Your Quality Control Checklist: Maker Edition
In today’s world, it’s not enough to produce a product that people can use in their day-to-day lives or sit out prettily on their entryway table. What small businesses manufacture has to be a quality item that can stand the test of time (and shipping planes, trains + automobiles) — but how exactly does a business owner determine such things?
We’ve put together a checklist to help out with quality control in your business…
1. Are You Using the Best Material?
We can’t tell you what the best item for your product is unless we assess it ourselves, but we can say this: Picking the least expensive option each time probably isn’t your best bet. Think of your favorite sweater — it’s probably made of a material that you find super comfy, heavier than most + would take an angry dog to tear it apart.
What would it take to break this item?
Does it feel sturdy upon picking it up?
Would I be excited to use or wear this item myself?
2. Accurately Measure Dimensions
When it comes to the design of a product, you want to make sure the artwork is accurately displayed on the given item. Being in the wholesale business for quite a few years now, we’ve noticed that one of the most common issues when it comes to production are makers inaccurately measuring the dimensions — which can lead to “bleeds” or artwork that is too small for the given item. We have a guide to designing with Adobe Illustrator, here, + another on how to create product mockups, here. We highly encourage you to take a peek if this is something you struggle with.
3. Evaluate Each + Every Product
If you’re not choosing to drop ship, especially in the beginning, make sure each product is being evaluated for any imperfections. This includes chips, something that needs to be color corrected, bleeding artwork, mis-shapened areas, etc.
We’re curious: How do you practice quality control?