Investing in your business can really make a difference in your productivity, efficiency and your bottom line. While something may seem expensive at first, when you weigh the benefits of an investment, it can be much more valuable than its dollar value. Take my laser for instance...had I never made the investment to buy my machine, I may never have had the opportunity to be self-employed full-time.
While not every investment is life-changing, there are little things that can make your work easier and more efficient, making you more productive and in the end, more profitable.
I recently purchased a commercial grade paper cutter. After owning several other paper cutters and never being quite happy with any of them, I decided it was time to make the investment. While most paper cutters will cost $20-$50, this one was around $200. But worth every penny!
Other paper cutters in the retail/scrapbook section are generally made out of some kind of plastic. My old cutter had a plastic cutting mat that had to be replace quite often. And the guide rail was plastic as well, meaning I never got a true straight cut. This always bothered me!
One thing I love most about my new investment is its all metal cutting system. The piece itself is wood/fiberboard, but the cutter, guide rails and cutting "mat" are all metal. And while this system is self-sharpening and should never need replaced, another thing I liked about this model and brand is that they do offer replacements should you need one. I owned a nice cutter a few years ago, but needed a new blade. The company didn't even offer replacement blades since they were never supposed to wear out. They obviously don't cut paper like I do...lol!
My new cutter has made my work easier and faster, making me more efficient and productive. So I encourage you to take a look around your craft room and see where you could use more efficiency. Where a piece of equipment or a tool would make your job easier and better. I encourage you to invest in your business and you'll see the benefits in the end :)