Adventures in Starting a New business #1: Before the beginning

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Blog entry by TwistedRedneck posted 02-27-2010 03:54 PM 1106 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, been thinking about it and now I think it is time to take that first step. Pimping woodworking skills out that is. I have had experience owning and running my own business as a Truck Driver and my parents have experience owning and operating a multi county Ambulance service so I think I have the knowledge that is needed to start a new venture like this.

I found a book at Goodwill specifically for making money with woodworking that I read and it helped supercharge my desire to follow this path. It has some great tips from the authors own experiences and some simple crafty designs to work from.

I am going to start out small, no large investment into it just yet. I have to test the waters and see what sells and what people are looking for. Starting out at my local Flea Market is the idea.

We have Easter and St. Patricks day coming up so I will create some woodcrafts around those two themes.

I have created items for cash in the past and have done well but the customers have been mostly by accident. For example, my parents have a couple of registered Bull Dogs that they bread and I made a “Whelping Box” for them. Came out pretty good and a lot more durable than I had expected. I used one sheet of 3/4” ply and it withstood the power of those dogs. Anyway, other folks saw it, some that also breed their own dogs and I was asked to make them their own custom versions of it.

So, using what I know and yearning to learn what I don’t, I am setting out to work next week, creating a small variety of mixed items to take to the Flea Market the following weekend.

For those interested, here is the information about the book I found;
TITLE: Wood Crafting for Profit – a money making guide for woodcrafters
AUTHOR: Rick Gundaker
PUBLISHED BY: Pennrich Press

I am sure their are better books available on this subject but this one was very simple and covered all of the basics and ideas that are needed.

I will add more here as I learn more.

-- Nails are better wood fasteners than screws, if both are applied using a hammer.

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 04:06 PM

”—“Love is like standing on wet cement, the longer you stay the harder it is to leave…and you can never go without leaving your prints behind…”“

I like that.

Well, good luck to you , I am sure that you can succeed and keep us posted.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 05:11 PM

Good Luck, Look forward to hearing more from you.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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