PFG, Picture Framing God
Congratulations! What would you do, and what changes, if any, would you make?
Dave, I just knew someone was eventually going to do this. I just wasn't sure who, or when. Good one.Congratulations! What would you do, and what changes, if any, would you make?
Good ideas. You interested? Are you free to travel to places like Vegas, Orlando, New Orleans, Baltimore/D.C.? Can you put up with me for days at a time?But in reality, I see the framing market shrinking so I would be looking for other career fields.
If I were to keep educating people on framing, I would concentrate on a complete business that framing was one aspect of.
I would hire someone to teach on digital printing and image capture as one example. Another would be web presence. Most framers web sites suck the big one. Few offer e-commerce and those that do for the most part don't sell framing on their sites.
But Ellen I thought that I had a post that was very constructive and did not get into the banter that is going on.OK. I'm not reading this thread any more... life is too short.
With that quote I knew that there would be someone that would go back and forth with Paul.... I think he likes it, just admit it Paul, you like it don't ya?Okay, open season everyone! Just remember this bear shoots back.
Kathy, I noticed that your feline sense of humor is peculiarly insidious and flammable. God forbid someone plays back on you same kind of razor sharp jokes (teasing, paws).Paul, I was having some fun with you.
OK, Paul you opened yourself up here but as much as I would like to throw a couple zingers at you I can't, and most here could't either. You questions deal with companies that we all work with on a regular basis. As far as I know there are very few, if any here on the G that have used your services so it will be hard for anyone to give fair criticism.
That being said, if I were to run a picture framing school here is what I would do in no particular order:
As I said before, I really know nothing about what you do so you may do some of this already, knowing my background you may also say alot of this sounds like what a franchise does (some of it is) but, I would want to make sure that my students will have every opportunity and resource to succeed anywhere where they wanted, even next door to my school, because I would not run a frameshop myself.
How did I do there???
Paul, you know that we don't see eye to eye quite often, I am also a direct person as well. I think that it is more the tactfulness of your message that is the problem than the directness. Kathy's origianl post mentioned nothing of your ethics and you went back at her about the non-payment subject, of which I know nothing of the detail about and I am guessing you know very little if any either. We don't know about the original details of the sale were so why bother bringing it up?I also laugh when people on this forum tell me that my directness here is bad for my business.
Bonnadema, or should I say Cornel,Kathy, I noticed that your feline sense of humor is peculiarly insidious and flammable. God forbid someone plays back on you same kind of razor sharp jokes (teasing, paws).
On the other hand I wish to see Mike's face because he must now be in between a rock and a tough place. He can't touch on TG sponsor or on TG orphan (soul child, pet) without being Labbeled a ####### by some or orthers. So he'll probably flex his muscles on Bonnadema for misspelling a certain Idish word. Help yourself, Mike, and feel better.
My ignore list is literally longer than my friends list. You have no idea how happier you'll be and you'll find that your daily growth won't slowed one bit. There is more said around here on accident by some of the most passive people than many of the most vocal do on purpose. You won't be sorry (just don't add me to that list).I've never used the "ignore" feature but I'm about to start now.
I like most of your ideas, though I think your school ideas would probably end up in a "class" that would probably take a 3 or 4 weeks to cover. (not that I think that's a bad thing)That being said, if I were to run a picture framing school here is what I would do in no particular order:
I would allign myself with some of the top suppliers around and make sure that they either had a person come in and introduce their company or I had the materials to do it for them and make sure that my students could get at least a discount for a "Grand Opening" Period or set discounts according to volume.
Absolutely Tim. You hire a consultant for that very reason.Aw come on Paul, you haven't ever met a good consultant that you didn't always agree with? Isn't that what consultants are for, to make you think differently?
H3ll, if you are going to pay me (and I am not cheap) my job is to show you another way of thinking isn't it? You don't have to follow my advice but a consultant's job is to give intellegent advice.
Great comments Ron and always welcome. It's only when someone makes a personal attack that they need be concerned. My policy is very simple, and consistent: anyone is free and welcome to criticize my ideas. When someone attacks me personally however, they can expect retaliation. Once they've ceased their attack, I do the same. If they continue, so will I.I like most of your ideas, though I think your school ideas would probably end up in a "class" that would probably take a 3 or 4 weeks to cover. (not that I think that's a bad thing)
The one concern I have about aligning with "top suppliers" is that there's a slippery slope between providing information and "selling". From reading your posts I can tell you're probably very good at selling, but in a learning situation there is a certain responsibility to your clients to not charge them to watch a commercial. I would imagine many of us here have been to "seminars" that were presented by top suppliers that simply break down to a long commercial.
I also wanted to mention that when I suggested in an earlier post about vendors having a tiered system for pricing, I was told that "we'd be telling them how to run their business" - but you have stated exactly what my point had been. (I am chaulking some of the responses to that post of mine to the fact that I was very new-and I've noticed there's a certain degree of challenging that goes on with new posters) So I thank you for validating that my idea wasn't actually "telling them how to run their business", but instead probably represented a fair way of doing business that wouldn't shut out the smaller players. I had stated at the time that, while I'm new to the framing business, I have over 20 yrs experience managing a 300,000 square foot non-profit (this is by design, so they can provide for medicare/medicaid patients as well as private pay) nursing home campus (where I utilized well over 100 different vendors and was responsible for a multi-million dollar budget).
I really liked your idea about personal financial advisor (there's so many complexities and I think it's easy for neophytes to get carried away in the technical aspects and not pay as much attention to logistics and sound financial/business decisions.
I also liked the idea of promoting the students, even if they are next to you - not running a shop.
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Lastly, I realize that this thread has had a rather heavy tense tone to it, but I'm hoping that people will take my post as it is intended - staying on topic, my opinions of a post that was on topic. Nothing intended as personal toward anyone and I have no time or desire to flame or be flamed - life is way too short. After hearing of Val's bout with pneumonia, I am aware of how fortunate I have been this spring as I had pneumonia coming out of winter, hovered on the brink of hospitalization for 4 weeks, and am still working on building my strength and my lung capacity back up (and I have run marathons within the last 18 months, so this has really shown me how short life is and that we do truly need to focus on what is important)
keeping everything in perspective