Outsourcing For A Woodworking Business – Getting Help When You Need It Most

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When Outsourcing Can Help Your Woodworking Business

Outsourcing isn’t a term you’re likely to hear around the coffee trucks that service small woodworking shops and other area businesses. But it’s a term you should become familiar with whether your woodworking business is brand spanking new, or you’ve been around for years. Trust me on this one – outsourcing can be a game-changer.

The thing is, you need to find reliable companies with high standards of quality. There’s absolutely no benefit to having a shoddy supplier “help” you out. That kind of company is out there – so beware. You want to be picky about who you do business with. But rest assured that a quality company can be a lifesaver in many ways.

I recommend outsourcing all component parts that are not made from wood alone. This includes glass and mirror, specialty hardware, upholstered pieces, even moldings. Ideally, you want a lean, mean woodworking machine of a business. One that thrives efficiently and keeps growing year after year.

Outsourcing to a professional outfit takes the worry and stress away from that particular component of the job and this is important. It will cost you a little more than buying the raw materials yourself and trying to handle it all in house. Even if you have experience with various types of glass or fabrics, these are very different from wood and you are a wood specialist. Chances are, you don’t have the proper tools and facilities to handle such details. But even if you do – there’s no way you can produce the same quality of work that a shop that handles those materials exclusively can.

That’s just the way it is.

Outsourcing is meant to serve you business. Look for new opportunities to add outsourcing to your wood shop operations. It takes a lot of pressure off you and allows you to grow. Just be sure to use only the best outsourcers you can find and charge your clients accordingly. This means pricing your products high enough to easily absorb the cost of your outsourcers. It can be done and when you get it right – you’ll be glad you did.

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LT Woodproducts says:

Some good points on having a good network with many people and businesses.

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