Paul and I started out painting furniture as a hobby. Click here if you’d like to read our whole story but the short version is this:
We were both working in stale corporate jobs and painting furniture was our creative outlet.
Like so many other people who find a hobby they just adore, we dreamed that one day doing what we loved could be our full-time job.
Fast forward a few years and here we are, our hobby actually DID turn into our full-time job and now we coach others who want to do the same thing.
So, here are our pointers for getting your business off the ground.
Start Slowly and Take Time to Prepare
Get good at what you’re doing now while you have the safety net of your full-time job.
Develop a Plan
Look around, what are other professional furniture painters doing? How are they doing it? But here’s the most important thing…decide how will you do it differently.
The world is full of furniture painters but the ones who are successful are the ones who don’t try to do what everyone else is doing.
Create a detailed plan of what your success will look like.
For online selling check out these sites for starters. There are pro’s and con’s to every selling site so take the time to research the options.
You should also think about developing your own website to show what you have to sell as well as provide a gallery of your sold pieces. We use Weebly mostly because it’s easy to use, but also because Weebly syncs up with our Square account which we use for our store as well as market events, and because they have beautiful templates.
Promote Your Business using Social Media
Social Media will be a huge part of your success, so it’s important to make sure that you’re taking full advantage.
Must Have Accounts
Making the Most of Your Accounts
Tips for Successful Selling
Although it’s tempting to rely solely on free social media to promote your business, you need to keep in mind that free promotions will only get you so far and paying for advertising can reap huge rewards. Paul and I know several small businesses that refuse to pay for advertising and rely entirely on free social media to promote their businesses but can’t figure out why they can’t get over the hump and grow to the next level.
Remember to have fun and always enjoy what you do and send me your questions and success stories!