THE ART OF STRATEGIC COST INNOVATION - Take a good look at your SERVICE or PRODUCT. Ponder how you can attract new clients or buyers and give your new clients more cluck for the buck. 120% of the service or work 75% of the cost. Or, alternate scenario: Imagine that you could maybe hand over 85% of the quality but 50% of the cost! Wouldn't you make MORE MONEY FASTER? You might even invade the marketplace and become THE AKRON of what you do. (That was LA's first DISCOUNT chain store for years, best I ever saw, international giszmos, art, decor for pennies, artisanry, a precursor of Cost Plus, Piers of the World, 99c store. It was so great. Place was packed. People enjoyed a bargain. You went inside just to get an enthusiasm fix.
In your case, you'd have to adopt time honored tricks: maybe do an ASSEMBLY LINE, get some speed up as you work on the product. You might need to do the work yourself, i.e. eliminate costly co-workers. You might need to buy MORE of your makings, at a lower, wholesale price, no more retail. You might need to haggle and re-set the price you pay for that raw product. Or seek alternate suppliers.
Consider other little tricks people do to lower costs. Ditch those partners that take the whole PAY CHECK, leaving you with all utilities, gasoline, vehicle cost and amortisation. HIRE starving mexicans who do not speak ENGLISH. Or switch to women workers. Read:
Gender, Artisanry, and Craft Tradition in Early New England: The View through the Eye of a Needle by Marla R. Miller
In 1769, tailor Robert Robinson reproached the gentlemen of Hartford, Connecticut, for allowing their clothing to be made by women. (ethnics,) Placing a notice in the advertising columns of the Connecticut Courant, he urged readers to "count up the cost / and see how many pounds you've lost / By hiring women to cut your cloths." Observing that any man of "wit ... loves to see his coat cut fit," Robinson suggested that employing women in the tailor's trade necessarily meant compromising quality. The disgruntled craftsman would have been no happier upriver. In that year, Catherine Phelps Parsons (1731–1798) was among those thorns in Robinson's side; she had a thriving tailor's trade in the growing commercial center of Northampton, Massachusetts, instructing so many apprentices that many of the town's early nineteenth-century needlewomen would owe their training to her. Parsons's career, obliquely captured in partial transcriptions of Catherine and Simeon Parsons's account book as well as oral histories taken in the early nineteenth century by Northampton antiquarian Sylvester Judd, holds a number of lessons for historians interested in gender, artisanry, and craft tradition in eighteenth-century New England. Careful consideration of the artisanal world of this female tailor of men's clothing contributes to a larger effort to unsettle and rethink the categories that have long shaped studies of artisans as well as scholarship on rural economies and women's work. Looking at the careers of Parsons and women like her helps refine further our understanding of the shifting gender divisions of labor in the early modern Atlantic world. Among historians of women and work, a principal aim over the past twenty years or so has been to comprehend better both change and continuities in gender divisions of labor, generally as part of a larger effort to puzzle out why, despite enormous economic and social change, women on the whole continue to be relegated to the least remunerative, least secure, and least desirable jobs. One of the key insights to emerge from this collective effort is the extraordinary elasticity that the cultural construction of gender divisions of labor exhibits, demonstrating persistence as well as transformation. Within this scholarship, the study of the domestic economy of early American women has flourished and significantly advanced our understanding of the "female economy." We now understand, with considerable depth and sophistication, how gendered divisions and definitions of labor in housework, in healing occupations, agricultural labor, and other early American employments shaped early American lives vis-á-vis ever-changing economic, social, cultural, and political landscapes. The economy and society of eighteenth-century New England, as elsewhere in the Atlantic world, witnessed constant and dynamic change, including the feminization of some tasks and occupations and the masculinization of others. The acquisition and application of craft skill among early American women has garnered comparatively little attention in this literature, however.
Do what the big Transnational corporations do. If you are on the border, make your workshop over on the Mexican side. If you Live near agricultural fields? The wives are home all day, let them assemble.
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