I wanted to highlight a very good friend of mine back in the UK and what he has done over the past 3 years. This is such a creative idea and one that I’ll let him discuss below in a second but I just wanted to give a quick brief overview. Nigel is a carpenter and an antiques specialist. After being laid off from his job due to lack of demand for the business’s services he decided to set-up his own thing. As he’s already 50 he wanted to only work part time but doing things that he actually enjoyed (great start), he loved working with one specific type of wood which was called Wye Pine – Wye is a place in Wales which is where his business is based in the UK. I’ll let him take it from here!
So as you know I created Warehouse 701 with the sole purpose to make some additional money giving people creative reclaimed furniture and accessories for their homes. The USP of the entire business was based on the fact that no one else did anything like this, which meant these pieces were 100% unique. Not like Ikea or Tesco where you can buy some nice stuff, but then everyone has it. This was more for the upper class individuals who wanted unique furniture that was funky and reliable at the same time.
We started by simply going to auctions and even scrap yards, salvage yards were our favourite and me and my co-owner Jon started picking up items for under £40 a pop and then reclaiming them and making a piece of furniture or an accessory (outdoors mainly) that we could then sell for double or triple this in our warehouse or on our website (which now has over 500+ products] People loved the idea and it slowly start to take off. People just loved having something unique and we loved building and restoring the items as well. It was a win win. I couldn’t be happier and although we haven’t broken any large money milestones we are having a great time and have a number of staff to help us with the heavy lifting as we get older. Build a business in your passion my friends! Thanks. Nigel.
He’s doing what he loves and enjoys doing and is getting paid and making some good money in the process. Who wouldn’t want to do that! Follow your dreams people!