Hello Readers, It certainly has been awhile since I have last shared about my small woodworking business (Spud Woodworks). I have been very blessed over the past year and I wanted to share some of those things with you all. 2013 2013 was my banner year. I started Spud Woodworks as a all around online retail store on Esty, expanded to selling on my own website and made a few sales to local stores. My first 12 month year started slow, and grew to a 5 digit revenue company in my fir...
Hey all, Just a quick note to share with you all about Spud! So far this year Spud Woodworks has officially hand crafted and shipped over 10,000 blocks to customers world wide from Australia, to Germany and throughout the United States. I am really excited about the growth I have been seeing and I look forward to whatever comes next! Spud Woodworks Have a great week everyone!
My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #12: Growth, Learning how to sell, and my First Business Photoshoot!
Hello All, Been awhile, and I really want to keep up with my blogs here on lumberjocks so here goes another. Spud (or I) has (or “have” if you assume I) been buying a lot of new tools to expand my business line and so far its been more spending money than making, but that’s the short term plan anyhow… I think. Other than expanding my (or Spud’s) tools and products its seems like I have been getting a crash course in sales 101. What makes my product diffe...
Hello All, Since opening my website things have progressively gotten a bit more busy. For instance yesterday I completed 4 orders that shipped out today only to get to my computer last night to see that 4 orders came in the very same day. So when I thought I was getting ahead, I was just keeping pace. On another note I bought a 20” chainsaw with some of my profits and I am preparing my plans for building a small forced air kiln to start drying out maple logs so I can offer Maple a...
Hello Readers! There is a glimmer of light in the progress department of my small business. The brightest spot being that orders keep coming in at a steady pace. The Ugly has reared its head however in the form of doing the same process, over, and over, and over again only to repeat it again and again… I find myself trying to stay ahead of the orders, trying to not think about the fact that in the course of three weeks I have made over a 1000 square 1.5×1.5×1.5 inch blocks&...
Hello Readers, It has not been too long since my last post. So this will be just a quick update. I am headed into the trenches. received quite a number or orders for wood blocks and they keep coming. We shall see if my established system works. If not you will find me sprawled up in a corner somewhere. ONWARD! Best wishes to you all.
My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #6: Keeping Above Water and Learning to Tread... And Product Photos!
Hello Readers, Some people get busy just doing what they do, some people get busy learning how to do it, others get busy because they allowed themselves to get that way. Right now I’d say my process for “Product Handling Time” is working, if a customer orders a product, it is then processed and shipped normally within 3 to 6 business days of the original order. Question: “Why not 3-5, or 1-3 days instead?” Answer: “Because you never know how muc...
Hello Readers, Well Yesterday I finished setup of my first band saw. I started at the low end because that is what my business could afford and I am also learning the ropes. I read lots of reviews for the Ryobi Band saw from Home Depot and after some consideration and education on Band Saw tuning, I went out and bought one… That was Saturday. Turns out the one I picked was busted so after returning and swapping for store credit, traveling to a different store 20 miles away, inspectin...
Hello Readers, Well I got some good feedback from my previous blog entry so I decided I might as well start a new series for my new small business and chronicle the ups and downs of starting my business. Enjoy! This weekend I made significant contactions with a potential customer that would allow me to sell my items in a local co-op market. The market is for natural and organic foods as well as a small merchandise section that my stuff would be placed. I am hoping to make a deal on this...
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