There are many ways to make even more money with woodworking, from learning the right tools to building and modifying some of the most popular projects like furniture, custom chairs, and more.
Check out our guide to learning the right tools before buying to see just a few of the options. If you’re working with hand tools at home, check out our guide to hand tools before buying to see how they work with our hands. Even if you’re building your own furniture with only hand tools, check out our guide to picking the right brand to build the furniture you want. Or, if you’re building furniture for resale, check out our guide to buying the right resale furniture to get recommendations for the pieces that you want to build.
Our guides to woodworking skills and how to help your business sell more products.
Can I get paid to woodwork for my own businesses?
Unfortunately, no. Woodworking is a relatively new profession for most people, so the market isn’t yet saturated with skilled carpenters and stonemasons. If you’re working in the private sector and want to work in woodworking, there are several ways to do it. We’ll be spending some time covering all of them here in our blog, but for now, here are some suggestions based on my own experience:
Learn the skills that help you in your current job. A high school diploma would be best when you’re working in the private sector, but if you’re a skilled carpenter or even a skilled stonemason with a high-school diploma, you can do it at home. The only requirement for employment is a state-issued woodworking learner’s permit issued by your local municipality or a trade program offered by a local lumber association. Many colleges and universities are training students in woodworking, which you can do at home if you have the time and motivation.
Get a business license. If you have a business in the community that sells woodworking services such as carpenters and stonemasons, you can also own a business and work in the industry. A business license lets you operate a business in the community, but it won’t qualify you for many government or private programs. For example, only you can apply for a business license in Montana, so if you want that local business license, you’ll have to learn the skills and do the work to be a real business owner. You’d also need to obtain several government permits to operate in Montana, including
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