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No sick days, no paid vacations and no IT department – but it’s worth it.

Ah, going pro – telling your boss to take your day job and stick it in his ear while you go off to earn your living doing what you love best. There is not a woodworker who, while looking at the clock and waiting for it to reach quitting time, has not dreamed of taking the plunge.

I write from experience; I did it 35 years ago. I can honestly say with the clarity of hindsight, I would not have had it any other way. A large number of the people who have passed through our woodworking school, The Windsor Institute, have also realized this dream. While here, most of those who have successfully gone pro have taken advantage of the opportunity to talk with my wife, Susanna. She has an extensive background in marketing, public relations and political consulting. I am a beneficiary of her skills. So are the students whom she has counseled.


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