Successful auto trimmers are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve their craft. One of the best ways to do that is by asking a master — like Brent Parker of Brent Parker Motor Trimming — for tips and advice. In 2015, Brent wrote an article for The Hog Ring outlining some of his favorite tips and tricks. Two years on, it's still one of our most popular … [Read more...] about Tips from Brent Parker Motor Trimming
Over the last couple of years, trimmers have begun reaching out to me with questions on how to improve the quality of their work. While I’m happy to help, I don’t always have the time to answer right away or provide them with a thorough response. Therefore, I’ve decided to write an article for The Hog Ring sharing 10 tips on how to take your work to the next level. … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Take Trimming to the Next Level
In a word – WOW! I must have walked at least 30 miles in the four days that I attended the SEMA expo. If you’ve never attended the expo before, let me take you through the process of how to get the most out of it. … [Read more...] about Making the Most of SEMA 2013
Giving fair price estimates is one of the most important skills that an independent auto trimmer needs in order to succeed. While over charging isn’t good for customers, under charging isn’t good for shops. In effect, estimates can either make or break an auto upholstery business. … [Read more...] about Estimating 101: What You Need to Know
What follows is a touching personal account by Marc Fisher of Auto Trim by Fisher in Lubbock, TX on how he got his start in auto upholstery, as well as a few of the lessons he learned along the way about how to compensate employees. These are the types of stories and life lessons that only true veterans of the craft could share... … [Read more...] about Paying Staff Hourly, Salary or Commission?