October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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26 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Ed Levy is the director of software products at Hirsch So- lutions Inc. and owner of Digitize4u, an embroidery and digitizing operation. A 23-year industry veteran, Levy has owned screen printing, embroidery, and digitizing business- es. In 2001, Levy began consulting and founded EmbForum, a professional Tajima DG/ML by Pulse software users group. THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED B Y E D L E V Y T une-ups are a very important part of maintaining all types of machinery. A tune-up ensures that all functioning parts are performing at optimal levels. Decorators rely on their equip- ment day after day to produce quality results. If neglected, these complex machines will slowly deteriorate and minimize production and profit potential. Many different steps are taken to ensure that production equip- ment stays at peak performance. However, many business owners often neglect to provide a tune-up to one of the most valuable busi- ness assets: its people. SELF TUNE-UPS The daily grind of production schedules, searching for new busi- ness, accounting functionality, and customer service become the focus of a business owner's attention. While these functions are extremely important to the success of a business, we are in an in- dustry where there is a constant state of evolution, and if a business owner does not take the steps to stay on top of this evolution, valu- able opportunities for growth will be lost. Following are 10 tune-up ideas to help keep you and your em- ployees running at your best so your business can run at its best. 1. Attend seminars. Seminars are a great way to learn new topics in a group environment. Many seminars are free, but don't hesitate to attend a fee-based seminar if the topic is something that can have long-term benefits. Seminar topics can range from learning how to effectively uti- lize an accounting software such as Quickbooks, to how to bet- ter understand a graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw, or even ways to improve a technique or decoration method. One of the advantages of attending a seminar is that you Tune-up Time Ways to Tune Up Your Business

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