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Forum topic by bwad40 posted 05-16-2018 02:21 PM 1014 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2018 02:21 PM

Hi All!

I am a woodworking teacher and I have a small online business on the side. I currently only teach two classes, Beginning Woodworking and a Cabinet Making class but I am thinking about trying to expand. I am thinking of combining a woodworking class with a business class but my knowledge in business if very minimal and I don’t have a business teacher at my school who I can talk to. I was wondering if anyone on the forum knows someone who teaches a class like this or teaches the class them self can could be used as a reference.

The general idea would be to take students who have had my classes before and know the woodworking side of things and let them come up with a product idea that they then have to turn around and sell. Like I said, my business knowledge is very minimal apart from what I can get away with on my Etsy shop. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome!


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#1 posted 05-16-2018 03:33 PM

It sounds like a marketing course would be a good place to start. Then, bookkeeping instruction.
You might contact some of the sellers on Etsy and pick their brains.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-16-2018 06:35 PM

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#3 posted 05-16-2018 06:39 PM

Subscribe to Woodshop News and CabinetMaker+FDM.

They are industry journals with regular articles
concerning business practices in woodworking.

I also recommend reading “No BS Marketing To
The Affluent” by Dan Kennedy.

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#4 posted 05-16-2018 07:06 PM

This is a type of class that is in many school. Do some design work to come up with a product to sell, you can expand this to do things like “market surveys”. set up a “business” in your class. Elect a boss/ceo and apply for different jobs in the company, some people will be in manufacturing/assembly type jobs and others would be sales/marketing type things.
If your kids can bring money, have them invest in the inital start-up costs for the business, then split the profit at the end of class.
Send me a PM if you would like more info or to talk about this more.

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#5 posted 05-16-2018 07:49 PM

Sounds like the old World of Maufacturing class I taught back in the 70’s & 80’s. You basically setup teams have them come up with a prototype, make up a survey. From the results of the survey setup a manufacturing process and produce the product and sell sell sell. We had the students buy stock and paid back dividends. It was fun for the students. I should have read MrsN post. Everything she said should work great if your students are motivated.

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#6 posted 06-09-2018 03:00 AM

I am so Proud that you are still teaching a woodworking class for kids. Especially in an area that is low income area. I bet the student really latch onto your class.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 06-09-2018 06:01 AM

What I’m gonna suggest isn’t really a class but I’ve benefited from Dave Ramsey’s teachings and guidance.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 06-09-2018 06:02 AM

How about a Cadd class? Or sketch up or some programs for woodworking design

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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