Change Wood Into Gold

Written by Stephen Bucaro

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By Stephen Bucaro

Today, everything is a cold plastic manufactured product. Inrepparttar 117408 "old days", everything was painstakingly hand-crafted from wood. People loverepparttar 117409 quality and warmth of hand-crafted wood products. If you like to work with your hands, you can profit fromrepparttar 117410 demand for these products.

If you are inexperienced with woodworking, you can start by making simple scroll saw puzzles and wood toys. You can see some examples ofrepparttar 117411 type of products you can make at where Brad sell's them for $4.00 to $9.00.

You will find free downloadable patterns atrepparttar 117412 Skill Power Tools Web site: or you can purchase patterns like "The Little Choo Choo" atrepparttar 117413 Wood Toys and Joys Web site:

When you get a little more skill, you can makerepparttar 117414 kind of products sold atrepparttar 117415 Wood Expression's Web site: For example, they sell a 19 x 21 inch oak shelf for $30.00. The Wooden Wood Art Web site: sells beautiful wood letter signs for $4.00 to $5.00. They also sell custom personalized signs. Check out: where they sell cute crafty personalized wood signs for $10.00 and up.

When you advance to larger, higher quality work you might make products like those offered by The Woodcrafting Co. at where they sell hardwood TV trays and display cases for $700.00 and more.

The Top 11 Things That May Surprise You When You Become an Entrepreneur

Written by Susan Dunn, the Marketing Coach

If you've always worked for someone else, you may harbor fantasies of what it would be like to "be your own boss." While working for yourself has major advantages; if you choose this route you may find some surprises.

1. MYTH: I won't have to work as hard.

REALITY: You'll probably work harder. I typically work 70 hours a week. But it feels different when you're in charge and you'rerepparttar one reapingrepparttar 117405 benefits, i.e., it's one thing to stay up till 2 am so your boss can take a 2-week cruise, but quite another to stay up till 2 am so YOU can, right?

2. MYTH: I'll berepparttar 117406 boss.

REALITY: Inrepparttar 117407 most important ways, you are. However, every client is your "boss". What I like is that clients judge results and I enjoy autonomy of method. I found bosses would rarely say "raise my income 10%" and then check in with me. They micro-managed, which I found confusing and limiting. It slowed me down and made me less productive. Clients want results. They don't care if you did it by phone or by fax. They don't care when you go to lunch, what you have on, when you start your day or how long it takes you to do something. See what I mean?

3. MYTH: Now I can get paid what I'm worth.

REALITY: You can only charge whatrepparttar 117408 market will bear. However, you can reachrepparttar 117409 upper limits and pushrepparttar 117410 limits. No one's going to pay more than, say $150 for a housecleaning; however, there are people getting $75 forrepparttar 117411 same job. Then, of course, entrepreneur that you are, you always haverepparttar 117412 option of hiring others to work for you and enjoyingrepparttar 117413 passive income. There's a limit to how much I can charge as a coach, and how many client-hours I have in a week, but as my business builds, I'm hiring other coaches.

4. MYTH: I won't have to deal with people I don't like.

REALITY: Yes, you will. However, as your own boss, you can fire clients who aren't worthrepparttar 117414 fee, and you can choose your own vendors and network, and if you don't like your boss - YOU -- you can change that!

5. MYTH: Now I can do only what I want and like to do.

REALITY: It never really works out that way. I'm back doing some things I don't enjoy as much because I'm good at them and they're lucrative, and I needrepparttar 117415 steady income coming in. Somehow it's more palatable because someone else isn't telling me I must. It's a pragmatic decision on my own part. Also, every entrepreneur must do marketing. If you can't stand to do it yourself, hire a marketing coach. You MUST market.

6. MYTH: I can't work any harder. I can't do all this.

REALITY: Yes you can -- work smarter, not harder. Beware this fear of success that will limit you. There will be different thresholds as you build your business. At each point, get more help. It's always available. Part of building your business is delegating as soon as you possibly can. It's called "investing in your business." The second you can afford a Virtual Assistant, get one. I have two. One lives in my hometown and delivers brochures, makes contacts, goes to trade shows, shops for me, etc. I have another who's virtual only. She manages my distance learning school and does other Internet tasks. There will be more! 7. MYTH: I'll be free!

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