Starting A Business With A Hammer
When you think of starting a business what comes to your mind? Is it the next big thing that will get you on Shark Tank or is it using a skill you already have?
This weeks career idea is being a carpenter.
Before you think this article doesn’t article doesn’t apply to you, it does. Read on….
There are many women who are carpenters.
I was watching Ellen’s Design Challenge and there were several women who are designers – carpenters. They build something every week. It’s true that they have another carpenter to help them build it but that’s partially because they are in a time crunch.
The women on the show are multi talented because they not only design but the can execute that design.
TLC has had several women who are carpenters on their shows. Some of them include: Amy Devers, Amy Wynn Pastor and Leslie Segrete.
The important thing to keep in mind is whether this is a career that you believe you can pursue.
Let’s talk about some of the statistics. According to Kiplinger.com the total number of U.S. workers in this industry is 580,570
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A carpentry career is one that does not require a college education however most carpenters do work as an apprentice.
Less than 2% of carpenters are women but don’t let that stop you. I remember several years back watching a Shark Tank episode where a women was making furniture. Her name is Kiersten Hathcock and her company is Mod Mom Furniture. According to an article I found on Kiersten’s site Robert gave her a deal but that fell through when he said her company was too small.
That’s a shame because Kevin also offered her a deal but she went with Robert.
Did that stop her? No, as a matter of fact friends and family helped her raise $30,000.
According to her blog her furniture is sold internationally.
Watch this video to see how Kirstein went about starting a business.
Don’t let the thought of being a women stop you from pursing your dream of starting a business.
In my research I found an interesting blog post by Robert Petril where he said: “Women of the industry please listen carefully. You are the primary consumers of our products. These jobs are there for your taking! The “Boys Club” is weak. Actually, it doesn’t really even exist at all.The reality is, the industry is ripe for takeover on every level.”
What about some stats for being an entrepreneur in this field? Approximately 36.1% of carpenters are self employed.
Many years ago we had a friend who was a carpenter. He built furniture for a number of banks in the Delaware area. His work was beautiful.
We had him build us a wrap around desk with two work stations, file cabinets etc.
Today over 18 years later we have broken up the pieces of that furniture and continue to use it. It was well worth the investment.
Kirstein saw a problem and provided a solution using carpentry. What need could you fulfill by starting your business?
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Toni Nelson – The Kickstart Your Business Coach
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