Planning to start creating wooden furniture and selling online

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Hello,

I am planning to start interesting business, it's creating wooden high quality furniture like bed tables, nigh tables and similar smaller furniture. My plans is to sell online, on etsy or any other marketplace.

Is it offline or online business? Or both?

What you think about this business idea in general?
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Why would someone buy from you? (What is your positioning/ unique selling proposition)

    How will you reach them?

    Ideas, even good ones, are a dime a dozen. Execution is where they get interesting.

    Yout idea could be great, if you have a great plan for building the stuff, marketing it, selling it.

    Originally Posted by cheese1688 View Post

    Hello,

    I am planning to start interesting business, it's creating wooden high quality furniture like bed tables, nigh tables and similar smaller furniture. My plans is to sell online, on etsy or any other marketplace.

    Is it offline or online business? Or both?

    What you think about this business idea in general?
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  • Profile picture of the author seoserviceusa
    First offline then try to shift your business in online.and you have to provide Best And Something different Design.

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    Jacky
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Originally Posted by cheese1688 View Post

    Hello,

    I am planning to start interesting business, it's creating wooden high quality furniture like bed tables, nigh tables and similar smaller furniture. My plans is to sell online, on etsy or any other marketplace.

    Is it offline or online business? Or both?

    What you think about this business idea in general?
    The concept is fine. Where you need to do work is not in creating the product...it's in finding a steady stream of people who'll be interested in being BUYERS of your products.

    And merely listing on Etsy or whatever website is not enough.

    It's a start. But you'd be relying on people searching for the specific term, which means they're going online with the express purpose of buying wooden furniture.

    I personally would not like to rely on that as my source of income.

    I would much rather access existing lists and groups of people who are ALREADY buying similar items.

    A great question I learned from fellow contributor "Doctor" ewenmack many years ago now, is:

    What do your customers buy or learn about JUST BEFORE they realize they need your product?

    In your case... are they moving homes? Did they go through a breakup, and want to change their furniture because the old stuff reminds them of the other person? (I got a nice bedroom suite once because of that reason.) Are they looking for a birthday gift for a family member?

    What trigger(s) do they experience just before they suddenly know they need what you've got?

    And then you can go there and get in front of them.

    Positioning is important.

    You can be the low price provider with a good but expensive distribution channel (IKEA). Or you can be the custom, high price leader for customers who want a unique product (there was a company that made desks out of airplane wings.)

    Where you show up and who you plan to serve are things you have full control over.

    So what do you want to do, and what do you know about your ideal customer?
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by cheese1688 View Post

    Hello,

    I am planning to start interesting business, it's creating wooden high quality furniture like bed tables, nigh tables and similar smaller furniture. My plans is to sell online, on etsy or any other marketplace.

    Is it offline or online business? Or both?

    What you think about this business idea in general?
    I would build enough that it's worth opening a small shop, and then selling your creations in a retail store.

    If it's high end furniture, it needs to be seen and felt. If you put it on ETSY, you are competing with everyone else that sells the same type of product.

    A good alternative is to find someone with a high end furniture store already...and see if they will add your creations to their store. And let them sell it online with the rest of their furniture.

    I wouldn't put your furniture on ETSY unless you find other furniture (on ETSY) just like what you want to build and sell...selling at a price you could live with.
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  • Profile picture of the author animal44
    How do you download wooden high quality furniture...?

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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by animal44 View Post

      How do you download wooden high quality furniture...?
      By selling the plans to high quality wooden furniture ?
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      • Profile picture of the author animal44
        Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

        By selling the plans to high quality wooden furniture ?
        How do you sell plans to an inanimate object with no money...?



        OP, you need to define who your buyers are if you want sensible answers.

        As a generic answer, I would say your market is most likely offline...
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      On a wooden high quality computer, of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author aarathi s
    Idea is good.But the problem is that if you do online you should want the facilities to transport to far places and also space for storage. Otherwise the trust of customers will be decreased
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    gone for a week and see what happens? wow....

    ETSY is an awesome start... I would also be looking at Facebook marketplace with images of items you HAVE made and offer your services for CUSTOM work. I PERSONALLY.. would NOT gather enough inventory for a "offline" store. A periodic garage sale of sorts maybe.. but really no need for an "offline" store.

    Depending on where you live you might be able to get some of your pieces on consignment. I have a few Craft / knick knack store that allow for this... profit is obviously a little less but considering the cost of shipping you might find it balances well.

    I would create a website that is YOURS.. I would suggest building it using WooCommerce - I would personally build it using the StoreFront theme, and then incorporate a inventory plugin depending on how you set this up you can or from Woocommerce to etsy or visa versa.

    I would set up ETSY first... you list it instantly has the possibility of traffic. That said there are advantages to setting up the woocommerce store first. Doing it this way gives you the ability to control inventory etc from one backend. IE you sell something on etsy, the inventory is removed form your WooCommerce store and visa versa. Shipping rates and all kinds of stuff.. just makes sense long term.

    But again the short term would be to set up Etsy first and get the sales rolling.

    SHIPPING - is going to be a HUGE deal for you. Things like furniture I "Try" to use stock size Boxes when I can. and then pad the sides top and bottom with something like this: ( https://www.lowes.com/pd/Insulfoam-C...B&gclsrc=aw.ds ) A bit of a secret is to look for cracked and broken pieces both Lowes and Home Depot will give you a major discount for damaged pieces.

    You will want to look at something like "Pirate Ship" to help you save money on the shipping end. Once you are in place a bit and understand what you are sending and how much you can actually get ahold of FedEx, and work out a discount direct. Shipping discounts can be found in a lot of places AARP has a program USAA has one for fed-ex, credit unions and all kinds of other organization so try and figure that out as well.

    Any other questions - just ask!

    Best of luck man!

    *** ADDED *** AND I just saw you are located in Europe... so some of the details will be useless to you but will give you an idea overall what to do
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Gramm
    Any idea is a good until it's faced with reality.
    To understand idea you need to understand how you'll sell it. So, first step is understanding buyers needs. Many people prefer to buy the packages of full furniture.
    So, I recommend you try to to find someone with a high end furniture store to present (or propose) you idea. They know customers needs and help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Krissnaps
    We helped launch a high end furniture online store. They had no physical sales but had a very interesting concept. Here's what we found out:

    - Really great product pictures will do wonders
    - It is very expensive to drive traffic to a new website so if you don't have $10-$20k to burn, maybe it's worth investing elsewhere.
    - We found that trade shows work amazing, just need to find the right one.

    I would say build a beautiful website and make sure you have amazing pictures, then start looking for resellers (smaller furniture stores), participate in a few trade shows for interior designers, buyers etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheese1688
    wow, didn't expect so many useful and informative replies, many thanks, guys!

    You see, I have seen one guy from my country selling on etsy and making tons of sales and he selling same furniture which i want to start creating too, this is why I think etsy is good place to sell such furniture, but yeah i think i need first to start selling locally, in my country and if everything goes like planned ,will expand the business and sell on other places.

    I am really talented for such jobs like building something, for jobs which requires accuracy, so why not to use such talent for making money and do what i like to do.
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