Last week Rob puzzled how profitable your advertising and gross sales efforts are for the tasks you construct. Several of you share your experiences. – Editor
“I sell my canoes at $10,000 each, hoping like hell I don’t get a buyer. I spent over 50 years working. I don’t want another job. Retirement is hard enough. You have to go every day, no weekends, holidays, vacations, etc. The commute is great though.” – Bill G.
“I find it is easy to market but very difficult to actually sell. On Facebook Marketplace everyone is looking for a cheap bargain. With Etsy you easily get lost amongst all of the other sellers, and most people treat it like Pinterest where they “like” or “favorite” your thought however by no means purchase even in case you run a sale for them. Craft reveals can work, but it surely’s onerous to discover a good one the place persons are really seeking to spend greater than only a $20 impulse purchase. Most of the time you spend perpetually loading, establishing, breaking down, reloading the automotive and taking all of it house once more. It’s humorous: I’m in New York and for all the cash New Yorkers are alleged to have they are often fairly tight. They would somewhat spend $200 on dinner than $200 on a espresso desk. Pinterest is the place folks go to ‘steal’ your concepts. I’m unsure in case you are accustomed to the location ‘Bring-a-trailer’ the place folks public sale their traditional vehicles, however I’d like to see one thing related for craftspeople to public sale their one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Or a Facebook Marketplace devoted to solely handmade crafts.” – Chris Ungaro
“I appreciated your column this week, but I was hoping for some practical pointers. I just took the leap to expand my hobby into a side hustle, and I am currently in the sell-to-family-and-friends segment of the marketing plan. Agreed, it’s much easier to share pieces today, but what I’m trying to figure out is how to turn likes and comments into dollars and cents.” – Kyle Durham
“I too have taken on woodworking projects for money from customers. The projects range from a true white oak front door with mortise and tenons with three glass windows to a foot stool! A while back I had a store on Etsy that did requests, which was very interesting and fun. Here’s my biggest issue: I will not do repetitive work or a project in a home that I think will not compliment the style of the home. For example, a person wanted to have me build press wood shelves on each side of his fireplace. The problem was, the house was a craftsman style home. After 40 years of woodworking, building projects for people is still lots of fun.” – Mark Erickson