Woodworking Plans: From Paper To Profit
All get accomplishments in life and in woodworking begin with a plan. But a plan or blueprint is only the first part. The real secret to making more money in a small woodworking business is to take the plans of products you want to build for your customers and transform them into a production system.
This in itself takes plan – and plenty of attention to detail. Don't expect to get it right the first time either, the best systems evolve over time as corrections, adjustments, and tweaks are made, with the idea of constant and never-ending improvement.
It's all fun and games when you're puttering around in the garage on weekends. But once you get serious about woodworking and open your first shop – it's time to get down to business. The best way to make the most money from any line of products is to carefully all the materials needed and at what stage and to map out a production process for A to Z.
What this does is it forces you to think in advance – instead of only on the shop floor. You anticipate all the challenges and twists and turns and you plan your system around those. Thinking in this way puts you in the best possible position to accurately produce products according to the blueprint and to do so in the most cost-efficient way possible.
I should warn you however that setting up systems takes time and effort. But it gets you to think through every single step in advance – so you know what materials, time, skills, jigs, templates, and manpower is needed at each step of the way.
If you're not sure where to begin, start with the simplest product. Master this system first before moving on to anything else that may be more complex. But don't be deterred from setting up systems across the board. The most profitable shops have this nailed down effectively. And it will put you in the best possible position moving forward.