12 Steps to Starting an Unfinished Furniture Business Repair Service

12 Steps to Starting an Unfinished Furniture Business Repair Service

  1. Watch some utube video on line about refinishing wood furniture
  2. Obtain some wood  accent furniture  like plant stands, tables and other furniture at  auctions, consignment shops, and garage sales
  3. Purchase electric sander, several grades of sandpaper from aggressive to fine, environmentally friendly paint stripper, paint stripping knives, rubber gloves, wood putty, and good supply of rags
  4. Take picture of wood accents pieces before you begin finishing and after you finish to build a portfolio that you can show to potential customers.
  5. Testing your finishing skills on several of the wood accent pieces that you acquired in step 2
  6. Keep a log of how much time it takes you to do the project and how much you have spent on finishing material and chemicals.
  7. Estimating price make sure have enough to cover your cost,multiple your total  cost by  1.3 to 1.5 . you  need extra to cover unexpected cost you may incur. you want to include delivery cost and delivery into your repair quote.
  8. Getting paid you may want to get a deposit of of 25% , You can take cash or you can set up a simple an account like paypal or stripe as some people feel more comfortable using those online payment services.
  9. see if you have a friend or a neighbor that needs a piece of furniture stripped and refinished
  10. Get a business card made to give to your friends tell about you furniture repair business. You want to add a custom email and website to you your business card, you may have to skip ahead to step 12.
  11. Contact  the local consignment and furniture stores, they may want you refinish  the some wood accent furniture  they have for resell  or that might be able to get you referrals of some of their customers that seeking wood finishing services.
  12. Select a domain, get email, make a short one page website  listing you wood finishing services and pictures of your work or an outside service make you a one page $150 website