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Would anyone be interested in a blog on selling your work?

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Blog entry by Michael1 posted 10-05-2011 02:08 AM 6036 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow lumber jocks. I was wondering how many would be interested in reading a blog series on selling your work? Mainly geared toward those working in the industry or thinking of opening their own woodworking business and would be interested in a tutorial series on finding their customer base, cold calling, giving presentations and closing the sale, etc. I have been self employed in some form of woodwork for over 20 years from residential cabinets, furniture, commercial casework, wooden boat construction and currently I believe I am in business making a product that is the hardest of any product out there to sell. After all, the products I make I don’t WANT. I sell them because after I make them i definitely don’t NEED them. And to top it off, the person who needs my products has NO IDEA that they need it. What do I make you might ask? Currently I build hand crafted caskets.

The selling program that I am thinking about posting is the same approach that I have successfully employed and learned from my Masters Degree earned at the School of Hard Knocks and I believe it might be beneficial to anyone who is currently self employed in a cabinet shop or thinking of opening their own business.

I have in the past taught seminars to other companies sales staff on techniques of selling and thought it might be helpful to others on this sight as well.

If anyone is interested, just post a comment. But in your post if you could let me know what areas you would be interested in the most. That way I can tailor it to be most beneficial. ie: I dont want to take the time to post a blog on lead generation and demographics if everyone feels that is not an area they need help in. Secondly I don’t want to blog about closing if there are several out there that need help in giving presentations. The main idea would be to make it as educational as possible and for the benefit of the majority.

Anyway, just let me know.

Michael1

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com



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SnowFrog

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 02:44 AM

I am truely just starting about 2 years ago but I have been thinking about doing this after retirement (about 10 years).

Cabinets for living room, bookshelves, for dishes, dining tables, coffee tables that kind of things.

Never been selling anyting so where to start is first on my list but everything else is welcome.

If you write it I will definitly read it.

Cheers and thank you for sharing.

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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CalgaryGeoff

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 03:23 AM

Always interested in learning about tools and approach too. I certainly will be reading if your writing.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Bearpie

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 03:40 AM

I’ll read too and will probably learn something which is always good! Thanks for offering.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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rance

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 05:52 AM

I too am interested. I’d prob. be interested in knick knacks and smaller items, not furniture. Stuff that could be shipped easilly, doesn’t take up much room in storing them, sell well, complexity is not a problem.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Jorge G.

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 07:55 AM

I am up for it too, would love to see what you have to say….

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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Don W

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 01:17 PM

i’d read it as well…....

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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