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  • in reply to: Week 4 Discussion #26784
    VitaVygovska
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    hi Lisa,
    thank you for your KPI’s. good job.
    a few suggestions:
    1. if you are closing 100% of your sales, consider increasing your pricing
    2. any time a business services two different client groups (ie. design trade and consumer), it’s very challenging. you will continue to feel torn. i did. at one point, i had to draw a line in a sand and turn away one of those client groups. it was hard to say no to business in the short run, but very rewarding in the long run

    thank you for sharing about your borrowing money. That’s very brave!!!!! good for you. i KNOW you will see a return on your investment.
    LOVE that you are working on your COA! Money loves count – COA IS part of that counting process, making sure that you take good care of your money.

    xoxo,
    v.

    PS. i’ll upload my COA

    in reply to: Week 4 Discussion #26776
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    Amy B, i’m really looking forward to digging into it to see if it can work for us.
    thank you for the tip!
    v.

    in reply to: Week 4 Discussion #26757
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    Amy,
    i am SO sorry to hear that your design consultant gave notice.
    i KNOW how it feels!
    nothing you can do, but take it in stride and start looking for someone else.
    having people to do your work is great…. until they quit ๐Ÿ™
    hang in there!!!
    xoxo,
    v.

    in reply to: Week 4 Discussion #26756
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    sorry, i got cut off.
    question: so your seamstressess clock in and out everytime they start and finish the job?
    it’s a function that’s available in qBO?

    in reply to: Week 4 Discussion #26753
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Amy M. and Amy B.,
    you guys are rock stars!!!
    you are tracking so many KPI’s – that’s really great.

    do you guys track YOUR OWN time – what do you spend it on? Where are your time sucks?

    about tracking time in QBO for payroll – that’s a really great idea. It’s something I have not done – omg, always room for improvement! i use gusto for our payro

    in reply to: Week 3 Discussion #26695
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Lisa,
    yes, good question.
    i will do it in ‘People” module, when going over some of my GM’s tasks.
    xoxo,
    v,

    in reply to: Week 2 Discussion #26680
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Elizabeth,
    i LOVE your idea!!!!!
    much better than mine of writing things down.
    Lisa, yes, do that ๐Ÿ™‚

    btw, IF you ever decided to transcribe, do NOT do it yourself. Go on elance.com type site and hire someone to do it.
    xoxo,
    v.

    in reply to: Week 3 Discussion #26672
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    Hi Ladies,
    I just uploaded the presentation in powerpoint AND PDF.
    powerpoint seems to look fuzzy, at least on my computer, i wonder if it has to do with the conversion.
    PDF looks good.
    lmk what you guys are seeing on your end.
    i can also just send it to you directly via email.

    Lisa, so glad you liked today! YES, wasting time is my biggest pet peeve.
    That’s why i designed this system that works for what i value.

    Elizabeth,
    You are so welcome!!! yes, as you go, nice and steady, is the name of hte game. otherwise, the overwhelm takes over and nothing gets done.

    So excited you guys are rolling up your sleeves already!!!
    xoxo,
    v.

    in reply to: Week 2 Discussion #26628
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Lisa,
    so sorry for the delay. There are no notifications of a new message, unless that check-box is checked.
    i’ve just gone into every week and checked it, so that i don’t miss any new messages.

    to answer your questions:

    1. when to create a standard SOP. it can go either way: before you hire someone or after you hire them. if I were you, i would find the person first. once she (or he) is on board, AS you explain how you fabricate the roman shade, have her write down every step.

    2. how to create an SOP for a custom product. Refer back to my favorite 80/20 rule. i guarantee that most of the time you fabricate a treatment a certain way. That’s the way you write down. This is The Lisa Brock way. For the other 20% (or whatever minority), next time a variation comes in, you write it down and save it as The Lisa Brock Way – variation #1. Preferably spell out what the variation is. For example. Roman Shade fabrication process is your staple. Roman Shade with Blackout Lining – is your variation #1. Roman Shade with interlining – is your variation #2.

    3. Balance of working IN the business vs. ON the business. When i started putting together my SOP doc (this was during my ruminating stage, if you refer to 1st module), every early Friday morning (like 7am), i went to a local Dunkin Donuts and sat there for three hours working on it. I blocked my calendar and didn’t let anything steer me off course – no persistent customer, no networking event, no ‘i don’t feel like it’, no installation crisis, no needy kid :-). I only picked up the phone if it was my kid’s school. i was vigilant with my time and ruthless with interruptions.

    i can tell you whole lot more – too much to type.

    This is when it would be great to hear from everyone else in the class.
    guys, how are you dealing the balance of IN vs. ON?

    in reply to: Week 1 Discussion #26445
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    Hi Amy M and Amy B,
    sooo glad you enjoyed the first class!!
    my WTS had a lot of experience – i got lucky.
    but i still had to teach her a lot about the Vitalia Inc ways.
    my GM had zero experience.
    this was a struggle.
    one step at a time, one day at a time.
    i potentially could have sped her learning curve up, if i hired an industry trainer/consultant.
    in the end, everything takes time and patience. especially in our industry.
    i google ‘how to be patient’ on the daily basis ๐Ÿ™‚
    we talk a LOT about the people component in the 4th module.
    xoxo,
    v.

    in reply to: Week 1 Discussion #26444
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Lisa,
    i hear you about the leadtimes.
    they can be frustrating.
    we tell our clients upfront what to expect.
    we try to pad.
    with designers, stay strong! stick to what will protect you.
    it’s always better to underpromise.
    designers, more than anyone, should understand the leadtimes.
    they sometimes wait for their stuff 9-12months!!!
    stick to your guns!!!
    xo, v

    in reply to: What’s on your mind, yogis? #23676
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Myrna,
    thank you for your great words of support and encouragement!
    i’m so glad that you got what you needed from the class.
    can’t wait to hear more once you’ve a chance to rewatch the videos.
    until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
    xoxo,
    v.

    in reply to: click up #23559
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    Hi Suzy,
    thank you for your patience as i was trying to verify some info with Amber.

    it’s been a couple of years since i tried to do the PMS in click-up, so i’m going by my best memory.
    i seem to remember that one of the reasons we couldn’t go with it is b/c it couldn’t do the drop-down menu within each component.
    so for example: for component hardware – we have several task options (place order, confirm order, receive order, etc). Then we had a status for each task (open or complete). Click up couldn’t provide that level of intuitive granular breakdown.

    Amber remembers it a bit differently. She remembers that all of the functionality could have been replicated, but only with customization.
    and since i already spent time and money on customizing AT, it didn’t make sense to scrap it and start doing the same work in Click up.

    i guess bottom line is: anything is possible. Click-up is probably just as good as any other software out there. Everything needs customization to fit our industry and your process flows. it’s just picking one, doing the customization work, and sticking with it.

    hope it helps!
    Which platform are you leaning towards?
    v.

    in reply to: Would you do me a favor? #23471
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    hi Alejandra,
    Wow, BEST investment in your business and yourself?!
    that’s incredible feedback.
    i’m very humbled to hear you say that.
    i loved seeing you in class!
    and hearing how it’s going to improve your business going forward is very very rewarding to me.
    you hit the nail on the head: little by little, step by step, one low hanging fruit at a time, every week for two hours – you do that for a year – and you’ll be miles ahead of where you are today!
    i can’t wait to watch you grow!!!
    xoxo,
    v.

    in reply to: Would you do me a favor? #23470
    VitaVygovska
    Participant

    Jess,
    you are so sweet and your words made me tear up, especially about kindness.
    that IS something i was trying to weave into every point i was making and i’m so glad that it came through.
    there is so much to know, to learn, to figure out – i did some of it (still have a lot more) and i’m happy to share, so that others don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
    How did Freddie put it yesterday? Love and kindness! Love and Kindness – to others, and most importantly to ourselves.
    Thank you for taking the class – i can’t wait to hear about your progress!!!
    please keep in touch.
    xoxo,
    v.

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