4 Ways to Increase Productivity in Your Small Business

Every small business owner wishes they had a more productive business. Most, unfortunately, never actually do anything to increase productivity. If you find yourself in this category, here are 4 simple ways you can increase productivity in your small business.

1. Create a Plan – Having a plan significantly increases productivity, as it sets milestones you wish to accomplish. SMART goals and a plan will dramatically increase productivity, as it will help you focus on the activities which matter and limit time spent on wasteful activities.

2. Use Available Technology – With some activities, it may make sense to do it the way you always have, but with others, it may be time to get with the times. Using programs like excel and QuickBooks can save hours a week in budgeting and accounting tasks. The same can be said of inventory management software, HR and Payroll software, and a multitude of other programs. Find out what is available, what other business owners are using, and see if it can’t help to streamline your business.

3. Increase Work from Home Options – Allowing employees to work from home can often have many benefits. First, it can cut down or eliminate office costs. If your employees work from home, you no longer have the expenses of the utilities from their computers, the paper and toner from printing, and so on. If you can eliminate the workspace, then you also eliminate the cost of the office space. Working from home also generally increases employee engagement, as they are happier, making them more productive. Finally, many employees will put in more time, as they are not going to spend time driving to and from the office or talking around the water cooler with coworkers.

4. Be Healthy – This last one cannot be overstated. If you are sick, your business will suffer. By focusing on your health, you will be sick less often, and thus have fewer business interruptions. You will also have more energy, remain more focused, and be more productive with your tasks when not sick. Eating right, exercising, and getting restful sleep will pay dividends with your business in the long run.

There are, of course, dozens of other ways to increase productivity, but these are free options which many small business owners are not focused on. By spending a little time on creating a plan around these today, you will be more productive for years to come.

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The Work Of A Textile Designer

In a lot of commercial products, the appearance also matters just like any other qualities of a textile. In industrial textiles, the visual appearance is not given that much attention because there are more factors in the making of the product than that of the appearance of it. But, even these companies need to display it in a way that it is pleasing to the eyes of the buyers or customer. In the market, the quality and the appearance are really the two major things that are needed to be considered by buyers. Textiles are widely used because it is made to make anything lively or decorative. It is used as embellishments even on furniture, windows or clothing items. The role of the textile designer in this industry is to make these fabrics appear beautiful and high in quality at the same time.

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Textile mills need one design director, many artists and a stylist for each of the divisions of the mill. They usually work closely on the mill with the other people or workers in it. The design director is responsible for the many areas and processes of the company in the artistic side. The artists and designers of the company will answer and report to him. He or she will also answer and report to the president of the cooling company.

STYLISTS are the individuals who make sure that development of the fabric for the company is going well. These fabrics will be designed, developed and even edited and they are going to sold and showcased to the market per season depending on the company. They organize and they direct the artists of the company in developing the color of the designs and they go to manufacturing to get samples of the product so that they could get it out on the market. They are not the ones who are going to do the art on paper but they are the people who should know what product should their company be producing every season and they make sure that the line goes out to the market on time.

ARTISTS are the ones doing the art on actual paper. There are different kinds of stylists; the MILL STYLIST is a designer who makes sure that the manufacturing plant does what the head stylist instructed.

The many jobs of textile designer can overlap with each other and one person can do more than 1 job per textile manufacturer depending on his or her talent and the organizational structure of the company.

Textile designers can also work for independent studios that produce and sell product design to the mills. They usually produce designs on a free-lance basis and the studio will then receive a commission when it is sold to mills. They are usually not in office but they make these designs and they find mills or studios which will be interested in the design. They make money for themselves and they make money for others, for example, for the studio who receives the commission when that design is sold to a manufacturer.

 

 

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TEXTILE FABRIC: ITS DEFINITION AND TYPES

In the design industry, it is very much essential for you to know the definition of what a textile fabric is and what its different types are. We are going to help you with this.

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Keep on reading to know more about textile fabric and its types:

The textile fabric comes from many different sources like minerals, plants, animals including those manmade synthetic materials. A textile fabric is a cloth that has undergone the process of tufting, knotting, bonding, knitted and weaving all together. They are generally the yarns, wools and threads that you know and these are the materials that are used to make the fabric. They can be natural or synthetic depending on the materials used. Some popular textile fabric use leather and cotton and even those found in the see which are the seaweeds and the special mineral which is Gold.

1. Plant based textile fabric

These have been made used for almost thousands of years already. Jute, hemp, linen and cotton are the very common plant-based textile fabrics. The cotton is available all seasons and it is very soft and breathable. In fact, many people enjoy cotton for clothes and their bed sheets at their respective homes because it does not cause any allergy for people who are sensitive. Many textiles such as wool or other synthetic materials are what trigger the allergies of some people.

The linen came from the plant flax. It is allergen-free and durable, you can even wash it by hand and it will not budge. This is being used on tablecloths, curtains and pieces of clothing and it is also cool even in warm season so this is great for people who are always feeling a little hot.

Jute is also a natural textile fabric and it is being used to create carpets, sacks, twine, rugs and linoleum and you cannot easily tear this fabric because it is very durable. But hemp is also a durable textile fabric which is widely used from creating home furnishings, furniture, clothing items and shoes. This is a very cool fabric because it protects you from UV rays, insulation and it is also very soft and this can easily be your outerwear.

2. Animal-based textile fabric

These are more expensive as compared to plant-based textile fabrics because they are only used for special uses. Fabrics like leather, wool and silk are some of the most common textile fabrics that came from animals.

Leathers are from goats, pigs, cows, bison and more animals depending on what country or region it came. This fabric can be soft and firm at the same time which is really great for footwear, home furnishings, accessories and clothing. Leather is one of the finest fabrics in the world because it can resist change in temperature and if you get it wet due to washing it, it will just return to its original shape.

The wool as we all know comes from the fleece of the sheep. It is a warm fabric and this is why it used in making jackets, sweaters, rugs and blankets. It is also resistant to wrinkles and fire when it is exposed to the flames. It is very itchy for people who have sensitive skin.

Discovered in China a long time ago and is considered to be the most plush fabric in the fashion industry, this is the silk. It came from silkworms and these worms can make or produce 1200 threads in just 70 hours. This fabric is also very soft compared to natural fibers and this is made for luxurious clothing and beddings.

 

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TEXTILES

Interior design consists of furniture, the color of the walls, light fixtures and all that jazz but the secret of designers are the textiles. In this article you will learn on how to do it properly and beautifully using our good and useful tips in choosing the right textiles that will surely reflect your style and personality without compromising your lifestyle.

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Here are some tips and tricks for you and your beautiful home:

NEVER IGNORE THE ROOM’S PURPOSE. You must know the purpose of your room whether it is used by your children or your pets can come in contact with it because it will be a waste of time, money and effort when you choose textiles that will just be smeared with juice or bitten by puppies. Be practical when you choose your textile.

Although these things can be controlled, the power of the rising sun will be able to beat you in battle if you do not pick the right fabrics that will combat the blazing rays of the sun and can stand with the constant exposure to sunlight. Take note of this especially when that particular room is facing the south end.

STYLE IT ACCORDING TO YOUR STYLE. Decide on what you want your room to look like. If you are minimalist and you want to keep it simple and versatile, neutral, earth and matte colors are really for you. If you are very daring then choose the metallic or bold geometrical patterns and designs. But, if you belong to the 75% of the population where you cannot fit your style into a single description, then you might need to tap a interior designer to help you pick out the patterns and colors that will go great together. Make sure that it is not a hassle for the eyes when you choose to put a pop of color.

CONSIDER THE NEGATIVE AND THE POSITVE

Not because that is your favorite fabric means that it will also be right for your home. It is a tough ride when choosing the right fabric for you. Make sure that you take into consideration your habits before you choose something as delicate as the fabric silk. These delicate fabrics are only good for a space which will only be used a few times annually then it will not be put to waste. If you want something long-term, choose other fabrics that are durable. We have the so called Fabric blends which are good because it combines the best characteristics of many fabrics without compromising the durability of the fabric.

You must also keep in mind that brighter colors will fade more fast when it faces the sun. Thus, if your house faces the sun directly then stick to neutral shades. If you have brighter colors, tuck them away because they will just fade and you might need to retouch them after a few times.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO PLAY WITH PATTERNS

If you are thinking of having patterns on the fabric, go on but make sure that they are of the same color or tones so that it would look put together and not something which is not unified in color. No matter what patterns like polka dots, stripes, checkered, they will all go together given the same colors. Look out tag out for new and unique pattern sold in the market.

 

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