9 Secrets For Starting A Successful Woodworking Business

Want to start your own woodworking business? Here are 9 tips you should know.
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We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a woodworking business:

#1: Cameron Vilcsak, founder of Mountain Fire Woodworks:

We chatted with with Cameron, founder of Mountain Fire Woodworks ($4K/month). In our interview, Cameron says:

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.

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Try hundreds of things to help accelerate your business in a big way not wasting time on directions that seem futile. One of these things, and usually multiple, will work.

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#2: Sasha Weekes, founder of Timber Grove Studios:

We chatted with with Sasha, founder of Timber Grove Studios ($6.5K/month). In our interview, Sasha says:

I honestly had a really tough time with shipping. I had no clue what I was doing with packaging and many of my first international shipments arrived broken. I went above and beyond with customer service during these first few orders and refunded everything, apologized profusely, and somehow came out with no bad reviews.

Additionally:

Etsy is a really great way to start a business because it’s essentially free until you start selling. It cost nothing to launch besides my 20 cent listing fees.

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#3: Steve Smith, founder of 2Puggles:

We chatted with with Steve, founder of 2Puggles ($1.25K/month). In our interview, Steve says:

The best advice I can give to a brand new entrepreneur is to give yourself time to learn. But learn by running the business. Don’t be afraid to start. Don’t be afraid to suck. Do it to the best of your abilities…your best will be better every day if you let it!

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Good things will happen…and bad things are going to happen…but the more you stay with it the good will outweigh the bad.

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#4: Cameron Vilcsak, founder of Mountain Fire Woodworks:

We chatted with with Cameron, founder of Mountain Fire Woodworks ($4K/month). In our interview, Cameron says:

Foster something you enjoy and watch it grow over time.

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#5: Brett Burdick, founder of Brex International, LLC:

We chatted with with Brett, founder of Brex International, LLC ($18K/month). In our interview, Brett says:

Originally, I imagined the majority of my sales would happen from my website and that I’d be busy shipping them myself. Within a week of going live, I also created an Amazon seller account which is where 87% of my sales are currently happening.

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Pay attention to cash flow. If sales are good, it might be easy to get a little cocky and start spending a little too freely. Keep in mind that you might have a production run coming up and hopefully a new product that will require a large upfront investment.

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