Thanks to Martin, Robert, Steve, Kat, Mark, and Elaine for the
input and ideas!
To answer Kat’s questions… As far as what’s paid, I have no
control over that. I am the goldsmith at the main store, and not
management. I do get to pick the talent tho. They have a decent
benefits package including medical, dental, life/disability and a
401K. I could only guess that if the shop were to hire someone
with talents near to mine, they’d be taking in somewhere in the
mid 30’s, possibly more. The store in question is close to
Atlantic City and is tremendously busy.
As to why would they want to work for a company and not
themselves? I’d say it’s a matter of personal inclination. I’ve
been there 11 years now and while I’ve kept a very small business
of my own, I really need the stability of a weekly paycheck in my
life right now (mortgage and a child in private school). Yes,
maybe someday I’ll go it on my own, but it’ll be wholesale if
anything. The idea of running retail on my own makes my skin
What I want is someone to whom I can pass a sensitive job and
know I don’t need to worry for a second about it’s perfect
completion. What I’ll take is someone who can get the basic
repairs and polishing out of my hair so I can alter that $30,000
necklace while the customer waits, or knock out the handbuilt
platinum piece that was wanted yesterday.
Ah well… in the meantime, a fellow orchid follower sent me the
number for a headhunter that handles bench mechanics. I guess
I’ll finish my course in highpowered whining and go make life
interesting for management until they call them .