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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.

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16 January 2019

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Black Friday 2018: Best home tech deals to watch for

Google Home.

Save on all things smart home this Black Friday

The biggest shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday, is here. This is no doubt one of the best times to snag some smart home tech, either as a gift or to add to your own lineup.

You can expect deals on smart home hubs and speakers—the most popular being Google Home and Amazon Echo. Plenty of smart thermostats, security cameras, and doorbells will also be discounted.

We’ll be updating this post throughout Black Friday weekend with all things smart home, so be sure to check back. Want more deals for the home? Head over to our ongoing roundup of the best Black Friday sales on furniture, bedding, and more.

Note: All of the deals below start on November 22 unless otherwise noted.


Amazon Echo deals

  • Echo: Amazon’s flagship smart home device will be on sale for $69 (usually $99).
  • Echo Dot: The smaller Echo model will be on sale for $24 (usually $49.99).
  • Echo Plus: Amazon’s smart speaker with a smart home hub built-in will be on sale for $109.99 (usually $149.99).
  • Echo Spot: The Echo with a small screen will be on sale for $89.99 (usually $129.99).
  • Echo Show: A larger screen model will be on sale for $179.99 (usually $229.99).

Google Home.

Save on all things smart home this Black Friday

The biggest shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday, is here. This is no doubt one of the best times to snag some smart home tech, either as a gift or to add to your own lineup.

You can expect deals on smart home hubs and speakers—the most popular being Google Home and Amazon Echo. Plenty of smart thermostats, security cameras, and doorbells will also be discounted.

We’ll be updating this post throughout Black Friday weekend with all things smart home, so be sure to check back. Want more deals for the home? Head over to our ongoing roundup of the best Black Friday sales on furniture, bedding, and more.

Note: All of the deals below start on November 22 unless otherwise noted.


Amazon Echo deals

  • Echo: Amazon’s flagship smart home device will be on sale for $69 (usually $99).
  • Echo Dot: The smaller Echo model will be on sale for $24 (usually $49.99).
  • Echo Plus: Amazon’s smart speaker with a smart home hub built-in will be on sale for $109.99 (usually $149.99).
  • Echo Spot: The Echo with a small screen will be on sale for $89.99 (usually $129.99).
  • Echo Show: A larger screen model will be on sale for $179.99 (usually $229.99).

Google Home deals

  • Google Home: The original Google smart home device will be on sale for $79 at Target, Dell and B&H (usually $129.99).
  • Google Home Hub: Google’s new smart screen device smart will be on sale for $99.99 at Best Buy, Walmart, Target (in-store only), and Jet (usually $149).
  • Google Home Max: The extra large smart speaker will be on sale for $349 at B&H and the Google Store (usually $399).
  • Google Home Mini: The smaller Google Home model will be on sale for $25 at Best Buy, Target and Jet (usually $49).
  • Mini + Chromecast: A bundle that throws in Google’s TV streaming device will be on sale at Walmart for $45 (usually $74) starting 11/21.
  • Mini + GE Smart Bulb: Get a GE Smart Bulb with the Google Home Mini at Lowe’s for $25 (usually $55).

Nest deals

  • Outdoor camera: The outdoor version of Nest’s smart security camera will be on sale at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart for $149 (usually $199).
  • Indoor camera: The indoor version of Nest’s smart security camera will be on sale at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart for $129 (usually $199).
  • 3rd Gen. Learning Thermostat: Nest’s smart thermostat will be on sale at Home Depot (backordered online), Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target (in-store only), Walmart and Kohl’s for $179 (usually $249).
  • Hello Video Doorbell: The app-connected video doorbell will be on sale at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target, Walmart and Kohl’s for $179 (usually $229).

Ecobee deals

  • Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat: Ecobee’s Alexa-enabled thermostat with an in-room sensor is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $199 (usually $249).
  • Ecobee Lite Smart Thermostat: The earlier generation thermostat is on sale at Amazon for $147 (usually $169).
  • Ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch: Ecobee’s app-enabled light switch is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $88.99 (usually $99).

Other home tech deals

  • Lenovo Smart Display 8”: Get this screen with Google Assistant built in for $99 at Best Buy, Walmart.
  • Linksys Velop Tri-Band Mesh WiFi System: This three-pack for improving WiFi speed and range in your home will be on sale at Jet for $199 (usually $349).
  • Rachio smart sprinklers: Save $40 on all WiFi sprinkler controllers and accessories from Rachio from 11/23 through 11/26.
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro: This Wifi-connected camera doorbell will be on sale at Home Depot for $212 (usually $249.99).
  • Ring Floodlight Camera Kit: A security camera and floodlight kit will be on sale at at Lowe’s for $189 (usually $249).
  • Sonos One Speaker: The Alexa-enabled smart speaker will be on sale at Best Buy for $174.99 (usually $199.99).

Google Home.

Save on all things smart home this Black Friday

The biggest shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday, is here. This is no doubt one of the best times to snag some smart home tech, either as a gift or to add to your own lineup.

You can expect deals on smart home hubs and speakers—the most popular being Google Home and Amazon Echo. Plenty of smart thermostats, security cameras, and doorbells will also be discounted.

We’ll be updating this post throughout Black Friday weekend with all things smart home, so be sure to check back. Want more deals for the home? Head over to our ongoing roundup of the best Black Friday sales on furniture, bedding, and more.

Note: All of the deals below start on November 22 unless otherwise noted.


Amazon Echo deals

  • Echo: Amazon’s flagship smart home device will be on sale for $69 (usually $99).
  • Echo Dot: The smaller Echo model will be on sale for $24 (usually $49.99).
  • Echo Plus: Amazon’s smart speaker with a smart home hub built-in will be on sale for $109.99 (usually $149.99).
  • Echo Spot: The Echo with a small screen will be on sale for $89.99 (usually $129.99).
  • Echo Show: A larger screen model will be on sale for $179.99 (usually $229.99).

Google Home deals

  • Google Home: The original Google smart home device will be on sale for $79 at Target, Dell and B&H (usually $129.99).
  • Google Home Hub: Google’s new smart screen device smart will be on sale for $99.99 at Best Buy, Walmart, Target (in-store only), and Jet (usually $149).
  • Google Home Max: The extra large smart speaker will be on sale for $349 at B&H and the Google Store (usually $399).
  • Google Home Mini: The smaller Google Home model will be on sale for $25 at Best Buy, Target and Jet (usually $49).
  • Mini + Chromecast: A bundle that throws in Google’s TV streaming device will be on sale at Walmart for $45 (usually $74) starting 11/21.
  • Mini + GE Smart Bulb: Get a GE Smart Bulb with the Google Home Mini at Lowe’s for $25 (usually $55).

Nest deals

  • Outdoor camera: The outdoor version of Nest’s smart security camera will be on sale at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart for $149 (usually $199).
  • Indoor camera: The indoor version of Nest’s smart security camera will be on sale at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart for $129 (usually $199).
  • 3rd Gen. Learning Thermostat: Nest’s smart thermostat will be on sale at Home Depot (backordered online), Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target (in-store only), Walmart and Kohl’s for $179 (usually $249).
  • Hello Video Doorbell: The app-connected video doorbell will be on sale at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Target, Walmart and Kohl’s for $179 (usually $229).

Ecobee deals

  • Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat: Ecobee’s Alexa-enabled thermostat with an in-room sensor is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $199 (usually $249).
  • Ecobee Lite Smart Thermostat: The earlier generation thermostat is on sale at Amazon for $147 (usually $169).
  • Ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch: Ecobee’s app-enabled light switch is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $88.99 (usually $99).

Other home tech deals

  • Lenovo Smart Display 8”: Get this screen with Google Assistant built in for $99 at Best Buy, Walmart.
  • Linksys Velop Tri-Band Mesh WiFi System: This three-pack for improving WiFi speed and range in your home will be on sale at Jet for $199 (usually $349).
  • Rachio smart sprinklers: Save $40 on all WiFi sprinkler controllers and accessories from Rachio from 11/23 through 11/26.
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro: This Wifi-connected camera doorbell will be on sale at Home Depot for $212 (usually $249.99).
  • Ring Floodlight Camera Kit: A security camera and floodlight kit will be on sale at at Lowe’s for $189 (usually $249).
  • Sonos One Speaker: The Alexa-enabled smart speaker will be on sale at Best Buy for $174.99 (usually $199.99).


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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.