Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
Jack - I have a redneck, barefoot, country boy cousin that
makes porch swings out of cypress. he has great craftsmanship skills
and a vision to make them "different" than the standard models.
the only issue I had with him was that he was using drywall screws
to assemble them. I went round-and-round with him on this and his
only response was that he had a 50 pound box of screws (that he got for free)
and he refused to switch to the expensive deck or stainless hardware. I honestly
think that he has lost sales over his backwoods attitude of "take it or leave it".
I bought two swings from him for $125 each delivered. as soon as I got them,
I replaced all the screws to stainless.
moral to the story:
even though you make small, inexpensive items to sell for pocket change,
it would make good business sense to get used to using the "right" hardware.
for me, I made signs (by hand) and advertised them on my website. I shipped
them all over the the USA including several foreign countries.
if mounting hardware was needed, I included the "correct" hardware, usually
stainless, at no cost to the customer. I think this little attention to detail and
customer satisfaction generated repeat business and good referrals to their
friends and neighbors.
so, there is a whole lot more to the idea of "what can I sell to make money".
wishing the best for all of us "entrepreneurs".
I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things.
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 03-18-2020 at 10:58 AM.