A friend of mine came up with an idea for a business for me, I have
to do something to get back to work. Anyway, an attorney friend of
mine were talking yesterday while our kids were playing. He ask me
when I would finish my GIA GG course and be a full fledged GG. I said
I hope to be done and have the parchment on my wall by early next
Then he ask a question that about 10 other people have ask me over
the last 3 years. Would you mind going with me when I go to purchase
a piece of jewelry?
I use to say I probably don't know enough about it to really do much
good at this time, but they still insist they at least would like me
to go as they know nothing. A couple have offered me money, which I
graciously refuse as they are friends, and I just didn't feel I
could justify taking it.
My attorney friend said he is going to buy a 15th anniversary ring
for his wife this coming April and plans to spend around 15 grand on
it. He said he would gladly pay me a couple hundred just so he knows
he is not getting ripped off. I told him if I have my GG by then, I
would be happy to go along and help, just no charge him for it. He
said he would pay me anyway. And then he actually suggested an idea
of a business. He said, realestate agents come in sale, and buyers
agents, don't they? He said, if no one wants to give you a chance,
why not be a buyers agent for jewelry. He said there are many people
who don't have the time, but have the money. They want to buy and not
feel ripped off. He suggest after I get my GG, to offer the services
of a full fledged GG as a buyers agent.He said I could base my fee's
off of the amount the buyer wanted to spend, a percentage, but he
suggested taking no less than a hundred as lower than that just
wouldn't be worth the time. Understanding he is a lawyer, I figured I
could charge less and pick up maybe more people, but I think he might
be on to something here. If I cant work for the jewelers, why not the
customers? Anyone else ever hear of this? Im sure there are pluses
and minuses, but at this stage, its seems to be all pluses. Even the
attorney said it would be a relatively problem free business as you
don't have to tell the selling jeweler anything about why you are
there with, or for the customer, so the jeweler couldn't sue you
cause he wouldn't know if the sale was lost, or made, because of you,
or because of the customers own decision, if he even knew I was there
for a customer.
I don't think I would get rich, and being a gimp without anything
promising on the horizon, it would sure beat the heck out of what my
future looks like now!
Who knows, it might turn out to be the beginnings of a decent
business, and the start up cost would be minimum because Ive already
paid for me GG course in full and have all the equipment. What would
I have to loose? No one seems to wants me anyway.
maybe I could franchise ? LOL dreaming there, I know.
Anyone? Any thoughts on this?