3 Easy Ways to Get Your Shop Floor Under Control

What do you see when you go out to the shop floor? Tools everywhere? Materials and parts laying around? Team members milling around, having casual conversations? Work piling up? You’re not alone. One of the things that makes running a shop so difficult is that you have to straddle the line between the office and the shop floor. After all, you can’t be in two places at once. At some point, near [...]

7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Shop Management

In 1989, Stephen R. Covey published his landmark management book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was an instant success and has gone on to sell more than 15 million copies in 38 languages around the world. If you haven’t read it, you should. It’s an easy read and is packed with useful information, which is all centered around seven core habits that all successful people incorporat [...]

3 Reasons why job shops fail

If you’ve been in this business long enough, then you know the story all too well. A shop opens up in a shiny new facility with brand new equipment. The owner and other shop executives are knowledgeable about the industry. It seems like the shop has everything it needs to be successful. For some reason, though, it isn’t. There are rounds of layoffs and rumors about the shop needing work. After [...]

4 Signs that the time is right to expand your shop

Expansion. It’s a word that’s a double-edged sword for many shop owners. On one hand, expansion is a sign of growth. That’s a good thing. Expansion can allow you take on more business, offer new products, and generally scale your business. On the other hand, expansion takes capital. It can be expensive, especially if the expansion doesn’t pay off as you had hoped. For many shop owners, the [...]

Northern Maine Community College students get real-world head start with Shoptech’s E2 Shop System

For immediate release July 16, 2015 Contact: Paul Ventura Vice President of Marketing, Shoptech Software 800-525-2143 pventura@shoptech.com Northern Maine Community College students get real-world head start with Shoptech’s E2 Shop System This year, the precision machining program at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Maine placed nearly 96 percent of its graduates into full-time [...]

The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Your Shop is Losing Money

Ernest Hemingway once wrote about losing money that it, “happens at first very gradually, and then all at once.” If you run a shop that’s losing money, you probably know what he meant. Small losses slowly accumulate, turning into big losses. Eventually, there’s nothing left to lose. Far too many shop owners get stuck in a cycle of losing money and can’t figure out how to get out of it. T [...]

Love and Machining: 3 Tips for balancing your machine shop and your family

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar. You come home from a long day at the shop. Your kids are all over you. They’ve been waiting anxiously for your arrival. Your spouse has dinner on the stove and has a million things to tell you about his or her day. You all sit down for dinner when it happens…. Your cell phone rings. It’s the shop. You ignore it, but they immediately call back. Then th [...]

Increase your shop’s value by investing in your employees

There are lots of ways to increase your company’s value. You can grow sales. You can pay down debt. You can implement job shop software to make your shop more efficient. You can even upgrade your machinery and facility. However, one of the best ways to grow your bottom line and increase the value of your shop is through an asset that doesn’t even appear on the balance sheet. What is it? Someth [...]

3 Secrets to growing your job shop

Every business wants to grow, but sometimes it feels like only a select few have figured out the formula for how to do it. The truth is there isn’t one single formula for achieving growth. Rather, there are a lot of different things you need to focus on. Putting out high quality products helps because it builds trust with your customers and encourages them to order more from you and refer others [...]

5 Tips for building customer relationships that last

What’s the most valuable asset in your shop? Your equipment? Your employees? The building itself? Those are all pretty valuable, but chances are good that there’s one other asset your shop couldn’t do without. It’s your customers. Specifically, it’s your relationship with those customers, especially the ones who send the most business to your shop. If your shop is like most, you get arou [...]