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.

Hester Street Fair Is Getting Kicked Out of the Seward Park Co-Op

A new vendor will be replacing the famed Lower East Side flea market.

A new vendor will be replacing the famed Lower East Side flea market.On summer and early fall weekends, an empty concrete lot behind the Seward Park Co-ops echoes with R&B jams as New Yorkers amble through, buying anything from Argentinian-style empanadas to vintage advertising prints. It’s been that way since 2010, when the Hester Street Fair made its debut on th... More »

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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.