Measure Twice and Pay Once

Most people (myself included) are not big fans of paying insurance premiums. If you add up the amount you have paid for insurance over the years, it would probably (who am I kidding, definitely) shock you. 

But on the rare occasion that...

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How to Find Trusted Installation Accounts to Work With

Finding trusted installation accounts to work with can be a tough task.

From vetting out reputable outlets with quality products to finding experienced dealers to work with, here are my tips to finding top notch installation accounts in your area:...

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Mounting Options for Window Treatment Installers

A silly small mix up between "I" and "O" can cost you thousands of dollars and lots of aggravation between you and your client. Can you believe that? In today's blog post, I explain the reasons behind it.

More often than not, I see mistakes at the...

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3 Things You Can Learn to Become a Better Installer

Learning to be "the best" comes with staying on top of trends, always learning, and always improving what you do so you can do it better.

A few things I always recommend for you to improve include:

Learning window types

With the vast variety of...

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The KAIZEN Way

In case you’ve never heard of it before, KAIZEN, the Japanese word for constant improvement, is a concept referring to business activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly...

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Setting Up Your Van to Maximize Your Profit

Did you know that your van setup can help you MAXIMIZE your profits?

As an installer, time is money and when you can save time, you can increase profits!

I have rounded up some of the best van setups from window treatment professionals all over...

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3 Ways to Become a Top Notch Installer

At Trading Up Academy, we are training window treatment installers to become TOP NOTCH through education, networking and hands on experience.

Here are a few mottos we follow to ensure our installers are on their way to becoming the BEST!

1. Always...

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The Best Way to Gain Experience as an Industry Novice

Just starting out in the window treatment industry? Then this blog is for you (Head over to our Instagram and you can save these tips for future!)

Here are just a few ways you can get experience if you are trying to break into this great...

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When Looking for Installers Becomes too Hard ...

I attended the International Window Coverings Expo a few weeks ago where I got a chance to speak with a lot of industry professionals. 

Professionals who are interior designers, manufacturers, fabricators and more! 

Do you want to know...

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2022 IWCE (International Window Covering Expo) Recap

After a 2 year hiatus without much live interaction we finally had another International Window Covering Expo (IWCE)  in Fort Lauderdale, FL last week!

Here are 5 things that I walked away with:

  • I taught 2 classes at the 2022 IWCE. A full...
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Avoidable Mistakes by Dealers

Time and time again, I see window covering dealers and workrooms hurting their bottom line. Worse yet, they also risk their reputation and company’s opportunity to impress a client by providing a terrible experience. Like the old saying...

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Hooking You Up


Sometimes, little things can have a big impact in our everyday lives. However, we tend to take those
opportunities to improve for granted. I am speaking from experience. In today’s newsletter, I share an example that I did not realize could...

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