Starting a Woodworking Business

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Blog series by Sam Yerardi updated 01-19-2010 04:33 PM 16 parts 31328 reads 197 comments total

Part 1: Deciding what kind of work to do

08-11-2009 04:54 PM by Sam Yerardi | 37 comments »

For me, one of the hardest things to decide in starting a woodworking business was to determine specifically what type of work or product I wanted to pursue. I’ve done a lot of different styles of woodworking, ranging from kitchen ducks to Queen Anne reproductions. It seemed to me that at either end of the spectrum, there were more cons than pros if I really wanted to make a living at it. I remember driving by a home where the owner made his living by making all sorts of wood craft objects....

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Part 2: Getting my shop in shape for my business

08-31-2009 09:07 PM by Sam Yerardi | 8 comments »

I have been getting a lot of great input and comments from everyone ranging from business suggestions to telling me I have a very messy shop. I take no offense at that as my wife will also agree with you 110%... :)Again, thanks… I guess to some extent I come from the old school (and I know I need to change and I am) in that my shop has been like one of the old-time shops where mounds of sawdust, tools, etc. are everywhere. Not a good practice, and in fact is a fire hazard. So, I hav...

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Part 3: Still working at it

09-06-2009 09:21 PM by Sam Yerardi | 7 comments »

Recently I finished up an enclosure for a cuistomer that wanted something to cover the rear side of his fireplace. I had installed a new oak floor a couple of weeks before and he asked me to look at the patio and see if I had any suggestions for how to deal with the read of the fireplace. The rear of the fireplace extended into the patio. I posted the result (along with oak woodfloor job) in my projects section. I am still hanging in here, working on remodeling/cabinetry jobs as they co...

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Part 4: Home Alone

09-21-2009 04:10 PM by Sam Yerardi | 16 comments »

Well, Friday was my last day at my day job. I got a good severance and have insurance for almost a year so I’ve got that going for me to help out. I have to admit I’m a bit numb as in 30 years I’ve never been out of work, but I’m still focused on woodworking. Right now I’m working on my dishwasher, moving furniture, and remodeling my living room so I will try to post some progress pictures soon. Since my woodworking is focusing on Greene & Greene, that is...

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Part 5: Got some advice & help today

09-29-2009 08:26 PM by Sam Yerardi | 8 comments »

I met with the SBA (Small Business Administration) this morning and discussed my business startup. She gave me a lot of good advice and is going to help me with my business plan. She looked over everything I had put together so far and the direction I told her I am planning to go in. She said I was doing things the right way and suggested at first finding either a bookkeeper or an accountant and let them take care of what they’re good at, and me take care of what I’m good at. ...

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Part 6: Kitchen remodel prospect

10-05-2009 08:40 PM by Sam Yerardi | 4 comments »

Visited a home this morning to talk to the home owners about remodeling their kitchen. The actual remodel job, if I get it, won’t start until after the first of the year. I scoped out the job and it looks like a good project. The owners stopped by our house last night and looked at what I’ve been doing. They also asked me to repair some furniture for them which i did later in the morning. Tomorrow I’m going to an all-day business seminar on internet marketing.

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Part 7: Internet seminar

10-07-2009 01:27 AM by Sam Yerardi | 9 comments »

I went to an all-day ebusiness seminar today at Rio Grande University in southern Ohio (35 dollars). It was put on by the Ohio State University business development centers and WesBanco and as a result I now have a business internet domain name and email address!!! I got the name I wanted. I am going to start working on my web page over the next month or so. My short term goal is to have my business on line by the end of the year. I don’t want to reveal the business name just yet a...

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Part 8: solitude

10-20-2009 09:31 PM by Sam Yerardi | 23 comments »

Well, I’m still at it. I’ve almost finished another item to go on my webpage when it is done. My webpage is still under construction, so there’s nothing on there yet. I have to admit it feels strange getting up every morning and walking out into the solitude of the shop. I thoroughly enjoy it, and I don’t miss meetings after endless meetings… still I am apprehensive about my insurance in the long run, as everyone else is. I’d like to hear from you guy...

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Part 9: My first refinishing job

10-30-2009 02:48 AM by Sam Yerardi | 9 comments »

Today the weather was wonderful… sunny, about 65-70… I picked up a truck load of cherry today and loaded that into my shop. I finished up sanding on a refinishing job that I started Tuesday. Earlier in the week a friend dropped off a set of dining room chairs (Colonial, maple) that he wants refinished. I’m about ready to start on matching the original finish, but I will need to order some dyes and glazing. I’m still working on the stained glass for a chandelier ...

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Part 10: A Good Start This Week

11-04-2009 03:00 AM by Sam Yerardi | 15 comments »

I picked up about 400 bdft of cherry this past week for some tables & items I am building, and I’m still working on my stained glass lamps. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time studying business & marketing in my ‘spare’ time, but this week things sort of exploded a bit. I’m starting to get calls for remodeling work, so I’m trying to be selective about what I will take on. As far as remodeling jobs, I hope to focus on interior remodeli...

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Part 11: A very good week for me

11-07-2009 06:53 PM by Sam Yerardi | 10 comments »

My dreams are slowly coming true as I am starting to get a lot of work and prospects. Surprisingly, I’ve got a custom furniture job as well. This week I finished up the vinyl siding on the room addition I’ve been working on. This coming week I will be finishing the fascia board, doing the plumbing for the bathroom, and insulation. It isn’t custom cabinetry or furniture but it has certainly opened some doors… Thursday evening I went across the highway to scope out...

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Part 12: More work & I'M A GRANDPA!!!

11-17-2009 02:41 AM by Sam Yerardi | 21 comments »

This past weekend was amazing! I’d been busy all week and Friday my mom calls me (she’s 86) and said her dog had been hit by a car. The local vet didn’t feel comfortable doing the operation it needed so I drove it to the Ohio State University vet hospital 2 hours away. They operated, and the dog is going to be ok. I was up all night and when I got home at 7:30 in the morning, I went to bed. My wife called me from work and said our daughter and son in law were on their w...

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Part 13: Happy Thanksgiving from 'The Ohio Craftsman'

11-26-2009 01:05 AM by Sam Yerardi | 6 comments »

I’m getting ready to lay down and take a nap. I just got home from a long day pulling insulation under a 16×32 crawlspace. Very tired but I love it. Not that I want to do insulation for a living but just being on my own, my own boss. I love it. It is a bit scary but I pray about it every day. I went and talked to my lawyer this past week and he is drawing up the paperwork for my business to be structured as an LLC. The name of mu business will be ’The Ohio Craftsman...

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Part 14: Exhausted but loving it

12-05-2009 01:51 AM by Sam Yerardi | 5 comments »

The past week has been an exhausting week but I still love it. I spent the early part of the week installing drywall and the latter part mudding & taping. I scoped out a couple more new job prospects and I have enough work to carry me through the next couple of months. I have about 3 more weeks on the present job, and he has some more projects for next year. After that, I have a room remodel job that I have scheduled. So far I haven’t done any advertising other than word-of-mou...

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Part 15: Late nights

12-28-2009 11:28 PM by Sam Yerardi | 10 comments »

Hi everyone… it’s been a bit since I last posted so I thought I’d take a few minutes and do some blogging…. :) I’ve got a new shop in the back now. It is a 16’ x 40’ building with a gambrel roof. I bought it from the Amish. It came completely assembled, so when they were pulling up the street in front of my house, I thought what in the world have I gotten myself into? It is as big as a mobile home and when they tried to push it to the back yard...

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Part 16: More change

01-19-2010 04:33 PM by Sam Yerardi | 9 comments »

It’s been a while since I jotted down my thoughts and some things have changed a bit since my last post. During the past month, I’ve been very busy with remodeling jobs, but more and more, I’ve been getting more cabinet work which is exactly what I had hoped for. I just finished up and installed (with my son-in-law’s help) a large entertainment center. That has led to another entertainment center and some stained glass work. I’ve also been working on getting ...

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