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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: How do you know?
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:35:01 AM »
When I was learning my trade and wasn't as good as the older guys on the block - I made monetary concessions. I took on hard jobs thereby improving my techniques but charged only slightly above cost so that if a customer took exception - I would mention the great deal they got.  With little flaws - people only see them when they are picking up the goods but in a few weeks the flaws seem to disappear.  If you take your time I'm sure you'll notice mistakes before they occur. 

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: How do you know?
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:25:37 AM »
I'm not a full time upholsterer either but if I was in your shoes and had the ability to expand - I would hire an accomplished upholster to work side by side with -  based on a percentage split you can both live with. 

General Discussion / Re: What goes around comes around
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:35:13 AM »
We are all good folks just trying to perform a craft and make a living.  I wish that was the case.  Overriding the craft is the fight we have to engage in every day with suppliers, venders, helpers, services, neighbors, etc.  Why can't we just come to work - build something and go home.  It's a battle of never ending frustration. Makes you wonder where the compensation is in our salaries for the dark side of being in business. I don't like your neighbor either !

General Discussion / Re: Wicked dumb motor question
« on: November 18, 2013, 07:08:14 PM »
I have a zipper foot, welt foot, and one regular foot I filed down to get really close when I need to. Yes I can handle those just fine but if it gets too complicated I'm DOA  :)

The store near me sells machines with computer programs that draw pictures.  Pretty soon you'll be able to work your machine from your phone. 

There is something about using the old machine that makes the sewing enjoyable for me - but I can understand folks who need to turn over work quickly need a machine with updated features. One thing I can tell you is I've had the machine for 8 years or more and nothing has ever gone wrong. They made them forever back than.  Let me know how you deal with that motor so if it happens to mine I'll have a heads up.


General Discussion / Re: Wicked dumb motor question
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:28:54 PM »
I have the same machine.  I don't think the motor is anywhere near as old as the machine.  Here's mine

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: I Just Enrolled in Obamacare!
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:03:15 AM »
I'm an LLC and currently have a group health business plan - it's fine so far - hope it doesn't cancel. 

ACA states that 2 employee's (wife & I) can not qualify for the  ACA business plan. I would need a third employee for a business plan. 
If my current insurance is canceled - I would need to take a plan with the ACA as two individuals.  Given our income I would qualify for subsidies -  so the question remains - if I accept subsidies can I still write off the balance as a business expense or would I loose the subsidies from the government ? 


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: I Just Enrolled in Obamacare!
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:22:23 AM »
I was told that I could not register for the small business plan because I don't have a full time third employee.  Two people in a business don't qualify - my wife and I ?  Government say's were not a true business - however they have collected taxes all these years from our business generated income !
The other thing that I trying to figure out is if I take the subsidies as an individual can I still write off the cost of health insurance as a business expense.  Does anyone understand this plan ?


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: I Just Enrolled in Obamacare!
« on: November 17, 2013, 11:41:10 AM »

I'm in New York - my Wife and I - as co-filers -
You would think that rates would be consistent no matter what state you live in ?


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: I Just Enrolled in Obamacare!
« on: November 16, 2013, 02:26:31 PM »
I registered but haven't enrolled because my current policy hasn't canceled.  I see that the cheapest ACA bronze policy they have is $ 200.00 more a month than I'm paying now.  I can't go out of their network while with my policy I can see any Dr. or go to any hospital without restriction.  Finally my deductible currently is $ 2500.00 - contrast that with the bronze ACA policy the deductible is
$ 12,700.00. 

I'm glad you now have insurance but for me the jury is still out whether it will be better.  I just wish the administration had refused to license insurance companies UNLESS they allowed pre-existing conditions, without caps;  rather than change the whole system.   

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: One for Dennis
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:59:44 PM »
I thought maybe I had a gem that no one else owned  :'( -  thanks for the advice and your knowledge -
The site always gives great info  -


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: One for Dennis
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:11:25 PM »

General Discussion / Re: pet peeves
« on: November 13, 2013, 07:28:51 AM »
Here's my u-tube contribution / maybe not following the threads theme but I'm not sure there was one ?



The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Incentives
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:34:01 PM »
You state " Hire someone with motivation, intelligence, and integrity." 
I couldn't disagree more.  I hope I don't have to tell you why.  I'd much rather hire someone who needs a job.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Incentives
« on: November 08, 2013, 05:58:59 AM »

There is a reason it's tolerated -  I've never owned a big company but I've been asked to watch things when the boss went away.  From that experience I can tell you that on the busiest day of the year your best guy with all the pride doesn't show up and that slacker starts looking pretty good.  Whatever the psychology is - some guys who don't usually perform will surprise you at times.  With respect to your thoughts - it's not having a bad boss - it's getting the work out no matter what

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Boom times in west Texas.......again
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:03:35 AM »
How many miles is it from North to West Texas - maybe your salesman could open up a showroom and cart the furniture back and forth to you.  Sub contract with him and see how it goes.

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