Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies

Seeking a niche? It’s not all dollars and cents

Written by David Getts Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

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A niche is commonly defined as a product or service that appeals to a small or specialized market sector. In the broadest sense of the definition, if you work in the woodworking industry, you are already in a niche market.

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Know who you are — and sell the heck out of it

Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00

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Years ago I worked on a 3,000-sq.-ft. remodeling project in a well-established waterside neighborhood of Seattle. Although it was a large project spanning a four-month period, it still only involved half the main level of a two-story home. Eight years prior, we completely rebuilt the lower level, turning it into a self-sustaining commercial-grade flat. Needless to say, the savvy homeowner knows what she likes and gets what she wants.

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Health care costs will keep dogging woodworkers

Written by Mark E. Battersby Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, recently failed. Since everyone must have basic health insurance that meets the government’s standards and larger woodworking businesses are required to provide their workers with that coverage, that means — fortunately or unfortunately — the ACA remains, warts and all, the law of the land for the foreseeable future.

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Clearing the air doesn’t cost a whole lot of cash

Written by John English Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

We do a lot of things in a woodshop that contributes to air pollution. Everything from wiping a little finish on a turned bowl to spraying 40 doors for a kitchen can cause problems. Add to those the airborne particles from sanding hardwoods, routing MDF or reducing panels on a table saw and we have a serious challenge on our hands. Every efficiency and health expert agrees that woodworkers should try to gather pollutants at their source, rather than attempting to scrub a massive volume of shop air. That’s just common sense.

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Slow and steady wins the technology race

Written by David Getts Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

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The use of technology is having an impact on how our products are ordered, inventoried, fabricated and installed. How you manage that resource is important. The key is to remain in control of the ship.

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