MRRF: MakerOS for Maker Business Management

If you’re a maker business, making the things is usually your chief concern, whether you’re 3D printing widgets or milling them. But if you don’t put enough time and energy into things like client interaction and payments, you may find that you don’t have customers. [Mike Moceri] was tired of bloated systems like Salesforce that cost entirely too much for what they are. He created makerOS to help maker businesses be more effective without wasting time, starting with his own—a Detroit-based 3D printing, design, and prototyping firm called Manulith.

When a business registers with makerOS, they get a custom subdomain. makerOS is white-label software that provides a dashboard for the business owner and opens the lines of communication between maker and client. The client sees their own dashboard, and here they can can fill out a short form to describe what they want and upload photos and files from common cloud services. The dashboard provides a simple way to quote products and services, take payments, and facilitate discussion between manufacturer and client through a sort of wall/bulletin board which supports @ mentions and push notifications.

It’s free to register a subdomain with makerOS and install it on your existing site. The minimal costs associated are transaction based and flexible as your company grows.

10 thoughts on “MRRF: MakerOS for Maker Business Management

    1. I think the implication is an operating system for your business rather than for a piece of hardware. You see, a system can be used out the domain of pure computation. I think its a play on words.

  1. Actually spent some time on their site, looks like they are well established in the 3d printering world and are trying to make it easier for folks to get in the game without having to spend an inordinate amount of time messing with nasty bean counter stuff most of us would rather not have to deal with. I like the pay if you use it model, it is a win-win for all concerned, in my opinion. All in all a nice offering, although not necessarily a hack, at least of interest to entrepreneurial hackers and it’s nice to see that Detroit is still trying to MAKE things here in Michigan again.

  2. Reblogged this on Übermüdet Mirror and commented:
    Schöne Idee. Befürchte aber es wird den Weg aller “Lösungen” gehen die geschrieben werden weil man mit den vorhandenen Systemen unzufrieden ist. SugarCRM war auch mal als interne Lösung gedacht. Und dann kam jemand und meinte: lass uns dass doch Whitelabeln. Wer einmal in den Quellcode von SugarCRM geschaut hat weiss was daraus wurde…

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