Making Things Work with Nancy Hiller
An informal seminar for professional and would-be professional woodworkers and other makers.
Class size: 15
Many people romanticize the notion of burning their suits and starting their own business. Nancy Hiller has been earning a living as a woodworker for more than 30 years, working in others’ shops early on, then starting her business in 1995. She has also made a name for herself in print, not only by sharing her technical expertise in Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Popular Woodworking, the UK’s Furniture & Cabinetmaking, and other periodicals, but highlighting the inglorious moments and struggles you can expect while earning a living as a maker.
During this seminar, Nancy will lead students through a discussion on the basics of running a small business focused on commissioned work for clients. Specific topics will include:
- Scaling your business while still making (not just managing)
- Tips on pricing your work
- Work-life balance
- Accounting, insurance, and regulations
- Dealing with difficult customers
- Social Media strategies
This session is designed as a seminar. Nancy will open the discussion on these topics, but students should come with questions and experiences of their own to share with the group.
Nancy R. Hiller designs and builds furniture and cabinetry for late-19th through mid-20th-century interiors. Trained in the UK’s City & Guilds system, she has worked in custom woodworking shops in England and the United States. Since 1995 she has operated NR Hiller Design, Inc. based in Bloomington, Indiana. Hiller’s work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Old-House Journal, and other periodicals. She is the author of four books, most recently Making Things Work (2017) and English Arts & Crafts Furniture (2018).
When: Monday, Jul. 30 - 10:00 pm
Tuesday, Jul. 31 1:00 am
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