How To Make More $$$ Painting Furniture Business

Hey there! So, you’re curious about how to make more money in your painting furniture business. Isn’t that what we furniture painters all want… to make more money and to be successful with our passion and sharing our God-given talents with the world? Oh, and let’s not forget to make more money painting furniture! I know I do and today I want to share my success with you. Why? Because creatives are givers and I tend to give a lot away for free. Is that you too? We have huge hearts!

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How To Make More $$$ In Your Painting Furniture Business

The number one question I get as a Furniture Artist and Creative Business Coach is “How do I make more money in my painting furniture business?” My reply is always the same. Is this a business or a hobby? It may sound like a strange reply but you would be amazed in the responses I get. Most don’t even realize that they’re “business” is truly just a hobby. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a hobby. I have many! But, if you’re ready to make some serious money, you must step up to the next level.

The Next Level In Your Painting Furniture Business

Want to learn how to make even more money in your painting furniture business? Get my FREE COURSE "How To Make More Money In Your Painting Furniture!"So, what is the next level in your painting furniture business?  I have the answers, but I want to ask you a question first. WHY are you even doing this? Is it to just make money? Maybe to share your talents? Is it to help others? Everyone’s answer is going to be different with this question. Knowing you’re WHY is an important part of growing your business and really needs to be visited and understood. I would love to discuss this one on one privately with you when you’re ready to take that next step and really grow your business.

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So, if you want to take your painting furniture business to the next level, I’d love to offer you my FREE COURSE where I share actionable steps so you can start making more money today. I won’t go into the details here, so be sure and sign up now and I’ll send you the course in your inbox. I’m excited to share this with you and I and look forward to you sharing your success with me. Cha-ching, baby! $$$

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When To Start A Creative Business | Furniture Painting

Have you been thinking about starting a creative furniture painting business? Running your own business and being your own boss sounds like the perfect answer and a dream come true for a lot of you, but what you must know is that it’s a lot of hard work. If you’re willing to do the work, being your own boss has its advantages.

13 Signs You Might Be Ready To Start An Online Furniture Painting Business

 

1. Have A Passion

You have a passion that burns deep down in your soul of souls. Maybe you eat, live, and breath painting furniture and you have a giving heart, but passion alone will not make you successful. It will be the driving factor but just make sure if you’re leaving your current day job or career that it’s not all about the money. It’s no longer a job but a passion and making money with your passion takes on a whole new meaning of work.

2. You Believe In Yourself

When starting a creative business you have to believe in yourself. Yes, we all have self-doubt and if that’s the case… get into a good coaching group and surround yourself with like-minded people that can encourage you and pull you up. We all need mentors. CLICK HERE to learn about THE Creative Makers TRIBE for furniture painters. The Creative Business Makers Tribe

 

3. You Have A Good Market For Your Product

You must have a good market for what you’re selling whether it be furniture, painting supplies or yourself for that matter. Who is your market? Is it Nancy Jo down the street or a customer in another state. These are things you will need to know. Nancy Jo is my fictitious friend that I refer to in my business group. THE Creative Makers TRIBE

 

4. You Have A Plan

Before you leave your full-time paying job, do the math. Have a plan of what it will take financially to keep you and the creative business afloat for 2 years and be ready to make sacrifices. Pay off all your debts before you take the leap into entrepreneurship. It’s always helpful if one in the family has a steady 8-5 job and can support the household if needed. DO NOT take out a loan. The money you make can be used to grow that business in the beginning.

5. You Have a Brand Idea

You will need to brand your creative business and for some of you, that brand is yourself. Know your strengths and what sets you apart from others. Be unapologetic-ally to you! You are who you are for a reason and God made you perfect just the way you are. Go with your strengths.

 

6. You’re Not Afraid To Learn

Get ready to learn a lot! I never dreamed there were so many working parts to an online creative business. Technology is probably the hardest part, but with persistence and not being afraid to ask for help you can get there. It’s just a matter of pushing buttons.

 

7. You’re Not Afraid To Fail In Your Creative Business

Facing the fear of failure in a creative business is enough to keep you from even starting. You need to be ready to face it head-on. Do it scared! If you don’t start, you will never know success. It’s that simple.

 

8. You’re Not Afraid To Succeed

I know this sounds strange, but the fear of success is real. Some business that experience rapid growth fails due to fear. The fear of “I can’t handle it.”

 

9. You Have Some Cash Saved Up

Believe it or not, but there is a very little cost of starting an online creative business. Social media are free and most everyone has a phone and a computer. Most phones have great cameras so there’s no need to buy a fancy camera just yet. Save some cash back for other things that will help grow your creative business. Courses and online groups are a great way to learn from the convenience of your own home. It takes time to become successful so plan ahead.

 

10. You Have Experience In The Industry

You will need to have experience in the industry before jumping in full time. If you’re not experienced, consider working your business as a side hustle for a few years until you gain the knowledge. The more experience you have the more likely you will be successful.

 

11. You’re A Quick Decision Maker

You will be making a lot of decisions in your creative business and time is money. If it takes you 2 weeks to decide on a paint color (just an example) this could be a problem. Being methodical is a good thing, and indecisiveness often accompanies a creative entrepreneur. If you know this about yourself, there are ways to overcome this.

 

12. Your A Self Starter

Being a self-starter is a recipe for success. If you have trouble at your day job with motivation, being a business owner may not be for you. Discipline and time management will be the skills you use every day.

 

13. You Understand The Risks Of Owning A Creative Business

Being a creative business owner means that you understand the risks. It very possible that you will never make a profit and also that you will grow so quickly that you become overwhelmed. If you understand those risks and all the things that I listed above, it’s very possible that you are ready to take that risk of being a creative business owner.

Of course, there is more to the story than these things outlined here, but it is certainly a great way to measure if you are thinking about starting your own creative online business because knowledge is everything.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope that this will answer that burning question, “When am I ready to start my creative business?”

xo, Do

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum $$$ Profit

While staging furniture doesn’t come naturally to everyone, the good news is it can be learned. One of the most common questions I hear in this business is how do I get my furniture noticed. The answer is GREAT STAGING that stands out! And in the furniture painting business, it’s crucial that you stand out in the crowd. But before you stand out, you need to master the basics of staging. Just a few simple basic rules will get you headed in the right direction with your furniture staging. Like with anything new, the more you practice, the better you get.

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Backdrops For Staging Furniture

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtipsLet’s talk backgrounds. I’ve have seen so many uses the photography backdrops when staging furniture. Not a fan… and let me tell you why. Backgrounds tend to be busy. Busy with patterns. Everything from brick to wood patterns. When a piece of furniture is placed in front of a busy background, it tends to lose a bit of the focus on the furniture. Some of the backgrounds are beautiful but ask yourself. Is this the look of a wall in an average home? More than likely it’s not. Just a plain white wall is best for showing off the true colors of your painted furniture. It’s also easier to photograph off of.

Consider The Style Of Your Furniture

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtipsThe style also plays a key part in staging furniture. Example: If you have a farmhouse style hutch and you try to stage it with gold Mid Century Modern (MCM) decor, you may not get the response you were hoping for. Styling the furniture with the appropriate decor is imperative to catch the buyers eye because you want to make the sell. Examples of farmhouse style would be mason jars, beautiful green wreaths, books, dishes, wire baskets, etc. Keep the decor simple and don’t add too much. Remember the focus is on the furniture. It’s like jewelry to your outfit.


To Many colors Can Cause Distractions

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtipsColors are a great way to evoke emotion. Colors are also tricky because too much color can draw attention away from your furniture. Try keeping most of the decor neutral when staging colorful furniture. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Example: If your furniture has bold colors with amazing details, the last thing you want is to repeat the colors on top. If you repeat the colors on top of your furniture, it should be subtle. Let your furniture be the star of the show. Trust me. When I first started staging my furniture, I didn’t think about the decor taking away from my furniture. It was the furniture I was selling, not the decor. It took me about a year to figure out everyone wanted to buy my home decor instead of my furniture. Lesson learned the hard way. Keep it simple.

Staging Furniture With Emotion

Creating an emotional feeling in the staging can cause your potential buyer to stop and take notice. I call this the scroll stopper! The way I figure it, you have about 3 seconds to stop the scroll of someone searching for furniture on the for sale sites. If you can stop the scroll, the chances of you making the sell just elevated. The emotional factor can be obtained by a number of things. Sometimes traditional items such as a chair, a pair of shoes, a hat or everyday items will evoke emotion. It gets in the buyers head to help them visualize the piece inside their home and we all know that staging isn’t realistic. I promise my home isn’t perfectly staged. Try keeping your staging as real as possible in the beginning until you’re more comfortable. Then you can start adding the nontraditional items to the mix.

Using What You Got In Your Furniture Staging

I like wood items, greenery, cotton stems, vases, books, baskets, blankets, etc. Look around your home and pull from your own home decor. Try to mix and match what you already have without having to purchase special items and then struggle with the storage for said items. You can’t go wrong when you use what you have. I bet you even have a friend that would let you go shopping in her home. It’s like borrowing a cup of sugar. Yep, I’ve done that. Challenge yourself to look beyond what is the normal use of things. A pair of your hubby’s old worn out boots make a great statement when you’re staging a masculine piece. Just plop those puppies down in front like he just walked out of them. That’s realistic staging and it’s a great way to get into the head of the potential buyer.


Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum $$$ Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtips

Staging Furniture Outdoors

Now we have all seen those amazing pieces staged outdoors. GORGEOUS! The artistic side of staging fascinates me. The problem this creates is not everyone can see your artistic visions. Staging furniture outdoors can cause the potential buyer not to visualize that piece of furniture in their home. Trees and grass don’t grow in your home. It’s not realistic. Keeping to the norm it will increase your chances of selling to the buyer. Ask yourself… does it make sense? When your staging outdoor furniture, by all means, go for it!

 

And remember, staging takes practice and time to master the look you want. I hope this helps you in staging your furniture and getting the most profit from all your hard work. Furniture painting is an emotional journey for me. I’m always a little sad when it walks out the door, but getting the money you deserve for your hard work definitely makes it easier to goodbye.

Have questions still? Email me at donna@dododsondesigns.com.

Happy Staging!

xo, Do