During the first 12-18 month when I was building my “workshop” I thought I was becoming addicted.
And I didn’t make a dime. I didn’t charge anyone except for a few people to buy the materials. I built for myself, my friends, my girlfriend, the neighbor. You name it, I wanted to create. I had to get that sense of satisfaction that came from seeing someone smile when I brought their vision to life.
So i started setting myself short term goals, and for me these were mostly based around tools. Because I was following the process and framework from Step 4, people began to ask and inquire about me building them things for their homes. So instead of pricing my pieces like I was a pro who went to school for years ( and by the way, those guys are Pros for a reason and I highly suggest trade schools and work shops when you get the chance. They are invaluable hands on experiences, and I always tip my hat to the true professionals of the craft) I priced my work on what I thought was fair at the time. Most of my prices were based around a goal to buy a specific tool.
Build a coffee table, buy a biscuit jointer. Make a trunk, Get an impact driver. Make this desk, buy a chop saw. From there I was able to layout a game plan for what I needed physically in my workshop.
I knew what tools I could use to get faster and better results, because I was watching videos and constantly researching new ways to build. How-to articles and magazine subscriptions became a part of my life. This is when you can change the game and really invest in yourself.
So, in your short term goals I am going to suggest beginning to monetize your passion, by literally reinvesting in yourself. You’re already on the internet doing research, and at this point you should have a sense of how to improve your craft with better and more efficient tooling.
Make a list, and stick to it. Mine was something similar to this.
These are all tools, and big ticket items. But with some resourcefulness on the internet you should be able to snag up most of them for a great price, and they should all be paid for by your passion. Most of these tools are still in my shop right now, and I use them every day.
Sticking to this plan is key here, you will get an itch to jump at something more expensive that you do not need or have the funds for. But I strongly advise against this. Do not dig yourself into a hole solely because you saw a guy on the internet with 80 thousand dollars in tools in his shop making dovetails with a brand new router and vacuum system he just got.
Relax, and focus on what you’re good at with what you have.
Invest in time.
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