Wow, the first post of the New Year! I want to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and productive 2014! Here are some things, both some old favorites and some new items, that will hopefully help you achieve those goals.
First up, we have 10 Tips to Increase your Productivity from Joyce Jagger. Joyce knows her stuff and these tips will help make you more productive as an embroiderer. I especially like the tips about maintenance. A well maintained machine is a productive one, and allotting time each morning and on Friday afternoons to make sure your machines are well maintained will pay off in increased productivity with less down time.
Second on the list, we have a post from Fashion Incubator “One Way Or Another, It’s Going to Hurt“. I think I like this post because it’s on the same theme as a post I did for the DecQuorum blog about the downsides of working for yourself. Neither my post, nor this post, say that working for yourself and running your own business is a bad idea, both posts just point out the fact that there are costs to be paid if you’re an entrepreneur, just as there are if you work for someone else. I think we all need a reminder about this every once in a while. It’s easier to think the grass is always greener wherever you aren’t, and a bit of realism always helps.
Third at bat, we have a replay of a post from Erich Campbell outlining some basic digitizing skills for non digitizers. Since I see requests on Facebook all the time for designs to be digitized or altered so they can be stitched out more smoothly, I thought this post was a good one to include. Every embroiderer is not, nor do all of them want to be digitizers, but knowing some basic skills can save you time and effort when you run into a problem design.
Fourth on the docket is a post from Retail Minded about how to deal with upset customers. This task is something no one likes to do, but handling an upset customer the right way can help save a situation that might otherwise be unpleasant for you and your company. What I like about this post is the emphasis on listening to the customer. It isn’t enough to put a bandage on the situation, you have to know why the customer is angry and what they want before you can resolve the situation satisfactorily.
Fifth in line is a post from John Morgan about why you should share your success and your knowledge. One of the things I like best about the decorating community is how willing most people are to share what they know and to help others. Hoarding your nuggets of knowledge doesn’t protect you from competition and it doesn’t keep your business safe. Sharing and forming relationships and helping others is the way to true success. This post illustrates that beautifully.
Finally, we have a post from Peter Shankman about a simple thing that could totally capsize your whole marketing and promotional programs. We all like reviews, and people who sign up for our mailing lists and those who leave recommendations, but how often are we checking to make sure the mechanisms by which people can do those things work? It’s a small thing, but it could mean the difference between a great review and no review at all. If you want people to review you and help spread the word about your company on social media, make sure you’ve given them the tools to do so.