I picked up about 400 bdft of cherry this past week for some tables & items I am building, and I’m still working on my stained glass lamps. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time studying business & marketing in my ‘spare’ time, but this week things sort of exploded a bit. I’m starting to get calls for remodeling work, so I’m trying to be selective about what I will take on. As far as remodeling jobs, I hope to focus on interior remodeling in the hopes it will open doors for custom cabinet/furniture work. I’ve heard the phrase ‘word of mouth’ a lot of times, but this week it really came home for me. I started the room addition job on Monday of this week, and sitting at home I have a customer’s dining room set of furniture waiting on some TransTint dye, so I thought I had a few jobs lined up for the next couple of weeks. Today I had two pleasant surprises… On my way to the room addition job again today I recieved a call for me to stop and look at another dining room set of furniture that needs both repair and refinishing. When I got to the room addition job, I was installing vinyl siding when a woman pulled up in the driveway. She walked up and asked me if I was a contractor. I said no, but told her I have started a woodworking business. She asked me to quote remodeling her upstairs rooms & adding in some closets. Tomorrow evening after day 3 at the room addition job I’m going to stop and look at both jobs on the way home and prepare quotations over the next day or so. The woman with the remodling job said she can wait until I finish the current job.
This is a bit different than what I have been focusing on but I have to admit I have had so much fun in the past two days it has really boosted my confidence. I am trying to maintain a reasonable pace until I get a feel for what I can really handle.
Still distilling and still loving it…