Slightly Shaded

Offering Easy Upsells

Feb 24th, 2021

Wow, what a time to live in. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and morphed computer keys into an opinionated blog. I’m sorry about that, but as we all know the life of a business owner is unpredictable and at times hectic. When you add in a global pandemic and “free money” from […]

Why Does It Matter?

Jul 8th, 2020

One of the industry’s more entertaining topics is who manufactures the film we use in our shops. This conversation usually starts mini feuds between installers over which “white box” film company gets what films from where. This conversation is one of the many on social media forums that ends up with someone, with a sense […]

Stay Off Your ####### Phone!

Mar 11th, 2020

Man, is it just me or are cell phones the bane of every shop owner’s existence as an employer? I’d really like to know what is so important to employees that they feel the need to stop what they’re doing to look at their phones. It’s become such an issue in our shop that we […]

Buy Your Rep Dinner

Feb 12th, 2020

We’re blessed with some of the most amazing film representatives in this industry and I think they are an undervalued group of individuals. When we opened our new shop we decided it was time to look into our film choices. With advances on the scientific side of film and the ever changing market, we wanted […]

New Shop, New Stress, New Year

Dec 23rd, 2019

Opening a new shop this year has been exciting, to say the least. I’ve been consistently overwhelmed. It’s become somewhat of a normality. I once had a friend ask me how we did it all. It took me a moment to think about the proper answer. I tried to think if my secret to success, […]

The Discount

Jun 12th, 2019

I’ll admit to being somewhat of a newbie to the industry, as I’ve been in it for about six years. My position in our company is mainly administrative and I spend most of my time staring at my MacBook until my vision begins to blur, that’s usually sometime around 10:30 at night. If I do […]

To Pull or Not to Pull? That is the Question.

May 1st, 2019

There are many times where I’ll speak with colleagues and fellow installers and at some point in time the subject of installation styles is breached. Do you shrink in this way? Have you tried using this solution? Do you use this tool? Do you post heat? It seems one of the biggest debates in the […]

The Obstacle Course

Mar 6th, 2019

Shout out to Lindsay Webdell for suggesting my next topic. I have to admit, this was a challenge. Lindsay asked me to talk about the obstacles women face in the industry and in small business in general. This is a great topic because it was a bit laborious for me to think of anything specific. […]

Can I Have Your Attention Please?

Feb 13th, 2019

I spoke to a good friend about starting this blog and she gave me a piece of fantastic advice. She said, “Be yourself.” This seems like it should be obvious, but I’ll admit it honestly hadn’t occurred to me yet. When I was commissioned for this assignment by the amazing folks at Window Film Magazine, […]