Merry Christmas to all I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday season so far. Today I'm sharing with you B's Custom Woodshop. As you may know I love doing DIY projects. Usually my projects are good enough for our house but I would never think to sell my work. Well what started as a hobby for one military service member has now become a business. C. Bernardo is the owner of B's Custom Woodshop. He's 27 years young and has an amazing talent for creating beautiful wood pieces. He creates everything from farm tables, benches, and chairs to wine racks and butcher block cutting boards.
Check out how he started and what advice he shares about starting your own business.
Starting a new business can be tough and nerve racking. Were you nervous about starting B's Custom Woodshop or did it come naturally?
I was pretty nervous at first selling my work. I was always concerned about what a customer might say. It turns out that they always loved my work and I had less to worry about as my craftsmanship improved more and more. Another reason why I was nervous was because I had invested a decent amount of money in my tools in hopes that future sales would cover the cost. Fortunately for me, they did.
As we all know starting a business takes a lot of time and dedication? What drives you to keep going?
What drives me to keep going? I think it's the ideas that I keep having. Woodworking has endless possibilities. I love it when someone asks me if I can build something, they show me a picture, I build it and they are always surprised. Also, the more I work and the more techniques that I learn, the better I become. It makes me want to work more and more.
Who and/or what inspires your creations?
I would say the customers inspire me. They have an idea, I build upon that, and the results are awesome. They are never disappointed.
My inspiration comes from the countless woodworking videos, magazines, Instagram pictures and demonstrations that I spend way too much of my free time looking at. I think also the wood itself. If I find a pieces of wood with an amazing grain pattern, then it makes me want to try my best to show it.
What do you see in the future for B's Custom Woodshop?
The future of B's Custom Woodshop is uncertain I think. I'm going to work wood as long as I can. Unfortunately being Active duty makes consistently doing anything difficult. If I have the time, I'm going to build something, if I don't, I won't. It's something that I enjoy, which means that I'm always going to be working on something. It just might not be as often as I would like.
What advice would you give someone starting their own business?
I'm hardly a person who should be giving advice lol. But..... I have a few lessons that I have learned.
- Do not try to sell something that you want to sell. Sell something that people want to buy. It's not going in your house, so you're opinion doesn't really matter.
- If you have a trade that you're selling, BUY THE RIGHT TOOLS! Yes you can get away with trying to take short cuts or try to save money with low quality tools. Take it form me, it just causes more problems. If money is a problem, which it always is, then save you're money, spend wisely and then buy the correct tool for the job.
- Be prepared to fail. You are not always going to hit a grand slam. Nobody has ever improved at anything by having an easy time doing something. I once had to refund a customer their money for a solid oak table worth $600. That was a huge blow to my small business. It set me back a month worth of woodworking. However, I kept working, and everything was fine.
- Enjoy yourself. If you don't like doing what you're doing, you might as well go back to your old normal job that you got away from to start your business in the first place.
When you have time off what is your favoRite thing to do?
Time off? Well, when I have time off from my "day job", I work wood (laughs). When I'm not working wood, I enjoy fishing. I absolutely love fishing, I would do it everyday if I could. I love to cook also. I am a fantastic cook, and I love seeing people's reaction when they try my food. I can cook you anything. I like to spend time with my friends and go on adventures.
Although we just celebrated Christmas, what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
I love decorating the house and I love cooking for who ever comes over.
What is your favorite holiday dish?
Hmm honestly the past few years have been a mixture of different spreads for dinner. I'm a huge fan of deep frying a turkey but I enjoy a good honey ham as well. This year I think I'm going to smoke a few racks of ribs. I make the best ribs of anyone I know.
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