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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What if you're not the business-person type? on: July 07, 2007 07:43:06 PM
Here's the deal. I can craft. I can make braided rugs, crochet just about anything (with thread too), I can sew, I can CRAFT. And I'd like to make money at it!

I'm not a business-person type. The thought of doing all those things to advertise my business seriously makes me cringe. I tried to have a business once, where I sold items that were drop-shipped, and it was a great product and a great company, but the paperwork was beyond me, even selling one or two items a month on Ebay. I quit Ebay when the fees went up the first time, so I tried to have my own E-commerce site- but it was beyond me. I tried and tried and tried to get zencart to work, I really did! But it was all a mess, and I couldn't get it to work. I have absolutely zero desire to be the bookkeeper, salesperson, promoter, etc etc etc that it takes to own your own business. I would hate it, hate it, hate it. I can't even force myself to fill in one of those "business plan" templates you can download at the SCORE website (http://www.score.org/template_gallery.html), and I've tried!

What does a person do in that situation? I thought about taking on a partner to handle that aspect of things (my husband already works 40 hours plus, and is finishing off his Bachelors' besides, he can't do it.) But wouldn't my partner rightfully get about half of the profits? Well, if they do get half the profits, would they deserve it? Would the business ever get off the ground?

Everyone is telling me to either get a steady job, or go to school & get my RN. For various reasons, they both sound like purgetory. 

What do you guys think?
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Making arches? on: March 07, 2007 03:09:49 PM
I would like to know how to make my own arch supports. The ones in the stores don't hardly do a thing for my flat feet, and getting orthotics is a royal hassle with red tape from the medical insurance. You don't even want to know the price if I bought them myself! I lost *one* and I need to get another pair made!! But I'd really like to know how to make them myself.

I was thinking something along the lines of what Birkenstocks do- the cork lining that molds to your feet. They really are TERRIFIC. What makes them so different than the cheap ones? Because they are better, no doubt.

Here are some ideas I've played with: Cork, custom-sewn hard-stuffed arch, molded plastic of some sort, plaster of paris in some fashion, modifying store-bought insoles in some fashion.

Using plaster of paris to create a mold is useless in this case because of the flat feet- I need an arch higher than what I've got naturally.

Do you clever folks have any ideas for me please??
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Modified Coupon Organizer on: March 07, 2007 01:53:47 PM
I got really tired of the cheap coupon organizers. I could find exactly four styles- all of them felt wrong in the hand. The ones made of all nylon, with inner cardboard dividers, were cheap and small and flimsy. The ones made of plastic had this outside cover-flap that never folded all the way back- it is stiff and awkward and annoying. There was one that was covered in some sort of leather, but on the inside, it is a cardboard divider- for $20! Puh-leeze.

So, I decided that what I liked about the plastic organizers was that they held together pretty well, even though I hated the outside cover-flap. I decided to replace the flap.

I will show the pictures first, and then explain how I did it. I know I should have taken pictures during the process- I didn't, sorry! This is my first version, if I like it and it works well, I might make another that looks all pretty. I just used what I had on hand.

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