Woodworking is a hobby which can be turned into a source of income. A person can even make an entire career as a woodworker. The working conditions for a woodworker vary significantly from one working situation to the next. Some woodworkers make a little extra money part time, while others earn their entire income that way. The choice of area varies based on how much of an income is to be made. A good woodworker can potentially make a substantial amount of money for his time.
Decide on what products you wish to focus on making. Almost anything wooden can be a specialty. Cabinet makers and furniture finishers are two common specialties. Wooden sculptures, bows, and Renaissance products are some of the other options to consider.
Determine who your customers will be. A cabinet maker, for example, would primarily work for home owners. A bow manufacturer would likely sell primarily to hunters and Renaissance festival patrons.
Create several demo products for potential customers to examine. People feel more comfortable paying for the services of a woodworker if they can see their work first hand.
Create a simple website with photographs of your demo product. This step is optional, but can be quite useful for getting additional customers.
Place advertisements using Craigslist, the Yellow Pages, and local newspapers.
Attend trade shows, craft fairs, and other events related to your product. A cabinet maker or furnish finisher could find additional customers at a home improvement show. A bow maker would potentially find work at hunting shows, archery competitions, and Renaissance fairs. Craft fairs and Renaissance fairs can be lucrative places for any woodworker specializing in almost any decorative piece.
Give yourself more than enough leeway time for completion dates you give your customers. It is better to give a later completion date and finish early than to give a sooner date.
There are two effective strategies for trade show and craft fair attendance. Some woodworkers attend any show related to their product in their local area. This works better for people that specialize in larger projects that cannot easily transport all the tools they need. Some woodworkers will follow a particular trade show, craft fair, or event from town to town. This strategy works better for people producing products for smaller niche markets.
Matthew Anderson started as a writer and editor in 2003. He has written content used in a textbook published by Wiley Publishing, among other publications. Anderson majored in chemical engineering and has training in guitar performance, music theory and song composition.