We are using Network One Financial for our credit cards. Their
service has been sketchy and I believe they have been recently bought
out by somebody else. I can’t live with out my credit card machine.
It was the one thing we got set up with right away.
If you have a local bank, meaning a branch that you do a lot of
business with, this can be very helpful. Our little Woburn National
was swallowed by Citizens Bank. Many of the long time employees left,
but a few old timers stayed on.
With regard to security, we don’t have any fancy alarms, but you do
have to proceed through three doors to get to our space. We have a
buzzer to let people in the gallery which is useful when you are in
the studio working. We are on the second floor in a very tiny town
where everyone knows you. It is not NYC or even Boston. We are lucky
that crime is not an issue and that our tools are safe and sound.
Sometimes our arrangement drives me crazy. Just when I want to work,
people with nothing to do like to come in and talk up a storm. But
patience wins out, and I take them around the gallery and the studio.
They like to see all the tools and that people are working at what
they love to do and make a living. A few of these long winded talks
resulted in a two gift certificates for grandchildren for classes. So
you never know.
After two years, Jennifer and I finally collected something we
thought we would never see - a paycheck! It wasn’t much, but the
classes at Metalwerx are filling fast.
Good luck on your venture. You will face the hardest work in your
life, but it is also the most rewarding.
Let me know how you are doing.