5 Things I Love About Working for Myself

This is the first of 5 articles I have written as part of celebrating 5 years of working for myself. It has been a long hard slog, but it seems to have flown by at the same time. So stay tuned and please join the conversation by adding a comment if anything you read strikes a cord with your own journey.

This one was harder to write then you might think. Not because Continue reading “5 Things I Love About Working for Myself”

There is no such thing as common sense.

I came to the conclusion in my early 20’s that there is no such thing as common sense and that everything we know we were taught or learned at some point. The misconception of “common sense” comes, I think, mainly from the fact that we learn so much and so quickly that often times we are not aware that we have learned something new. Our brain takes in a new experience of some form through our senses and stores it as a new bit of information with very little conscious effort on our part in a lot of cases. After a period of time with that information rattling around in our head we think it is just natural or “common sense” that everyone should know that.

Let’s take for example the Continue reading “There is no such thing as common sense.”

7 Reasons to NOT Get Your Whole Facility Remodelled.

Whole Facility Model

I know it looks great and all but please for the love of all things good and pure stop getting your whole facility remodelled off 3D scan data! I know this sounds counter intuitive coming from someone who provides 3D scanning as a service, but we also do 3D modelling and drafting. Wait a minute, that makes it sound worse, not better. So join me on a little journey while I explain why it is a bad idea to get your whole facility remodelled off scan data not to mention a complete waste of money.

It’s time to dish out some hard truths and reality checks about 3D modelling and scan data so strap yourself in, this ride might get a little rough for some.

I Feel I need to put a warning in here for anyone that wants to Continue reading “7 Reasons to NOT Get Your Whole Facility Remodelled.”

Autodesk Share Holders You Are Being Lied To!


So last week I posted an article about how “I wanted to break up with Autodesk” over their recent proposed licensing and software delivery changes.

Since then I have been trying to work out the reality of what this change means for my business, my business model, how I am going to handle that change and what that ultimately means to my clients. (do I hand the cost of this change over to them?)

There are quite a few things that have been bugging me though and tonight while trying to write another article about this change and reading more about it, it finally hit me, the biggest thing that has been bothering me that I just couldn’t put my finger on. Continue reading “Autodesk Share Holders You Are Being Lied To!”

Do you have your CAD systems setup properly? If not, why not?

Quick Job Drawing

I was working on a couple of jobs with a client the other day when the director of the company contacted me and said, “I have another engineer on another site that needs something quickly modeled in Inventor to get a point across to our client, can you knock something up for me before your next meeting?” Well, no dramas I thought, this Continue reading “Do you have your CAD systems setup properly? If not, why not?”

Got a Rush Job Before the End of the Year?

christmas countdown clock

As we move into the final months of the year it is inevitable that we get “that” phone call. You know the one where your client asks you to do 8 weeks of work in 6 weeks, starting today. Or the one where you get asked to squeeze that one more small job in when you are already overloaded. Before you go out and ask who is willing to work through the Christmas break, read on.

Now might be a good time to consider Continue reading “Got a Rush Job Before the End of the Year?”