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My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #12: Growth, Learning how to sell, and my First Business Photoshoot!

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 07-19-2013 03:26 PM 1023 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Updates, Keeping the Pace, Growing Spud and some Pictures Part 12 of My Small Business: Spud Wood Works series Part 13: New Milestones! »

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 different (or better… or not) than my competitors? how is my pricing? and how, where and when do I advertise is all a big deal. I finally finished my pricing strategy for this holiday season and that took weeks to prepare. Now I am putting the final touches on how to present those deals and sales on my website and Etsy.

In summation I have been told that Summer is the slow months for online retail… and I have been pretty busy. I can only imagine October on… If you don’t hear from me, assume I am knee deep in saw dust.

Also had the opportunity to take some photos of my business (or “me” if you assume I). Check them out below! And that’s right, that’s a Spud Shirt!

Look its my hand!

Hope to write again soon!

Regards to all,

Ethan

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks



7 comments so far

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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 04:21 PM

Be careful. Using a fence with a miter guage could be a projectile/accident waiting to happen. Best of luck with the business. All I’ve learned from others on the woodworking profession is that it is a huge challenge, but if you can make it, it can be quite rewarding as well.

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 04:31 PM

I’m thinking that was not a saw in operation, as we can see the teeth. It does suggest that this is a normal cutting operation for Stub.

It just looks dangerous, no? For repeat cuts, a jig (a gazillion variations to be sure) is the way to go.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Ethan Harris

300 posts in 889 days


#3 posted 07-19-2013 05:53 PM

Thank you Hokie and Buckethead,

Normally there is a gaurd (which I removed for the photo) as well as a push arm which works to keep the wood moving and parallel to the table instead and of launching back at me.

Regards,

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 05:56 PM

To get your name out there shamelessly tell anyone and every one what you do and pass out cards to anyone you have contact with. you can call your local paper and ask if they want to do a story on you. In the end your product is your best salesman.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Ethan Harris

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 07:20 PM

Thank you Jim,

I did invest in business cards. Working on giving them out. I am actually sending them inside of the packages I ship now.

Who knows? Maybe they will refer a friend.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 07:28 PM

Good Idea Ethan, Maybe kick it up a notch and send two with a little thank you note that includes”one card to keep and one to share with a friend.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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us_Jturner

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 10:17 PM

I haven’t read enough of your blog yet to know what you specialize in, but I have a friend who makes furniture out of slabs. Tables, desks, benches and the like. Beautiful stuff. He goes to art galleries and small shops and sells a lot of high end stuff that way. Also gets his name out there that way too.

-- If it ain't broke, it needs a jig.

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