Starting a Woodworking Business #11: A very good week for me

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Blog entry by Sam Yerardi posted 11-07-2009 06:53 PM 1549 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: A Good Start This Week Part 11 of Starting a Woodworking Business series Part 12: More work & I'M A GRANDPA!!! »

My dreams are slowly coming true as I am starting to get a lot of work and prospects. Surprisingly, I’ve got a custom furniture job as well. This week I finished up the vinyl siding on the room addition I’ve been working on. This coming week I will be finishing the fascia board, doing the plumbing for the bathroom, and insulation. It isn’t custom cabinetry or furniture but it has certainly opened some doors…

Thursday evening I went across the highway to scope out the job that the woman had asked me about earlier in the week. It looks like it might be about a week of work, but it may be a bit longer because of some electrical work that I may do. I’ve been working on the quotation, and based on her budget, i think I have a good shot at getting the job.

Friday I got the TransTint I ordered so I will work on the set of dining room chairs this weekend.

This morning I scoped out a job that originally was just a furniture repair. I’ll be repairing a recliner chair and a couple dinner table chairs. It turns out that they have a son in law who is a very large man and the chairs that they have for their dining room are a bit too small for him. I asked if they would like to have a custom chair built just for their son and they looked at each other and grinned and said they would love that. So what started out as a furniture repair turned into a custom furniture job.

The conversation led to what I did for a living and I told them that I had started a woodworking and remodeling business. They asked me ‘home remodeling?’ and I excitedly I said yes. They said ‘well – - we’ll we need you to do some other things for us too’ ... I’ll be redoing some plumbing to fix a low pressure hot water line in their bathroom, and replace a leaky house main water valve. It was an elderly couple in their 80’s and they have their washer and drier in the basement so I asked them if they had ever thought of moving that up to the main floor and they said yes that they had been wanting to do that for a long time. The discussion then led to where upstairs they would put it and now there is a good possibility that they want me to quote building an addition onto their house to accomodate the washing machine and drier. The best location at the present time seemed to be off of their bathroom, so they said they might want to expand their bathroom out as well since we would be doing the addition…

Prayer does work…

Still distilling and still loving it….

-- Sam

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Don Butler

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 07:19 PM

You go, Sam!

Its so good you’re getting work right away. With things going so badly in the economy, some who are just starting out are finding it hard to cope eith expenses.

Lets hope things continue to go well for you.


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#2 posted 11-07-2009 07:48 PM

Prayer does work…
I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning and it’s amazing to read about how everything is unfolding for you. It’s an inspiring blog for those of us who want to go down that path. May God bless you and your new business.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 08:00 PM

It is exciting to see things working out for you. That is the way I remember it back in the Buckeye state.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 08:28 PM

its good to get these positive reports on how its all coming about…it will take some time, but you will get more furniture commisions as your name gets out there…just having work and bringing in a income is a great blessing..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 11-07-2009 08:31 PM

Good news Sam

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 12:15 AM

I have a friend who is a professional trim carpenter who worked for a big building in the area until the bottom fell out of the market. He like a lot of other professional tradesmen found himself without a job and a family to feed. Rather than complain, he went to work doing much of what you are doing. he started with a smll job, and one thing has led to another. It seems all the wives in the neighborhood have been talking, and he has more work than he can handle. Been like that for almost 3 years now, and he says he is making more money than he ever did before, and doesn’t have to share it with anyone.. so he is able to charge less, and still make a higher profit. I had him help with kitchen cabinets. We set a whole kitchen, uppers and lowers, laveled everything and it only cost me $350. Money well spent. Not bad for 3 hours work, and it would have taken me a whole weekend. My next project, which I had ot wait until a rainy day, was having him cut in the paint around all the ceilings in my living room, Dining room, and kitchen, paint the entire ceiling in all rooms, and fix about 20 or so nail pops and cracks. Another $300 well spent. He was happy to have a small job on a rainy day he normally would not have been able to work in, and I was happy for not having to climb a ladder and do the work. He has done my next door neighbo’s kitchen, bathroom, and built a new front facade on their house to include a new covered entry way. He did a 3 season porch for the guy accross the street. The list goes on. He says he will never go back to working for a large builder again.

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 03:41 AM

Sounds great Sam. You’ve got it rolling now!

-- John @

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Sam Yerardi

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#8 posted 11-08-2009 04:51 PM

Thanks guys! I spent most of last night working on business items so I have been burning a lot of midnight oil. I feel like taking a long nap today but I’ve got a guy coming over to do some backhoe work to make room for the Amish building I’m going to buy. I feel so blessed and I know from here on out I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. I’m going to wait until I get my building set up before I advertise for custom cabinetry work. I can see how the business end of things can be overwhelming but I love it because I feel that I am in more control of me & my family’s future. I heard rumours that the plant where I got laid off may call back some of us who got cut. I talked about this with my wife and she agrees that now is the time for me to go after my dream and not look back.
Yesterday I did something I’ve never ever done before in my life… a best friend got married and had asked me to play guitar at his wedding. I played and sang with a couple other people on some different songs. The problem was they had no one to play the wedding march on the organ. Let me say first that I have no experience playing a piano or any kind of keyboard instrument in front of a crowd. I can play a few chords on the piano and that’s it. He asked me if I would try. It was a HUGE pipe organ made in 1919, one of only a few of its particular kind left in the world. I spent about 2 hours dinking around on it with my hands and feet and felt like, ok – - I’ll try it… So I played the organ. There was one problem though, in all the practice I never once considered WHEN I should stop playing. I made it through the wedding processional and it sounded really good. I didn’t think to turn around and look at the preacher because I was so focused on watching my feet and hands. Everyone was already up at the altar and there I was just playing and having the time of my life… everyone was laughing when I finally turned around and looked…
I’m sticking with woodworking…

Still distilling and still loving it

-- Sam

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#9 posted 11-08-2009 07:16 PM

I’m am real glad to hear that your new business is going well for you. As an older person, I believe there is a huge market out there doing work for older folks. If they are like me, it makes a big difference to have someone do work for you whom you trust and have confidence in.

As you get older it becomes much more stressful for most folks to have to deal with problems associated with any kind of business dealings, especially house repairs and alterations. It is wonderful to have someone who will carry out the work in the time period agreed, do the quality of work promised, and take care of any related problems promptly.

Often people would just rather leave things be as they are and skip the potential aggravation. Your idea of suggesting modifications that would make life a little easier for your customer is certainly smart and the right way to go. I think that your age and experience is a great advantage here because it will be easier for you to recognize these opportunities and at the same time do your customers a great service as well.

I am sure your success will be a great inspiration to many LJ’ers who would like to do the same as you are doing. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sam Yerardi

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#10 posted 11-08-2009 07:40 PM

Thank you very much. When I was talking with them (he’s 89 and she’s 88) I kept thinking of my dad (he passed away when he was 86) and how vulnerable they are to people who are ready to take advantage of them. If there is one thing I wish to convey to elderly people when I look at prospective jobs it is trust. I realize that trust has to be earned, so I know I will always keep that in mind.
Thank you again for your encouragement.

-- Sam

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