MVP 057 - Making a Deal

Working with companies in some capacity is a dream that many makers have. In this weeks episode we talk about our experience on working with brands, what it’s like, and our tips for working with them. Do you have any tips for working with brands? Let us know!

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MVP055 - Self Doubt

We have all encountered times when we experience doubt. Whether it’s in our abilities, our designs, or other parts of our lives, we can sometimes feel that we aren’t confident. The key takeaway is that it can happen to all of us and we have experienced it recently in our own businesses. The important thing is to keep pushing through and you will get through this.

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MVP 053 - AWFS Recap

Are conventions worth attending? This week we were able to attend AWFS which is a woodworking and finishing convention in Las Vegas. From small tools for the every day woodworker to massive machines the size of a house, we saw it all. The question is, is it worth attending if you don’t live in the same city as it’s being held? Enjoy our take on it and what we think.

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MVP 051 - Growing and Evolving

Sometimes in business it can be difficult to stay profitable without taking on new challenges. As a business owner, it is important to look for new opportunities and to evolve with the market and to find other ways to grow your business. In this episode we talk about what we are doing to grow as small businesses and what we are doing to evolve with the market.

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MVP 050 - Support System

No matter what we are doing, it is important to have people around you that help bring you up. In today’s world of social media, there can be a lot of negativity and unhelpful feedback. In this weeks episode, we talk about having people help support you, have confidence in your work, and to look on the bright side.

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MVP 048 - Making A Website

Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms are great for showing off what you can do. However, we as makers have no control over what they do to the platform or how they change it. Having your own website gives you control over your brand and lets you control how it’s presented.

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MVP 047 - Making and Social Ethics

Have you ever been asked to make something that you weren’t comfortable making or something that you don’t want to make because it’s not on brand? In this episode we talk about things we won’t make because we aren’t comfortable doing it or because it’s something we don’t want to make as part of our business.

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MVP 045 - Illusion of Success

Every time we look at social media, we see what people think will do well. From beauty shots, to working videos, and much more. We rarely see the failures, the struggles, and everything that goes on behind the scenes. This week we talk about the illusion of success and how social media may not be showing us the whole truth.

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MVP 044 - Safety First

We may not always think about it but life is sure to remind us that it is important to be safe. This week we talk about being safe in the shop, accidents we have had, and to be aware at all times. We’re not perfect and we’ve all had our accidents. Be safe!

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MVP 043 - CNC Vs. Laser

One of the questions that comes up most often with using automated tools is whether someone should get a CNC or a laser machine. In this weeks episode, Kris and Trevor talk about CNC and laser machines and how they differ. Be sure to check out this weeks episode if you are going through this decision making process.

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MVP 042 - CYA

Running a business comes with a lot of things that you may not think about starting out. From contracts and deposits to insurance, it is necessary to cover yourself and your business in the event that something doesn’t go as planned. This week we discuss what we do to cover ourselves and things that even we may be missing.

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MVP 040 - Know Your Worth

When it comes to pricing, many of us struggle to figure out what to charge for a project. In this episode we talk about what we put into our pricing, the factors we account for, and the mindset we have when it comes to selling items we make.

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MVP 039 - Beyond Our Control

When it comes to running a business, doing a hobby, or life in general, there are always things that are outside of our control. From shipments being broken, unforeseen bills, and many other items, it can be tough to control everything. In this episode we talk about the things that have been out of our control lately and what we try to do when they happen.

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