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Welcome to Business Solutions Center where you can find answers, ideas and best practices for running your CNC Shop. In the Business Solutions Center Gosiger will offer unique and effective solutions to help power your business.

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7 Ways to Deal with Poor Cash Flow

Feb 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Feb 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

We’ve all been there: That big order was suddenly postponed or canceled. Even our best paying customers take their sweet time sending the check. An unexpected expense drained our cash reserves. Whatever the cause, slow cash flow keeps us up at night.

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Topics: Finances

5 Ways Email Can Get More CNC Machine Shop Business

Jan 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Jan 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Although social media, online advertising and other digital promotional tools get star treatment these days, it’s a fact that email is still the most widely used business communications vehicle. As such, email is also one of the most accessible and cost-effective ways to get more CNC machine shop business.

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Topics: Marketing

7 Reasons CNC Machine Shops Should Invest in Employee Training

Dec 5, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Dec 5, 2014 11:30:00 AM

One of the key findings of the annual Top Shops surveys conducted by Gardner Business Media is that the higher performing CNC shops invest more in employee training than their counterparts. Like any other business CNC machine shops must invest in continuing education to stay abreast of current manufacturing practices and technologies. Here are 7 reasons to invest in employee training:

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Topics: Hiring

7 Ways to Handle Problem Employees

Nov 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Nov 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

One of the most unpleasant tasks a manager or shop owner faces is dealing with problem employees. In a more perfect world we’d all come to work with the desire to do our best to help our companies succeed. In fact, most employees do just that. Sure, we all have those days when we’re not at our best, but most of us take pride in our work, so long as it’s appreciated.

Unfortunately, there are exceptions:

  • The Prima Donnas who think they’re better than their co-workers and should be treated “special”
  • The Drama Queens who throw tantrums whenever something goes wrong
  • The Specialists whose mantra is “That’s not my job”
  • Houdini – the worker who has mastered the art of disappearing from his or her work area and magically reappearing just before quitting time
  • Mr. or Ms. Innocent who is never at fault, never takes responsibility, but always finds something or someone to blame when things go wrong
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Topics: Culture

Beware of These 4 Toxic Traits in New Hires

Sep 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Sep 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Many business leaders agree that one of the keys to success is having the right people in the right jobs. Therefore we tend to focus on technical expertise, experience and intelligence when evaluating potential employees. Although these are all significant issues, it’s equally important to hire people who have the right personalities and attitudes.

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Topics: Hiring

Think Your CNC Shop is too Small for a Union? Think Again.

Aug 29, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Aug 29, 2014 10:30:00 AM

If yours is a large manufacturing company you may well deal with a union. If not, you most likely have created a work environment in which the employees don’t feel the need to belong to a collective bargaining organization.

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Topics: Management

7 Traits to Look for in a New Employee

Aug 15, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Aug 15, 2014 9:30:00 AM

A wise machine shop owner once said that his most valuable assets walk out the door at the end of each shift. We all know that our employees are the lifeblood of our companies and one of our largest investments. Which means making good hiring decisions is critical to our success.

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Topics: Hiring

5 Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Shop & Why You Should Care

Jul 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Jul 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Life is full of stresses, many of which we can easily handle. In fact, some stress is good for us. What psychologists term Acute Stress is that feeling we sense when met with the unexpected. This is the famous “fight-or-flight” response that helps us work through difficult situations and avoid danger, such as a potential accident. Our heart rate increases, our muscles tighten and we feel that rush of adrenaline that quickens our reaction times. Once the episode passes, our bodies return to a normal state.

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Topics: Culture

What To Do About Employee Healthcare Plans?

Jun 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Jun 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) recently released a survey of 780 small business owners (businesses with 500 or fewer employees) across a number of business types including manufacturing (15%).

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Topics: Finances