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    I learned how to arc weld while I was in H.S. while in this program I made many beautiful projects. We focused mainly on furniture. I would love to start my own business selling my designs and making custom furniture. Any ideas on where I should start? What all equipment would I need? Where can I buy metal from? Also if there is any business that would like to start a partneship.

  • #2
    Get a job at a welding shop and learn.

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    • #3
      starting up

      I agree with portable. Get paid to get some experience. It will pay off in the long run. Remember it's not all fun and games on your own

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      • #4
        You might update your profile so those close to you can help you out a wee bit. I started in the garage and worked at it for several years until I was working late each evening and both days on the weekend. I've been at it about 7 years now full time. Be prepared to work at half wages, no vacation, no benefits.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by walker View Post
          You might update your profile so those close to you can help you out a wee bit. I started in the garage and worked at it for several years until I was working late each evening and both days on the weekend. I've been at it about 7 years now full time. Be prepared to work at half wages, no vacation, no benefits.
          Sounds about right and still work the weekends and evenings.
          Meltedmetal

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          • #6
            Originally posted by walker View Post
            Be prepared to work at half wages, no vacation, no benefits.
            And then there will be dealers with real nice stores in good locations that will say you can put your stuff in my shop as its wonderfull. Then they want 45% of what you sell it for. So now you are selling for 1/2 of what you were. Just my thoughts....Bob

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            • #7
              Originally posted by frank414 View Post
              Also if there is any business that would like to start a partneship.
              I will sell you a turn key buisness complete with tools, equip and products just bring some big trucks and some $$$$$ ...Bob

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              • #8
                You asked too many questions to be able to start your own business at this time. You can't say I want to sell custom made furniture and then ask where do I buy metal from. Business owners that have done it a while like myself know that if you ask a stupid question, you get a stupid answer. Figure things out on your own like opening up the phone book and look under steel/metal suppliers. Compare prices, go to these places.

                Things I would do if I were you:

                Get a job related to what you want to do and listen to all details.
                Get involved in furniture building forums/listservs.
                Go to local furniture places and get price quotes on related items and learn to understand pricing.
                See if your area even has a demand for custom furniture or will you build it as needed.
                Will you paint/powder coat/anodize/polish yourself? What are those prices if you do it or if you sub it out. Also what state/local regulations are there for doing it yourself.
                Do you have money that you can gamble on?

                I started my business and I was working full time for a steel yard for the first 2 years. Now I am 7 years into it, sometimes I want my old job back.......

                And everyone else is right about working everyday for cheap money.

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                • #9
                  "I started my business and I was working full time for a steel yard for the first 2 years. Now I am 7 years into it, sometimes I want my old job back.......

                  And everyone else is right about working everyday for cheap money.[/QUOTE]

                  Ain't that the truth! I've thought about it over the years, and could still go back if I wanted, but just have to remember the reasons I left.

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                  • #10
                    Are you single ?? If so, find someone with money, get married, and avoid this work stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like you are wanting to be an artist of sorts using metal/welding, etc. as your medium. If so, you need to have some (preferably a LOT) of artistic ability, not just be able to weld, and an "eye" for what is good and what is not.

                      You may have been born with these artistic abilities, some are, others learn it thru art classes and school curriculum focusing on art. Some never get it. It helps if you can draw.

                      I am an artist blacksmith and work with a designer. Together we create beautiful things that our clients pay a lot of money for. We only work with high end clients and usually only in $$$ million + homes. Sometimes I make something 3 or 4 times taking days or weeks, often just so she (the designer or client (or both)) can SEE what it will look like. Then changes are made and we proceed.

                      The point is, what you think is beautiful someone else may not. If your market is a flea market, that is one thing. on the other hand, if you are wanting to REALLY have a business, you have to be able to make something that someone else wants and is willing to pay for. This is not always easy to do, but it is something that can be accomplished, over time.

                      Rarely will you be instantly recognized as an accomplished artist, metal or otherwise. It takes a commitment - on your part - of time, lots of hard work, some money, and education. Pay attention to the DETAILS!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by walker View Post
                        "I started my business and I was working full time for a steel yard for the first 2 years. Now I am 7 years into it, sometimes I want my old job back.......

                        And everyone else is right about working everyday for cheap money.
                        Ain't that the truth! I've thought about it over the years, and could still go back if I wanted, but just have to remember the reasons I left.[/QUOTE]

                        Yea I did the job route for about a year and a half. Then the wife started complaining I was working way more to make less or the same. Done 10 hr days and worked the shop on weekends and nights.
                        So I went back at it on my own with more resolve. The recession hit....biz got better.
                        Son moved home and biz went ballistic with his help. Stuck in that 2 1/2+ man workload with just the 2 of us.
                        It helps to find the need in your area before you pull the trigger. We do aluminum exclusively since '97, and it has served me well. That wouldn't work just anywhere, but basically we do almost all boat repair only. The rest is chairs and that type of broken stuff. 99% marine realistically. 99% tig as well.

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                        • #13
                          Million Dollar Companies

                          I see a lot of ppl come to many different forums and ask about starting a business. This is a Welding Forum not a business forum. Now with that said I'm not saying people can't help you and your question is not completely retarded. I will say if your looking to start a great million dollar buisness I can say most of us dont own million dollar companies I'm sure a few select do but overall we just share the same enjoyment of welding. Some make it a hobby some pay their bills with it. If your looking for someone to instantly teach you how to make 150,000$ a year it isnt going to happen. If that could happen we would all be doing it. There are many many factors other than just being good welder to starting a business. If you don't have good people skills and finance skills you will never make it. I have seen good wellders fall and terrible welders succeed because of politics in the work place. I'm not trying to put anyone down, offend or piss on thir dreams but starting a business is not something you learn how to do on a welding forum normally. ESP is the way you asked the question. Next time asking some one what they did and try to gain their experience and learn their mistakes. I'll tell you when I went out on my own and started doing my own work I learned even though i was staying busy and working a lot of hours for high wages I was over investing in my self and ended up throwing a lot of money away.

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                          • #14
                            Try to make a lot of projects. Let other people judge your work and if they do like it , start the business man .

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                            • #15
                              My thoughts, welding is a skilled labor for many but I have seen "art" work sell for 1000 of dollars because the guy knew how to grind his welding sucked. Sure get a job but if not avaiable buy a light mig welder say a 140 miller. Build a few things, funiture, barbecue, smoker and let your neighbors know you have a welder. Look on line and in stores for design ideas. Know you and your machines limitations and give it a try.

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