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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Tiny expandable camper costs just $4,500

The Hitch Hotel just debuted on Kickstarter.

The wheel-less camper box sits on your hitch

Small campers have been in the spotlight the past few years, with manufacturers trying to fit as many bells and whistles into increasingly tiny trailers. But a recently launched company called Hitch Hotel aims to simplify all that and give you just the basics: a box that fits on your hitch. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

Hitch Hotel debuted on Kickstarter last week as a cheap alternative to many of the pricey campers on the market. Originally designed as a cargo box to hold mountain bikes, the 240-pound watertight fiberglass box attaches to your hitch—class two or higher—and provides about 60 cubic feet of storage while driving. That means you can take three full-size bikes, or whatever snowboards or camping gear you want.

Once you get to camp, the box uses telescoping technology to reveal a sleeping cabin that Hitch Hotel says can sleep two or three adults. It looks like three adults would be a squeeze, but the interior length of 88 inches by 58 inches does make the sleeping space a bit larger than a queen size mattress. No mattress is included in the Hitch Hotel, so you’ll have to provide your own and...


The Hitch Hotel just debuted on Kickstarter.

The wheel-less camper box sits on your hitch

Small campers have been in the spotlight the past few years, with manufacturers trying to fit as many bells and whistles into increasingly tiny trailers. But a recently launched company called Hitch Hotel aims to simplify all that and give you just the basics: a box that fits on your hitch. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

Hitch Hotel debuted on Kickstarter last week as a cheap alternative to many of the pricey campers on the market. Originally designed as a cargo box to hold mountain bikes, the 240-pound watertight fiberglass box attaches to your hitch—class two or higher—and provides about 60 cubic feet of storage while driving. That means you can take three full-size bikes, or whatever snowboards or camping gear you want.

Once you get to camp, the box uses telescoping technology to reveal a sleeping cabin that Hitch Hotel says can sleep two or three adults. It looks like three adults would be a squeeze, but the interior length of 88 inches by 58 inches does make the sleeping space a bit larger than a queen size mattress. No mattress is included in the Hitch Hotel, so you’ll have to provide your own and find a place to store it while driving.

This is a camper at its most stripped down, with nary a kitchen or bathroom in sight. The box does, however, sport two interior vented windows and a roof fan to help it feel less like a small shipping container. Other features include a lockable door, a USB port, a 12V light, and taillights for towing. Set up takes just minutes and the Hitch Hotel also uses a built-in slide that helps you pull the box away from your vehicle so that you can access the trunk.

Hitch Hotel will retail for $4,499 but is currently selling on Kickstarter at the substantial discount of $2,998 and no cost of shipping. Head over here for more.

 Courtesy of Hitch Hotel
 Courtesy of Hitch Hotel
 Courtesy of Hitch Hotel

Via GearJunkie

The Hitch Hotel just debuted on Kickstarter.

The wheel-less camper box sits on your hitch

Small campers have been in the spotlight the past few years, with manufacturers trying to fit as many bells and whistles into increasingly tiny trailers. But a recently launched company called Hitch Hotel aims to simplify all that and give you just the basics: a box that fits on your hitch. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

Hitch Hotel debuted on Kickstarter last week as a cheap alternative to many of the pricey campers on the market. Originally designed as a cargo box to hold mountain bikes, the 240-pound watertight fiberglass box attaches to your hitch—class two or higher—and provides about 60 cubic feet of storage while driving. That means you can take three full-size bikes, or whatever snowboards or camping gear you want.

Once you get to camp, the box uses telescoping technology to reveal a sleeping cabin that Hitch Hotel says can sleep two or three adults. It looks like three adults would be a squeeze, but the interior length of 88 inches by 58 inches does make the sleeping space a bit larger than a queen size mattress. No mattress is included in the Hitch Hotel, so you’ll have to provide your own and find a place to store it while driving.

This is a camper at its most stripped down, with nary a kitchen or bathroom in sight. The box does, however, sport two interior vented windows and a roof fan to help it feel less like a small shipping container. Other features include a lockable door, a USB port, a 12V light, and taillights for towing. Set up takes just minutes and the Hitch Hotel also uses a built-in slide that helps you pull the box away from your vehicle so that you can access the trunk.

Hitch Hotel will retail for $4,499 but is currently selling on Kickstarter at the substantial discount of $2,998 and no cost of shipping. Head over here for more.

 Courtesy of Hitch Hotel
 Courtesy of Hitch Hotel
 Courtesy of Hitch Hotel

Via GearJunkie


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.