I remember as a kid I really enjoyed (for a spell of about 3 months) doing a bit of woodwork.
I was even bought a kids toolset for Christmas and a "101 things to do with wood" book which, for a while I treasured
At about the 3 month point I got more into sport and the interest in woodwork faded (not helped that I wasn't really very good at it either)
But the other day I came across a business guide which was specifically written to help start a woodworking business, and my mind went back to the pleasure I had derived from a couple of pieces of wood and a few nails, and I realised that:
i) A lot of people are (or have the capability to) be very good at woodworking
ii) There are so many things you could do with wood (more of that later)
iii) You don't actually need much in the way of outlay to start a woodworking business
iv) It's the sort of business idea that you can keep small or grow to something significant
If you're unsure about woodworking as a business idea then think about all the different areas of our life which require woodworking skills (here's a few just off the top of my head)
- Wooden toys (on the comeback!)
- Garden sheds and outbuildings
- Indoor furniture
- Outdoor furniture
- Wooden floors
- Wooden crafts
- Kitchens, bedrooms
Now the confession part.
I know nothing about starting a woodworking business, but the good news is that I know a man who does
And "the man" (Jim Morgan) has produced one of the most comprehensive guides you will ever see to starting any sort of business and his case it is a woodworking business
So if I have raised even a slight interest then check out the website here (and to quote)
"The cool thing is, you don't have to be an expert woodworker to start this business as it's packed with solid STEP-BY-STEP instructions and information on what to do to turn your "passion into profit""
"He (Jim) started his woodworking business with NO capital, a few shop tools, and a lot of nerve, in a small 10x20 foot space and grew it into a 1,400 space in the first few months while still remaining as a one-person business"
The great thing about the guide is that it is genuinely "step by step" and takes you right through from starting up the business through to growing it and even contracting out some parts of it. My favorite part though is one of the bonuses which is an eBook containing 500 plans for simple projects ranging from crafts to furniture
Let's be honest, a woodworking business it not for everyone, but it may just be the perfect business idea for somebody reading this right now, so if this applies to you then give Jim's guide some consideration (and let me know how it goes)