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How Lead Nurturing Fixes Your Website’s Biggest Problem

Jun 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

You’ve got a website for your business.  You’d like to have more sales from it.  What’s your biggest problem?
It’s a simple one that every website, including CNCCookbook has:

96% of visitors aren’t ready to buy anything from you when they visit
Most of your visitors and mine came to the site looking for something…

Customer Spotlight: Voxel Innovations

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  2 Comments

Daniel Herrington, CEO, and Michael Bromley, Lead Engineer
Customer Spotlights are a regular CNCCookbook blog series where we tell our audience what the folks using our software are up to.  This week we are spotlighting Voxel Innovations, which has developed a unique machining process called Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM).  For this spotlight I worked with…

Learn How the Marketing Masters Grew Their Businesses

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment
Top 15 Marketing Masters

Top 15 Marketing Masters: Benchmarking the World’s Best Marketers…
As an engineer and software developer, I’m a very numbers oriented kind of guy.  Heck, I created the G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator to get better feeds and speeds for my own work before I ever thought of turning it into a business.  I wanted those…

Warning! Are Small Business Failure Stories Getting You Down?

May 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Here’s another from my series to help entrepreneurs.  The original post is on my site.
Serendipity, Venture Capital, and Do Only the Paranoid Survive?
Sometimes my blog posts are motivated entirely by serendipity, and this morning that’s exactly what happened with this post.  I read a couple of small business failure stories, and they…

[Advice for Awesome Business Names]: Random Name Generators to Numerology

May 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

This article is part of my series helping entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses.  The original is over on
Early in the history of any new business comes the naming decision.  You’ll need a name as soon as you create a website or blog.  Naming a new business is something many entrepreneurs obsess…

33 Ways to Design Parts So They’re Easier to Manufacture

May 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This article was originally published a couple of years ago.  I republished it to call attention to the extensive updates to our Design for Manufacturing page which has nearly double the number of DFM recommendations from 19 to 33.
Many of our readers own or work in CNC manufacturing businesses of all sizes and many…

Start With An Audience Not A Product If You Want To Win

May 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

This is another in my series for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  The full posting appears on my small business and entrepreneur blog,
Many Entrepreneurs identify too much with their product or idea.  They want to go from a product idea to a plan for success.  But that’s not the best way and if…

Is Hustling Harder the Answer to Getting The Job Done?

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

We’re all used to hustling harder.  Machinists often work a lot of ours to push parts out the door.
But is hustling even harder the way to get ahead?
It’s not, and the reason is that hustling harder gets you a one time benefit.  It doesn’t build for the long haul.  And the downside is…

Do Me a Favor? + Bob’s New Small Business Blog

Apr 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Can you help?
I have been working feverishly for the past week to put together a new blog and website.  It’s called ““, and I could really use a little help with it.  But first, let me tell you what it’s all about and why I created the site.
As you, my loyal readers, will…

CNC Software Sale Ends This Friday, April 14th!!!

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Good news, I’m extending our Spring Sale one more week–it ends Friday, April 14.
Until then, you can save 15% off every piece of CNC Software we offer.  Some of the best deals are listed on our CNC Software Sale page.
Remember, the sale prices don’t show up until you get into the shopping cart,…

Desperate to Find Marketing Help For Your Small Business?

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Desperate to find marketing help for your small business?  I don’t blame you.  It’s really tough to do.  Almost impossible, in fact.
Your choices are not happy ones:

Go with the Big Name Firm, realizing that you’re such a small fish to them you’re going to get their B-, C-, or even the D-Team working…

Entrepreneurs: Don’t Quit Your Day Job. Yet.

Apr 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

For those of you who desperately want to start your own business, I want to caution you about the worst possible thing you will be tempted to do:
You are going to want to quit your Day Job and go all in.  Don’t do it!
I know.  I know.
The classic image of the entrepreneur…

Brand New Business. No Customers. What Do I Do?

Mar 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  5 Comments
Empty Party

What if you threw a party and nobody came?
My wife and I love to entertain.  We throw lots of parties, and are famous in our town for certain themed parties we do every year.  The parties are always well attended and we have met many new people as our friends bring their friends to…

Good News: I’m Going to Be Helping You Start a Business!

Mar 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I read a great quote somewhere:
Making good decisions requires experience.  Experience requires making bad decisions.
I’ve been an entrepreneur who has constantly been starting new businesses across my 30+ year long career.  I’ve found that quote to be true, if a little painful to actually live through.

Netflix founder was one of my mentors……

Manufacturing Marketplaces: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em? [CNCCookbook 2017 Survey]

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Author: Frank Kovalchek, powered by Under the copyright of their owners.
Note:  I am bumping this back to the top of the articles for another week as I’d like to get more participation in the survey (see below).  If you’ve tried one of these services, please tell us about your experiences in the survey.…



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