Are You on Time?

The older I get, the faster my life seems to move. I remember spending the weekend with my grandparents as a kid. After supper we would all go out and sit on the front porch for hours, until it was too dark to be outside. We would just sit and talk, or maybe my grandpa would roll a ball back and forth across the porch with me. Sometimes neighbors would stop by and sit with us, which made for more great conversation.

Now that I’m an adult with my own front porch, I don’t seem to ever make the time to sit on it. We bought the rocking chairs with the full intentions of sitting out there, it just never seems to happen.  Recently I’ve decided to analyze my life and figure out why I can’t seem to make more “Front Porch Time”. This is what I came up with.

The bottom line is, I don’t manage my activities well. I spend too much time at work. I need some help from you, so that I’m not there as much.  In return these tips will help save you money. This is what you can do for me to help me have more “Front Porch Time”.

• If you have an event that you need tri fold brochures for, plan ahead and order them at least 10 days before the event.

•If you’re getting married and need programs, get your info together and order your wedding programs a week before your wedding, instead of the day before. (This may sound crazy, but it’s the way it works 90% of the time)

•When ordering the sports programs for your son or daughter’s football, softball, baseball, lacrosse, wrestling, golf, equestrian, water polo or track team, please plan ahead, and don’t order them three days before you need them.

•You know that trade show that you registered for last November? Go ahead and plan ahead. Figure out what kind of sales collateral you need and get it printed before you buy your airline tickets.

Understand that we can do all of the things above as fast as you need us to, we’re kind of known for doing that sort of thing, but it still steals time from me and my staff. Not to mention the money you could save by planning ahead. We always apply rush charges to rush jobs.  A rush charge is kind of like paying a “lack of planning tax”. A good rule of thumb is to allow yourself seven days for us to complete your project. The more complicated, the longer you should allow.

I can’t tell you how many times we printed a project for someone who just had to have it by a particular date. So we rush as fast as we can, and give them the exact product that they asked for, in the time frame that they needed, only to discover that they were in such a hurry to get the files to us, that they made a major typo. This is where one of those sayings from my grandpa coms into play, “There’s never enough time to do it right the first time, but there’s always time to do it a second time.” The most expensive job that I remember re-printing due to customer’s mistakes was around $3100.00. That means that they paid $6200.00 for the job, because they didn’t plan well, and they missed their original deadline.

The moral of the story is: Plan well, it will save you money, and other’s time.

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