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How to Run a More Successful Business the Deming Way

Previously, we shared several of the 14 revolutionary process improvement principles of respected management expert W. Edwards Deming. In this issue, we continue to explore Deming’s insights and how you can use them to improve your business.      DEMING PRINCIPLE #5 Improve constantly and forever the system of production and design. Always look for…

Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

A study found that 75 percent of people suffer from some degree of dehydration. Add the hot sun, high humidity, and sweltering temperatures into the mix and you get a recipe for disaster. How can you know if you are dehydrated? Early warning signs include: Thirst  Dry mouth Fatigue Muscle cramps Dizziness More serious symptoms…

Three Reasons to Consider More Than Price When Choosing Vendors

In the last Homestead Post, we shared three productivity- and quality-boosting principles from management consultant W. Edwards Deming. In this issue, we’ll talk about another important Deming concept: End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag alone. When choosing vendors, price means little without considering the measure of quality and efficiency…

The Floor is all Yours!

Do you have a question about a product or want tips to help manage a certain aspect of your business more successfully? We welcome you to suggest topics for our future newsletters. Email your ideas to Ken Burkholder at ken@homesteadoutdoorproducts.com.

Fencing Tools: What You Need to Get the Job Done

When you’re in the business of building decks and doing other exterior work for homeowners, requests to do fencing work are inevitable. Installing vinyl fencing—one of the most popular options—isn’t difficult, but you do need a few specialized tools to tackle the project.     Tool for digging holes: Either an auger attachment or a…

The Most Important Question to Ask Before Creating a Customer’s Outdoor Living Space

A customer’s reasons for wanting additions or renovations often have multiple layers. Peeling back those layers is critical for proposing a design that will truly meet and fulfill your customer’s unique vision. How?  ASK, “WHY?”— MULTIPLE TIMES  For example, let’s say Customer A and Customer B both approach you with “I want a deck.” But…