Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Eastern South Carolina
How do you sell the final product if the Builder can't read?
I know. The title sounds strange. But after browsing and reading several posts, I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask for some feedback.
We have a friend who's trade is Trimwork. 48 years old. Two years ago, he decided to make a lifestyle changes and stopped drinking or doing anything else. He's has no regrets, but after he was laid-off, the only people he knows are people who he would end up being tempted to pick up where he left off.
We realized he can't read. And he realized we don't care. And it's a great friendship. Honest. Straightforward. Hardworking. He's a good man.
He's excellent at math, and the furniture he crafts, from his own designs is incredible.
He has the shop, the tools, the ability, the time, and the motivation. He does not have the wood.
Any suggestions on the smartest way to go about starting to sell his stuff? The financial situation is serious, but the landlord is a builder and employs him anytime he has work. Still, the income is too inconsistent. He has the finishing tools, the space. All of it.
He does have A LOT of scrap wood, organized and great quality.
We've asked him to make two bookshelves and two vegetable bins, and brought our own wood and paid him hourly for labor.
Which is one solution, but we can't be buying 1200.00 worth of lumber and labor every month.
Should he make several pieces and put a classified ad out on Craigslist? I was thinking about figuring out how to get him enough wood to create a certain number of items, and than advertising to sell them?
They live in a location that is ideal for people to stop, and anytime they have put something in the yard/field/acre to the side of the driveway, someone has pulled in right away.
Should he charge a super cheap hour to begin with - ex. 2 bookcases took him six hours- unfinished. We were thrilled and were happy to pay $25.00 an hour for pieces our family will have forever. What about a flat rate per project to get the ball rolling?
It just seems like such a waste. The location, space, tools, woodworking ability, motivation, but the reading and education is really requiring that a person show him how to sell. After he see's how to do it, he'll be fine.
If this is too long, and nobody replies because it's way too much to read, it's no problem - I figured I would only be out the time it took to type.
Have a great day guys. I'm off to build some picture frames with 1x2's for my boys.