We’ve all had the dream.
The one that says, when am I going to open my own needlepoint store?
Then, with the economy still in the doldrums, reality hits.
And it bites.
First, there’s the bloodsucking rent you have to pay each month.
Then comes the stocking up the place with inventory part.
This usually stops most people dead in their tracks, before you even get to any of the other stuff, since, in this business, you often have to pay for most of your merchandise up front.
And there’s no return policy for unsold goods.
Based on information I have gleaned from intense discussions with several needlepoint thought leaders, I am now ready to offer, free of charge, five great needlepoint business opportunity ideas, that any unemployed stitcher-blogger can afford.
Why spend good money renting a brick-and-mortar store? Instead, why not buy a nice 1950s ice cream truck, refurbish it, and stock it with canvases and threads. Customers don’t have to come to you: you go to them! (in Florida, you can even set up shop at a public beach parking lot). And as a bonus, if you’re late for your a go-go appointment, you can always say you had a flat tire.
2. Canvases without borders or anything else.
Why spend money buying expensive designs from needlepoint artists and distributors? Instead, buy blank canvases in bulk from Wal-Mart, and peddle these as the latest European craze in needlepoint fashion: absolutely free-form needlepointing, where the only limits are those of your imagination.
3. Trunk shows out of the trunk of your car.
This is a variant on the Ice Cream truck idea, but without the silly expense of buying one. It’s nothing if not needlepoint gone mobile. Enables you to park your car in your client’s driveway without crushing the hubster’s golf cart.
4. Software-driven automated stitch guides.
Why spend all your valuable time creating these? Instead, save on the cost, and get your brother-in-law’s geeky nephew to write some program that can generate them on the fly. Canvas scanners not included.
and… last, but not least
5. Fire sale your closets full of unwanted stash.
At least you won’t be sinking into the morass of selling forgeries of legitimate designs on those nice auctions sites.
Enough with the Letterman routine. I hope it made you smile, though, And, as always, happy stitching!
© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.