5 Tips for Small Manufacturing Business Owners

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Getting a business off the ground has always been a challenge. The least you can do when entering the manufacturing industry is build something that will help you climb the hill. In order to succeed in manufacturing, it is necessary to establish a great deal of communication and partnerships. The secret to success in the business is finding buyers and sellers and working with several third-party contractors. Who you know is more important than what you know in this business. Don’t be afraid to network, attend conferences, and collect business cards like crazy. There are some tips for those entering the manufacturing business, whether they want to stay small or grow fast.

Don’t be too ambitious from the start.

The history behind manufacturing has never been more interesting. Global manufacturing has been slow to recover from the 2008 financial crisis. The industry didn’t return to its pre-2008 level until 2011-2012, according to some experts. In 2019, job growth rebounded in some ways after being on the decline for a decade or so. While manufacturing may never reach its peak again due to the strength of the American and Chinese economies, it appears to be growing steadily. Under such a situation, you can become an expert in your field just by monitoring industry trends and keeping your ear to the ground. To understand any changes or significant movements in your manufacturing business, you should also meet with other people in the company. That’s all for the start. You shouldn’t be too ambitious and aim too high. Remember, your first steps out of your comfort zone should always be small ones.

Look for ways to improve your productivity.

Remember, productivity is not the same as production. Production refers to the amount of stuff you produce, while productivity has to do with workplace efficiency. Increasing production is much easier than increasing productivity. Your business will scale up more smoothly if you streamline your existing manufacturing processes. Lean manufacturing will help you with problem-solving, minimizing waste, and standardizing tasks. As a result of eliminating waste, lean manufacturing contributes to customer value in a sustainable way. Despite the fact that Lean manufacturing is a pursuit of perfection and feels somewhat unattainable to most of us, its concepts and strategies are applicable at any stage of your business’s development. 

Reconsider your expenses

Don’t stick to outdated methods when it comes to handling ordinary stuff. Make use of smart technology, which is a great idea that serves many purposes and requires less effort. As an example, for data backup, invest in the cloud rather than large servers. Apart from being cheaper than conventional servers, it allows you to recover precious documents if your computer crashes. Always go for programs and tools to streamline worker production or manage workloads. Virtual reality can be applied to train new employees on different machinery or improve safety measures. Furthermore, it allows you to outsource some non-essential tasks. IT personnel may be useful or somewhat essential, but they may not be needed full-time. The same applies to marketing, HR, accounting, etc. Of course, this depends partially on the nature of your manufacturing business and yet something to consider seriously. Don’t overspend on tech by only purchasing what you really need. There’s no need to buy a ridiculously expensive computer if all you want to do with it is share sheets.  

Create a strong communication network

Working as a team mandates constant proper communication among the members. As the owner of the business, you need to hold weekly meetings so that members get to know each other better. But that’s not enough. Successful teamwork requires a peaceful workplace where there are no hard feelings among the members, and they feel free to go to one another for any reason. If you keep meeting one or two members only and limit your conversation with the rest to casual greetings, many of the employees follow your lead. The end result is that you have a team, but there is no teamwork spirit in your company.

Stick to the world-level standards

Whatever your business is producing, there are certain standards that you should maintain. Depending on the value of your products, you may need to meet certain local/national requirements before you can sell the product. However, if you decide to expand your business to attract more customers, you will need to follow certain procedures and get an ISO certificate for your business. This way, you will prove that your company follows the standards set out by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). There are hundreds of ISO certificates, each meant for certain businesses, and you will need only one such certificate to operate at the national and international levels.

If you decide to get the proper ISO certificate for your company, the first step is to run an ISO audit in your company to see how far it is from the required standards. In doing so, you need to contact a reputable ISO provider and ask for their ISO audit services. This is a kind of gap analysis that lets you know where you currently are regarding your standards and where you should be. If you choose the right ISO provider, they will help you improve your standards so that you qualify for the intended ISO certificate. Be sure to ask your staff to cooperate with the investigators so that they get a clear picture of your company’s situation. Remember, obtaining an ISO certificate is the most important step in taking your business to the next level and achieving desirable customer satisfaction.


Small manufacturing business owners have to consider several factors if they want to have a good start and maintain proper improvement. In this article, we provided five tips that help manufacturing businesses maintain a great workplace atmosphere, reduce their costs, enhance productivity, and improve their standards. If you own a manufacturing business, you will definitely benefit from these tips.

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