Okay, this one’s out of left field… something that I’m just tossing around in my head and would like some leads or first hand experience with such things if anyone here has had some. I launched an online pet shop in Feb. It’s been going okay, slow sales, but that’s to be expected. I’m not too worried about it (I have a full time job as well) but I am always thinking how I can grow the shop or make it better. It’s running on one of the large online shopping platforms which has a user forum. In the forums, I frequently hear advice that it’s better to sell your own products (like an artist or leatherworker selling their own stuff) than to sell commodity goods from wholesale distributors.
So this is where I am… guess what I’m selling. That’s right, commodity goods from wholesalers. I do carefully choose what products I sell, but they’re all still commodity things that can be found elsewhere, usually advertised for cheaper and with free shipping - things I can’t afford in a brand new, small store. So coming back to that advice… I’m not crafty or artsy at all. I do have some product ideas that could be manufactured by someone who is crafty, but I don’t know anyone like that personally. So I’m wondering about trying out a business partnership with a maker.
But… where do you find them? Browsing the web, I found a couple of places that sound like Uber for makers. But they have mixed reviews: fun to work for but they have bad work/life balance trying to keep up with quotas. I think someone independent might be better. Someone skilled in carpentry and basic cabinetry, someone clever and creative, someone who likes making things but doesn’t want to do his own sales and marketing (because I would do that).
Anybody here know of a discussion forum for makers or any other leads where I might be able to find such people?