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Starting Your Woodworking Business
By: Admin    July 10 2018 , 02:05 pm
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Category: Business , Woodworking
Woodworking is an incredible skill and a lucrative hobby. As the saying goes, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” With the right know-how, you can turn woodworking into a home business that could be a dream come true for you and your family. Getting Started Knowing what to do and where to start is a vital part in making your business dream a reality. Nothing can replace experience, but developing a strong knowledge base of the inner workings of the business can set you on the path to success. There are two common ways that most people in this profession gain initial business experience. There are courses you can take that will teach you more about woodworking itself and how to run a business. For a list of education opportunities, click here! Another more hands-on approach is to learn through an apprenticeship. If you are fortunate enoug...
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Pros and Cons of Your Business Going Green
By: Admin    June 19 2018 , 11:09 pm
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Category: Eco-Friendly , Business
Is Your Company Considering Going Green? With pollution still on the rise, more and more companies across the nation are pursuing environmentally-friendly options to limit negative impacts in nature. If you are considering making the leap to a greener company, there are a couple of unexpected perks to it, as well as a few obstacles you may have to prepare for. Costs to Consider The initial cost of switching to energy-efficient technology can add anywhere from 10 to 30 percent to your bill. It is expensive initially because green technology is still relatively new, and supply is more limited. If you cannot afford to buy a new refrigerator, toilet, or cooling system, you could start by replacing a few light bulbs! Those who have switched to more energy-efficient buildings have seen their electricity usage cut by up to 35 percent. Add a few low-flow toilets and you could see your ...
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Employee Appreciation Day
By: Admin    March 02 2018 , 10:51 am
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Category: Ideas , Business
“An office can operate without a boss for a day, but not without a receptionist.” March 2nd is Employee Appreciation Day; a day to recognize and celebrate employees.On average, Americans spend over 100 hours commuting to work a year. That is much more time than they spend on vacation! Whether it is teaching our children, building our houses, or taking important calls for an office, besides the customers, employees keep a business afloat. Employee Appreciation Day was created in 1995 as a response to Boss’s Appreciation Day and is always on the first Friday of every March.While a bonus check is always appreciated, it goes just as fast as it comes. Showing your employees you really appreciate them for their hard work is the best motivator. Friday is the perfect day for an after-work get together, or an afternoon off, if you are able. Take your employees out to lunch or have a potluck celebration ri...
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American Stone - An American Dream
By: Admin    January 16 2018 , 10:22 am
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American Stone - An American DreamGreen touch hub recently spoke to a family stone business in Utah that has found strength through adversity throughout their years of being in operation.American Stone is proof that the American dream is alive and well.  In the 1950s, a man named Walter Thomas had a dream to start a quarrying business, and generations later, his legacy still lives on in his family. Elizabeth Thomas, Executive Assistant at American Stone, recently spoke to Green touch hub about the business. Her husband Tyler’s grandfather, Walter, began the quarrying business over 60 years ago with his sons, Lon and Evan Thomas. Elizabeth’s father-in-law, Lon Thomas, is currently the President and owner of American Stone.“Basically, Walter was job-hopping in Idaho, trying to find something he enjoyed that could also make enough money to provide for his family. He had been a farmer, but ...
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An Interview with Strong Oaks Woodshop
By: Admin    November 13 2017 , 04:41 pm
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Strong Oaks Woodshop – Front Royal, VirginiaMike Schmiedicke was a normal guy with a white-collar job for many years. Doing web programming and database development meant he sat at a desk and stared at a computer day in and day out. But when he came home, he went into his garage and he built things. “It was my therapy,” Mike said. “My wife and I had a deal. She would bring me a kids’ catalog with a learning tower or rocking horse in it and ask me to make it. Once I did, I could spend that money we saved on my collection of carpentry tools instead.”Back in 2001, starting a wood shop out of a hobby was nothing more than a hope and a dream – but the seeds of an idea had already begun. Mike came up with a plan to gradually transition from web development into woodworking full-time. In 2008, he started selling things on Etsy – he was actually one of the first furniture makers to ut...
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