I’m rubbing off on my staff. Which is good, I think ;-)
They're quickly realizing how this little studio I’ve built can be a great asset in so many ways.
Because, you see, we are swamped with work.
And we all love that.
We can’t take on every client that comes our way, even though we wish we could, because we truly like being busy and in-demand.
But what I’ve always felt to be true is that efficiency in this business is key for being able to turn a profit.
The less time it takes to pull together samples and products available together, the more efficient you can be. So, when we need some fabrics and trim and wood finish samples to pull together a design plan, the more we have right here under our own roof to choose from, the less we have to shop.
My studio is located in a suburb of a major metropolitan area, so making a trip to a showroom always takes half a day, minimum.
That usually includes one hour there and one hour back. Then, of course, there’s the time spent shopping that has to be factored in.
So, with 20 projects going on at once, you can probably imagine the incredible amount of time that could be spent shopping for each individual item.
What my staff has seen first hand, and is now able to appreciate so much, is how beneficial it is to have on hand everything you need to do your job.
It makes getting things done so much faster!
Recently, for our E-Design services, we have been hard at work building our library of online sources. And each time samples arrive at the studio, we feel like we’re getting presents for Christmas! We absolutely love it when the UPS guy knocks on our door with boxes full of cuttings and samples in hand.
In fact, just the other day, one of my staff was unpacking a box and said...
”There’s no need for us to go anywhere. We have it all right here!”
“Yes!”, I said excitedly to myself. “Another design-sample hoarder in the making!"