Building Birdhouses to Sell
By Eric Hammer
For many people, building birdhouses is more than just a hobby.
It's a way to make some decent money on the side. In fact, one
entrepreneur we looked at for this article builds them out of
completely free materials he is able to find in salvage from
businesses. He even manages to do a good turn for the environment
and for those businesses at the same time.
The fundamentals of how to build a birdhouse are not that
difficult to master. A birdhouse is basically a bird feeder -
a place where you put out food for birds to come and eat each
day. Then, you as the owner get to enjoy watching them flying
over to the birdhouse. Many people do it because they find it
to be a very relaxing experience.
You can sell the birdhouses in a variety of venues. For example,
you could go to flea markets, offer them for sale on eBay and
Craigslist or even start your own web site to sell them. Many
people also sell them either directly on consignment to hardware
stores and novelty stores that sell to tourists.
How Much Can You Make?
A great deal depends on your skill in building birdhouses
people will actually want to own. The birdhouses you build need
to look professionally made, so if you've never done this, you'll
need practice. The good news is that once you know what you are
doing, each birdhouse can fetch as little as $10 for a simple
one to as much as $100 for a very ornate birdhouse.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
One of the best ideas we saw for building birdhouses was in
the first resource we listed for this article. This person offers
some great ideas to help you get the wood for building your birdhouses
100% for free. You just need to ask businesses if you can haul
away their old wooden pallets, which you then cut up to make
the birdhouses from. Or, you could ask at local woodworking places
if you can take away their scrap wood. In all cases though, you
need to ask for permission to take these things.
Remember also that your work is basically something artistic
that people will take home to enjoy and look at, so the nicer
you can make your work look, the more likely you are to make
Qualifications / Requirements
You don't need any formal qualifications in order to start
building birdhouses. All you need is a bit of skill with a power
saw and a hammer. Plus, you need to have a bit of a creative
mind to create something beautiful.
Start by visiting local businesses and asking if you can haul
away some of their old pallets. Many will be happy to let you
do so since they will not have to pay to have them hauled away
themselves. Then, cut the pallets up and practice building your
birdhouses. The wood is free so your only cost is nails and your
time. Give the first few away until you feel confident that you
know what you are doing and then start offering them for sale.
Check out these helpful resources to find out more about building
birdhouses for sale:
Backwoods Home Magazine: Free Pallet Wood and
Birdhouses Add Up to Big Country Dollars --- This was a really
excellent article which covers everything you'll need to know
in order to set up your own business selling birdhouses. The
money this person makes is not spectacular (around $10-$20 per
birdhouse and he makes 4-5 of them per day), but considering
the material is basically free, it's a good deal.
to Advice: Building Scientific Birdhouses for Fun and Profit
- Not as comprehensive as the site above, but there is some additional
useful information here.