Home Business Entrepreneurs: Build Willow Chairs, Homemade Lemonade and Painting Houses

The Bootstrap Businesses column showcases home business entrepreneurs: Learn how to build willow chairs, create a lemonade stand and paint houses for profit.

| March/April 1978

  • Learn how to create a home business building willow chairs.
    Learn how to create a home business building willow chairs.
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  • Learn how to create a home business building willow chairs.

Home business entrepreneurs enter into new businesses, including learning how to build willow chairs, make a lemonade business and paint houses for a living.

Home Business Entrepreneurs: Build Willow Chairs, Homemade Lemonade and Painting Houses

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Here in Oregon there just aren't many jobs for a woman who lives 16 miles from the nearest industry . . . with no car . . . and with a frightful aversion to the minimum wage. I'd been looking for work every available day for about four months and was running out of hope when I read Ernie Lewis's article in MOTHER NO. 43 ("I Build Willow Chairs for Pleasure and Profit").

I had no idea of what willow even looked like (visions of poison oak chairs danced in my head) and had never really thought seriously about taking on a business venture. However, the suggested tools — a bow saw and loppers — were handy, as I had borrowed them to prune my fruit tress . . . so I decided to give it a try.



After scraping my pockets I managed to purchase an assortment of nails from the general store, borrowed a friend's pickup (and the friend, to show me what willows looked like), and headed for the river.

My first chair — though far from terrific — was encouraging enough to make me try it again. I was hardly finished with this second attempt when a friend bought the chair right out of the back of the truck. Soon I was swamped with orders from friends of friends of friends. Antique stores looked for me. I even tried my hand at craft fairs . . . and always sold out.






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