While many see woodworking as a hobby to pass the time, it is a profitable blue-collar business with growth potential. If you are skilled, passionate, and looking for a blue-collar side hustle, consider starting a woodworking business.
Starting a woodworking business allows you to work from home. Besides, you can scale the business easily and enjoy unlimited earning potential. Some opportunities you can go for include building custom wood pieces, teaching others about woodworking, starting a woodworking blog, and flip furniture.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a woodworking business:
1. Timber Grove Studios ($78K/year)
Sasha Weekes (from Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada) started Timber Grove Studios over 5 years ago.
My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.
Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.
2. Brex International, LLC ($216K/year)
Brett Burdick (from Knoxville, TN) started Brex International, LLC about 6 years ago.
Hello, my name is Brett Burdick and I am the founder (this is the first time I’ve used that term) of Brex International, LLC which is sort of the umbrella company for The Hedgehog business that I’ll be talking about here.
The other products I sell are small stacking accessories that are used to stack two featherboards on top of each other for extra stability when cutting thicker boards on a table saw or band saw. Both products are shown below.
3. Mini Materials ($240K/year)
Mat Hofma & Erik Polumbo (from Maitland, Florida, USA) started Mini Materials almost 8 years ago.
My name is Mat Hofma, and I created Mini Materials. We sell miniature masonry and woodworking supplies like cinder blocks, red bricks, pallets, lumber, and even molds to pour your own cinder blocks.
Since then we've expanded to different styles of mini masonry and even kits to build models.
4. MTN SIDE BUILDERS ($480K/year)
Cameron Vilcsak (from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) started MTN SIDE BUILDERS over 4 years ago.
With a little luck, and a lot of gaming the YouTube algorithm, I was able to experience the viral effects of the internet. It has now been seen by over 25m people through my channel and other media networks.
5. 2Puggles ($15K/year)
Steve Smith (from Greensboro, North Carolina, USA) started 2Puggles almost 8 years ago.
My name is Steve Smith. I am a high school marketing teacher. I started 2Puggles in December 2014 as a 3-year experiment that I could share with my students to see how big one person could build a part-time craft-based business.
In past years, January through March are typically 0 revenue months; However this year I have already grossed $500 in mid- January. With the home remodeling done and my brand awareness growing steadily I think this will be a significant growth year!
6. SketchUp For Woodworkers ($12K/year)
Zack Hall (from ) started SketchUp For Woodworkers ago.
Hello! My name is Zack Hall. I’m a software developer, and I’m the founder of SketchUp For Woodworkers, an online course teaching woodworkers how to use 3D design software. This was a project that grew from scratching my itch. In my spare time, I joined a makerspace near my home in the suburbs of Boston to start woodworking.
Fast-forward and I ended up acquiring an old website and setting out to build the woodworking design tutorials and resources I wish I’d had when I was getting started. After launch, it is currently earning about $1k/month.
7. IsGood Woodworks ($1.99M/year)
John Blunt (from Seattle, WA, USA) started IsGood Woodworks almost 15 years ago.
John Blunt established IsGood Woodworks as a Seattle-based community woodworking shop.
Since the business was founded in 1992, he has transformed IsGood from a small, independently funded contract woodworking business into a well-known neighborhood woodworking shop that brings in about $2 million annually.
IsGood Woodworks provides the equipment, resources, education, one-on-one mentoring, and equipment as well as certifications.
Since 2008, thousands of students and independent shop workers have passed through their doors in search of professional mentoring, up-to-date tools, and priceless woodworking knowledge while saving time and money.
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8. Fixer ($19.2M/year)
I first interview Mike Evans 12 years ago when he was hustling to get GrubHub off the ground. It’s mind-boggling how much he got done in those 12 years and I want to find out about all of it: the IPO, the exit, the time off, and the new start. Today, Mike Evans is the founder of Fixer, an on-demand…
Mike Evans (from Chicago, IL, USA) started Fixer over 5 years ago.
In 2017, Mike Evans, co-founder and former COO of GrubHub built Fixer, a business that offers handyman services and training.
This business aims to provide excellent customer service while opening up skilled career paths for both men and women in the building trades.
Fixer offers its services in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, and Phoenix, and anyone living there can easily schedule a fixer at any time.
To date, their team has completed nearly 25,000 jobs in Dallas and Chicago.
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