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A woodworking podcast by and for solo artisans and makers.

Episodes:

#19 What to Post on Instagram
Season: 1 | Episode: 19
Running time: 11:46

Here are some ideas for reels you can and should be posting to Instagram, along with some suggestions on how to get your audience to engage with your content.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#18 10 Products for Right Now
Season: 1 | Episode: 18
Running time: 15:21

Here is a list of 10 items you could be making in your shop. Each is rated on difficulty, cost to make, and potential profit.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#17 The Four F's
Season: 1 | Episode: 17
Running time: 10:56

The four F's might just be the secret to finding success as a solo woodworker. Listen in to why success in these four area can have a positive impact on your business.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#16 The Good Ole Days
Season: 1 | Episode: 16
Running time: 10:49

Reflecting on hand tools and techniques and how these should fit in the modern wood shop.

In this episode, I mention my friend from @TheNewJankyWorkshop as well as The Founders Podcast 

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#15 Creativity
Season: 1 | Episode: 15
Running time: 16:45

This week, I discuss creativity and how to break through creative blocks. I was inspired by @Copper_Pig_Fine_Woodworking and his talk this month in Lexington, MA.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 

 
#14 Four Tendencies
Season: 1 | Episode: 14
Running time: 16:58

I recently learned about the Gretchen Rubin and the Four Tendencies (not a music group, though it should be), and had thoughts about how each category might thrive or stuggle as a solo woodworker. Learn more about the tendencies in Gretchen's book, or take the online quiz to get a little insight about yourself.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#13 Anniversary Special
Season: 1 | Episode: 13
Running time: 16:44

A look back at one year of full time woodworking. Hear about my experiences and lessons after 12 months of being solo in the shop.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#12 The Wolf of Walnut
Season: 1 | Episode: 12
Running time: 13:25

Selling custom furniture should not be high pressure, cutthroat, aggressive sales. Avoid being known as the Wolf of Walnut; instead, earn a reputation as a fair negotiator, great communicator, and let your customers know they are in control.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#11 Realizing my purpose
Season: 1 | Episode: 11
Running time: 11:18

This week I slide onto the therapist's couch to examine what drives me in the shop. We all need motivation and purpose to guide our efforts. Here's an examination of mine and how I got here.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#10 Investing in yourself
Season: 1 | Episode: 10
Running time: 10:54

Investing in yourself is a great way to avoid burnout, keep things fresh, and stretch your ability. This could be as simple as taking a class, or implenting new systems, or exploring new networking options. Listen now for all the reasons I believe this is an opportunity we should all use.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#9 Top 10 tools for your shop
Season: 1 | Episode: 9
Running time: 15:36

This week I cover the 10 tools I feel are most important in a small shop. I also include the 2 items that I would splurge on when it's time to move from hobbyist to professional. 

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#8 Small & Mighty
Season: 1 | Episode: 8
Running time: 24:15

Today's episode is about company growth. If you are Solo in the Shop, have you considered what you would like the future to look like? How big do you imagine your woodshop business? I have my own answer, small and mighty, but ambition is very personal and every goal could be just right. Let's talk about growth, employees, quality and value, and how to grow from solo to where you want to be.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#7 Epoxy!
Season: 1 | Episode: 7
Running time: 13:09

Love it or hate it, epoxy is part of many wood shops and for good reason. However polarizing this material is, now is the time to learn what epoxy really is chemically, how it is similar and different than plastic, and what you could use instead. Keep an open mind, and let's talk about epoxy.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#6 Goal Setting
Season: 1 | Episode: 6
Running time: 13:56

Despite moving from a corporate job to a solo creater role, one aspect of my former routine remains. Setting long and medium term goals is a huge benefit even for a one-person shop. Tune in to hear why I think we should be spending some time intentionally envisioning a path forward in our small businesses.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

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#5 Education or experience?
Season: 1 | Episode: 5
Running time: 07:19

Do you suffer from imposter syndrome in the shop? If you want to be considered a professional woodworker, how important is formal trade or design education when compared to experience and targeted topic training? Tune in for my thoughts on stretching your creative abilities with or without paying for formal education.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#4 The pursuit of perfection
Season: 1 | Episode: 4
Running time: 10:29

Do you beat yourself up because your projects don't turn out perfect? Or do you work on something forever because it never feels done? If so, listen in to my thoughts on letting go of the need for perfection to allow yourself the simple satisfaction of steady improvement.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#3 Dream and nightmare customers
Season: 1 | Episode: 3
Running time: 18:19

Growing a small business is hard enough without getting beat down by a bad customer experience. This episode discusses my red flags as well as many positive signs to look for in potential new customers.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#2 Attention Span
Season: 1 | Episode: 2
Running time: 20:13

Today's episode looks at both sides of the impact that short attention span has on solo makers: how it impacts our work and productivity, and also how we need to recognize attention spans when selling to our potential customers.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com

 
#1 Shop Safety
Season: 1 | Episode: 1
Running time: 18:25

The first episode of Solo in the Shop introduces my show, my journey into woodworking, and I share some thoughts on running a safer shop for those of us that end up alone with sharp and pointy things.

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Contact: RonaldLohse.com and SoloInTheShop@gmail.com