The first thing you should consider is whether you already have a furniture industry business. Do you have customers, or do you have a client list? This will give you an indication of what’s important to you and where you want to focus your time.
Once you’ve done your research, it is time to start brainstorming.
If you plan to sell your handmade furniture at a craft fair, or have been asked to participate in a community event, it is a good idea to have a list of “must-sell items” for you to focus your time on.
If you’re looking to make a little money, then it will go a long way in promoting your brand. It is also a great opportunity for you to learn about how you can make your goods even more unique to you.
If we were looking for “must-sell items” before we started the business, we knew that we wanted to include a few “must-sell” items on our list.
The list of “must-sell” items that we had decided on included:
Crowbars and other heavy wood bars
Leather and suede goods and accessories
Plastic storage drawers and bins
Cloth and textured plastic goods and accessories (we used “Tubular,” a “tumbling, rolling” toy, and a pair of “bumpers for my son’s foot”)
We even included some items we were particularly proud of.
Once you have thought about what you want to sell to clients, and decided what to focus on, you now need to decide on the kind of business you’ll do.
If you’re going to start a business selling all wood objects, you’re already set in your way (as I have been doing). However if you want to offer a selection of handmade items, you will have many more options.
Some other interesting “must-sell”:
Coffee & tea bags (including custom coffee and tea bags and bags for gift wrap)
Mint, rose and other decorative stones
Laminate floor tiles (including tile sets)
Furniture accessories; we decided to offer wood furniture (but not a full range of furniture)
We could have offered other items too, but you get the idea. I