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Blog series by sawblade1 updated 12-13-2012 01:06 AM 12 parts 19899 reads 78 comments total

Part 1: Introduction to your new business

11-15-2010 05:21 AM by sawblade1 | 6 comments »

Good evening LJ’s I am writing this blog to be totally transparent about being in business, not so much as what conventional business people teach (this varies locally) or sugar cote and tell you it is easy street, because if it is I still haven’t found the map or the street. But this blog series is to show some of the learning experiences I been fortunate to learn. One of the first things you need to ask yourself is “am I willing to lose” if you aren’t willing ...

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Part 2: Until you spread your wings (only then you know how far you can walk )

11-22-2010 07:00 AM by sawblade1 | 5 comments »

Good evening LJ’s,The smell of sawdust is in your nose, coffee aroma smells the air, those baked pies sure look good, your sure people are going to buy because it’s you right ? Wrong these days people have options (cheap ones to boot) to the small business- You have to sell yourself to people to prove how you can give them value.What’s in it for me? attitudes come along from most want cheap, fast, and easy greasy lemon pleasey thank you but no thank you types frustrate all ...

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Part 3: TIME !!!!!

12-05-2010 07:19 AM by sawblade1 | 13 comments »

Good Evening LJ’sOne of the biggest challenges facing small businesses in my eyes is not money but time. Time? but why well after starting my business I learned the most valuable asset is time And also one of the most mismanaged ones also. My father put in plain English Time will buy you money, but money will not buy you time. Time comes and it goes never returns or goes back, is never recovered or recycled, once it is gone you can’t change it or bring it back, but you can contr...

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Part 4: Burnout

12-13-2010 04:11 AM by sawblade1 | 11 comments »

Good evening LJ’s This weeks post focuses on something that unless controlled can sneak up on you in a hurry and cause serious injury to you, your family, your business and potential customers!! What Is this threat? How can I prevent it? Well I’m glad you asked :) It is called burnout a(n) epidemic that plagues small business owners, it is a level of fatigue and frustration that no man can describe. It isn’t a fast all of a sudden type of attack it creeps up over time, sl...

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Part 5: MVP'S, VIP'S, And Logo's

12-27-2010 08:22 AM by sawblade1 | 3 comments »

Merry Christmas LJ’s, Now you’ve started your business and worked hard at it right? Still not going anywhere? customers having doubt’s ? Do you do great work? Use Good materials ? Got all your ducks in a row? What’s Wrong? Why me? Well my friend it isn’t your work or you personally it is the way you present your business (now don’t take it Personal) But just take a look around at any major fortune 500 or successful American business They have MVP’S...

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Part 6: If you buld it they will come :)

02-14-2011 02:59 AM by sawblade1 | 5 comments »

Good evening LJ’s, Earlier this evening I was reading Jim Hamilton’s blog #25 and it touched a subject that causes a lot of woodworkers to fail (getting business). As woodworkers some of us dream getting up in the morning and grabbing a cup of Joe and working in our shops all day to get paid for it :) Well as good as a dream it seems to be if you don’t take it serious you will never be!! In this blog I am talking from personal experiences and what I really feel it takes....

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Part 7: Do what you love ( but please don't kill yourself to get there)

02-26-2011 07:56 AM by sawblade1 | 9 comments »

Good evening, As I write this blog I am dedicating it to my co worker Beverly who passed away Monday February 15 2011from cancer. Achieving Goals have been a given for mankind since the beginning of time, as humans we desire things that we work hard sometimes too hard to achieve. Maybe a new tool, truck, house, or a business, the list is endless but one thing we must remember is these are material things and are replaceable or can be attained at a later date.One thing about knowing Bev was...

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Part 8: Watch Out Lest ye get your finger smacked by Murphy's hammer

05-30-2011 05:44 AM by sawblade1 | 10 comments »

Good evening LJ’s I know it’s been a while but I really haven’t had much to write about but here is a scoop load of info based upon my learning experience. Two weeks ago I was commissioned to build a bathroom cabinet not much three drawers, two doors so I quoted a price of around $320.00 :) The customer loved the price, But Boy did I sell myself short, After a Google search I found out it was called a vanity and boy was there a price difference Paint grade sell for $650...

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Part 9: Hens and Biddies

06-13-2011 06:01 AM by sawblade1 | 1 comment »

Good evening LJ’ This weeks subject is about bidding or Job cost not only from a professional standpoint, but from a hobby point if you want to build or asked to build cabinets :) One of the most annoying things I hate to do is bids for a cabinet(s) a lot of work from design to final finish choicesOne of my secret weapons is a free cabinetware program it will take you about 4.5 hours to learn and set up but will save you countless hours in headache of bidding :) I will post a link at...

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Part 10: Deep thoughts about a woodworking business

08-14-2011 04:42 AM by sawblade1 | 8 comments »

Good evening, LJ’s I apologize for not posting recently due to going on the sabbatical with woodworking . After posting my fish board project I went to the Heartville flea market expecting to do good taking two Adirondack chairs, a swing, and a few fish boards. Going on two hours of sleep, no help, and my friend having car trouble so she couldn’t come and help out :( So how did I do? It sucked plain and simple weather was rainy/sunny and holding back the crowd in the morning. t...

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Part 11: 12.60 per ft Cherry :( But Then again :)

10-09-2011 05:13 AM by sawblade1 | 4 comments »

Good evening LJ’s, It has been a while since I was last on here, not much to talk about been chasing down leads and coming up with some work but nothing big yet !!! Today I was roaming a different Lowe’s and found a queen Anne Leg 19 7/8” in length for only $20 really? found out from reading the carton made in China !!! Solid cherry, Good sanding Job Best of all I didn’t have to make it :) Here is where the line blurs. To make such a leg would cost about $45 f...

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Part 12: Bapitizing the cat

12-13-2012 01:06 AM by sawblade1 | 3 comments »

Good evening, Now and days I hear woodwork from home, business opportunity, be your own boss build furniture all day without ever leaving your home. Now and days everybody has a system that works for a business some will sell you a book on it others will send you plans, and one will even give you your own 800 # tied to your cell phone. Now I know right now you are dreaming of making dust and it magically turning into money. Well let me fill you in on a little secret. No system you buy will...

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