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10 Strategies for Managing the Feast or Famine Job Shop

Mar 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Many, if not most job shops experience the “feast or famine” nature of the business.  They’ll be so busy for some weeks they can barely stand it.  Then suddenly they’ll be idle for a few weeks and wondering how to pay the staff.  It’s tough to run a business like that, and to a certain…

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 President’s Day Sale

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

2014 has gotten itself well underway, so it’s time for our first sale of the year.  We’re offering 15% off featured products using the “GEORGEWASHINGTON” coupon code in the shopping cart.  After all, President’s Day is also George Washington’s birthday, so it only seems fair to honor our country’s first president on President’s Day.  Here…

Why I Love CNCCookbook: A Chance to Make a Difference

Jan 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

One of our users posted a note in our User Club today that made me feel good.  Here’s what he had to say:
I just got my yearly review at work, 4.28 % raise! Hey Bob, 6 months ago I knew nothing about milling. I couldn`t even spell VFM. I spent 14 hours training on…

One Essential Ingredient for Increasing Machine Shop Profits

Jan 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Here’s one thing for certain: if you can’t properly bid on jobs it’s going to be hard to manage your profitability.  If your quotes are too low, at the very least you’re not making as much profit as you could and at the worst you could be losing money on your bid.  If your quotes…

Software to Start a New Business

Nov 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I wanted to pass along a link to an article I just posted on my Business Strategy Blog:  Smoothspan.  It’s all about the kinds of Cloud Services that can really help small businesses get going, and it goes through a lot of the services that CNCCookbook uses.
Smoothspan chronicles what I’ve learned about starting companies…

Start a CNC Business Around What You Love

Nov 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  13 Comments

One of things I try to do on this blog is pass along some entrepreneurial insights.  CNCCookbook is the fourth company I’ve started from scratch and the 7th startup I’ve been a part of.  I love being a small business owner and I want everyone who wants to do the same to get as much…

20 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles and Pages of the Last 6 Months

Every so often I like to tally up our most popular articles so the newcomers don’t miss them.  Here it is, the Magnum Opus, get ready to feast:
1.  CNCCookbook G-Code Course
Our free g-code course is perennially popular and has become a go-to resource for the community.  If you don’t know the g-code yet,…

Results From Our Cost Estimation Survey

Oct 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

First, thanks to all who participated in our Cost Estimation Survey–we appreciate the help!
If you didn’t get a chance to comment, it’s not too late.  We’ll be using the feedback to help guide the ongoing development of our new CADCAM Estimator product.  Currently the product is in Alpha Test and is part of G-Wizard…

Machining Cost Estimation Survey

Oct 7, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We rely on getting by with a little help from our friends.  In fact, we work hard at making it as easy as possible for everyone who is interested to give us their input on what we’re doing.
This week you’re seeing a lot of content around Cost Estimation, and it’s for a reason.  Having…

Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing: New Cookbook Article

Oct 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve just added a new article to our Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook called, “Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing.”
It’s an introduction and overview of the fascinating world of generating cost estimates for manufacturing.  If you’re involved with or interested in that sort of thing at all, check it out.…

G-Wizard Previews Manufacturing Cost Estimation Software with CADCAM Estimator

Oct 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments

Cost Estimation is an important part of the any Machine Shop or Manufacturer’s routines.  The most important thing to get right with Machine Shop Cost Estimation Software is accuracy.  What better way to do that than to use the G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds engine to prepare the estimates?  Over 22,000 machinists have used G-Wizard Calculator…

Are You a CNC’er In Northern California? Drop By the Open House

Sep 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

If so, be sure to drop by the Santa Cruz Electronics Tormach Open House.
They are the Northern California Tormach Showroom Dealer, and the Open House should be fun.  They got some folks from Tormach visiting, I will be there, and they have both Tormach mills (with toolchangers and all sorts of other goodies).  Plus,…

CNC Business Idea: Personalized 3D Products

Sep 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

Ever come across a really neat custom bumper hitch?  Does your truck have a custom bumper hitch?
Many of those launched someone’s CNC business.  Fire up the milling machine and pretty soon you have a custom hitch cover that sends a very personalized message.  Mine is the familiar red with white stripe “Divers Below” flag.…

Last Few Days Left For Our 2013 Labor Day Sale

Sep 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

Labor Day has passed and there’s only a few days left for our 2013 Labor Day Sale–it ends Sunday, September 8.  Just 2 business days after today plus the weekend.
There are lots of great deals available as most products are at least 15% off.  Here are some of our most popular deals:
–  Lifetime…

Will the Jobs Ever Come Back?

Sep 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

It’s Labor Day, and I find myself reading various blog posts on jobs and musing about the future of jobs in America.  Many of the articles I read are quite grim.  This is the day we’re supposed to celebrate labor and their accomplishments, but so many are out of work I think it’s important to…

 

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