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Starting a sawmill business
« on: June 20, 2012, 09:03:53 PM »
This is a perenial subject,but important.It takes time to build a customer base don't get discouraged.Folks are nervous and don't know what to expect,talk to them explain board feet and how you charge.I always give the customer a little more than he expects.Be fair,on time,and act professionally.Most of your future customers will be referals and repeat customers.Seems if your not really looking for work it will find you.Any outher advice.?? Frank C.
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Re: Starting a sawmill business
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 09:35:14 PM »
The repeat and referral thing is very important. 
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Re: Starting a sawmill business
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 09:40:35 PM »
Make up a photo album of the work you do. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Get some of your photos printed as 4 pics on an 8 1/2 x 11 (?) and put them on bulletin boards at Tractor Supply, farm stores etc. along with a half dozen business cards.

Don't be shy about what you charge for portable custom milling, odds are there is very little competition.

No matter how much the customer insists, refuse to cut on 1/16" increments if you've got manual scales... trust me. :-[

Put together some handouts, just a couple pages, with directions on how to dry wood. Some of your customers will be very "green", and will not have given any thought to this. Leaving a customer on his own to dry his wood will not lead to referals.

Keep an extra quart of Anchor Seal and some cheapie disposable paint brushes in the truck. I offer them to the customer at cost as a goodwill gesture.

Have other sources of income while you build your sawing business.

Measure twice, cut once........

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Re: Starting a sawmill business
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2012, 05:17:35 PM »
I could really use some tips. I got two jobs right out of the gate, and now not even a nibble in two weeks. I'm feeling like the Maytag repairman.... :'(


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Re: Starting a sawmill business
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2012, 07:19:04 PM »
Just when you think you have it all figured out you still have a lot to learn. I know I do.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2012, 08:24:24 PM »
Very good points so far.Most customers are interested in the process ,some just want the order cut to their specs.When you get on a cant with stress and it's starting to move around on you ,get them in on it .Show them what's going on and how to solve the problem.You would be surprised how many appreciate the fact that you are going to do the job right.good luck  al
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Re: Starting a sawmill business
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 06:59:06 AM »
Dela Jack,best way to find new business is to plan a vacation or get real involved in a project of your own,they will come in droves. Frank C.
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