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#21 curjones

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:02 AM

Attached File  lens5249282_1244731498BI_Triangle.jpg   23.67KB   0 downloadsI want to share one more diagram, that helps me focus, The business triangle,  you and I want to develope a system, all good business has defined systems, or how to do this, then that, the reorder it so we can do it again without interuption of time or process.  At the top is the least important part of business, product or service idea.  I want to be a appliance repair service man, great idea!! but can you put it all together below, inside the triangle keeping the two sides and bottom in place.  Lose sight of your mission or purpose and it all falls down and out.  Whos your team You, you alone, do you have family or friends helping you.  Are you a leader, have you got leadership skills, are you self directed, what are your strenghts and weakness.  If it to be it's up to me, and if you get discouraged or fall apart so does the side walls.  Business failure.  Cash flow, got to have a way to make the money and track it daily. Communications is with the team and with the customers.  Marketing the business, and you. Presentation sales, presuade and promote.  Plan and devise systems, inventory, tech sheets, plan the day, plan time to study, train and learn.  We have to seek and find better faster less drag systems.  Spend too much cash on smart phones and systems, widgets, gidgets and gadgets and dont fix a single washer, cash is gone and your broke, business failed.

 

I'm still learning myself,  I have failed a few times, because I majored on the minor parts when I should have focused on getting and keeping customers and keeping it simple at first.  Cardboard boxes and a sharpe work well, and are cheaper than a smart phone.  Down the roard, I dream big too and hope I have the problem of keeping up with a large inventory.  We need to develop a small system that works and can be expanded with ease when we get bigger and beter.  The system you use now will set the attitude and discipline  you will need in success later.  Poor habits now will carry on unless you change it when you're small.



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#22 Ahh-Cool

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:26 AM

I was hoping to be able to scan the barcode, of my part and that would go into my system and track the used parts, my cheap smart phone does not have an auto focus lense, so that was out for me. I saw several programs where you could do this. Getting organized, not a natural skill, staying organized priceless, and relives most of the stress associated with the small stuff you cant find when you need it. There is a wheel called the success insight wheel, that breaks down strenghts and weakness, I am a weak coordinator, when I get to Implementing, troubleshooting, and fixing, on tasks of repair. A person who is a one man show, must do every job on the wheel, include analize, organize and control inventory. I have for years pushed my self and tried to discipline myself to put it back in its place. Working in a factory for years I knew where my tools went in my box, I just had to figure out where I had left it, or dropped it. At home I had no place or idea, where it was, and if I left it on the table it was put up some place my wife had no idea where she put it.

I love boxes and lables, but some how the box gets moved, someone takes it out and doesnt put it back. I also find myself over analizing, and spending time trying to be organized when I should just be fixing or promoting my business, runing ads and handing out cards to get more business.

we sound a lot alike.

like most of the self help groups say.

until you admit that you have a problem you can't fix it



#23 curjones

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:07 PM

I went on a search last night for apps for droid, to do inventory, downloaded and played, or tried to follow the instruction.  Stayed up until 7 am.  After a nap, was grumpy, I said keeep it simple stupid (to my self)  The sytem you have still starts with a part, in a box, bin or on a shelf, be that in the van,warehouse, shop warrehouse, or your bathroom if that is where you want to keep it.  I have used SAP programs and a program for CMMS (computerized maintenance management systems) one I believe called MP2 or 3.  It worked great, if everyone did what they were suppose to do,. If one person failed to write out the part on a sheet, then it failed.  The companies I worked for lost 1,000 of dollars.  They never would buy a barcode system or hire a parts attendant to CONTROL the store room.  Now back to my boxes for now.



#24 Wulon

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:53 PM

there are several things that you can do. if you have a mac computer Tap forms is a good inventory organizer, I think they have a similar program for windows users. You can have more then 1 location for the parts, a description part number and picture. You can search by part number. I like using soft bags for the medium sized parts. You can put all your water valves in a bag. A pillow case works well with a tie string.

That way You have all valves together they won't roll out of the bins and they stack better. Another trick is to stick a magnet inside the bag, hold them in place on the steel shelves. I also use smaller work bags for different jobs so you dont have to haul around a giant bag. I use a steamer for defrost problems, so I carry that  with basic tools to remove the refrig covers that way I walk in with 1 small bag and a towel to catch any extra ice from defrosting. I plug in the steamer by the time i get the evap cover off within 3 mins I can defrost everthing. then I can replace bimetal or heaters and be done in another 5 or so.  Just started using mpengo service call on my ipad air. I will give an updat in about 1 week to let you know how well it works.






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