How I Turned My Woodworking Hobby into a Business

How I Turned My Woodworking Hobby into a Business

So where does one begin to make money from your woodworking skills? Mostly it happened by accident, I made some patio furniture, just some small tables.  They turned out to be nicer than the mass produces plastic stuff you find at the store.  It didn’t have a lot of delicate finishes but it combined wood with some pieces that I welded together, but it looked rustic and it came out great.

It was still a hobby for me that I never thought it would go anywhere but some friends saw the work and asked me to create something for them.  It was a custom piece and one of a kind, but the special part was that I actually made some money from one of my creations.  That led to some other metal work and a bunch of other custom projects.  I took the time to build my reputation before ever considering doing this as a business.

Setting the Prices

You can’t compare my prices on what the stores are charging.  First of all their products are mass produced, probably in China or somewhere where the labor is extremely cheap and they use the cheapest material they can find.

I use my skills to create a unique piece of art that you can use in your home.  It will outlast anything you have purchased at the store and prices reflect that level of quality.  I have a pretty big inventory or projects since this initially started out as a hobby.

Types of Projects

There are all kinds of small type of projects from woodworking to welding.  I have built decks and created metal and glass patio furniture along with some small custom cabinetry.  I put together custom pieces that will stand out in any home.

 

 

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