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 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 first year and I ended (not by much) in the black after all my re-investing. My first Christmas was a daunting challenge, but I made it through with nary a bruise, except if you count my mid-summer incident with my table saw (a block shot back and nailed me in the eye) but thank God for wearing eye protection, or I’d be half blind. Eventually I got feeling back on the right side of my face as well. 2013 also became a big year for growth, I purchased and upgraded many of my tools and expanded my product line from 2 original products to ~45. Just before Christmas, I was very happy to donate $50 worth in wood block sets for my first ever community project through my website. I could not have asked for a better start up year and I look forward to the rest of 2014.
Halfway through the 1st quarter of 2014, I have already done 1/3 the sales of the entire previous year, and it continues to grow monthly. I see a lot of trends and I am starting to key in on those more and more. I opened a third shop on Artfire.com and though I haven’t seen any real activity there as of yet, I am sure it will grow in time and even if it doesn’t, it was a good experiment. Starting this year I began selling all my products with free shipping which I think has been pretty popular too.
So here’s to a great start, I’ll remember it always!
Ethan B. Harris
P.S. I am having way too much fun creating graphics for my site…