This is my first year i have been deer heads for customers. I will do about 30 paying jobs this year and everyone is very happy with my work.
My question is, is there anyway to predict how much work to expect next year?
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You can probably expect a little more word of mouth business if your work is high quality. But the growth of your business really depends on your marketing aproach, the economy in your area, deer harvest trends, the weather during deer season and many other factors.
I wouldn't quit your daytime job quite yet..
One thing to remember is a lot of the people you mount heads for this year, won't want one mounted next year unless they shoot a monster. Taxidermy is a luxury and most people I know don't mount everything they shoot. But word of mouth from them and referals can get you new customers.
Billy, The answer is no. Business does not necessarily increase even a little each year, it can go down. If you raise your prices you might get a few less jobs, or more. Someone else may start a new business nearby and pull away some customers or weather or disease can cause a poor deer harvest. So many things affect business that you can not control so there's not much point in thinking about them. What you can do is work to produce a good product and be professional with your customers. Being honest and dependable goes a long way toward keeping your customers. Best wishes for your business-enjoy, Aaron H.