There’s probably never been a better time to test the waters if you dream about your own craft shop or gallery. Right now is the easiest time to get in with very little capital. So many premium storefronts are vacant and commercial landlords who previously wanted high rents and long leases are anxious to just get some cash flow. For the first time in decades it’s a lessees market and landlords are willing to negotiate like never before. Whether you want to go solo, or co-op with partners, right now you can work out a temporary, even month to month lease on a prime spot with an option to eventually sign a long term lease. Landlords are hungry so it’s never been a better time to realize your dream of having your own gallery. This is a strategy that I normally suggest for the fall holiday shopping season but going into summer is also a an ideal time. If you live in an area that gets summer tourists, find the best vacant spot and approach the landlord directly. Don’t be afraid to Continue reading
Do you have a product you love making and people are buying but you’re struggling to produce enough to meet the demand and make a living?
One of my favorite solutions also answers the “must have more meaning” criteria that is integral to inspired livelihood. Rather than hire employees to help produce your craft or seek a licensing agreement to have your work mass produced overseas, what if you were to find a group of people who want to make money from home?
Rather than having to find a larger studio space and hiring employees, you can help people create their own cottage industries who then sell to you on a piecework basis.
Consider either stay-at -home parents who love crafts and want to make money without leaving their children OR a group of people in an underdeveloped country who have no industry, training or marketable skills. Either way, train those people to make your craft according to your designs and techniques, furnish them with the supplies and outsource the fabrication. If you love to travel, you can visit a different culture to source and train the crafters (joyful and deductible). You’ll be bringing satisfying gainful employment to people in need and you’ll have enough handmade inventory to make a living.
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