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Making money on Facebook. How to start and successfully run a Facebook based business!

Updated on January 9, 2014

You can make money on facebook here's how.

It has been a while since I have written anything here and there is a good reason for that. I have been busy. I have previously written about my health issues and my efforts to transform those problems by changing my diet and exercise program and thus change my life. At the end of the day, I guess i would have to say that the goal was accomplished but it ended up coming about in a very different way than I might have imagined.

The truth is I do feel better, much better and that is something that I find to be very pleasing but in honesty, I felt a lot worse before I did and feeling better came about sort of on a fluke by accidentally starting a business.

When my doctor told me that I had to retire because he was uncomfortable with the level of stress associated with my job and the effect that it was having on my heart, he failed to discuss with me the effect that would be brought on by trying to live each day with nothing to do after 40 years of working and having a place to go each morning.

Certainly, the initial concept of being able to sleep late, spend time with my grand kids, work in my yard as I felt like it and take on some personal projects was appealing but the reality became that after a very short honeymoon with the idea, things didn't really quite turn out like I had hoped.

I found that as much as I wanted to sleep in, I usually awoke within thirty minutes of my usual time of arising, my children and grandchildren were busy and certainly had lives of their own that placed demands on their time, my yard looked like a golf course after a while and I ended up struggling with the personal projects thing. That is until my girlfriend and I stumbled onto this.

For sometime now, I have had growing concerns about the environment and the way that we, as human beings live our life each day in such a way as to essentially waste so many things that are still essentially good, workable items because they might have become a little older or in need of a coat of paint or a little sanding and repair. I found this to be especially true in the area of furniture and a trip to a local "Goodwill" thrift shop with my girlfriend one Saturday afternoon placed me on a path that has really been pretty astounding.

I have always loved to buy an old piece and tinker with it if you will. You know sand it down, make a minor repair, patch a ding with wood filler, paint it and make it look nice and new again. I have done that with anything from outdoor furniture to a dining room set but previously had never done it for any reason other than my own use.

This particular Saturday, we stumbled onto an old dresser in the used furniture section that, for lack of a better word, looked like "hell". Don't get me wrong, the bare bones of the piece were there, but this old gal had been neglected and abused for quite some time. The finish, once dark was old, waxy and frankly ugly. There were rings in the wood were someone had allowed oil or water or whatever to soak in leaving a permanent stain and there were scratches, spilled paint as if might have spent some time in a garage before being shuffled on off and donated left for whatever next use might befall it.

The sight of it made me sad to some degree. Don't get me wrong. I wasn't about to start boohooing in the middle of this thrift shop over this neglected piece of furniture but there was a certain sense of regret over the fact that this piece, probably built in the 1940s and once a functional, useful, even beautiful piece had no been relegated to the garage or worse yet basically tossed away.

My girlfriend spoke " why don't you buy that piece and redo it? ". The prospect didn't seem preposterous. "If you don't have a place to use it, you could probably sell it once it was redone". I spoke " Sell it where?" "What about facebook?". Now there was a novel Idea. I had a personal facebook page with 300+ friends. I know, not exactly Justin Timberlake but maybe out of some 300 people someone might want a piece like that, not to mention their friends or their friends friends. You get the idea.

It was $60 and for the record our Goodwill at least doesn't negotiate. Your experience may be different but at this store it was $60 take it or leave it. We took it. Loaded her up and got her home.

I have a two bay garage/workshop in the rear of my home. The former owner was apparently a tinkerer of sorts so I had an excellent place to store the piece and work on it as I wanted to and slowly but surely, I got started. I sanded it down, filled some deep scratches that wouldn't sand away and got the piece into pretty good shape. We were ready to do something now to refinish, but what?

Again my girlfriend suggested that we possibly paint the piece a bold color, perhaps red or yellow. She made this suggestion based on some things she had seen in a "Pottery Barn" catalog and the idea set well with me because as old as the piece was, paint versus stain and or a clear varnish might help to hide a little of the pieces age.

We decided on red and went for it. We chose a color known as "colonial red" from "Home Depot" and painted the piece with a coat of primer and two finish coats.I don't to be conceited but it looked great.

Then came the acid test. At this point, considering my investment to acquire the piece, the material that I needed to redo it and even my time at $20 per hour, I figured I had about $150 involved. We decided to ask $350 hoping that even if we had to negotiate, we could still double my money.

I posted the piece on my facebook page and it sold in thirty minutes for the full asking price. As you might imagine, I was shocked as well as elated! OK we should do this again I thought so we set out to find another piece. I won't bore you with the details but it was essentially a repeat of the previous process. We did it again and again probably five times with success before feeling confident that we were really on to something.

By then we decided that we should probably establish a facebook business page because my personal page had essentially become a sales vehicle and I really didn't want to mix old dressers with pictures of my grand kids. So we did and "Cold Creek Re-marketers, Macon, GA." was born.

The response to the idea was a truly amazing, Within a few days, we had thirty followers. a month brought 150, and in less than a year we had nearly 600 people following our page and today that number has swelled to almost 4000 waiting for new items to be posted and competing to buy that which we offer up.

Pretty quickly, I realized that I had jumped from the proverbial "frying pan" into the fire so to speak and was again involved in a business that was really growing and thus becoming more and more demanding and I was a heart patient who was supposed to be taking it easy. I knew I didn't need the pressure of filling orders, trying to make sure new items were posted often or dealing with a customer on a deadline, many of which by now were contacting us and asking us to redo their old pieces for a fee. Further, I was beginning to see that not only old pieces could be redone but that other items could be re-purposed and that demand was growing as well.

For example, an old door can be converted to a table, a pair of old shutters into a headboard, a candle holder into a towel rack. etc. It didn't take me long to learn that in our area, we were at the beginning of an idea whose time had come. Many people today are becoming more intent on conserving and re-using which is a good thing for both the environment and for our business.

All that was good but I couldn't keep up. It was then that I had another idea and basically said "what the hell" I'm gonna give it a shot. I began to look around, ultimately found and hired some help. We have continued to hire as the need arises and now have both full and parttime employees.

Distressed furniture is a look that has become very popular and we have embraced it as a way to recycle or re-purpose with ease. This is a picture of our latest offering, a corner shelf made from an old door. You can see this and many other offering and ideas by visiting our facebook page referenced above.

Our business continues to grow and we continue to feel good about what we are doing. I feel great, the business continues to grow and we are not only saving old pieces or creating new from old but we are making a little money in the process. In my mind there isn't really too much that can be wrong with that..


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    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      That sounds like a great business. It is funny how it just happened for you.

    • GreenGardenGuy profile image

      GreenGardenGuy 6 years ago from Fort Myers, FL

      I love that corner shelf, that is awesome!

      I'm kind of in the same boat as you with the health problems, been also thinking about a store on Facebook.

      I don't know how your store is set up, but have you checked this out?

      It's free, lets you set up a shopping cart on Facebook. I think I'm going to try it with my pepper spray and security products.

      I wish you good fortune!