As a maker/restorer its never enough to be just a skilled furniture maker or furniture restorer, you have to be an even better business person - an entrepreneur. You must be capable of running a business small or large. What many may not know is 50% of my time is spent performing non furniture related tasks. The world out there is challenging and the responsibilities are always growing each and everyday. Being a business owner means their is this welcome form of freedom and rewards. But you will be fooling yourself if you don't think there is risk. It is very important to have business sense and management skills.
With all that said remember you must enjoy life and your work. Which is why we got into this craft in the first place. I am no where near the ideal business man but I strive to become one daily.
May you all have success in your work.