7 Tips to Start Small Scale Manufacturing

7 Tips to Start Small Scale Manufacturing | Business Ideas for Product Makers

I’ve read already a lot of different books and seen some videos, but this is really getting it to the point.
This very refreshing video has seven tips how to start a small manufacturing as a side-business.
I’m sure this sympatic couple Evan and Katelyn will have soon a great business 🙂

The dream of your own Café

Some cafes are just wonderful. The delicious smell of coffee at the entrance, the sweet little sins behind the cake counter, the lovely decor and the nice service. It makes you feel good, all the senses are addressed, you become completely human, just wonderful.

Our darlings, hmm .. the cozy museum café on the island of Reichenau with the many books that you can read there and which you can take with you for free. The café on the island of Mainau with the world’s best Swedish almond cake and the large selection of coffee, tea and cocoa – where the very nice service told us from Café Ihringer in Breisach, which we then visited next …

No wonder when many dream of their own Café .  You can only do what you like,  you find joy, freedom, appreciation and purpose.  Being able to enjoy and get to know more people through his own baking and cooking skills, to be able to set up his own workplace and ultimately to be able to live from his dream – would’nt that be nice?

Here is a German book recommendation on this topic “Sugar Girls – 20 Frauen und ihr Traum vom eigenen Café”  by Henschel, Schacht and Werkmeister

A very inspiring book that shows 20 very different cafes of women who live their dream.

All cafés have a very loving and special interior. The book gives courage and shows that everything is possible even  on a small budget.

All women seem to be able to live well from their own business, even if the mentioned extremes are subsistence living or a multi-store café.

Many earn less than they earned in their job before. People often tell how they work a lot more, sometimes 80 hours a week, that’s more than 10 hours a day … but everyone sounds very happy and satisfied. Everyone is happy to went on this adventure of their own business.

For those who want to take this step into self-employment, there are many practical tips in “Sugar Girls”  e.g. That you save a lot of work with the authorities, if before a café or restaurant was there, that you need a health certificate, how you usually calculate the prices and much more.

PS: I got the book from a nice person, whom we might also be able to visit in her own café …

Survival or How to be an Imperfectionist

Lately in a long going big business meeting I had the following brainstorm, what in German means an “Geistes-Blitz”.

What does it mean to have your own business – what does it mean to be an entrepreneur ?

It means to deal with all this imperfect things and to bring all to a good end, what means not 100% perfect but more than enough to fullfill the purpose !

The material, the suppliers, the equipment and the people are not perfect, what the customer said and what we understand was not perfect.

So my “Geistesblitz” was this:
The ART of having a business is to deal with all this real world imperfect things and against all odds bringing it to a good end !
Oh yes, maybe it could have been a bit better 😉

Not only the business world but also our whole life is not perfect. There is a small book about this topic :

How to be an Imperfectionist from Stephen Guise. Quote:

Change what you care action

  • Don’t care about results. Care about putting in the work.
  • Don’t care about problems. Care about making progress despite.
  • Don’t care what other people think.
  • Care about what you want to be and what you want to do.
  • Care less about doing it right. Care about doing it at all.
  • Don’t care about failure. Care about success.
  • Don’t care about timing. Care about the task.

Imperfect process actions

  • Imperfect thoughts and ideas
  • Imperfect decisions
  • Imperfect action
  • Imperfect adaption
  • Imperfect, but successful result!

I got this book from my daughter and it was a real eye-opener for me.

For me it’s clear Stephen Guise got an important point. To realize your projects, your dreams or your simple every-days tasks you just have to start it – even if it’s a really tiny step of the whole tasks and it has not to be perfect – and it’s important to continue with these small, maybe even not perfect, steps.

Perfectionism is very often the real obstacle why so many people don’t even start the smallest project. The target is not perfect clear, not every possible wrong step is considered .. or they start something and because the first result is not perfect they stop it immediately.

The book is very inspiring and I’m thinking a lot about Imperfectionism.
I know a lot of people, who think they have to be perfect, but it would be so much easier for them without it. If they ever would ask me for a recommendation what they should change, I hope I am able to say: Stop meaning you have to be perfect, the way you are is exactly how I like you, perfect imperfect 🙂

Our whole world an life is based on imperfect things – and so beautiful ! Imperfect things are beautiful! There is even a name for it “wabi-sabi”. Quote from Wikipedia:

Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”….
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

Zero to One

Peter Thiel co-founded Paypal, he was born in Frankfurt in 1967 and is now a venture capitalist. His book  Zero-to-One arose from a lecture for start-ups. It is refreshingly different and sometimes delightfully provocative – his tips for startups and other entrepreneurs:

  • Monopolies are good – too much competition is bad
  • Start small
  • Search a market niche  – expand the market later
  • Avoid the competition wherever possible
  • Be 10 times better than what is currently available – in best case
  • Everything happens only once,  don’t want to be Google, Facebook or Apple
  • Best practice todayleads to a dead end  tomorrow
  • Technology means  to achieve more with less
  • There are no panaceas
  • The distribution is as important as the technology
  • Technology companies should be performed by technicians
  • Creative monopolies are gains for all
  • The value of a company is determined by its future profits
  • Important are the right partner
  • The bubble  of green environmental technologies has burst
  • Ask yourself:
  • Is your technology revolutionary?
  • Is it the right time?
  • Is it a monopoly?Is there a good team?
  • Have you identified a unique opportunity?
  • Can it  continue for 10-20 years?