I’ve been making a living off of woodworking and a little cedar fence and deck work.
I’ve found Craigslist to be a valuable tool in my marketing.
I run 7 or 8 ads at a time a couple times a day during peak hours of 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM.
I have been experimenting on the ads themselves. I have some with prices in the ad, and others without prices.
The ads without prices generate a lot of emails and texts asking the price but only about one in eight people will buy. So I now create all my ads with prices. This means I can only advertise one item at a time to avoid any confusion.
I’ve refined the design of my adirondack chair to only cost me $26 to make, which then sells for $100 unfinished.
I used to charge a small fee to paint, but it became too time consuming to paint them unless they pay more.
So now on large orders I only charge $100 to paint or stain everything.
I use White Pine and I don’t skimp on the design much.
I used to make these chairs with contoured seats and backs, but after making one without contours I found it to be amazingly comfortable. So I’m going with this design.
I still need to work on the back to make it look more attractive, but here is the new chair style I make.
As you can see, I used 2×6 and 2×4 for the structural parts and 1×4 or 1×6 for the seat and back. It’s a very strong chair and takes about two and a half hours to make. All edges are rounded and it’s sanded with 80G all around.
Things are going well with the addition of some new products that I’ve seen on Anna White’s page. She has a knack to design thing simply and beautifully.
I say all this to encourage those of you wanting to do the same.
I’ll list a few of the items I make which have kept me going this summer.
It looks to be a good fall season for chairs as well. Fire pits are the new thing, so I advertise a bit in that direction.
Thanks for looking.
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