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Blog entry by BTimmons posted 07-01-2014 02:39 PM 3150 reads 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/from-hobbyist-to-seller-starting-a-side-business/

Deciding to sell your work can be aggravating, or it can be rewarding. Thankfully, I count myself in the latter camp. In the article I offer my thoughts about making the jump from hobbyist to part time home business owner.

Hope you all enjoy the read! Also included is the video I shared recently.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com



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Eddie

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 03:08 PM

Just watched/read the whole thing, very awesome!
Congratulations!

”She liked what I made just fine and would try to nurture my creative side, but I knew it bothered her that I was dumping money into a hobby and getting nothing out of it. She had her doubts, and I don’t blame her…Making sales is great, but it pales in comparison to knowing that my wife really believes in me now”

This really resonates with me. My wife has felt the same way about my woodworking (something that has been taking time away from her and sucking money from our account). I recently offered to make an traditional shaving set for a few people and it has turned into nearly 20 orders and the hobby has now started funneling a little cash back into our bank account.
Its been exciting to see my wife’s attitude turn, and now have her excited about encouraging me in my creative outlet.

“I do have a 9-5 day job, which I get no satisfaction from. If I get to a point where I’m making enough money from woodworking that I can go full time, I will quit my job at relativistic speed.”

My day job of mouse clicking and paper pushing provides for my family and enables us to keep my wife home with the kids but I agree, zero satisfaction, especially when contrasted with the hour or two in the shop at night

Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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huff

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 03:35 PM

Brian,

That was a great interview and should be a “must read” for anyone that is considering selling their work or starting a woodworking business.

I really enjoyed watching your video also. Great job all the way around!

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 05:17 PM

Eddie, thank you and congrats on your own success! I’m glad the article struck a nerve in a good way for you.

Huff, thanks! That’s high praise indeed considering who it’s coming from. Your blog articles on pricing and selling have probably helped me more than any other resource out there. It’s fantastic advice and geared towards woodworkers in particular. You want to talk about must-read material? I think LJs should require members to read your stuff and then take a quiz before they’re allowed to post.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 12:54 AM

Great interview, and great video! You seem to be off to a good start, and let’s hope you’re able to make your new business your full-time occupation!

Do have a question for you, which I’ll PM.

-- Dean

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NormG

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 05:40 AM

Fantastic opportunity, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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stefang

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 01:47 PM

Great story Brian and congratulations on making your woodworking pay. I think you have a very nice and well crafted product and designs.

I am a great fan of wooden combs since I learned that unlike combs made from other materials, wooden ones don’t create static electricity. Women especially would have to love that characteristic. I have been wanting to make some of these as gifts for the ladies in my family for some time now, but still haven’t gotten around to it.

My first introduction to wooden combs was an article in an old Tauton press book from Fine woodworking. The comb maker there had some clever production methods which I thought I would pass along. He used a gang saw which if I remember correctly was 6 or so small circle saws mounted on an arbor that cut a lot of teeth correctly spaced all at one go. I bought a small blade like this made by Dremel. Another innovation was that he had 3 or 4 small electric sanders loaded with coarse to fine grit sandpaper and mounted onto a lazy Susan type table, so he could just spin the table to introduce a new grit to the comb. It did the sanding very efficiently. He also used a Dremel type tool like you do to relieve the openings between the teeth.

Good luck with your budding business. I’m sure you will enjoy continuing success with your artistic/woodworking talent and common sense approach to getting your products sold. It was good of you to share your thoughts and give some good tips to other woodworkers who might also like to sell their work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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7Footer

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 08:48 PM

Congrats Brian! Cool video too, definitely inspiring!

-- http://www.youtube.com/nrk411

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scoobydooo9r

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 07:10 AM

Hey Brian, I wanted to thank you again for agreeing to do the interview, and doing a great job with it too. Sorry it took a while to get written and posted. Great job on the video too! You’re a natural at these things.

Have you thought about trying to get a little press release going through local TV news or newspapers? I’ve seen people get a really huge boost by getting in front of the local community. From what I hear, some of the smaller news sources love getting stories handed to them, especially for a slow news day.

Great job on the success of your business and making a damn fine product!

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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jinkyjock

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#9 posted 07-03-2014 01:39 PM

Brian,
really enjoyed the article and video.
Heartening to see that your pragmatic, down-to-earth approach,
hasn’t diminished your integrity or love for your craft.
Hope you reap the rewards in future, and keep your good lady happy.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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BTimmons

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#10 posted 07-03-2014 06:44 PM

Zac, that’s an interesting idea about local news. I hadn’t considered that. But mainly, thanks for making this article happen!

Everyone else, thanks for the compliments and encouragement!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 12:22 AM

Way to go Brian! You came up with a unique product and did an excellent job building them. Good to see that your efforts are paying dividends.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CFrye

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#12 posted 07-06-2014 01:15 AM

Congratulations, Brian! Great interview and video!

-- God bless, Candy

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Eric

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#13 posted 07-07-2014 07:13 AM

Those combs are cool. Congrats to you, and I wish you the best of luck. I’m also thinking about starting a side business myself. Mostly projects that people ask me to make for them, but I want to make products like you are with your business. All I need to do is figure out what I want to make and sell it

-- Eric

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Roger

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#14 posted 07-08-2014 06:28 PM

Congrats Brian. Wish you gr8 success and future.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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