Sharpening training: what you need for starting a sharpening business

Tired of the same old grind?

Are you looking  for a new career, or a rewarding  full or part time job?  Receiving professional sharpening training and starting a sharpening business may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Starting a sharpening business combines good old fashioned values with modern science and metallurgy, and a business model that makes sense in today’s economy. Sharp-Quick U. provides the training, the equipment, and the business coaching you need to get a successful sharpening business up and running within just a month after the completing the program.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions about our sharpening training. For more information contact:
Email me with any questions and I will send you information about starting a knife sharpening business with the help of Sharp-Quick University.

Do you have what it takes to be a sharpener?

Why is now a great time to start a sharpening business?

Why attend Sharp-Quick University for sharpening training?

What’s included in the sharpening training program?

How long is the training and where does it take place?

What's the best sharpening equipment for the job?

What are the start-up costs of starting a sharpening business?

How much can I expect to earn after starting a sharpening Business?

How do I learn more or get started?

Here are the answers:

Do you have what it takes to be a sharpener?
Take this survey:

Do you enjoy fixing things and working with tools?
Do you enjoy solving mechanical problems?
Do you appreciate precision in tools and machines?
Do you like meeting new people?
Will you enjoy providing high quality service to your customers?
Are you patient with people?
Do you enjoy working outdoors?
Do you do any cooking, gardening, or woodworking?
Does sharpening knives and other tools sound like a fun thing to do?

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, sharpening may be just the ticket for you.



Why is now a great time to start a sharpening business?

In the current economic environment, many people have turned to conservation to extend the life of their tools and to save money. “Recycle, reuse, and repair” is a theme that is catching on everywhere across the US. This conservation mentality makes this a perfect time to begin a business that not only preserves tools of all kinds, but that fits with consumers’ values. 

Knife sharpening is perceived by the general public as a conservation effort steeped in an old tradition of knowledge and skill, and is a respected profession. You will be amazed at how much appreciation and respect you will receive from customers for your sharpening services.

“I love cooking after Sharp-Quick has tuned up my knives!” – Patti B, Santa Cruz


Why attend Sharp-Quick University for sharpening training?

Sharp-Quick University’s mission is to enable you to start a successful sharpening business. Not only will you receive professional sharpening training, you will learn what you need to know to start the business.  You will receive instruction and on-the-job training from the owner of Sharp-Quick, Terry Beech. Terry has a thriving sharpening business that he started from scratch eight years ago.  He will teach you all of the tricks of the trade he has learned over the years.
Terry has a background in math and science as well as training.  He taught high school math and physics for many years, then joined the corporate world and developed training programs for Fortune 500 companies. In 2003, Terry left the corporate world to start a sharpening business. He developed an effective business model that established a reputation of quality in both service and product for the commercial community (restaurants, caterers, schools, etc.) and for the general public. This business model is ideal for any community or region of the country and flexible enough to adjust for unusual circumstances.

“Terry is a great sharpener, a great teacher, and a great guy! I am off and running with my sharpening business. I highly recommend Terry to anyone who wants to start a sharpening business.” – Craig C, Santa Cruz, CA


What’s included in the program?


Along with the two weeks of comprehensive sharpening training and on-the-job-experience, Sharp-Quick U. will provide you with:

- a brand new set of the best sharpening hardware on the market.

- a list of ancillary tools, supplies, and equipment that will help you start your business.

- sample marketing materials you can use immediately to promote your business. Sharp-Quick can even show you how to go solar powered

-We will also help you strategize methods for building and sustaining your business so you can outflank competitors in your area, including researching customers in your area.

-Finally, Sharp-Quick will be available for three months after training to answer sharpening as well as business related questions.


How long is the training and where does it take place?

Sharp-Quick University is a 2-week program and it takes place in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, renowned for its sunny and mild Mediterranean climate, friendly people, artistic culture, and surfing. It’s a popular West Coast vacation desination.


What's the best equipment for the job?

Sharp-Quick U. will provide you with the ultimate sharpening system. The system used is not the cheapest, but the cost reflects the reliability, serviceability, and precision of the system making it the best value. The hardware is not the fastest, but its consistent accuracy and quality of the edges produced far outperform those of any system that boasts about speed, making it the best workhorse for the job.


What are the start-up costs of starting a sharpening business?

Every business has startup costs. The investment involved with starting a sharpening business is low compared to many other kinds of businesses. The cost of attending Sharp-Quick U., including the sharpening equipment, is about $5,000 to $6,000 depending on equipment decisions.  Ancillary equipment may cost between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on what tools you already own. Sharp-Quick is not a franchise; therefore you have no financial obligations to Sharp-Quick after completing the training which will give you the sharpening training, the tools, and the business knowledge to start a successful sharpening business.


How much can I expect to earn after starting a sharpening business?

Like any other enterprise, effort and attitude affect this business and how much you can make. The business model is an excellent one, and once your business is established, sharpening is an hourly activity. The more hours you put in, the more you can make. If you make additional effort and sell quality knives (Sharp-Quick can help here also) along with sharpening, you can improve your income by as much as 30% or more. $1,000 per week is a reasonable early goal which breaks down to 200 + knives per week. If you sharpen tools and scissors, expect more. Using 200 knives/week as a goal, that's 40 knives/day in a 5 day week. With the techniques provided by Sharp-Quick U, 40 knives can be sharpened easily in about 4 hours. Working longer hours will yield higher earnings.


How do I learn more or get started?

To learn more or ask questions about getting started, contact Terry Beech via e-mail at: Terry will answer you promptly but will not reveal any of the successful strategies included in the training before a commitment to take the training is made.

We will send you a detailed training outline, schedule, and possible start dates for training which will take place in Santa Cruz, California for a two week period.

Let Terry know your general location, current work situation, and when you might want to begin. Please include an e-mail address and phone number where you can be contacted.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Terry Beech



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