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The more you work with your router, the more you might think about going into business and making some money with your skills. There’s definitely an appeal to the idea, and some who have pursued similar dreams have found quite a bit of success. Before you rush in and open your shop for business, though, there are a few things that you need to consider. The specific needs of your business will depend on the scale of work you do, the needs of your local area and a few other factors unique to your situation. 5 Things to Consider Before Going into Business
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Have done that a few times - woodworking, photography, technology - and now out of the Technology Sales world and doing contract woodworking out of our home garage/shop. We also opened our Etsy shop in December last year. Fun stuff!!

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Tried that with my wife's Victorian Lampshade business years ago, and never even broke even for 5 years straight. I would never even consider it for my woodworking, I do it for the joy of doing it, not as a job, don't need the money.
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Tried that with high school sports photography. That was a lot of work. At least I got to use some great equipment.

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Woodworking is fun. Bookkeeping isn't. BTDT. No more.

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I've posted several times about how to make a CNC small business work, but I'm not very interested in starting something else. My best skill is in making picture frames, but people aren't very likely in my area to pay even the cost of hardwood supplies. I suspect there is a hidden market for this, but I don't really want to do that. CNC is a different matter since we are down the hill from several mountain resort areas where good quality CNC signs (Ollie quality) would do well. I just don't want to do it. There is a guy around these parts who makes band saw boxes in unique shapes. He seems to do OK around the holidays with a kiosk in the mall.

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Woodworking is fun. Bookkeeping isn't. BTDT. No more.
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Hey Cricket, do you have a photography business. You've posted here and on other forums, some very creative work. You really have a knack for compositions.
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In a word, NO! In more words HELL NO! The primary goal of a business is to make a profit which requires commitment which generates stress none of which I need or want.

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I retired from the Nissan plant here in middle Tn. and had to do the same thing over and over and I am through with that. (Forever) I could have continued working instead of retiring and I would make a lot more money working there than I would woodworking.

Woodworking is my hobby and I can go to work when I want, take a break when I want, I can stop when I want, no deadlines, and I don't have to call in sick when I want to take a day off. I do miss the people I worked with as most were nice hard working people.

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