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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #2: Marketing (the basics)

06-29-2013 11:24 AM by huff | 13 comments »

Marketing is nothing more than different ways of letting the buying public know that you exist and what you are selling and the reason they should buy your product. Marketing is also setting the image for you and your business. That’s such an important element of marketing and I’ll spend a lot of time talking about that throughout this series. Too many times we overlook the most obvious and easiest ways of marketing. So let’s start at the very beginning with the very basics and build ...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #6: Correcting mistake to Summary

06-02-2013 07:50 PM by huff | 15 comments »

I’m not sure what happened when I posted my summary, but part of it got left out, so here it is. What should you expect your % of closure be in selling your work? Another words, if you talk to 100 serious customers, how many do you think you should be able to sell your products to? Here’s one way to look at it and break it down so you may not feel so bad if you don’t get a sale every time you talk to a perspective customer. The first thing I would like to clear up right now is;...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #5: Summary

06-02-2013 01:12 PM by huff | 22 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 5 Summary As you’ve probably figured out by now, pricing, marketing and selling your woodworking is not an easy task, but its all part of a woodworking business and something you have to learn and improve upon just like you do with your woodworking skills. You didn’t learn how to build a square box, dovetail a joint, or finish a project overnight, so you have to realize pricing and selling takes time to get comfortable with and know h...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #4: Putting all the numbers together (creating a shop labor rate)

06-02-2013 12:51 AM by huff | 21 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 4 Putting all the numbers together(Creating a shop labor rate) Shop labor rate; what is that and why would I want or need to have a shop labor rate? I’d like to take credit for coming up with this, but I learned this from another woodworker and you might have even heard of him; Marc Adams. He’s well known for his woodworking classes that his school teaches, but I was lucky enough to attend one of his seminars years ago and this was ...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #3: How to price my woodworking (Knowing what it cost to build a project)

06-01-2013 11:31 AM by huff | 13 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 3 Knowing what it really cost to build your project to sell Again, like I said in my earlier series, if you’re a hobbyist and you really don’t sell your work, then no need to follow along, but for what ever reason you are building and wanting to sell some of your woodworking, then this series is real important to read and understand when it comes to pricing your work. One of the first things you have to realize when you decide you wou...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #2: How to price your woodworking to make a profit (and sell it)

05-31-2013 12:27 PM by huff | 19 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 2 Know your market! So let’s start with why you’re pricing your woodworking the way you are now. If you’re a hobbyist and you don’t sell your work or you really don’t care how much you make when you do, then there is no reason to read further. If you’re comfortable with how you price your work or you’re a professional and you already have a system for pricing in place and you like how things are going, then there is no reason to read...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #1: How to price your woodworking to make a profit (and sell it)

05-30-2013 10:25 PM by huff | 22 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 1 So where do you begin to answer such a simple question; or is it that simple? I’ve heard this question asked so many times and I’ve heard so many one liner’s for an answer:• “Know your market”• “You can only sell it for what the market will bear”.• “I sell it for enough to support my hobby” • “It’s just a hobby, so what does it matter as long as you at least cover your material cost”.• Cost of materials x 2.• Cost of...

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PortablePastimes #2: 3rd Show Down

12-03-2012 03:11 AM by clieb91 | 1 comment »

Yesterday we completed our 3rd of the 4 shows we are doing this holiday season and after a very slow start business picked up, which we were happy about that. This time around though I sold only two pens but had a run on peg games. I am going to be making more this week so I have some extra stock for next weekend’s show.The other big switch came in the fact that we sold no crayon rolls this time but my wife took 6 orders for her tailgate checker boards. You can see a few of them here ha...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #748: A Word About Selling Your Finished Items

06-30-2012 12:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I had a good and busy day yesterday and it felt great to really be back working. Even though I was only ‘off’ for a couple of days, it was enough to feel refreshed and rest enough so that I looked forward to getting back to work. That is a great thing. Kieth and I worked on the site update yesterday and I was able to send out our monthly newsletter. It felt good to get a newsletter out and touch base with our customers. We only send out one or possibly two newsletters per m...

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Selling Your Wood Work Tutorial #11: Treat your Supplier like they were your Customer

11-14-2011 08:41 AM by Michael1 | 0 comments »

A VARIATION OF THE 80/20 RULE/Treat Your Supplier Like They Were Your Customer: This theory is more directed to business philosophy and practice rather than direct selling but if practiced, can lead to customers in areas you would otherwise overlook. The 80/20 rule as considered by most in business is nothing new. To my knowledge, it is taught in Business 101 at most colleges. I say “to my knowledge” because I did not major in business in college. No sir, I acquired my Masters degree ...

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