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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 | 20 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) #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) #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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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 | 22 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) #5: Summary

06-02-2013 01:12 PM by huff | 23 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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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #435: Lots of Good News1

08-18-2011 12:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

My goodness yesterday was a busy and productive day! (By the way – it feels really good to be able to start an entry like that!) I was really able to stay focused and I accomplished a LOT of things and got some loose ends tied up in the process. It always seems to go that way, doesn’t it? You accomplish one thing and it dominoes into getting several other things done. First of all, I really, REALLY cleaned out my mailbox. This has been something that was bothering me quite ...

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Would anyone be interested in a blog on selling your work?

10-05-2011 02:08 AM by Michael1 | 6 comments »

Hello fellow lumber jocks. I was wondering how many would be interested in reading a blog series on selling your work? Mainly geared toward those working in the industry or thinking of opening their own woodworking business and would be interested in a tutorial series on finding their customer base, cold calling, giving presentations and closing the sale, etc. I have been self employed in some form of woodwork for over 20 years from residential cabinets, furniture, commercial casework, woo...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #6: Galleries, Consignment shops and more

07-03-2013 11:43 AM by huff | 6 comments »

Galleries; Art galleries, craft galleries, co-op galleries can be another way to get your woodworking in front of the buying public. There are thousands of Galleries available to a woodworker. They may not be in your town, but guaranteed there are some close enough for you to check out and possibly use for part of your marketing. You do need to understand how most galleries work though; most galleries don’t pay for your inventory up front, but takes a commission when the item is sold. ...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #3: Printed Material (more ways then you may think)

06-30-2013 11:23 AM by huff | 9 comments »

In the last series I talked about some of the basics when it comes to marketing. We talked about a business name, signage and one of my favorite marketing tools; Business Cards! Today I would like to talk about other forms of marketing using printed materials. We’ve already talked about business cards, but here are some other ways of marketing with printed material. Rack Cards; If you’re not familiar with rack cards, they are typically 4”x9” cards printed on heavy stock with a glossy ...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #8: Summary (some final thoughts on marketing)

07-05-2013 10:41 AM by huff | 22 comments »

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! You’ve probably come to realize from this series that you have many ways to market and sell your woodworking and I only covered some of the ways. A quick review:• Business name• Business signage/logo• Business cards• Personal networking• Community involvement with local organizations• Community involvement with local government• Networking with other businesses• Rack cards• Brochures• Mailers• Flyers• Mailing Li...

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