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12-17-2009 06:14 PM

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Thursday’s New York Times takes a look at the reality of trying to make a go of it using Esty. It’s not specifically about woodworking but it does give an inside look (and it ain’t pretty) at what someone can expect when trying to turn a hobby into a living through online sales . If you are contemplating such a move it’s worth a read.
That Hobby Looks Like a Lot of Work

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 06:52 PM

Interesting. I would not have expected that people would have that kind of volume thru etsy. I guess I would not want to turn my hobby into production work, I think that would kill what I love about it.

-- Alex

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 11:26 PM

All you have to do is sell one thousand $5,000 stationary boxes, or one $5,000,000 blanket box.

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 11:42 PM

Interesting read – Thanks for sharing

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 12:37 AM

Very interesting.

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 07:54 AM

They’re just going through what most self employed people go through :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 12-18-2009 08:31 AM

While reading, I kept thinking “welcome to the real world.” Being in business is hard. Maybe some other people-like customers-will appreciate how hard they work and pay them for it!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 12-18-2009 05:35 PM

I agree, it’s no different that any other small “one man show” business. These people who are killing themselves have grown to the point where they need to add employees or scale it back to where it is manageable with one person. They made their choice.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#8 posted 12-19-2009 12:00 AM

You got that right closetguy. When you’re a one man(woman) show, you get to wear all the hats. The one thing about being a one man shop is when the customer says they love it, You get to take all the credit….......Of course if there is a problem, they know who to blame! lol.

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