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Going full time will require some changes. The first thing to do is to hire workers to increase your production. This will require a carpentry workshop. In addition, your advertising expenses will increase and you will have to assume the role of manager. Most carpenters like to work alone on their own projects, but if you want to cope, you will have to make some decisions and change things. This report has tried to cover all the basics of turning a hobby into a business.
As beards have become popular, the demand for beard combs has increased dramatically. They are pretty cheap and quick to do. A nice scented wood will allow you to sell them at a good price, some of them are sold for as much as $ 60. If you want to start small, you should make frames. They are very easy to promote mouth to mouth and you can also place them in a gift shop to increase sales. The demand for wooden tableware is rising.
I also started building electric guitars in hopes of making a few dollars, but that did not work either. By the time you buy the wood and parts to make it playable, what you could sell for it does not match what you have in it, not counting the hours spent on it. I currently have 6 guitars that are in production, but there again, I can not search the energy to finish them in due time. I have seriously considered selling a lot of my unused tools, guitar parts and some of my wood, but I hate to separate it, even if something has to be given , and soon.
This stuff is basically small decor at home, so you'll want to think like a furniture store and offer a variety of finishes to match different tastes and styles in home furnishings . There is nothing to do here, be sure to do some quality things and do some marketing out of your store. Find a unique angle where you can, like this craftsman who makes an iPad on the theme of cooking which would be nice in a kitchen or the one who makes a support for iPad shaped board to cut.
The postcards and cold calls of the "guardians" I mentioned above work well. They have access to customers who are actively spending money on furniture. Customers are your best advertisement. To start, try an ad in the services section. I started with penny saver. If things slow down a bit, send a letter to the old customers. Also read Jim Tolpin's book on professional dentistry. Focus your efforts more locally.
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