But what's new this year? Every year this business changes and you have to change with it.
- The labor rate is increasing to $90.25 per hour from $87.50 it's been a few years since an increase. I don't like to change the price of labor more than 3% or 2% per year on average.
- Every repair will be scheduled for a date and time on my personal calendar. I have the date that I'm schedule out to written on the chalkboard in the front room. This really helps me manage my level of stress and also gives customers a better idea of turn around time.
- Keyboards and Synths! Yes, I will work on your keyboard or synth. I'm already doing more keyboard repair. BUT! call ahead. Keyboards are big and I can only take on a maximum of three at a time. Also, although there are lots of keyboards and synths that are repairable some are not. I like to see if there parts are available before I agree to take on a keyboard repair.
- If you've dropped a plastic speaker and cracked it. I now have a plastic welder and can fix that.
- I have to get the level of junk under control. This has always been a constant battle at the shop. I've been scraping things out and replacing old shelving. This week I started putting things on eBay. My goal is to sell at least one thing on eBay every day.
- A Friday blog. I have scheduled Friday morning as blog time.