Showing posts from 2021

Starting a Business: Personal vs. Business Spending

  Starting a business, or turning a hobby into a business, comes with many challenges. Chief among them is managing (and access to) money. Business Spending… is Investing Before we touch on sources for money, we’ll touch on a very important paradigm shift when going from personal spending to business spending (investing). When we buy something for ourselves we typically consider if we have the cash to either pay for it now or the cash to cover the payments. This paradigm has nothing to do with the future revenue, just what our current income will allow, and will we have enough left over for other purchases.  For business spending, while current revenue is important, the real consideration is regarding the increase in profitability that we expect from making the purchase. You are not spending money as much as you are making an investment; you expect a positive return. How much more money will you have in your pocket if you purchase a new machine or tool? In other words, is it a profitab

Bookkeeping 101: Accounting for Online Shops

  There are many reasons why makers purchase their X-Carve or X-Carve Pro . Many do so with an entrepreneurial spirit and some of those entrepreneurs intend to open their own online store. However, launching an e-commerce store can be both daunting and exciting for merchants. And for the store to succeed, it’s important to implement proper bookkeeping practices. In doing so, you make it easier to track transactions and manage day-to-day e-commerce finances. Whether you engage in B2B or B2C e-commerce activities, you need to keep tabs on expenses and revenue to determine the venture's profitability. Thankfully, you can rely on a wide selection of accounting tools to simplify financial management. Moreover, doing so frees up your time, allowing you to focus on marketing and growing your store. However, it’s important to familiarize yourself with various bookkeeping practices to maximize the efficiency of your financial management processes. Key aspects of e-commerce accounting inclu

Easel Live: Furniture & Joinery Basics

  Inventables’ Easel Live is a series dedicated to demonstrating the ins and outs and tips and tricks of our Easel software. They provide CNC users the opportunity to learn more about CNC software, design, and efficiency when working with Easel and the X-Carve. Today, we’ll take a look at how to use basic joinery to create furniture pieces like stools and chairs. We’ll look at two joints in particular: the mortise and tenon joint and the clip tenon joint. Key Session Takeaways: Sometimes less is more: using just one or two joints can take you a long way. The awesome stool featured in this session uses just two joints. You don’t need step-by-step instructions to learn or find inspiration. Just look around you. Whether at home, work, stores, or online you can find design elements to incorporate into your own projects. Experimentation is key. You’ll be using a ton of trial and error. Finding the right material is tough. Use test parts for finding the right thickness, flexibility, materia

Top Woodworking Magazines You Should Subscribe To

As a woodworker or CNC machinist, do you ever struggle to come up with new ideas for projects? Are you still figuring out which tools work best in different situations? Are certain techniques a bit too intimidating to try? Even the most experienced people working in crafting and design struggle with these issues. But one of the best ways to combat creative blocks or overcome intimidating new concepts is through exposure to new ideas and techniques. That’s why good ol’ magazines are actually a terrific resource. No matter what level of skill or experience you’re at, there are a ton of woodworking publications that can provide inspiration for your next project or insight into a new tool or technique. Here are five woodworking magazines that you should consider subscribing to. Wood Magazine  Price: Annual subscription (7 issues) $19.99 Wood Magazine is one of the largest print woodworking magazines in circulation and for good reason; it is a fantastic resource for hobbyist woodworkers. Is

5 Tips on How to Write a Killer Product Description

  If you’re running an online shop, a strong product description can make a world of difference in your conversion rates. But writing product descriptions that simply describe your product is a sure way to lose out on sales.  The best product descriptions don’t simply inform, but rather, persuade your customers to buy.  By using a handful of copywriting techniques, you’ll be able to convince those choosy customers to click “Add to Cart” and send those conversion rates soaring. Here are 5 tips on writing killer product descriptions to sell your X-Carve products. Identify Your Ideal Target Audience Before you start writing your product description, you’ll need to define your ideal customer.  Who exactly is your product made for? What is the age or gender of your audience? How did they find your shop? Do they have interests in common? What benefits would entice them? Doing so will allow you to cater to specific buyer personas. The language you’d use to sell a wedding sign is different th

5 Back to School CNC Projects

  August has come again and with the end of the summer in sight, the perennial back-to-school mania has also returned.  Which is great news for X-Carve owners looking for inspiration because we have some fantastic projects for just this time of year. If you’re seeking inspiration for new projects to give the kids a leg up this coming school year, we’ve got the projects for you. Here are 5 back to school projects you can create on Easel and the X-Carve . Wooden Laptop Stand This wooden laptop stand comes to us courtesy of Warren from One Wood Woodworking Videos .  Complete with its very own storage compartments, this elegant laptop stand is made from 18 different ¾” boards which have been glued together to create this fantastic piece that’s perfect for any teen starting middle school or high school. Locker Organizer Beyond Design’s first entry onto this list is a wall-mounted locker organizer. It’s carved from a ½” HDPE sheet to create the shelf and pegboard while the top half is carv