the points below. I planned for almost a year before starting to build. Your situation may be different. I've never had a second revenue stream or dual income from a wife. It's been either make a frame and pay the bills or don't make a frame and scramble to figure out how to make ends meet.

  • Develop professional branding. 
  • Spend a considerable amount of time developing and considering your trade name. 
  • Develop a friendship with a local machine shop.
  • Develop a friendship with the local paint shop.
  • Read everything possible about the mechanics of running a business.
  • Get legal with the country and state in which your doing business.
  • Buy insurance. 
  • Begin searching for an Accountant. 
  • Study the market, find holes. What can you do that hasn't been done? 

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