October 18, 2017

Chapter One. Welcome to Successful Ceramics

Tweet                                                   Face  your business challenges.    All of us involved in ceramics as a business know how fascinating, challenging and, yes addictive, it is. Ceramics, in all its embodiments can be technically complicated so the learning curve can be steep and long and really never ending. It’s creative, rewarding and highly satisfying. It opens a […]

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This Ceramic Business e-book helps you succeed

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Tweet It’s not easy to operate any business successfully over a long period of time. Yet, that is what you promise yourself to do when you are managing your ceramic business – and what you promised yourself to do before opening your own ceramic studio. If you are totally convinced you can do this without […]

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[Chapter for Premium Members] Ceramic Business Financing – Part 2: Money you need for your business

Tweet How money is generated Armed with the wisdom about how you should think about financing your studio (see part 1), let’s start to work on how much you need and, later, some ideas where to find it. Your needs will be totally dictated by the stage your business is in. Not yet started? Recently started? […]

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Ceramic Business Financing – Part 1: Money Makes the World go around

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Tweet When you are in business – big or small – you will need money to operate it. To finance your business right is crucial to your survival and the more you know about it the better off you are. You can survive, at least temporarily, with less inventory and less capital equipment, such as […]

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[Chapter for Premium Members] Your personal business plan, Part 2

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Tweet One of the reasons I recommend three years as a period for your business plan, is that you can easily break it down in three parts – year one, two and three. This will make it easier to follow, check up on, and – when needed – to make corrections. A plan is a […]

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Your personal business plan, Part 1

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Tweet When you hear the words “business plan” you may shrink back conjuring up hours of detailed work involving looking up past records and projecting into the future – work that really only belongs to big business, not your small business. Let me tall you that you have far from the right impression of what […]

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[Chapter for Premium Members] Meet a Porcelain Artist with a loyal client following

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Tweet Meet Mary Anne Davis All budding ceramic artists should talk to Mary Anne Davis, owner of Davis Studio in Chatham, New York. A lot of wisdom can be collected over a very short time when talking to a successful professional such as Mary Anne, with many years of experience. I had the opportunity to […]

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The Overhead Monster in your Ceramic Business – Part one

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Tweet This story is heavily influenced by my interview with Mary Rab of the Benson Agency Real Estate, which is the leading brokerage firm in the city of Oneonta, NY. She had a lot to say about carrying overhead… thanks Mary! The definition of overhead costs is the same as for fixed costs in accounting lingo. […]

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All types of business require specializing – ceramics is no exception

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Tweet Few people outside the ceramic industry understand how big and how diversified it is. It’s one of the biggest industries on this globe – and always was – from days immemorial. You use it at home every day, porcelain, stoneware and earthenware in the form of bowls, plates, pizza stones, ash trays, sinks, toilets, […]

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Top 10 questions you should ask when selecting your accountant

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Tweet If you have read my article on the selection of one of the most important support members of your ceramic business, you know that selecting/keeping a first class accountant ranks very high. Recently readers have asked: Which questions should I ask? It’s a tough question to answer in a concise way. Ranking the questions […]

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