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Stephen

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In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

12 December 2014 - 02:46 PM

yeah but everyone here is taking the time to try and help. Often the discussion branches based on the conversation so the reference may be back to another post. I also think it also matters how the responses are read as it is so easy to read things into responses that are just not there.  


In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

10 December 2014 - 01:10 PM

I am also the type that constantly runs the numbers and beats up processes. I spent many years constantly tweaking the process flow for a group of a couple of dozen very dedicated employees for a non-pottery related business in order to maximize our output and I would caution to make the process a group effort, use a relaxed non-threatening approach and above all be inclusive.

 

If your frustration with your production schedule is too much of a frontal assault to the group you are either going to lose some good people and/or demoralize many of the ones that stay and really change the dynamics of the effort. The feeling that no matter how hard you work it's not going to be good enough will burn through people so fast. I've seen it happen often and even if they don't quit they grow to dislike their jobs and the overall atmosphere takes a hit for everyone.  

 

I heard a very good business speaker once advise an executive who is structuring the work day for employees to constantly ask themselves if they would work there and then modify their approach until they can honestly say yes. That advice has served me well and I think the folks that worked for me both produced the upper level of our capabilities AND enjoyed doing it.  

 

It's very easy to extrapolate numbers such as John's example of some of his good student throwers throwing a form every minute and then ramp that out as 60 an hour but hey first off those are throwing challenges and I assume not to be processed as product. Secondly he did not have them doing that 2-3 hours at a time day in and day out.

 

Mike I wish you the best of luck. I am sorry that you stopped posting here a year ago. I always only try to post on a topic that I think I can actually contribute something useful to the discussion. I only have the best of intentions with my post and like to try and contribute to the few forums I follow because I know its important to have an active membership for a forum to continue and thrive.


In Topic: Pitfalls And Must Haves

10 December 2014 - 12:04 PM

Hey Tre,

 

All good advise but I don't think you are right on the annual meeting if it's just you or you and your spouse. I do understand though that your state may be different than mine.

 

Here's a good link talking about this and if the LLC is a partnership (other than spouse) it is obviously a good idea. 

 

http://www.nolo.com/...d-meetings.html

 

here's a paste of their opinion:

 

"The limited liability company (LLC) has become very popular because it combines the limited liability of a corporation without the same strict corporate formalities. Holding meetings is an important part of owning an LLC but it is not a requirement. Additionally, a failure to hold these meetings will generally not result in a loss of liability protection."

 

 

One  other thing I would add to your list is the need to put 'LLC' following company name on checks, invoices and other company paperwork and communications. This is integral to the process because it is this designation that puts those who do business with you on notice that the company is a limited liability corporation. 


In Topic: To Sell Or Not To Sell? That Is The Question

09 December 2014 - 12:36 PM

well just to be the thorn on this issue :-)

 

...as I said in another thread, an LLC is very similar to a sole proprietorship as you can have revenue treated on taxes just like a sole proprietorship and if its under $400 (last year) you just list the extra income and over $400 you fill out the exact same form as a SP. It is not remotely complicated to set up and maintain in most states , cost is very minimal and the protections are huge when and if you have a problem.  

 

I think some of the advice to skip it is because there is some notion of a hierarchy on business structure and the starting point should of course be a simple sole proprietorship as everything else is overkill if you are not earning big dough.

 

I personally wouldn't operate a lemonade stand as a sole proprietorship and I am all for crawling before you walk and walking before you run but this decision is a really big one and I would really research before deciding.  

 

Just my 2 cents.


In Topic: Dining Set.. ?

09 December 2014 - 11:47 AM

Hey Crusty, I would suggest that you distribute the weight between your shelves.