Weekly podcast for the CO2 and Fiber laser community. Come listen to a vast array of topics including how to make things to business decisions and marketing. Join us on facebook also at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laserlounge1
Podcast with Jason Dorie, Owner and designer of Lightburn
1:00:37This is a great conversation video with Jason Dorie, Owner and Creator of Lightburn. Join us as we get to know who he is, how he started, and what the next plans are for Lightburn. https://lightburnsoftware.com/ We also have a great online community so please join us. https://www.facebook.com/groups/laserlounge1
Real Estate Business Leads for Makers with Melanie Mikulenka
55:53Come join us Monday at lunch time where Mae Armstrong and I will have a chat with a active real estate agent in the south Houston area. Melanie Mikulenka. We are going to ask her all the things you would want to ask a agent to start getting their business. We will also ask her what closing gifts she thinks work best from a home purchaser perspective. How is the market doing right now from her perspective of the Houston area. What might be the best way to approach a agent if we wanted to grab their business. How about holiday ornaments and things they give out at the end of the year, what works best. Feel free to drop your questions in the post or online when we are live and we will do our best to get them answered. We can't wait for this one. https://poplme.co/melmik?fbclid=IwAR1XNdN2Si4kl5mGKtfZWNzWYTOl2rOkUksR3pPPJU1GjPFx_34d5-yVXxY
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Special Guest in the Laser Lounge, Grant Burrage with Thunder Laser USA
44:08Come join us Monday the 6th as Mae Armstrong and I chat with Grant Burrage (Sales Manager) from Thunder Laser USA. We are going to talk about where Thunder Laser USA sees the laser industry going over the next few years. We will ask them if they will be growing more into the galvo space. They recently released the Thunder Aurora 8 fiber machine, and we will expand on that a bit more. We will also get into specific differences in their product lines (Aurora vs Nova vs Odin machines). We will talk about their new facility that they just expanded into in Quitman, Texas. There will be a live chat as well where we will field questions. Please join us for a great lunch time (~30 min) livestream chat with Grant from Thunder Laser USA. https://www.thunderlaserusa.com
Laser Engraving Business, Year in Review with Mae, Matt and Alisha
1:03:09Hey Lounge Lizards, please join Mae and I as we talk about this past years wins and losses for our own business. We are going to have a discussion about some decisions and actions that we made this last year that will help us prepare for 2023. A retrospective discussion is what it will be. This will foster some thought for you as you have your own discussion about your business. The retrospective is the first step and performing a "SWOT" Analysis is next to get us ready for 2023. I will go over in detail what a SWOT analysis is and show examples. Come join in the retrospective discussion and hear about ways to look at your own 2023 business planning.
Gantry and Galvo Lasers, Chat with Alisha and Mae
1:10:55Join Mae and I as we chat over lunch about our own experiences with our shop tools. We will be discussing how we use our gantry (CO2) and Galvo (CO2 / fiber / UV) lasers. We will highlight what materials and methods we like to use for each. Hopefully this will help you understand how each tool is different and which ones have similarities in what areas. We will also be talking about the challenges that we have experienced with each. We will take questions from the live chat as well. Come and learn and listen to our learnings. Alisha
Lunch chat with Mae & Alisha talking about Packaging your Products and what we have going on in the 4th qtr.
20:32Come listen to Mae and I chat about whats going on as we get ready for the 4th qtr holiday rush and also how to really up your game with packaging your products in a more polished way. Coffee talk with Mae and Alisha. Come join us on facebook in "The Laser Lounge" or on YouTube at The Laser Lounge at Pate Ranch.
The Laser Lounge and Special Guest - Community Events Manager Sarah Getsinger
32:52We have a special guest this week. Sarah is a Community Events Manager in North Carolina where she plans and executes several large scale community events within and around her community. She is going to chat with us about what all is entailed and share some insightful information that makers will love to hear. If you have ever wanted to attend a major event and be a vendor, this one is for you. Some events she has planned include; Brewgaloo, NC’s largest craft beer festival and two-time winner of USA Today’s #1 Best Beer Fest; and Falling for Local, a family-friendly event that has grown to an attendance of over 25,000 in just two years.
The Laser Lounge with Special Guest Robin Marsh - Selling Digital Files
53:20Have you ever thought about the many ways you could potentially make money in the laser space? Selling digital files is one of the ways and some people are knocking that ball right out of the park. Come listen and learn the story of how one very successful designer (Robin Marsh) has perfected her design skills and been successful in the digital file sales market. We can't wait to share her story and knowledge on designing and selling files to the maker community. https://welcomehomecustom.com/ Come join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/laser...
Social Media Trends
40:58What are the social media trends that's happening that small business should understand and use. Learn about content creation tools to help fuel your social presence as a business/maker. Please join us for this great podcast with Jordan Dene Ellis - Adobe Express Community Manager, whom will share her knowledge and learnings with us. She uses these practices in her own side business as well. If you are wanting to expand your game in social media, this is the podcast for you. Other ways to join us online: https://www.youtube.com/c/PateRanchCreations https://www.facebook.com/groups/laserlounge1 https://www.youtube.com/c/MaeDesigns
When to Scale Your Laser Business
52:35On today's episode we talk about when is the right time to scale your laser business. What do you need to think about when you want to go from a hobby to a full time business with employees. Mae Armstrong and I interview Lenny Huiras in "The Laser Lounge" and hear his experience and learnings. It is a great episode that I think you will learn something from.