My Small Business: Spud Wood Works

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Blog series by Ethan Harris updated 04-10-2014 06:15 PM 16 parts 25872 reads 53 comments total

Part 1: Making connections

01-28-2013 02:54 AM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

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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Part 2: Spud's first Direct Sale to Retail!

02-12-2013 07:38 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Hello Readers! Well there you have it, my small business has made its first landing on the physical retail scene through the Cornerstone Book store in CT. This marks significant growth for my business as I would like to have my products sold more in local shops and stores. On a lighter note I have had a lot of individual specialty requests from Etsy to my shop which is very pleasing. Just wanted to share some good news with you all!

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Part 3: Accounting, we all love to hate it...

02-21-2013 02:37 PM by Ethan Harris | 8 comments »

Hello Readers, It sure has been a busy time for me, after my direct sale to The Cornerstone Bookstore I recieved several orders which really gave me quite a time at making sure I had the time to complete everything. In the end I did, and I finally found the right handling time that would work for both me and the customers. I’d like to also draw attention to accounting… For some, this process can be daunting and tedious. But I suggest for anyone who is going to own a business...

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Part 4: Slow and steady wins the race... If you can stand it.

03-05-2013 03:52 PM by Ethan Harris | 4 comments »

Hello Readers! Ever heard the saying “Slow and steady wins the race”? Or “The early bird gets the worm”? Or even “Use your head for more than a hat rack”? I’ve heard these plenty of times from my mother when I needed to pace myself, or from my father responding to something dumb I had done. But these never really made more sense than now… Owning a business will give you a new perspective I suppose. Starting out now over the past 3 month...

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Part 5: First Band Saw, New Horizons

03-11-2013 01:58 PM by Ethan Harris | 3 comments »

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...

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Part 6: Keeping Above Water and Learning to Tread... And Product Photos!

03-12-2013 06:05 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

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...

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Part 7: Into the Trenches

03-14-2013 01:20 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

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.

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Part 8: Cut, Sand, Repeat. Cut, Sand, Repeat...

03-26-2013 02:46 PM by Ethan Harris | 4 comments »

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&...

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Part 9: The Dream, the Plan, the Project

05-11-2013 06:02 PM by Ethan Harris | 4 comments »

Hello Readers, Wow its been a really long time since I have blogged anything… Spud has kept me really busy. But today I think I have something to share that I have been realizing is the next step for me and subsequently Spud. I have come to the conclusion that I love woodworking, I love making things myself and seeing the satisfaction that people have with my product. A few weeks ago I decided that I would begin saving money from my business to open a brick and mortar storefront. ...

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Part 10: Website Launch!

06-05-2013 07:14 PM by Ethan Harris | 5 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks! Today I launched my own website and google adwords campaign! over the last few weeks I developed my own website equipped with the ability to allow shoppers to see my wood products and buy them directly from me… err I mean Spud Woodworks… Take a look: It has been quite the busy time. But I was able to do two freelance projects with maple recently. I will be sure to post them in the project page as soon as I find the time… Regards,...

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Part 11: Updates, Keeping the Pace, Growing Spud and some Pictures

06-13-2013 07:10 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

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...

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Part 12: Growth, Learning how to sell, and my First Business Photoshoot!

07-19-2013 03:26 PM by Ethan Harris | 7 comments »

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...

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Part 13: New Milestones!

07-30-2013 01:56 PM by Ethan Harris | 2 comments »

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!

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Part 14: Holy Cow, what fun!

10-24-2013 06:04 PM by Ethan Harris | 5 comments »

Hey everyone! It has been crazy! I’ve launched my own website, expanded products, paid my taxes and continue to make Spud Woodworks a real opportunity for myself and my family. I did hit a rut for awhile, it was difficult going day in and day out just sitting there making the same thing over again. But it dawned on me, I can always find opportunity to improve a product, grow its customer base, and make more varied styles and editions. Over all its been exciting. Really exciting! A...

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Part 15: 2013 a Trail blazing year, 2014 already breaking records.

02-17-2014 07:34 PM by Ethan Harris | 3 comments »

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...

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Part 16: New Product Line! *Scroll Saw Puzzles*

04-10-2014 06:15 PM by Ethan Harris | 4 comments »

Hello All, Just found some time to send an update to Lumber Jocks. Spud Woodworks is growing once more, this time I have launched a new product line! I acquired a NEW in the box 1995 Delta Scroll Saw on Ebay… That’s right, I couldn’t believe it when I came across it! And it is beautiful and works amazingly. Anyhow, I decided to start making wood puzzles and I designed my first set of them to begin selling. I also added some walnut and maple blocks to my wooden blocks p...

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