5 Mistakes that can KILL a Woodworking Business & how to avoid them

5 Mistakes that can KILL a Woodworking Business & how to avoid them

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20 Replies to “5 Mistakes that can KILL a Woodworking Business & how to avoid them”

  1. im guilty of over explaining, be it in woodworking or painting. As I go on and on, I see their eyes wander, and slowly roll to the back of their heads….at which point I would ask "you REALLY don't care, do you?"
    With a big smile and a huge sigh of relief, the reply has always been "YEAH!"

  2. That budget and time line part is huge. I used to own a company remodeling Kitchens and Bathrooms and that was huge. I would always add an extra day or more depending how long the job should be to begin with. Then when I would finish early I would also take the money for those extra days off the estimate. That alone got me so many more jobs it was insane. Also the extras help. I just did 2 cutting boards for someone that are two different sizes. One is 15”x12” and the other is 12”x9”. Both 1 3/4” thick. I ended up with some small scraps. It was all I had going on for that couple days so I took those little scraps and just glued them up and made a small board. It’s 5”x6” and 1/2” thick. I through it in as an extra for free. Really the wood was paid for and it was so small it really only added maybe 10 minutes onto my time. The wood was already ripped off the longer boards I needed. A few quick cuts with the Miter Saw then the extra few min to plane, sand and finish. I said it’s a perfect little board when you want to cut up a few strawberries or 1-2 tomatoes for a sandwich. So this way you don’t have to take out a huge board and clean that big thing and all that. It was a little extra surprise and now she has 3 boards when she wanted two and it’s so small it can be put anywhere. I had no use for the scraps. I actually ended up with a few other scraps and made myself a small one the same size for the same reason. My daughter eats strawberries almost every other day. So if you have the time and it’s not costing you anything. A time extra can go a long way. Also I made a coffee table once and I have fire wood that I burn in my house outside in my file. I took a log that was about 4” round, been drying a couple years. I just cut it into 3/8” slabs (from the parts that were not split or cracked at all. Drilled a 1/4” hole threw them all. Glued a 1/4” oak dowel I had into one of them. Now the rest can stack onto the bottom one threw the dowel to hold them. So it took me 5 minutes to do and now my coffee table came with 6 live edge coasters to protect it. Such a small thing that takes no time really and doesn’t cost anything but puts a huge smile on their face and they remember that stuff when they talk about your company. Just a side note for anyone out there that’s going to work with wood they cut down themselves make sure you use a moisture meter and make sure you understand what working with green or semi green wood entails. My coasters we around 11%. Closer to 9% would have been ideal for furniture but I wasn’t worried about it because I’ve done this before for myself and had no issues. Also the ideal level of moisture does have a little bit to do with the area of the country you live in.

  3. Hardest thing for wood workers: Never, never, NEVER, point to, and apologize for, any perceived defect in your project. You know, "Her – Oh, that looks so nice. You – Yes, but if you look way under here, you can see a sandpaper scuff I didn't get out." Sam Maloof said, "When someone pays $X,000 for a chair, he doesn't want to know what's wrong with it."

    When the customer says, "Oh, that looks so nice", you say, "Thank you".

    If you are selling it, say, "Thank you. I am sure you'll enjoy it."

  4. Love your videos. Just 2 things i noticed your edits are very noticable and you could see your partner in crimes shadow dancing on the back wall. I understand i have no bussiness saying anything but i just started making videos and my wife is pointing out some of the things im doing wrong.

  5. Another great video with great advice. I've just started to build things for myself and the cost can be a real eye opener. When you add labor and profit margins to get a cost it can be a turn off. I glad your advice is to pitch it and let the customer decide if it's something they would pay. Love the video.

  6. Here's a few for you: NEVER EVER say you can "knock it out" (2:17) it devalues your work and makes it sounds like anyone can do it. 2. Watch out for the shadows in your videos, it is really distracting. 3. Never sell a $3,000 desk for $1,500 you will loose money or you have overpriced it to begin with. Having someone drop the price by 50% says they were trying to screw you. Sure fire way to loose business.

  7. Also, your definition of sales is the first one that actually makes sense and makes me comfortable with sales. I have always had an issue and distrust of salespeople but your definition drops that wall for me! Thanks!

  8. This is a great one stop video for everything I have been wondering about starting out on the client side! Thanks for the info!

  9. I have watched a few of your videos and you guys do good work, but I don't like how you talk about pricing. It feels like you are always trying to take advantage of your customers and charge them the maximun they can pay. At least that is how I would feel if I was one of your customers watching your videos. Rarely do I hear you discuss pricing in the context of the cost of materials, the time it takes to make it or other relevant factors. IMO Having inconsistent pricing is something that can kill your business.

  10. Yall are awesome! Great advice and love your sense of humor and how you get along with each other. Another one I would add is one that I STILL struggle with. "Dont give up to soon!" I have tried more than a few times to start a small woodworking business and I quit before it ever got off the ground. Hoping one of these times it works. So yea "NEVER GIVE UP!🙂 Again, you two are great! Thanks!

  11. Excellent points. I built a custom storage table to a customer's very bizarre specifications. I ran across them a year later as our region was recovering from a severe flood. Because the table I built was one of the few items in their house that survived, I ended up making a lot of money helping them with custom cabinets and other pieces. They didn't have any problem with the price or timeline I gave since our previous experience did the talking for me. They also recommended me to others and I had to turn business down because of too much work. Oh well.

  12. Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear right now! I just started my woodworking business this year and these are the things I struggle with. I’m glad to hear that others struggle with the same! Thanks and keep up the great content!!

  13. You guys always have a way of putting an entertaining voice to things that I already have floating around in the back of my head!! Hearing them said out loud is a great way to double down on striving to be a success!! Great job guys!!

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