Get to know the general properties of any wood you are buying, especially if you want to stain it later. Paint grade always indicates that the wood isn't a good quality, for instance, and stain grade will mean the grain pattern will be good for staining. Similarly, particleboard and veneer are very different; veneer does not always absorb enough stain, while particleboard absorbs too much. Using the right wood ensures that your project will turn out just as you expected it to.
Always keep your work area clean and safe, even when you are not actually there. Leaving out pieces of lumber with nails in them or even power tools that are easily activated in your yard can be dangerous. You never know when animals or even neighborhood children might come romping through and hurt themselves.
Look all over the Internet, local garage and estate sales to find great deals on items you need for woodworking. You can find some high-quality used stuff. You will end up saving lots of money which can then be applied to your woodworking projects.
To get off on the right foot, use these tips as you plan out your next project. That will allow you to use the right techniques to ensure your end result is on target. Once you get that project under your belt, you'll be able to complete others and truly enjoy woodworking as a hobby.