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How To Start A Furniture Making Business In Nigeria

Discussion in 'General Business' started by foster04, Dec 17, 2018.

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  1. foster04

    foster04 Member

    Have you ever wondered how lucrative a furniture making business can be here in Nigeria? In this article, we will look closely at this business and share with you all that we know about it.

    I can categorically tell you that it is in possible to enter into any home or office and not find a piece of furniture there whether it’s a chair, table, stull etc. as furniture is a big aspect of decoration.

    As people keep building new houses, businesses and companies the need to also get furniture’s to put around is always there making the furniture making business a huge market allover the world.

    The main reason while many people ignore this business is the fact that within their neighborhoods there are lots of furniture makers(carpenters) that are still suffering but if you are going to succeed in this business you will have to think outside the box.

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    You have got to learn how to create classic and unique designs that will attract people and organizations to your business.

    For you to standout in this business, you have to be creative.Being creative requires you finding new designs and other ways to make furniture.

    Imagine the person that came up with the idea of making a chair with Ankara materials how awesome that is.

    So if you are thinking of starting this business then here are the things you need to do

    Pick A Niche

    Just like other businesses that require you focusing on a particular area, same goes for the furniture making business. You have got to decide what type of furniture you will be creating whether is for offices, schools, homes etc.

    With these you would be able to specify your targeted market and know the kind of materials you will be using in the business.

    Do A Research

    The taste and style of people differs so getting to know what people want will help your furniture business as you will be able to deliver the right products to the right people. This research will not only help you know what people want but you will get to know how large the furniture business is and how you can outperform your competitors.

    Learn The Business

    Starting a successful furniture business entails that you get full technical skills of how to make furniture. Learning this business is not a one day thing or something you should do anyhow but it will require full concentration and will involve you learning as an apprentice in a furniture shop.

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    This might take you up to 6 months or more to learn but if you put your mind to it you can learn the business faster. On the other hand, if you don’t want to wait that long to learn the business and in a hurry to start the business, you can contract a good carpenter (I repeat a good carpenter) to start making furniture’s for you.

    Write A Business Plan

    Know that you have been able to pick a niche and learn the trade, it is time to seat down and plan the strategies that will kick start and keep your business going. This will help you plan how much is needed to start the business, the different tools and machinery needed, where your business will be located, how to market your business etc.

    Your business plan would be your blueprint to guide you through the business.

    Purchase The Right Equipment

    For you to be able to make quality furniture’s the right equipment’s must be in place. There are different tools you can use which includes: Tape measure, clamps, circular saw, jigsaw, power drill, chisel,hammer, pocket square just to name a few.

    Get A Shop

    Depending on the resources you have, you can either choose to separate shops where one can be used for making furniture’s while the other can serve a your showroom where customer can come checkout your products or rent a big space that can serve as both the workshop and showroom.

    While getting a place for your showroom, you must make sure that it is in an area with lots of people and people can easily locate and come into your showroom.

    Register Your Business

    This is a very important step you need to take when starting an business. Must organizations won’t take you serious if you approach them to supply furniture’s for them and your business is not registered. You can get your business registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission for as low as₦50,000.

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    Start Manufacturing And Showcasing

    Now that you have gotten everything you need, its high time you put your skills to work and start showcasing your products for people to see.

    There are other things you can also do to grow your business and they include

    Expand Your Business

    There is always room for expansion when it comes to business and this can only be done by venturing into other niches that are related to that business. For example lets say you choose to make furniture’s for schools,you can expand your business by learning how to make office and home furniture’s so as to increase your customer base.

    Market Your Business

    The much customers that you would have when starting a furniture business would be people around the area your business is located in. so for you to get more clients both locally and internationally you have got to market your business.

    You can market your business by using word of mouth,handbills, newspaper, radio, television and social media. This will help more people know about your business and also bring more clients.

    But before you rush into marketing your business you have got to make sure that the furniture’s you are making are of high quality and well designed. This will give you a cutting edge above your competitors.

    Create A Website

    You would be amazed how much profit you can generate from just creating a website for your business. Majority of people have turned to online shopping to get anything they want no wonder the richest man in the world owns an eCommerce website.

    This will allow people order for your products online and you get it delivered to them. Don’t think of this as stressful, all it requires is for you to get a courier that will help deliver the package to the customer and you can add the shipping cost to the amount you charge for any furniture.

    You can also use this method to make some extra cash from other online sources such as Google Adsense, affiliate marketing and sell space on your website for people to advertise their own products.

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  2. crown90

    crown90 New Member

    Great idea. I feel like it can be very profitable but unfortunately I know nothing about that sphere. Perhaps it that idea can be transformed into online sales fully there would be some space even for me
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  3. Betty7

    Betty7 New Member

    Hi, I believe I know what do you mean. The idea can bring an income but should be transformed into some other shape. You should take into account that you would need a simple program to record screen with audio, may be in the form of webinars How to become a rich man or how-tos. I advise to try Movavi Screen Capture Studio. This screen recorder help you make outstanding screen capture videos. Good luck!
  4. TimLib

    TimLib New Member

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  5. serome

    serome Administrator Staff Member

    furniture business in Nigeria is really booming big and there is way of making it from this business which is online means of marketing. Many people haven't take this advantage and for you to come up as a company to do this, there is a lot of success in the future. Starting may be difficult but the fact remains that no home is without a furniture today in Nigeria. This is to say a lot of Nigerians are spending huge amount of money on furniture business in the country.
  6. Cytexglobal

    Cytexglobal New Member

    Furniture business is yet to develop in Nigeria as it is in other developed countries. Apart from the Alaba traders and some other few furniture dealers here and there in Nigeria, you can hardly see any serious furniture showrooms within the cities. This means great business opportunity exists in this sector.

    Take a walk into Bedmate’s showroom anywhere in Nigeria, you’d think the furniture there are custom made for them. You’d think that those furniture you see there are hard to find? Never! There are very easy to source for. Those furniture you see there are imported from China, Taiwan, Turkey, Indonesia, and other Asian countries. Majority is from China.

    I was so surprised to see Bedmate tag N185,000 on the very same office chair I bought in Alaba for N75,000 – the same quality, the same make! Now is the time to break the monopoly and take this business to the next level.

    What It Takes To Start Imported Furniture Business In Nigeria.
    Once you have the requirements, starting is not difficult at all. It’s a straight forward business that you may never need any help or spacial knowledge to get started. Below are some of the things needed to get started.

    1. Big Showroom – Furniture is space consuming, you will need a very big showroom if you want start something substantial and attractive. Visit places like the Bedmate in Ikeja City Malls to see example of what I’m talking about.

    Space is everything in this business and once you have it, you have everything. Make sure you get your showroom in a decent neighborhood, don’t go for a slum.

    2. Experience Furniture Technician– I don’t know another name to use for this. The furniture technicians do the setup. All the imported furniture comes in packages. Unpacking and setting it up the way it should be is not a small task. It takes someone who is experienced in this to do very well.

    A carpenter who tried to setup my imported wardrobe ended up leaving it in shamble and almost damaged completely. Send some guys to Alaba to learn how to setup the furniture and make sure they mastered it very well before putting them in use, else, they will help you incurs damages.

    3. Logistic – I mean the means of transporting it to your customers and means of bringing from the market. You need to get a big truck for this purpose. But if you can’t, then you make use of hired truck which will be more expensive in the long run.

    To setup the furniture business of the magnitude I’m trying to explain, you will need good amount of money. Your start up capital must be reasonably high, not less than N50 million. Anything less than N50 million may not be able to do standard furniture business for a start.

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