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ne of the biggest problems in any household is keeping everything in order. To do that, you need proper storage space - cupboards, shelves and cabinets. The problem is that most storage systems like wood storage and kitchen cabinets are bulky and don't really come in the exact measurements for that space where you want it to go. In those situations, having storage cabinets made according to your specifications is the answer.
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If you're good with your hands and have a knack for woodworking, then you can use your craftsmanship to make money building custom corner cabinets, curio cabinets, garage cabinets and a whole lot of other storage cabinets. Doing everything yourself means that you are in control of every aspect from design to building. However, it also means that you will need to have your own workshop and tools. In addition to the tools, you will want to have a good supply of cabinet hardware. Have a good assortment of hardware (pulls, knobs, hinges, etc) because people tend to have very varied tastes!
Although it helps a lot if you are good in woodworking yourself, you DON'T necessarily have to do the work yourself. One of the most important aspects to building Custom Storage Cabinets is the design process. You could work with other professionals to build your Custom Storage Cabinets, allowing you more time to concentrate on coming up with ingenius design that maximize storage space within the constraints of small areas. Working with woodworking professionals could save you a lot of time and you don't have to worry about the messy process of building your Custom Storage Cabinets but it also means that you don't have absolute control over the building process.
Before you begin, you might want to check out your competitors. You'll find them in your local furniture or DIY stores and home improvement stores. Check out what these folks have to offer and the price range for their services and you'll have a better idea about your Custom Storage Cabinets business before you go into it. Try to learn what makes the most successful cabinet maker in your competitor list as successful as he is. Go to his store, check out his cabinets or better still, go "undercover" as a customer and pretend you're in the market for some cabinets. Then see for yourself what makes him tick and what makes him the best. Then take everything that you've learnt and apply it to your own Custom Storage Cabinets business.
If you're planning to have your own store, then you will need to have an array of Custom Storage Cabinets that you've built yourself on display. If you're just running this as a part time or weekend business, then it might be a good thing to actually build Custom Storage Cabinets for your home. That way, you can take your customers on a tour of you home showing them how clever and practical your Custom Storage Cabinets are in a real home. Think about building Custom Storage Cabinets for those spaces under the stairs and those awkward niches in corridors, kitchens and bedrooms.
To help promote your Custom Storage Cabinet business, you could participate in home improvement shows and fairs and property trade shows. Bring your best Custom Storage Cabinets, dressers, entertainment centers, book shelves and free standing vanities. The more you can show your prospects, the better. Participation in these sort of fairs will require you to pay a fee, but in the long run, it will be well worth the investment. You could also ask if your local DIY or hardware stores would be willing to help sell your Custom Storage Cabinets. Work out some sort of commision scheme with them. Make sure you take good photographs of your finished products and if your customers will allow, take photos of your Custom Storage Cabinets in their homes. This re-inforces the thought that your Custom Storage Cabinets are well worth what you will be charging them.
There will always be a need for Custom Storage Cabinets, so if you're good with your hands or designing woodwork products, this is a great way to make money. This is also a great way for retired gentlemen to make money while keeping busy and staying active.