How I Sell My Woodworking Projects // Business Tips // Side hustle
How I Sell My Woodworking Projects // Business Tips // Side hustle
Are you struggling to sell the things you make? Whether it’s your side hustle or full-time career, you’re not going to want to miss these woodworking business tips. There are two main categories that you can sell things in, wholesale and retail. The road to selling your items is packed with competition. Maybe it’s time to think differently.
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Great tips – been doing a mix of all of the above for about 10 years in the UK and it’s working well.
I like your analogy of the busy highway, might just have to steal it for one of my workshops. Cheers
hey who did you get the brains from mom or dad your a pretty smart young man . im 60 retired bought a shopsabre23 no clue how to run it but im learning just started following you yesterday love all the videos ive watch so far
Marketplace is a gold mine if you stage and take good pics.
Basically you are swimming along with the shark 🦈 …instead of doing it solo on predators waters. Smart man are you. Great tip, I’m just starting with Shapeoko…long way ahead for me. 😅
Right on Andy. Thanks for sharing.
i sell at a farmers market make from 1400 to 2800 bucks a weekend i just got my cnc but i make a lot of bowls and charcutier boards cant wait to make things you showed in other video’s to me etsy is umm unless you can prove its good cause ive seen so much stuff selling so cheap how do they make money
you’re killing it
Andy new subscriber hope your hand is ok, hanky out for everything stay real!
You merged onto the highway, saw the congestion, parked your car and stuck your thumb out. That’s brilliant.
How do you manage putting out enough orders quick enough to fulfill wholesale orders?
this video is a subscriber maker. You got one here for sure!
Dont tell people how you sell! everyone will jump in and it will be a race to the bottom
Good video, you continue to challenge me on my business model, guess you could say I’m talking an alternate path. Either way, there is still ‘traffic’ you have to maneuver around. Thanks again!
Thank you for your words. True words. Best regards.
Great advice. Can you tell me how much your cnc cost you to buy and where from please, I’m currently looking for my first machine. Thanks Jay.
This is a great tip, I don’t think there are very many makers doing this. You got my sub, great tip!
It doesn’t matter to me how many sales someone has on their Etsy shop. When we shop on Etsy, we find the sellers with the fewest sales. If they only have 3 reviews vs. someone who has hundreds or thousands of reviews, as long as they’re positive reviews, we give the new guy a chance.
Like your analogy of the congested highway! And using an alternative route or hitching on to someone on that highway! I’ve been literally parking on the side of that highway and selling my stuff! Sometimes I’m successful sometimes not! But your info and advice makes sense to me! Thanks 👍
There’s nothing like letting someone else grow your brand. Ford Motor Company doesn’t sell cars to drivers.
Great video. Keep it up.
Thanks for this knowledge man, this is thinking outside the box
So you are basically telling us newbies that it’s not as easy as most people think. And most of us won’t ever be making profits our first year. It will take a decade to build a brand ? It will take forever to build a name with so many others trying to do the same thing. I’m no salesman so this would t be something I could ever profit with. Sounds like you’ve answered my question of “Can I make money doing these wood projects? “ No. not really. Too much congestion.
You can go to the Stodoys website if you would like to do it yourself.
Great stuff! you’re a good guy, Andy. One thing I’d like to add that you didn’t mention is to invest in an ad campaign. I used to go through the seller ratings and reviews when I first started shopping online, but who has the time to do that for all the things that we buy? I just trust that Ebay and Amazon will sort out any problem that may come about, and they do. It helps to have a huge number of good ratings, but what I usually end up buying are the things that appear at the top of the result. I don’t mind buying an item from a seller with horrible rating, I can always return the item if it sucks anyway. All that matters is how good the deal is. Don’t get me wrong, you will still need to sell a quality product at a competitive price for your business to go anywhere in the long run. Try running experiment to compare the cost of selling an item through an ad versus through a vendor. If the cost is similar, great! now you’ve got a lot more leverage. Good luck!
just build something unique and not what is selling 1000x times on etsy and sales will come … i could not find pleasure to build something for others to sell 🙁
That is a really good idea, thank you for sharing it. I am just starting out, but like many, I am the guy who loves building and fears putting myself out there and selling. You gave me a very good option to consider.
I’m so glad I saw this video. Thank you. The thought never even crossed my mind to reach out to Etsy moguls. I haven’t even made anything really but I know I’ll have to make a few sales just to fund the hobby. This is brilliant!
just out of curiosity, what products are you making that SNL is selling? or that HGTV is selling?
Very good advice!
Thank you! 🙂
That’s smart. I thought I am the only one who list thing on Etsy and no sales
Hi Andy, I’m from Brazil and I love your videos. I usually see them subtitled, but for some reason this one doesn’t have subtitles available. Could you enable?
You are such a straight forward, detailed, realistic, no shitting in telling things..! I am very grateful finding your videos..! Keep it up Andy, thanks..!🙂
Keep creating on all fronts, it’s great stuff for us woodworkers and aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s great to stumble upon the good side of Youtube now and then, what great useful content, thank you!
Valuable things to consider. Thanks for the video.
This guy likes cookie cutter items. On the other hand the technology available today that anyone can afford allows customization, where any simple product can be made so that it contains dates and/or names and/or events that are particular to individuals. So a mix of both is a good way to go. Customization takes longer and costs more but the selling price is substantial more as well.
I really hope others watching realize the GOLD you’re giving them!!! Wife and I run a small business. We started small with local wholesale clients at stores until we got our brand built as well. We no longer do wholesale and are strictly running on our own brand and website sales. It was a long three year road but is wonderful to be at now! Love your channel and topics you’re sharing with us all!
Bro you should teach business classes! Truly golden advices here. I really like your congested highway analogy.
Am loving this content. Looking to start a woodworking business after 30+ years in another field. Subscribed!
Did you have to get insurance / certifications before any wholesalers would buy from you? I saw on rangeme they were asking for that for their retailers but not sure if its needed outside of rangeme
Wait a minute, you’re saying since I watched the video that long I’ve earned the right to subscribe to your channel? I mean I did subscribe right after this video but that’s not the point.
Excellent share. Thank you for taking the time to do so.
Thank you for your humble approach and honesty. I got a spiritual download in June 2021, that I would turn my 25 year hobby of birdhouse building into a full time self employment job. Finally, for the first time in my life, I had a concrete, crystal clear plan.
A few days after making the decision to do wood working as a career, I went into a "trance" state while cutting a very unsafe piece of wood, and I "froze" half way through the cut, and didn’t know what to do. My mind went blank. The wood then kicked back violently, and I sliced half way into 4 fingers as my hand was sucked into the blade like a slingshot at 100mph.
After it happened, I realized that something very unusual had happened, and it wasn’t really an accident. I didn’t trip and fall. I didn’t slip, or drop something, or make a wrong move. I literally went into a "trance" and froze up.
And recently, I was told by a Medium that I was actually attacked, and that my accident was an "attack." I am 100% certain that some accidents are actually attacks. In my case, I wish it had been a normal accident, because then I’d feel better about it. But knowing that I went into a trance state, makes it a very difficult pill to swallow.
Who, or what caused the lapse of focus?
I watched your video about your accident, and it was similar in many ways. You were not doing anything unsafe, but you suddenly disassociated, and your body went into auto pilot.
I was also listening to a podcast with Bluetooth headphones, which may be a factor.
Human consciousness and our brain states, are not fully understood. Just because we think that everything is a "random accident" does not make it so. We are a naive species, and we are easily controlled and influenced. Proof of this is seeing how many people simply believe what they are told without doing any research. And often times, if you are angry, people will "sense" it, without any words being said. Humans do pick up external thoughts and frequencies.
Your channel is helping me to heal from the PTSD and trauma. My hand is most of the way healed back to normal. But I do have scars on 2 fingers. I am lucky that I didn’t cut any tendons or cut all the way through any bones. But the trauma and PTSD has been incredibly difficult to overcome. In my case, I do not have a wife or partner, and so I had to drive myself alone to the E.R. that is 20 miles away, with bones exposed in 2 fingers. The shock and trauma has made me completely abandon my dreams. But your channel is helping me to feel renewed confidence about going back to woodworking.
I cannot afford a Saw Stop saw right now, because I had to take 4 months of work off after my injury. I am an electrician in the construction industry. Being an electrician is a million times safer than using a tablesaw.
In order to prevent future accidents, I purchased a wide kerf blade, and I am throwing away the 3/32" narrow Kerf Diablo which is not nearly as straight, due to it being flexible and able to bend easily, under pressure. I had never had a kickback in 25 years, until days after switching to a narrow kerf blade.
I am also installing removable "riving knife" inserts that go into the zero clearance insert on my saw. Not having a riving knife, combined with using a new thin kerf blade that is not absolutely flat, along with going into a trance, along with cutting improperly without a proper plan, is why my accident happened.
If anyone is reading this, please go and watch several videos on table saw safety, now, while you still can! I didn’t know what a "riving knife" was, and I didn’t fully understand the dangers of a kickback, because it had never happened in 25 years. A few safety videos would have prevented my completely unsafe technique, and the accident that followed.
So the point of this video is to hitchhike. Should I wear a clown outfit so I can entertain the people that pick me up?
You got my sub great tips
Thank you for such a useful video! I’m looking to make my own CNC business
People who can think outside the box are always ahead of the game. Great creative solution. Thanks for sharing.
got a sub. you are on point with your advice
Glad I stumbled into this video, thanks for sharing your wisdom.
Subscribed. YOU earned it.