What Does It Take?


Other than good woodworking skills, what do you think it takes to start a small successful woodworking business?
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One of the most important things is to have a clear understanding of what you're delivering, before work starts. Nothing eats up time and money faster than having the customer say "No, wait! That's not what I wanted!".
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DON'T REPLY TO THIS ASSHOLE! He is the same spammer that has slammed this group with endless crap about his own way of running a "successful" woodworking business a few months ago. He's just disguised himself. He has never contributed anything to the group, and has just used it to advertise his garbage. --dave

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Money..............
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Lots of paying customers, people skills, long hours, cheap materials, perseverance, and business acumen. You'll need to hire others in order to make truly big bucks. Then all your woodworking skills become less of a factor than you'd expect.
Dave
Fab wrote:

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One happy customer at the time... one after another.
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The only right answer! Dave
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Fab wrote:

Marketing, salesmanship, and accounting.
Marketing because if nobody knows you're in business then you're not, salesmanship because after marketing has brought them to you if you blow the sale you don't get the job, and accounting because if you're spending more than you're taking in then you're going to starve.
If you're no good at that sort of thing then try to partner with someone who is.
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wrote:

A spouse with a good job. :-)
Mike O.
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I understand that you can make a small fortune in a woodworking business.
You start with a large fortune.
Walt C.

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Clients willing to pay
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What are you going to try and sell us now? Since you spammed this group with your apprenticeship and books on having a profitable woodworking business, shouldn't you be the one answering, not asking this question? hmmmmmm. Do you *really* not know what it takes or are you fishing for suckers here? I'd be happy to share my story, but i'm not gonna waste my time if your post is anything less than sincere

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Many Thanks to everyone that provided insight and constructive feedback!
Fab
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