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Small Business Idea #1: Woodworking

Updated on February 25, 2012

Why Woodworking is so Profitable

Wood and wood-like products (such as hemp) have been the backbone of human societies for thousands of years. Wood is one of the most versatile materials on the earth, and it can be used to build monumental structures or tiny treasures.

You can do so much with wood and wood-like materials. You can build fine furniture, build eco-friendly homes, cultivate creative crafts, mold magic miniatures and invigorate the imagination of children.

How Easy is it to Get Started?

When you first imagine woodworking, what sort of details come to mind? What would you imagine you might need in order to get started?

  • Lots of money?
  • A really big shop to work in?
  • Big expensive saws and drills?
  • Loads of expensive and high quality wood?

Truthfully, you don't have to have those things, though they do make the job easier for sure. No, realistically, all you need are some basic wood working hand tools, some wood and time. You'd be amazed at the high quality you can provide with such simple tools as sandpaper, a hand drill, some screws, glue and attention to detail.

What Kind of Woodworking Businesses Can You Start?

You might try such woodworking business as:

  • Mill Work
  • Furniture
  • Lawn Art
  • Figurines
  • Bird Houses
  • Green Houses
  • Children's Toys
  • Shingles and Siding
  • Wood Picture Frames

What About the Environment?

If you're worried about being kind to the environment without losing profit, then you should seek out Recycled, Reclaimed and Salvaged Wood. Often, these woods help create stronger and better lasting wood products, even if it does take a bit more effort to track them down.

Looking to Learn More?

If you're interested in learning more, I came across this "wood profits" kit, and though it would be worth sharing for anyone thinking about starting their very own wood working business.

Have you ever considered starting a wood working business?

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      Bema Self 5 years ago from Seattle

      Thank you Ghaelach, I'm glad you liked this hub =)

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago


      Nice hub with a lot of useful info.

      LOL Ghaelach