The Custom Furniture Business: Creating Beautiful and Timeless Designs
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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.

Historic mansion with 7 fireplaces asks $650K

The shingle-style house sits on 3.5 acres

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Petersham, Massachusetts

Price: $650,000

It’s not often you find an elegant mansion for under $1 million—unless it’s of the McMansion style—but this antique Colonial is delivering on all counts. Located on 3.5 acres about 1.5 hours west of Boston, the eight-bedroom, five-bath home was constructed in 1900 and painfully restored in the 1980s.

On the market for the second time in 118 years, the shingle-style house measures 4,388 square feet with spacious porches overlooking the rear lawn. Inside, gleaming wood floors have been well-cared for, bathrooms feature claw-foot tubs, and the house boasts an astonishing seven fireplaces.

There’s plenty of space on the property to build a barn and the house backs to a trail system for hiking, riding, and biking.

If you’re looking for value in a quintessential New England town, 28 North Main Street is on sale now for $650,000.


The shingle-style house sits on 3.5 acres

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Petersham, Massachusetts

Price: $650,000

It’s not often you find an elegant mansion for under $1 million—unless it’s of the McMansion style—but this antique Colonial is delivering on all counts. Located on 3.5 acres about 1.5 hours west of Boston, the eight-bedroom, five-bath home was constructed in 1900 and painfully restored in the 1980s.

On the market for the second time in 118 years, the shingle-style house measures 4,388 square feet with spacious porches overlooking the rear lawn. Inside, gleaming wood floors have been well-cared for, bathrooms feature claw-foot tubs, and the house boasts an astonishing seven fireplaces.

There’s plenty of space on the property to build a barn and the house backs to a trail system for hiking, riding, and biking.

If you’re looking for value in a quintessential New England town, 28 North Main Street is on sale now for $650,000.

The shingle-style house sits on 3.5 acres

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Petersham, Massachusetts

Price: $650,000

It’s not often you find an elegant mansion for under $1 million—unless it’s of the McMansion style—but this antique Colonial is delivering on all counts. Located on 3.5 acres about 1.5 hours west of Boston, the eight-bedroom, five-bath home was constructed in 1900 and painfully restored in the 1980s.

On the market for the second time in 118 years, the shingle-style house measures 4,388 square feet with spacious porches overlooking the rear lawn. Inside, gleaming wood floors have been well-cared for, bathrooms feature claw-foot tubs, and the house boasts an astonishing seven fireplaces.

There’s plenty of space on the property to build a barn and the house backs to a trail system for hiking, riding, and biking.

If you’re looking for value in a quintessential New England town, 28 North Main Street is on sale now for $650,000.


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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.