Running your very own woodworking business is both fun and rewarding. You get to use your expertise in your craft to support your family and benefit your community. When you manage a woodworking business, you hone not only your woodworking skills but also your business ability. In this blog, we share what we’ve learned over the years.
Have you heard about those wonderful sales people who are so talented they could sell refrigerators to people living in igloos?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could be that good with sales in your home based woodworking business?
For many people, the hardest part of their home based woodworking business is sales. They have a great product to offer. They don’t mind putting in the time to make the products, whether they’re cabinets, bunk beds or hand carved spoons. But sales don’t seem to come easily.
Starting a home based woodworking business is fun. You gather the plans of what you’re going to make. You splurge on new equipment and you set up your shop. You start making things. And then, you wait. You wait for people to notice. You wait for people to come buy these great things you’ve made. But if you wait too long, you won’t be in business any more.
When you have a home based woodworking business, whether you are making bunk beds, cabinets or chairs, you need to become your own best salesforce. Even if your products are the best on the market, people can’t buy them if they don’t know about them. You could spend a lot of money on advertising, but you probably don’t need to. There are a lot of things you can do on a tight budget. If you’ve learned woodworking, you can learn how to do sales too. [Read more…]
Most people who come onboard 1-800-BunkBed are not professional woodworkers. They usually operate this business out of a 1 car garage, their basement or a shed. The minimum space is 200 sq. ft. Because of the unique building and assembling procedures we have, the amount of tools and space needed is kept to a minimum. Most people will start with this size shop and then increase their operation as their sales warrant it.
I was speaking with a furniture builder from Germany the other day. He had apprenticed for six years under the tutelage of master furniture builders and now operates a large, home based, woodworking business. [Read more…]
Are you a typical wood working business owner? Did you set up shop because you like to make things more than because you want to sell them? Is your business suffering as a result?
It often happens that people are more comfortable with creating a product than making sales. But if you want your business to grow, you need to get better at selling whatever you make whether its high-quality bunk beds, customized cabinets, or wooden bowls. [Read more…]