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[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.…

Help: How Can I Afford to Buy a CNC Machine?

Feb 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments

Dude, have you seen what these CNC machines cost?
CNC is one of my favorite things in the world, and it is amazing that an individual these days can actually have a full-blown CNC machine that’s more powerful than the machines used to put men on the moon right in their own garage.  Heck, they’re…

Help: I Need to Choose the Best Machine For My CNC Business!

Jan 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

Which machine is better for your business, Machine A or Machine B?
We’ve all been there–pouring over machine catalogs and specifications.  This one is so cool–the spindle goes 86 zillion rpms, the rapids are faster than light speed, and the tool changer, oh my, THE TOOLCHANGER!!!
But is the biggest baddest machining center always the…

Which CNC Skills Give You An Advantage Over Others?

Jan 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
cnc skills

Did you ever hit a tough problem in the shop, one where nobody seemed to know what to do, and all of a sudden someone came forward and saved the day?
Those kind of incidents are what elevate some players over others in the workplace.  Nothing like saving the bacon because you have some scarce…

Fun Podcast: Bob Warfield on Starting a Successful CNC Business

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Thought I’d share this Podcast Interview Bill Griggs did with me for

[Podcast: Finding Your Audience With Bob Warfield]
It touches on how I got into CNC, how CNCCookbook started, and a number of other things.
Bill is great fun to talk to.  He writes about CNC Routers, CNC Businesses, and is generally a…



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