Some say that necessity is the mother of invention. I tend to agree. Need is a great motivator. Needing something has a way of pushing us to think outside the box and perhaps be a little more innovative than we would normally be. Especially if we have limited resources. Many of you know that I live in a fairly small place. I don’t have a real shop, per se, but rather do most of my own work in my kitchen and living area. My bedroom doubles as a storage room for most of my beauti...
A guest on the show Dale Meiners shows us how to achieve a high gloss clear coated finish. This is a process and a rather lengthy one too.
I just uploaded my new website and thought you all might want to look at it. www.kregscustomcarpentry.com
I think that sometimes the most exciting thing about an upcoming event is the anticipation you feel while making plans. As the time comes closer for me to leave on my trip, I find this to be the case. As the pieces fall into place, I find myself becoming more an more excited about the many things that I will do and people that I will be able to see. I am not feeling as nervous as I thought that I would be by now. There was a time in the beginning of the planning phase where I was wonder...
I should be the poster child for why it is good to plan ahead. If anything, I hope that my documenting the day to day things in my life can show others how important it is to think ahead and be prepared for those unexpected things. Unexpected isn’t always bad. It is just unsettling to some people. I think I mentioned not long ago how being flexible can be quite an asset in many situations. Yesterday was a good example of this. I received a call from Bernie at 8 in the morning a...
While letters take a lot of time and require letterhead and envelopes that should look professional, they can be used on a limited basis to reach a niche market of potential customers similar to one or more of your existing customers. The similarities among commercial customers or residential customers could present a marketing opportunity. I experienced an example of that with lecterns (podiums) for hotels. One of the large local hotels called me to build a small, table top lectern. I de...
The effectiveness of flyers varies among communities but I found it to be a good method of getting the message out about my business. You can create flyers yourself with your computer and a simple inkjet printer but the better way is to create a good original and then take it to one of those instant print places and purchase the quantity you need. It may cost less than the cost of the inkjet cartridges you will use to print them yourself.There are several ways to handle the distribution of fl...
Yesterday was just one of “those” days. It seemed that no matter what I did, it wasn’t enough. “One step forward and two steps backward” is the only thing I can think of to describe the day. I know, I know. I need these bad days to appreciate the good ones. I shouldn’t whine but I suppose I am human and going to anyway. There are just some days when I feel like I am climbing up a muddy hill with an elephant on my back. Nothing really disastrous happ...
I got up this morning to an ominous email that threatened to shut down my website. Before the sleep was out of my eyes, I was signing into online chat with customer support from the place that hosts my site to find out what was up. The notice said that my account was delinquent, but I knew for a fact that not only did I pay it, but the charge already showed up on my online credit card statement. Surely this must be an error. I went to my credit card statement again, and sure enough th...
Hi everyone. For the past year or so, I have been receiving emails from my woodworking friends asking when I would be finished with the book I was writing on marketing for woodworkers. Okay, so it took WAY longer than I thought, but I finally have my eBook (PDF) ready and available. It was quite a project. You can read about it by going to my website. I can’t thank everyone enough for your seemingly infinite patience, nor apologize enough for spending too much time fly fishin...
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