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Starting a Woodworking Business

Starting a Woodworking Business

What is a Woodworking?

Woodworking involves making or carving out creative, decorative and utility items from wood. If you look around you, you would be surprised at the number of things that are made from wood. From indoor woodwork like chairs, tables, bed frames, shelves and kitchen cabinets to outdoor woodwork such as sheds, fences, lawn chairs, and railings. Right from ancient civilization to the modern era, woodwork has always been a major feature in our homes and lives. That is why the demand for woodworking has always been on the high and will remain so for a long time.

Starting a Woodworking Business

Do you have woodworking skills? A lot of people pride themselves on their solid woodworking skills, but most of them never take it beyond a hobby. If that describes you, then here is your chance to convert your skills into a profitable business. There are no formal qualifications required to start a woodworking business, neither is there any need to break the bank to get started. In fact, nothing stops you but the limitation you place on yourself.

If you have been thinking about starting your woodworking business or already have plans in motion, here are some helpful tips to help you along the way.

1. You should have a business plan

Most experts recommend that a business plan should be put into place at the very beginning. However, it is also important to test the market first, making some products and putting them up for sale to see how they sell. This will help you determine the route to go with your business plan and ensure that it is a sustainable business.

2. Create a marketing plan

Once you have made and sold enough of the test products, you can map out your business plan, then start producing enough of your woodwork pieces to be sold at arts and crafts fairs, flea markets, showings and other gatherings where people go in search of great pieces for their home or gifting. You can even start a website with beautiful and digital pictures of your work on display.

3. Advertise your products

As your products start gaining some popularity, you should start advertising in local magazines, on the internet, bulletin boards in the local stores, etc. You can even make flyers and business cards that help identify the products and hand them out everywhere.

    Must Have Tools For Your Woodworking Business

    Woodworkers usually require a variety of tools to carve and create items. Some are large machine tools while others are smaller ones. Acquiring the right tools is one of the most significant aspects of the woodworking business.

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    For people who are already in the woodworking business, they might already know what tools they can handle easily, even if they are complicated to use. However, if you are just starting off in the this business, the tools you should buy would depend mostly on the kind of woodwork you will make, the amount of money you can afford to spend and the space you have in your wood shop.

    You also have the choice to adjust your woodwork according to your tools or buy your tools according to the kind of work you do.

    Here are the most important tools you need for your woodworking business: 

    • Backsaw

    • Bandsaw

    • Chainsaw

    • Clamps

    • Carpenter’s square

    • Reciprocating saw or sawzall

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    • Jigsaw

    • Circular saw

    • Portable hand drill

    • Orbital sander

    • Plunge router

    • Thickness planer

    • Table saw

    • Hammer

    • Set of chisels

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    • Mallet

    • Measuring tape

    • Saw horses

    • Work bench

    • Paint brushes

    • Band saw

    • Belt sander

    • Compound mitre saw

    • Drill press

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    • Cordless drill

    • Corded drill

    • Dust collector

    • Router

    • Air compressor and nailer

    • Bench-top mortiser

    However, if you are a beginner, you should not spend so much money on fancy tools. Try buying used tools that you will commonly use.

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    Last Updated on March 29, 2021

    5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

    5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

    When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

    What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

    The Dream Type Of Manager

    My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

    I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

    My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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    “Okay…”

    That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

    I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

    The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

    The Bully

    My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

    However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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    The Invisible Boss

    This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

    It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

    The Micro Manager

    The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

    Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

    The Over Promoted Boss

    The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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    You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

    The Credit Stealer

    The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

    Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

    3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

    Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

    1. Keep evidence

    Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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    Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

    Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

    2. Hold regular meetings

    Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

    3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

    Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

    However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

    Good luck!

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