Reflections on 2017…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Traughber Design!

40 Degrees? No problem.
40 Degrees? No problem.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our clients, friends, and family!  Traughber Design just delivered its final sale of 2017 last week, and we thought this was a good time to thank our community of supporters and reflect on the past year.

This was our third full year of operation and the business is now profitable!  We invested quite a bit in tools the first year, and we continued to build our client base the second year.  This year we delivered 17 commissions (plus one pro bono project) with a wide variety of projects and have 1 commission in progress in the shop.

Traffic continues to grow to the blog and we have had over 2,800 unique visitors and 5,900 page views.  We’ve published almost 60 posts now and have many more ideas for posts in 2018.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned over this 3 year journey is persistence.  Most small businesses fail, and I wonder how many were on the cusp of success if their owners had just kept at it.  Speaking of which, I’m grinding my way through David McCullough’s 1100 page biography (called “Truman“) of Harry S. Truman and the President’s persistence when everyone wrote him off is absolutely stunning.  Check out this passage from the book which references a Newsweek poll of the biggest writers of the day:  “Of the writers polled, not one thought Truman would win. The vote was unanimous, 50 for Dewey, 0 for Truman.  “The landslide for Dewey will sweep the country,’ the magazine announced.  Further, the Republicans would keep control in the Senate and increase their majority in the House.  The election was as good as over.”  As we all know from the history books, Truman won the election in 1948.  He never gave up.  The same goes for a small business; you have to believe you are going to win, just as Harry S. Truman did in 1948.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, please continue to support your local artisan ecosystem.  Local small businesses are all tied together and a dollar spent with Traughber Design flows to other businesses, like hardwood dealers, tool vendors, glass manufacturers, etc.  Along those lines, I’d like to give a shout out to Hardwoods in the Rough up in Manassas (and their Facebook page is here).  They have only been open a year, and I was impressed with their customer service when buying some figured walnut the other day.  I hope they stick around for awhile since they are the nearest hardwood dealer to us.

Looking forward, soon the Air Force will be kicking me out after 30 years of service, and I’m excited to pursue Traughber Design full time.  I will be on terminal leave at the end of 2018, and we will see what other exciting commissions come our way.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

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