I have been getting a lot of great input and comments from everyone ranging from business suggestions to telling me I have a very messy shop. I take no offense at that as my wife will also agree with you 110%... :)
Again, thanks… I guess to some extent I come from the old school (and I know I need to change and I am) in that my shop has been like one of the old-time shops where mounds of sawdust, tools, etc. are everywhere. Not a good practice, and in fact is a fire hazard. So, I have been cleaning my shop from the pictures I posted and when it is done I’ll post them. I promise a radical change.
One problem I have is storage of wood. I have access to a very large amount of air-dried hardwood at incredibly low prices so I tend to hoard wood. I’m waiting to see what is going to happen with my daytime job over the next couple of weeks. It won’t change my long-term plans for the woodworking business, but will influence what my plans are going to be in the short term. I’m either going to build a small building for wood storage to create room in my garage shop or build a new shop altogether in the back. In either case I won’t be going into debt to do it, but there are other factors that I will be considering. Long term I will definitely have a larger shop in the back. In the meantime, I will be focusing on work flow for my garage shop.
I have been working on my business plan, talking to my lawyer, found a good accountant, and reading as much as I can about the business end of things. I also found someone that has ran a construction business (the business end) and is willing to help me get started and possibly even come to work for me if things goes as I hope. I never thought I would be as interested in that part of the picture as compared to woodworking, but I am really interested in learning all I can so that’s where most of my focus has been in the past couple of weeks.
I just finished up helping my son-in-law remodel their bathroom. I got to reproduce some turn-of-the-century wood trim to match the rest of the house. My other daughter has a small list of things that she want’s me to help my other son-in-law with so I’ve been splitting my time between the two.