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#1 posted 11-05-2008 06:26 AM

I can relate to your dilemma. I’ve done casework and closets for a living for 7 years. My business was growing 30% a year and life was good. This year it is off 60%. That’s a tough pill to swallow. The only thing that is helping me keep my head above water is repeat business from my large customer base. I have also taken on jobs this year that I would normally turn down. I had a past customer call and ask me if I could build a 12×14 shed with attic in his back yard. I got it done, but I never want to do something like that again. I’m still doing closets, but not as many and not as large. Work just comes sporatic right now. I also have endcap displays in three Lowes stores and I haven’t had a lead in the past four months.

This is the reason I started doing craft shows. I have this fully equipped shop and lots of time on my hands, so I started building stuff and going to shows. This is has potential, but I don’t think it could ever replace the cash flow that I was getting from my closet business.

I have an Etsy store, but have only sold three things this year. Sales though my web site were starting to increase, then they dropped off to nothing, but people are still buying at shows. The ones that survive all this will be known as master dog-paddlers….

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