How to Turn Your Woodworking Hobby into a Business

Woodworking is a craft that can earn you a good chunk of income if you’re good at it. If you’re a hobbyist that loves working with wood, you have probably thought of turning it into a profession. Here are a list of catchy woodworking business names to get you started. 

You probably wonder how it would feel to make an income out of something you love to do. The good news is that you can actually turn your woodworking hobby into a business without even knowing how to run a proper woodworking business.

In this post, we’ll look at ways how woodworking hobbyist can turn their passion into a flourishing business by testing the waters first. Here are some small steps to take if you wish to convert your hobby into a business.

Determine What You Like To Make

If you’ve been woodworking as a hobby, you have probably gotten good at making something out of wood. Perhaps you like making small furniture like stools, or decorative pieces. If you’re particularly good at something and love to make it all the time, you could consider this as your strength.

The basic idea is to start making stuff that you love to make and you know others will love to buy it off from you. You must ensure that whatever you make, the quality has to be good and it has to be something that people would pay money to buy.

Start With The Small Stuff

Converting your woodworking hobby into a business doesn’t mean that you will have to immediately start making sofas, beds, and other big furniture items. You can start with the small stuff that you can easily sell for an affordable price in your local community. You could also consider making things that you can easily ship online.

There is a significant demand for small furniture items and woodcrafts that you can easily make in your free time and sell them off with a good price. Determine which things are popular in your local community and online in nearby areas and start to make these things. You could also use Pinterest to search for small furniture ideas and make those since they are very popular.

Start by Selling To Friends and Family

For most small businesses, it all begins by selling your product to your friends and family. If your friends and family gladly buy things from you, then you can be sure that others will also find interest in your products. In fact, people around you are always looking for a good craftsman to help them make customized furniture. Use these people to hone your skills further and it will teach you what you have to make in order to succeed. 

Some of your friends or family may also be looking for craftsmen to do small woodworking jobs for their homes or garden. Consider taking these jobs to expand your portfolio of work. You could also try and make something really cool and show it to your friends and family and some of them are bound to ask you to make one for them. 

Just remember, for any small business, the first orders always come from friends and family. 

Spread the Word

If you’re worried about the marketing budget, you can always start with word of mouth. The furniture you make for your friends and family will actually turn them into people who will spread the word of your work. Word of mouth marketing is still a very powerful way to earn new clients and customers. So make sure to make plenty of things for your friends and family and try to impress them with your work. They’ll automatically spread the word of your skills to their friends and family.

Consider Gifting 

One of the best ways to impress people with your skills is to gift them something you’ve made personally. Again, if you have plenty of friends, consider gifting them a small piece of furniture on a special occasion. They will not only remember you forever for this kind gesture but will also help spread the word for your business. They may even become long-term customers for your business.

Sell Online

To take things to the next level and really kickstart your business, start selling your furniture on the internet. Platforms like eBay, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media platforms are a great way to market and sell your stuff to a larger market. Only opt for online business when you have already impressed the local community with your work. From there on, you can easily expand your business.

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