Hey guys. Sorry I haven't responded, been really busy over the weekend. Thank you all for responding. I appreciate everyone's interest in my plans.
woodnthings...........no worries, I understand. You guys are only trying to help me and I appreciate that.
Texas doesn't have any specific predefined laws on building caskets. I have checked with the State, Funeral Association and Cemetery Association. As long as the sizes (STD. - 84"L x 28"W x 24"H) are within spec there is no issue. Fortunately, I worked for a funeral home for a good while and learned quite a lot about the burial process and such. This was the first thing I thoroughly investigated before I did anything. We have more laws governing the roadside crosses than we do caskets as odd as that sounds. Within a couple hours or so me, there is a woman who builds & sells wooden caskets but she caters mostly to the northern portion of the State. I have seen her units come through the home a time or two, they are very well crafted. However, since she is further north of me so I don't foresee and significant competition issues.
Marketing....... I will be contacting all the home directors in my area. Being that I was a Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff here for many years as well, I got to know most of the home directors so I am hoping that will play in my favor to some degree. I will also have a website, Craigslist, Facebook, and a couple good life long friends who "seem to know everyone in town" that are going to start spreading the word for me when I give them the green light. In addition, I will (maybe) have a magnetic sign on the tailgate of my truck posting my business. Honestly, I am not so much worried about getting the orders with my various avenues of making myself known as I am having the time to get them built in a time frame that they are needed by.
Business Plan........ I have it all laid out and in order. I have a couple different business men (family members) who have had their own businesses for over 30 years helping me as well. DBA's, Tax ID numbers, mission statement, tax filing, liabilities, etc, etc, it's all been covered and slowly coming together. Also, my Dad was in business for many many years, I learned quite a lot from him as well.
I have been woodworking (thank to my Dad) for many years and I really don't have many concerns with my abilities to make this work on the small level I have planned. If I didn't mention before, I will also build roadside crosses to fill any gaps (hopefully). Since this is not my primary source of income and I have no overhead, I'm not too worried if it is slow here and there. I am fully prepared for the up's and down's. All businesses' cycle and have their "unsure moments" so I'm sure it will be ok. My #1 goal is to offer the best quality product I can and meet the customers expectations every way I can. I believe, in my experience, that is the key to any businesses success.
I do appreciate everyone's comments and concerns. Please keep them coming. I am sure there are some things I have overlooked or simply not thought of.
I have pretty much decided to go with the 8" Dado set as that way I will have it covered should I ever have a need for the deeper cut.