Working with wood can be so satisfying and rewarding. Taking raw materials and turning them into something beautiful and functional.
Whether it’s an exquisitely ornate set of chairs or a robust and practical, but stylish cabinet or cupboard, there is no limit to what you can make.
If you have the relevant training and skills and would like to turn it into a moneymaker, there are several things you need to consider when starting a woodworking business.
Workshop Size Restrictions
The first thing you need to think about is where you are going to be carrying out your work.
If you are going to be doing the majority of it from your home, then the amount of work you will be able to carry out will depend on how big a workshop you can have.
This is true, though, if you were buying or building a property elsewhere though. Whatever space you have to work in, that’s how much work you will actually be able to do.
Is the Noise Going to Cause Problems For Neighbors?
Again, this is more an issue if you are interested in how to start a woodworking business on your own property.
You need to be mindful of your neighbors, but not only them, but your other family members.
Woodwork can be quite a noisy job, depending on the tasks you are completing, the techniques you are using and the items you are working on.
Packaging, Postage, and Delivery
Another huge consideration you need to consider when setting up a woodworking business is how you are going to get the finished products and items to your customers.
There are several options open to you, and what you choose will depend greatly on your budget and your circumstances.
You could, of course, offer items on a collection only basis, but that will restrict greatly your customer base (which could be a good thing, if you start to become very successful).
Do you really want strangers randomly turning up at your home, if that’s where your workshop is?
The other option is to deliver the goods to the customer. This sounds like a good idea, especially if you are only selling within your local area.
However, it does mean you need to factor in the travel expenses and time that you need to allocate to deliveries each week.
The final option is probably the one you had already thought about before even looking at this article and that is to post your items out.
Obviously, with the bigger items, you would need to use a FedEx or USP type courier service.
Whatever way you decide to have your wooden designs sent out to your customers or if you want them to come and collect them, you need to give some thought to how you will package them.
The last thing, after all, that you want is for all your hard work to be ruined in minutes or a short journey because you didn’t secure it properly and wrap it in protective packaging.
Think About a Niche
It’s all very well to try and create something fresh and new if people actually buy it. That’s why you must give some thought to the niche wood worked items you are going to sell.
There is nothing wrong with selling items that the customers want, even if it’s not those elaborate, time-consuming, and painstaking pieces you’d rather be making.
Save those for when you can afford to make one-off items and stick to the things that will earn you money and get the ball rolling.