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#1 posted 05-29-2014 12:07 AM

I don’t know you but personally, I find the business side and woodworking side to be pretty easy to learn. It’s just a natural for my own personality. The hardest part is marketing and this seems to be true for most woodworkers. So that gives you a third option to consider. Study marketing geared towards small business and figure out the others via some alternative plan.

If you can sell a product then your chance of pulling off a woodworking career gets a lot easier. Work on your people skills and develop that confident aura that makes people feel easy about trusting you with their money. The only difference between that and being a con artist is that you aren’t conning anyone, you really do have the skills to back it up and the intention to follow through.

A lot depends upon your personality though. If studying all three routes in school isn’t possible then pick the one that’s hardest for you, get that formal education then self-learn the rest. Alternatively, you can try to make contacts with people who will teach you two of the skill sets then use schooling to fill in what remains.

Regardless of the route you take, I highly suggest working for someone else before attempting to go on your own. You’ll want to get real life experience within the industry and gain some contacts.

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