Gone are the days when used basically wicker shoes and utensils, and houses were covered with thatched roofs.
Now the old technology to create woven items found a new application in a beautiful objects interior, furniture which looks especially comfortable and at home, and that is important this furniture is practical, very durable. Handmade and unique items are valued particularly highly, and since there is currently no automatic wicker furniture (this is not possible due to technical parameters of raw materials), all products are made from natural materials by hand. Anything unusual may be the basis of profitable business and incomes of the entrepreneur. We offer to think that this kind of business you can start on their own as a hobby and then, depending on the financial capacity to gradually increase the volume of production and sales. Wicker furniture for sale can be an excellent solution to earning money.
It should be understood that the proposed market wicker furniture is very expensive due to the fact that this furniture (mainly rattan) is imported. So it makes sense to start their own production to fill the niche of small and medium-price things.
So, here’s the plan.
How to Learn to Weave Wicker Furniture for Sale
Courses on the basics of weaving you can be purchased from the experts who almost “from scratch” will help you to learn this craft. Tuition is $250-300 tentatively, the deadline is seven days or more. It is possible to work as an apprentice; practical training will be more effective and cheaper.
Raw, Materials and the Necessary Tools
For the production of wicker, furniture uses different materials. Start with a willow. This is the most common kind of material. The cost of a hundred pieces of vines varies in the range of $5-8. Raw materials can be purchased at village at those who engaged woven items. If you organize the delivery from the appropriate regions where the willows grow abundantly in nature, it is possible to reduce significantly material cost. However, it is not easy to find a well-trained cutters and clicker willow. On the Internet, there are a lot of information about this subject, so there is a choice.
For the purchase of special tools, saws, plane, chisels, drills, screwdrivers, knives, round-nosed pliers, side cutters, sandpaper and glue will need to spend at least $500.
Rented or own production area. This can be a woodworking shop, a heated warehouse, any non-residential premises with an area no more than 30 square meters. Work desk, chair, drawers and shelves for tool.
The expenditure will need to include rental of retail space or you can think about working as a wholesaler or putting products on a commission basis. In addition, count on the fact that you will have to bear certain transport costs, to pay tax on income of an individual entrepreneur, to receive advice on the registration certificates of product quality, declarations, to fulfill the requirements for compliance with quality standards.
The Calculation of Profit
For example, at a cost of rocking chairs around $35-40, you can sell it for $200. If during the working week make 1-2 chair (it’s real), the net profit for the month may reach $640-660.
Chest of drawers cannot be sold for less than $180, a barrel stools (very simple and popular form of the product) or coffee table – for $40-50.
The main problem in this business, like in any other, will be the marketing of products: develop a website with product samples, photos of the production process, advertising and announcements. Ask the owner to update the interior of a restaurant or cafe with your furniture. Perhaps, motels or hotels will interested in furniture made of natural materials. Make woven loungers for beauty salons. The range can include benches for summer playgrounds, wicker drawers or shelves. You can do the whole headset or individual products. First, get your order and then arrange for its production and delivery.
Number of full-time masters can be gradually increased. The production process can be divided: some people will do just skeletons, others deal only with weaving. Depending on the models of the furniture will need a seamstress who sews cushion cover, pillows and other fabric or leather items.
Depending on the competition in the town you can create a training center for the wicker furniture and other products, organize paid tours or workshops.