"I like to build things, I like to do things. I am having a lot of fun."
--- Walter Chrysler
It's been quite a cold winter. Like a bear that has been in hibernation, some of us were sluggish in productivity and sales, while others had a great winter season. For all of us, it is time for re-growth, renewal, and also time to wake up and smell the roses.
It is Spring-time and it is just as good of time as any to take action. We can start by action planning, and then working that plan.
"There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don't like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don't spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities."
--- Michael Dell
You've probably heard that if you can find the thing that you like to do and make money at it, you'll never have to work another day in your life. The point is that finding your passion and getting paid for it makes work not feel so much like work. It doesn't mean that you won't still have those little things that must get done; those things that you don't particularly like doing.
For example, using skill and talent, a person might have a passion for creating quality signs and seeing the satisfaction on the customer's face. However, that person might not enjoy invoicing the customer and handling all other bookkeeping activities that go along with running a business. We still have to do the unpleasant things to make the pleasant ones profitable.
"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time."
--- Henry Ford
Procrastination haunts us all from time to time, but there is no better remedy than simply getting started. If you dread making that first sales call the secret is… are you ready?... just make the call.
If you have a tough time making room for planning the next two quarters of 2010, just do it right now. Simple advice, but it works. This magical formula is actually used by all successful business people. The act of starting a project gets all kinds of forces working in your favor and momentum picks up. You'll notice that once you get started, the ease of completing the task becomes apparent. Other people, more resources, or better ideas begin to surface to help you along.
"As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right."
--- Jack Canfield
Begin this week to take action on a project or task you've been putting off. Consider it Spring cleaning and wipe off those to-dos from your list. The quicker you take action, the more productive you will be. In the sign industry as in other industries, the more productive you are, the better you set your business up for greater profits.
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
--- Walt Disney
Digital Technologies and the Apparel Decorator, Part I
By Johnny Shell
In Part I of this series, we will look at the importance of integrating digital technology and the methodology of inkjet transfers. In Part II, we cover laser transfers, dye sublimation, heat-applied vinyl, and print-and-cut media. Finally, Part III dives into heat-set media and direct-to-garment inkjet as ways to empower your shop.
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Cast vs. Calendered Vinyl, Learn The Big Differences
By Molly Waters
Learn the differences and why to use the right vinyl in the right application. There huge differences and a quick read through this article will help you understand all the ins and outs of calendered and cast vinyls.
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