You have several options if you are not already an avid woodworker. The first thing to remember is that starting from scratch is the fastest and most straightforward way to get going in the woodworking world. When I say “start a small woodworking shop,” I am talking about starting with a working bench or at least with a few board members for your current hobby.
Your local artisans might also be in possession of tools or a garage full of old tools. It does not need to be fancy to build from a bare-knuckle style and work on your first projects. It is a great place to start but it is not a huge expense so don’t give up on your dream without a fight.
A few other things to consider: you will have to provide your own materials. If you have the space to store a good set of tools and a workbench you can start from there.
Most woodworkers have already had a rough start and need to learn what they have to do to finish. There is no magic point where you need to turn a hobby into a full-fledged business.
How Can I Get Started?
Getting started in the world of crafts takes a bit of time. Don’t be surprised if you are a novice by the time you have built a small woodworking shop. Once you have become accustomed to the idea of buying basic supplies, you will get the feel of what it is like to grow as a business and you will be ready to start your start-up.
You will have to do your homework and research what materials are available to you. You might need to search around online as well to find manufacturers who have similar products to work on. It is a good idea to do this because you may want to pick up an item that you simply don’t see available in your price range at the local craft store.
You also don’t want to be rushed. You don’t want to make your first purchases too early into your business. I personally feel that a good amount of research is necessary before I decide what tool to buy for a project.
You also need to plan out how to spend the money that you will need to start your business. This includes setting up a bank account for the business, opening a website, hiring an accountant, setting up monthly bills, paying for a contractor or someone to carry out the tasks, designing a business card for your business and starting planning activities that will lead up to when you start making a profit.