Top 6 Things To Do To Start A Woodworking Business

Top 6 Things To Do To Start A Woodworking Business

Over the years I have met a lot of talented artists who should be selling their art for top dollar, but instead, they struggle to make enough to put food on their tables. A lot of that has to do with their lack of understanding of how to run and market their business.

So in this video I share my top 6 things to do to start not just a woodworking business, but any art business where the focus is on handmade goods.

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  1. Greg's Garage on September 30, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Great tips Brian!

  2. Brandon Schmeidler on September 30, 2022 at 2:18 am

    I love that clock and I’m going to copy the general concept I think to make a clock for my grandpa who has been getting into clocks recently. It will be a one time thing so no money involved. Hope that’s okay. Very helpful video also thanks for sharing.

  3. tony VEE on September 30, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Brian watching your video’s I’ve learn so much and you been an inspiration to me I’ve learn not to be afraid to take on a challenge or project . I’ve learn to observe and and witness the transformation of a piece of rugged wood turn into a piece of art. I take on small woodwork projects due to the Limited space and tools that I have so I make the best of it and I love it. Being a veteran this hobby it’s mind therapy for me thank you for your video’s. 🙏🏽

  4. Josh on September 30, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Thanks a lot for this video. Very informative.

  5. drewx10 on September 30, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Great advice. Appreciate you taking time to write this and present.

  6. Ryan Harris on September 30, 2022 at 2:25 am

    That advice sounds spot on. Thank you for the simple clarity. I couldn’t agree with you more on number 6 and number 1 really put things into perspective for me.

  7. Raylander on September 30, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Show de bola.

  8. Michael Gross on September 30, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Excellent information. Realistic and reasonable.

  9. Dave on September 30, 2022 at 2:27 am

    That was some very solid and sound advice. Straight and to the point which is what I like. Thank you very much!

  10. montewoods on September 30, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Good stuff Brian!

  11. Villeneuve Woodworks on September 30, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Just came across your channel. Thanks and beautiful work

  12. 1947 The Factory on September 30, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Great honest helpful tips!

  13. Charlez Malasaña on September 30, 2022 at 2:40 am

    I’m a victim of the algorithm and the bigger names of woodworking content creation so I looked at your thumbnail/video with doubts, but man I was pleasantly surprised. This are the best tips/ guide I ever seen. Thanks for the amazing video

  14. Mac McMillen on September 30, 2022 at 2:41 am

    Great advice. Thanks very much.

  15. Roger Anderson on September 30, 2022 at 2:42 am

    I retired a few years from running a home based business with my wife. What I see in small business a good bit is people who want to do what they love, but skip learning about how to run a business. I learned two things that seriously helped us gain a comfortable retirement…..Do the Right Thing and the money will follow. (Chasing the money leads to not much fun)….the other is do not spend money you do not have. Oh….and as to that retirement thing….every time ya get a paycheck, put as close to half of it in your retirement account as you can….we had a dollar # to pay into that account every month…and it stung. Not stinging now though. -Veteran ’66-68

  16. Vocho's Granja on September 30, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Thank you for the tip.

  17. Neil F on September 30, 2022 at 2:46 am

    I very much appreciate this video. Thank you.

  18. Jered Wilson on September 30, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Finally….legit advice on running a woodworking business. These videos are few and far between. Tip #6 is the linchpin for everything else. Mindset is huge. Good stuff

  19. Clark Hussey on September 30, 2022 at 2:53 am

    I just joined at the top secret clearance level. Why? Because Brian is an amazing teacher. I first came to know Brian in the Wood Whisper Guild. Where I purchased his SketchUp tutorial. After having struggled with SketchUp I was finally able to use it. Thanks Brian! Definitely worth a $5.00 a month membership. Especially for all of the people still charging 3X material. Know your numbers!

  20. Steve Ferguson on September 30, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Love this, I learned a lot. I’m going to check your membership because you are a person I can learn from, even with me being 62 years old and I build craftsman style furniture like it was originally made. Being disabled with heart issues, woodworking is my therapy

  21. coda creator on September 30, 2022 at 2:56 am

    That train shelf really highlights the vast difference between customers buying OTC junk from big box stores. You can make money on some big box designs by selling superior quality, but also design improvements and custom elements they will never get from IKEA. I watch videos and search for design ideas on Wayfair and places like that, combine elements of two or more designs and create something unique. I’m no where near an operating business, butvthis method helps me stand out a bit from the generic.

  22. Andrew Robinson on September 30, 2022 at 3:03 am

    I’m in the UK and I started my business 3 years ago. Everything you’ve said is absolutely correct. My turnover and profit has increased 40% year on year with exactly the same mindset as yours.

  23. Hatchmadeit on September 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I’d love one about how you marketed yourself initially

  24. Jack Bench Woodworking on September 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Good video, Brian.

  25. Wood Slice on September 30, 2022 at 3:07 am

    I have underbid soooooo much. Luckily im not a full time woodworker so I am not dependent on that income.

  26. Piperalpha81 on September 30, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Well said. I especially enjoyed the part about setting yourself apart from everyone else.

  27. Peter Compton on September 30, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Very Sound Advice. I hope young start up’s will take heed and not fall into disrepair.

  28. Cameron McArthur on September 30, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Liked all you said and the few photos I seen of your work, I liked. I am 68 years old now and retired, now I can make things for myself and family that we have always wanted. Bespoke furniture, marquetry inlay, joinery, upholstery, roofing and leather craft were a few of my skills that I made a living from, a great deal amalgamated into single pieces. You are young and the greatest quality you may have and not know it yet is your knowledge. You can teach at adult night schools to fill in the low times, for example in winter times. I found that to be a great help finacially and to create word of mouth clients looking for your skills. I wish you great success, and I will carry on watching your channel. Thank you so much for this insight into your nature.

  29. Jeri Shull on September 30, 2022 at 3:11 am

    Great advice. I plan to implement the time log. Thanks!

  30. Chet Weatherl on September 30, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Great advice.

  31. Adam chesis on September 30, 2022 at 3:13 am

    You missed the main point and this was what I was told the first week of college. If you think you’re going to get rich being a woodworker, you won’t and you should find another field. My advice to people is enjoy the hobby, don’t be a professional. Also another point that you left out, I am never worried about the big box stores or IKEA. The issue I have always had is the neighbor down the street that has a $35 table saw and a craftsman router, in their garage that will work for $3 an hour. Those are the people that make it harder, and they devalue the work of the rest us.

  32. Eric Williams on September 30, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Awesome information!!! Out of all the videos I have seen here on YouTube, this is probably the best, and straight forward to the point.

  33. JohnnyD WoodWorks on September 30, 2022 at 3:15 am

    I take the Sam Maloof approach when it comes to building things for customers now days, "Its done when I say its done". No pressure and more time to get things done the right way! Hence the reason for his amazing rockers. Nice video, good info and love your website!

  34. Golden Dog Woodworks on September 30, 2022 at 3:15 am

    i think you forgot one, know your skillset

  35. Matthew Cremona on September 30, 2022 at 3:15 am

    400bf dresser project would be an epic build