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#1 posted 12-08-2017 11:31 PM

I don’t have much to comment on your exact situation and question but reading through this thread and your questions it strikes me that you haven’t really put a ton of thought or planning into what owning a woodworking business will entail.

Most hobby WW would love to turn it into a real job, myself included. The reality though, is that this site and the internet at large is littered with stories of woodworkers who have failed. Having a shop, woodworking skills and having had people buy your stuff in the past doesn’t make a successful business.

Perhaps I’ve read your posts wrong, but you don’t seem to have given a lot of thought to a specific business plan; who are your target customers, how are you going to market to them, are you going to do custom work or pre-build and sell from a studio etc, what is your advertising plan (and if it is Etsy or “I’ll make a website” please step back for a moment and look at the 1000’s of other very talented woodworkers on Etsy and ask yourself how you are going to stand out from them). Just because people have bought and or really liked the stuff you’ve built in the past, doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to consistently sell furniture, enough to cover your costs.

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