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so a friend and i (and maybe a couple other friends) are seriously considering TRYING to start a little store.not any time before the next couple years though. my dad has urged me to do this before (he still wants me to open a vegan deli,heh) and he has much business sense and has his own, so if we go along with it, i got my dad there beside me...<br><br>
but anyway, my friend and i are pretty crafty, for lack of a better word, and make cool unique 'stuff' all the time and send it to eachother, but we've had people tell us they would actually pay..so hmmm...i have always wanted to try and sell some of my artwork (mainly watercolors and drawings), and while i have had offers from people in the past, i have a hard time giving my work away (not anymore - i hardly ever keep anything for myself...). my friend makes homemade soaps and jewerly, as does my sister (she makes some cool stuff!), and the other guy paints and draws as well. and i'm a damn good cook/baker too, i will add.<br><br><br><br>
i was just wondering if any of you have your own place or whatnot and how much luck you've had....we may try and just have booths at fairs or something, depending on what the hell is going on in our lives in a few years...
 

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My mum used to make kids clothes and stuff. She had a store for a couple of years but most of her stuff sold through craft and county fairs. Shame she had to stop doing it before the Internet matured enough for her to leverage it. She might have done quite well.<br><br><br><br>
Anywho, yeah, that's my $.02: Internet and craft/county fairs might be good ways to get yourself situated before investing the time and money into a brick-n-mortar project.
 

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i'm actually setting up a brothel, i just didnt want to come out and say it.<br><br>
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nah, the internet thing doenst much appeal to me..but maybe that's because all of us are old school and harldly know how to turn on a damn computer?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Funkified</i><br><br><b>i'm actually setting up a brothel, i just didnt want to come out and say it.</b></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:"> because you fear His Pimpness Max Power will get angry? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:">
 

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Funk,<br><br>
I've heard from several apparently-reputable sources that the main reason small business tend to fail is lack of capital and lack of management. That means you have to make sure you can come up with the money and possibly get by on very little money for awhile, and if you and your friends are all interested in being on the production end, then who will do the bookwork and other boring stuff like advertising? You might want to add in a non-artsy person who wants to run a business.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, on the brothel and internet theme, the top money-maker via Internet is porn. I suppose if you were going to go that route, you'd have to be a whole lot more creative than with an arts-and-crafts business.
 

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no porn for me. been there done that. (kidding).<br><br><br><br>
my friend is getting all excited about this..we need some other level headed people in with us though cause we are too laid back and may not take things seriously. it's definitley something we're looking into however...but it won't be for a few years. i need time to actually paint and draw. and um, graduate.
 

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I reccomend doing the craft fairs and checking into consignment shops in your area or other local art/gift stores that may be interested in selling your product. It's a good way to build up some revenue, without having all the overhead costs.<br><br>
We have a place here called Homecrafters Emporium that rents out store space much like a craft show would, but it's year round. They have different size spaces available and the lease is for 6 months. The smallest space is only $68, and I've really been thinking about doing that when a space becomes available.<br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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