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#1 Lee Jr

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 11:50 PM

I was wondering if anyone has seen the Green Book from Americam Saddlemakers Assiation? What do you think? Does anyone use it?

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 08:36 AM

Lee,
I got it when I joined a couple years ago. They send updates every so often. For those who don't know, it is a "shop manual" for saddlemakers. It lists average time involved for repairs, estimates for materials, and then charges based on different labor rates. The principles are pretty much based on Bob Brenner's book "How to Establish Prices for the Saddle Maker or Leather Worker". It is usually advertised in the classifieds of LCSJ and SHopTalk. I like that book. When I first got my business license, I got free access to a small business adviser. It was a program similar to the Service Corps of Retired Executives. I got that book a while later, and showed it to my advisor. He was pretty impressed with it, and ended up and got a copy for his library. The principles apply to a lot of different small businesses. If you don't get hung up on the numbers right away and apply the principles, it is good. The Green Book has taken the formulas and put in the numbers for you. That said, I don't use the Green Book all that much.
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Posted 04 August 2007 - 07:45 PM

Lee,
I got it when I joined a couple years ago. They send updates every so often. For those who don't know, it is a "shop manual" for saddlemakers. It lists average time involved for repairs, estimates for materials, and then charges based on different labor rates. The principles are pretty much based on Bob Brenner's book "How to Establish Prices for the Saddle Maker or Leather Worker". It is usually advertised in the classifieds of LCSJ and SHopTalk. I like that book. When I first got my business license, I got free access to a small business adviser. It was a program similar to the Service Corps of Retired Executives. I got that book a while later, and showed it to my advisor. He was pretty impressed with it, and ended up and got a copy for his library. The principles apply to a lot of different small businesses. If you don't get hung up on the numbers right away and apply the principles, it is good. The Green Book has taken the formulas and put in the numbers for you. That said, I don't use the Green Book all that much.



Lee,
I got it when I joined a couple years ago. They send updates every so often. For those who don't know, it is a "shop manual" for saddlemakers. It lists average time involved for repairs, estimates for materials, and then charges based on different labor rates. The principles are pretty much based on Bob Brenner's book "How to Establish Prices for the Saddle Maker or Leather Worker". It is usually advertised in the classifieds of LCSJ and SHopTalk. I like that book. When I first got my business license, I got free access to a small business adviser. It was a program similar to the Service Corps of Retired Executives. I got that book a while later, and showed it to my advisor. He was pretty impressed with it, and ended up and got a copy for his library. The principles apply to a lot of different small businesses. If you don't get hung up on the numbers right away and apply the principles, it is good. The Green Book has taken the formulas and put in the numbers for you. That said, I don't use the Green Book all that much.

Thanks Bruce, I want the book but I can not buy it yet, Lee Jr

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 09:06 AM

Lee, The ASMA just mailed out their newest version of the green book. I have been getting it from the time they started putting it out, that said I don't use it as my only guide to pricing as materials costs change during the year and other factors change operating costs. We consider the green book well done but we also stay aware of what other established shops charge for various repairs and try to compete while still making a good profit. Many shops under value their work!......
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