We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Makes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Josh Makes, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I sort of stumbled into my line of business. About five years ago I decided to rent a corner of a friends shop. I thought I could just make little stuff and maybe paint there. Something to do as a hobby. Before I knew it, I was making all sorts of stuff full time. Im not a huge future planner, I just try to do good work, and deliver on time – that’s basically it. The business just continues to come in. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Im not sure what sets me apart. I just try to make each thing better than the last. In that sense, its been a pretty clear path. I’ve learned the people not only want quality product, but they also want honest and clear communication throughout the process. Just dont be shady!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If they flew in on a friday night evening, We’d hit up Joyride for some tacos and drinks. For breakfast the next morning, Vovomeena for sure, Banging pockets for everybody! Probably go to hole in the wall or something for a little walk around, then right back to eating. Maybe go to Lucys for some drinks and goodies. head home for naps. Clever Koi for dinner, and then a walk around Indian school park? I dont know, seems like havent gotten out this year much for some reason….

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
-My wife had been my biggest supporter/ promoter! -In the beginning, youtube was my biggest educator. A guy who I’ve never met, Jimmy Diresta is pretty much the reason I do what I do. -Social media has been a huge part of my business/ art – from promotion of my work to inspiration from others -fellow makers in Phoenix like Grant at Lignumcww, 6×6 design, Bill Franevsky, and Horn Metal craft – to name a few – have been an inspiration and help.

Website: Joshmakes.com
Instagram: instagram.com/Joshmakes

Image Credits
Sarah Rhodes (just the portrait one)

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