10 Tips for Going Pro
When you're ready to hang out your own shingle, follow these hard-won lessons from a successful custom furniture-maker
My transition from lawyer practicing civil litigation to professional craftsman making fine furniture did not come without risk, stress, strife, and cost, especially opportunity cost. When asked to give advice to those contemplating the same leap, I feel sick to my stomach because I recall the struggles I endured to make it to the other side. On the other hand, I’ve never regretted the move.
My life is better now than I ever could have imagined, but it has been a difficult road to make woodworking pay. A lot depends on the skills you bring to the table, the area in which you live, and the resources available to you. If I could give only one suggestion it would be to spend as much time and effort marketing as improving your woodworking skills.
In my decade as a woodworking professional I’ve learned these lessons the hard way. Take them…